RSVP Magazine

Businesswoman of the Week: Olive O’Connor of MediStori

MediStori is a simple to use paper-based personal health organiser. It comes complete with daily medication diaries and individual personal health records and Olive O’Connor is the woman behind this “one of a kind” idea. This week, RSVP’s Mikie O’Loughlin catches up with the mum-of-three to hear about her investment from Dragon’s Den, the idea behind her success and […]

RSVP Businesswoman of the Week: Maxine Hyde of Ballymaloe Foods

Ballymaloe Food’s Marketing manager, Maxine Hyde, has been involved in the business since she was just 8-years-old.  Ballymaloe foods is an Irish, family-run business, owned by Maxine’s Mum, Yasmin Hyde, daughter of Myrtle and Ivan Allen of Ballymaloe House…. Where it all began…  I have been helping with production and selling of Ballymaloe Relish since […]

Businesswoman of the Week: Clare Colonna – Founder & CEO of The Galway Food Company

Coming from an entrepreneurial background paved the way for Clare Colohan to spot a gap in the market in a difficult industry. The combination of Clare’s passion for food with the finest Irish ingredients have created something completely unique in The Galway Food Company…..   What sparked the idea for your business? My father had […]

Businesswoman of the Week: Zara Atherton – Founder, Zara Atherton Design

Specialising in millinery, jewellery, occasion and handmade bridal headwear and wedding accessories, Zara Atherton focuses on offering her clients an extremely personal service. Her designs embody contemporary and vintage styles, achieving a classical elegance that can be passed down through generations. What sparked the idea for your business? Having completed a Masters degree in business, […]

Businesswoman of the month: Karan Burke Ebano, Ballinteer

She established her one-stop shop for hair and beauty in 2008 with only four staff members. Now Karan Burke, owner of Ebano in Ballinteer, Dublin, has grown her team to 20 and hasn’t looked back. In fact, she thrives on success and is constantly looking to improve her skills. Here, she describes a typical day […]

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 […]