RSVP Magazine

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, […]

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 […]

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’s Businesswoman of the Month: Joan McGowan

Born and raised in Limerick, Joan McGowan and her husband, chef Geoff Jones, bought The Fairways in 2006, a hugely popular and successful gastro pub just minutes outside Nenagh Town. Famous for its love of seafood, and the only pub in Tipperary to make the finals of the Irish Bar Licensing Awards in 2014, The Fairways […]

RSVP’s Businesswoman of the Month: Tracey Ryan

Since setting up Bia Beauty Skincare in 2012, Tracey Ryan has gone on to sell her product in over 100 stores nationwide, including Avoca and Lloyd’s Pharmacy, as well as starting to export to the UK. Originally from Tipperary, but living in Cork for nearly ten years, the married mum of one has won a […]

RSVP’s Businesswoman of the Month: Danielle Kennedy

Danielle Kennedy is the proprietor and manager of Lloyd’s Hair Waterford, a dedicated walk-in only salon on Patrick Street. After acquiring the business in 2011, Danielle has relocated, rebranded and relaunched the business, opened a new appointment salon and has gone on to win a number of awards for her efforts, including FAB Women in […]

RSVP’s Businesswoman of the Month: Natalie McCambridge

Natalie McCambridge is director of McCambridge’s in Galway, which will be trading for 90 years this summer, having opened in 1925. Natalie has worked in the business for eleven years, not including several stints in her teen years, and has seen it grow into a restaurant trade, as well as being a successful deli-cafe and […]

RSVP’s Businesswoman of the Month: Julia McHugh

We Love Laser has been in business in Dun Laoghaire since October 2011 and since then, the business has introduced some of the ‘newest and best’ skin and laser treatments from around the world to Dublin. We Love Laser is co-owned by Julia McHugh, a laser therapist and skin specialist, and is one of only […]

RSVP’s Businesswoman of the Month: Marion O’Gorman

Marion O’Gorman, CEO of The Kilkenny group, certainly bucked the trend during the recession, opening eight new stores between 2007 and 2013,while also working to keep her four original stores ahead of the game. The Kilkenny group is Ireland’s largest emporium of Irish designed products. Turnover for year ending January 2014 reached a record high […]

RSVP’s Businesswoman of the Month: Bridget Kearney

Based in the heart of the medieval centre of Kilkenny City, Belle Femme Lingerie is entering its fourth year in business under the watchful eye of its proprietor, Bridget Kearney. With business consistently growing from strength to strength, the Cork native tells us why she went into the lingerie business, why her service is so […]

RSVP’s Businesswoman of the Month: Audrey Lehane

Azure Jewellery was established by Audrey Lehane in 2004 and quickly became known as a leader in jewellery design in Cork and the Munster region. Today, the mother of two is busier than ever with her jewellery business and tells us about her inspiration behind the brand. Where it all began The inspiration for Azure collections came from […]

RSVP’s Businesswoman of the Month: Sarah Keary

Make-up artist Sarah Keary specialises in fashion, bridal and TV make-up and recently set up her freelance make-up business after qualifying as a professional over ten years ago and working under other management. Here, the npwDublin based make-up artist tells us what she loves about the make-up industry. Where it all began From the age […]

RSVP’s Businesswoman of the Month: Andrea Horan

When taking a break from a career in PR and communications, Andrea Horan and her sister Michelle came up with their idea for nail bar Tropical Popical when they were busy travelling and seeing the world. Since opening its doors in November 2012, Tropical Popical has become a firm favourite with nail art lovers and […]