One of Ireland's only female steeplejacks receives the Bowmaker Award for Irish Industry.
Angela Collins is presented with a trophy and prize money of £5,000 by Minister for Finance John Bruton at an award ceremony at Jury's Hotel in Dublin. Angela had originally worked as a secretary in a steeplejack company and gradually got into climbing. When her boss died, the farmer's daughter from county Clare decided to set up her own business Collins Steeplejacks in 1966. While she was now the managing director she continued to scale the heights of church spires and smokestacks. In 1974 Angela went into partnership with a US manufacturer forming ESSCO Collins Ltd. Commenting on her career Angela says
I have started at the top and worked downwards.
In her acceptance speech Angela comments on the satisfaction she has derived from creating employment in her home town.
ESSCO Collins Ltd make giant radomes, semi-spherical structures which are placed on mountain tops to prevent damage to antennae systems.
An RTÉ News report by Conor Fennell broadcast on 24 February 1986.