Richard Kennedy has been named EY Entrepreneur of the Year for 2019. 

Mr Kennedy is the CEO of the Belfast based agri-tech company, Devenish.

A global company, Devenish supplies high-quality nutritional products for the agriculture and aquaculture industries in more than 40 countries. 

It has seen huge growth in the past 20 years going from £5m in turnover and 23 employees in 1997, to more than £250m turnover in 2018 and over 500 employees. 

As well as being being named as the overall winner of EY Entrepreneur of the year, Mr Kennedy was named EY International Entrepreneur of the year.

Meanwhile, Triona Mullane of mADme Technologies was named Emerging Entrepreneur of the year.

Her company allows some of the world's largest mobile operators to better engage with their customers and is active on over 200 million mobile phones globally. 

And Pat McDonagh, founder of Supermac's, one of Ireland’s biggest fast foot chains, was named EY Industry Entrepreneur of the year.

Pat McDonagh, Richard Kennedy, Minister Paschal Donohoe, Triona Mullane, and Joe Schmidt, special award winner