RSVP Magazine

Businesswoman of the Month: Lorraine Walsh, Head of Marketing, Laya Healthcare

She started out as a customer service advisor in Cork, working her way up the ladder to forge a successful career in the competitive health insurance market. Today, Lorraine leads a passionate team who are responsible for advertising, sponsorship, PR, and internal communications, along with digital and social media. Here, she reveals why honesty really […]

RSVP Businesswoman of the Week: Lucy Earley – Founder, Artisyn Communications

Lucy Earley, Editor of Salon Magazine, recently set up Artisyn Communications, an agency specialising in PR, growth hacking and social media solutions for Irish startups in the beauty, food, music and lifestyle industries.   What sparked the idea for your business? I originally worked as a marketing consultant after qualifying with the PRII. I approached […]

RSVP Businesswoman of the Week: Lorraine Heskin – Managing Director, Gourmet Food Parlour

Lorraine Heskin and business partner, Lorraine Byrne, established Gourmet Food Parlour in 2006. Their first restaurant in Dún Laoghaire which opened ten years ago, was a huge success leading to them opening five more stand-alone restaurants across Dublin, in addition to a catering and event business…. What sparked the idea for your business? While working […]

Businesswoman of the Week: Deirdre Body – Founder, Body Treats Beauty Clinic

Body Treats Beauty Clinic opened its doors in the quaint town of Ennistymon in County Clare 25 years ago and the woman behind their glowing success is Deirdre Body. Going from strength as they celebrate their silver anniversary, Dee and her team have worked with some Ireland’s top celebrities as well providing a range of […]

RSVP Businesswoman of the Week: Nicki Hoyne – Founder, My Shining Armour

A passionate online shopper with an eye for finding that perfect item, it seemed a natural fit for Nicki Hoyne to create her own one stop shop for gifting and accessories. Her eye for detail made it an instant hit, even gaining the ultimate approval from Vogue! What sparked the idea for your business? Entrepreneurship […]

Businesswoman of the Week: Onagh O’Driscoll, Managing Director of Platinum Hair Extensions

24-year-old Onagh O’Driscoll is on a mission to overhaul the reputation of hair extensions industry……… In less than a decade, Ireland’s hair extensions business has gone from zero to become a multi-million euro industry. It’s an industry however with a less than lacklustre reputation, as a result of poor-quality hair, garish WAG-esque looks and a barrage […]

RSVP Businesswoman of the Week: Joan O’Meara – Founder, Allure Beauty Salon

Joan O’Meara was inspired to set up Allure Beauty salon, as well as the Midland College of Hair, Make up and Beauty having always wanted to be a self-made businesswoman. Her passion for the business saw her build the largest private hair and beauty college in Ireland, combining her two loves, all things beauty and teaching….. […]

RSVP Businesswoman of the Month: Julie Danz, Co-Founder Juvi Designs

  She began her jewellery business 10 years ago from her living room. Through hard work and grit, Julie and her other half Vincent never gave up, even adapting their brand to suit the economic climate. Their strategy worked, and Juvi’s colourful, fashion-forward collection can now be found in major retail stores nationwide. Here, Julie recalls the […]

Businesswoman of the Week: Valerie O Shea – Designer at Valecia Fashion

Valerie O’Shea is a 25-year-old Fashion designer at Valecia Fashion from Glengarriff, Co Cork…….   Where did it all begin? I think that a love for design is something that runs in my family. My mother and grandmother would have been big into it when they were younger, making outfits for all of their sisters and neighbours. […]

RSVP Businesswoman of the Week: Neola Killeen of Neola Apparel

Malahide-based Neola Apparel is run and owned by Neola Killeen, who worked as a buyer at Brown Thomas for over 20 years. The shop aims to offer the most sought-after trends, as well as niche and exclusive brands, at the most competitive prices….. Where it all began: Fashion has always been a part of me, […]

Businesswoman of the Month: Orla Doyle, General Manager, Dr. Hauschka Ireland

With more than half of Irish women opting to use natural beauty products these days, the skincare market here is very competitive indeed. In her general manager role, Orla Doyle is responsible for creating and implementing Dr. Hauschka’s sales and marketing plan to achieve targets. She explains how bloggers have changed the industry, why fake […]

Businesswoman of the Week: Kate Lynch Owner of Sephoria Boutique

Stylish, quality ladies clothing  at reasonable prices – this is one of the hallmarks of Sephoria Boutique. The store has been open for the last three years and business is booming with customers coming from as far afield as Galway, Ballinasloe, Longford & Athlone. Septoria Boutique is owned by Kate Lynch, who is originally from Co Donegal and has a […]

Junior Einsteins – The Perfect After School Activity Or Camp For Your Science Loving Child #AD

Junior Einsteins Science club are an innovative initiative, passionate about bringing a love of science and learning to primary school aged children. They provide: Science Parties, After-School Science Clubs, Primary Science Workshops & TY/4th Year Workshops, Super Whole School Science Shows, Science Hallowe’en, Easter & Summer Camps, Science Corporate Events, and Science Family Events & […]

Businesswoman of the week: Gillian Farrelly of Halloween HQ

Gillian Farrelly is a very busy woman right now, as it is all system ago at the head of Halloween HQ – the one stop shop for all things scary.The first Halloween HQ store was opened in Cork in 2012 and since then, the brand has been growing from strength to strength.This year, 2016, there are almost 60 superstores […]

RSVP Businesswoman of the Week: Amy Roberts of Amia Beauty

Situated in the heart of Dalkey village, Amia Beauty is an elegant salon with a difference. Indulging their clients in the ultimate luxury pamper experience, Amia only uses the highest standard of products and tools in their treatments. Amia Beauty caters for all ages and requirements, offering speciality treatments from ‘Little Princess’ manicures/pedicures to Anti-Ageing […]

Businesswoman of the Month: Martina McDermott, Founder of The Marketing Room

She’s a strong believer in self-motivation and surrounds herself with positive influencers. In her 20-year business career, Martina McDermott has delivered thousands of campaigns, from small budgets to multi-million euros across multiple industry sectors. Now she is bringing her expertise to SMEs nationwide, providing a specialist marketing service at a competitive price. What was your first job and how much were you paid? Don’t laugh, […]

Women in Business: Sonia Flynn, Co-founder of Roller

In this weeks Women in Business, Sonia Flynn fills us in on the success behind her company, Roller. Where it all began My business partner Orna and I had been talking for months about the need for a blow dry bar in the Dublin Docklands area and couldn’t figure out why no one had jumped […]

Women in Business: Dr Orla Grimes, The Beacon Clinic

Dr Orla Grimes specialises in Medical Aesthetics, a new trend in modern medicine aimed at improving physical appearance. Such is the demand nowadays that Medical Aesthetics is a recognised speciality in itself. Where it all began… I grew up in a house where my father runs his GP practice. After school I was often found in the […]