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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. […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 & […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Women in Business: Shona McManus, CEO/Owner of Osborne Recruitment Consultancy

 In this weeks Women in Business, we chat to Shona McManus of Osborne Recruitment Consultancy. Here, she opens up about her career to date, the challenges she faces and life as a woman in the world of business.  Where it all began… After I finished secondary school in Loreto Convent, Navan, whilst I continued to work […]

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Businesswoman of the Month: Shawna Scott, Owner, Sex Siopa

When she set up Ireland’s first health and design focused sex shop in 2012, the Seattle native worked day and night to make it a success. Now four years later, her well designed website and matter-of-fact blog have created a unique shopping experience that has customers returning for more. Did you have a mentor starting […]

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Women in Business: Jessica Higgins, Marketing Executive EZ Living Furniture

Jessica Higgins is Marketing Executive in EZ Living Furniture, one of Ireland’s leading Irish Furniture and Interior Retailers. Established in 1998, EZ Living Furniture is opening its tenth store nationwide this month, as the Irish-owned family business goes from strength to strength in a competitive industry. Here Jessica gives us a unique insight into her […]

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Leading Women in Business: Tara Donoghue Photography

Based just outside Killarney, Co. Kerry, Tara Donoghue Photography began making a visual impression seven years ago. Since then, the business has gone from strength to strength with Tara only recently returning from shooting a wedding in Sydney, Australia! WHERE IT ALL BEGAN I have always loved art, looking at and creating beautiful imagery is […]

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Businesswoman Of The Month – Linda Thomas of Pure Results Bootcamp

After more than 10 years in business and marketing, fitness fanatic Linda moved home from LA earlier this year to join forces with her sister, RTÉ presenter Kathryn Thomas – and it’s been a meaningful experience so far. What was your first job and how much were you paid? Ha! Well, my very first job […]

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Business Woman Of The Month – Mary Ann O’Brien

Mary Ann O’Brien – Founder of Lily O’Brien’s She has been passionately creating sweet treats since 1992, and now her brand is a firm favourite in homes across the country and further afield. Mary Ann O’Brien might be the heart of the Lily O’Brien empire – but she says it’s the commitment, passion and talents of […]

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Businesswoman of the Month: Iseult Ward, Co-founder and CEO of FoodCloud

FoodCloud is a social enterprise created to tackle poverty in Ireland. It connects businesses with surplus food to charities in their local communities through an easy-to-use app.  What inspired you to start FoodCloud? When I was in my third year in Trinity I met Aoibheann O’Brien, co-founder of FoodCloud, at an event. We got talking […]

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Women in Business: Liz Farrelly, Co- Owner, The Brow Artist

In this weeks Women in Business, we chat to Liz Farrelly of The Brow Artist. Here, she opens up about her budding business and the challenges she faces.   WHERE IT ALL BEGAN In our flagship studio in West Cork, The Powder Room. I began working and training with Lorna when I was about sixteen, learning […]

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Women in Business: Ciara Flanagan, Plush Beauty

In this weeks Women in Business, we chat to Ciara Flanagan of Plush Beauty. Here, she opens up about her budding business and the challenges she faces.   Where it all began: I wanted to be a beauty therapist since primary school. I finished school, got a part-time waitressing job to pay college fees and […]