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Paula Rogers, founder of Admiral Recruitment, has been named a finalist in the Image businesswoman of the year awards, which recognises some of Ireland's best and brightest.

The 50-year-old was born into a family of seventeen to a farming family in rural Dublin.

She was the youngest and had watched her older siblings leave the nest with confidence and determination to be a success.

In 1989, at just 21 years of age, Paula followed her older sisters to London to begin a job within the corporate world.

Then in 1995 she set up her hospitality recruitment business.

The mother-of-two said of receiving the award that it was "a great moment"

"To be honoured as a finalist in the Image businesswoman of the year awards 2018 and join so many fantastic Irish business women in Dublin on the awards night is a dream come through.

"I feel truly humbled to have been recognised.”

The winners will be announced on November 19.