Oonagh O’Hagan is the owner and managing director of the Meagher’s Pharmacy Group in Dublin, which she has grown from one pharmacy to a chain of eight progressive pharmacies plus a thriving online store, meagherspharmacy.ie. The group now employs over 100 people.
Meagher’s has won countless awards in the pharmacy, retail and business sectors and was named as OTC retailer of the year for 2016 and was also presented with the Business Development Award at the Irish Pharmacy News Awards in 2016. Meagher’s has been named as one of Ireland’s Deloitte Best Managed Companies for the third year in a row, in addition to being named as one of the finalists and an Irish Champion in the European Business Awards in 2016.
Oonagh is passionate about retail and in particular about providing the ‘Ultimate Customer Experience’, be that in store or online. She is the outgoing chairperson of Retail Excellence Ireland (REI), which is Ireland’s largest retail representative body with over 13,000 members. Within REI, Oonagh founded Women in Retail to help develop and support women to reach senior management and directorship level within the retail sector.
Oonagh is highly regarded within the wider pharmacy marketplace. She is the acting Chair of the Preliminary Proceedings Committee in the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland, which is the pharmacy regulator in Ireland. She also sits on the Wholesale Advisory Board of United Drug Group, the largest pharmaceutical wholesaler here in Ireland.
Oonagh also contributes to the advancement of Ireland’s top third-level colleges. She is a member of the Finance Committee at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and she also sits on Strategic Advisory Board for the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in Trinity College Dublin, where she helps to shape the school’s future plans and strategic direction.
Oonagh is keen to promote other female business owners and as such has taken up a lead role for the past two years in the Going For Growth programme, supporting a group of selected female entrepreneurs to achieve their goals and grow their businesses. In November last year, Oonagh was honoured when she was named Image Magazine’s Entrepreneur of the Year for 2016.