ACORNS 2

Áine BreenLiwu Jewellery

After moving to China in 2011, Áine Breen immersed herself in the local culture never knowing it would eventually lead her to setting up a business back home in Wexford.

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Aisling HanleyKeenwah Quinoa

As a busy mother of six, Aisling Hanley knows that parents want highly nutritious options when weaning their babies onto solid food.

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Aisling KellyWB’s Coffee House

Having spent every holiday traveling around the world, Aisling Kelly has seen many interesting places, but there’s nowhere quite like home.

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Amy SherwinPopzle

After 10 years working in packaging, supply chain and marketing roles in various multinational companies, Amy decided to take the plunge and fulfil her dream of creating a series of unique pop puzzles.

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Antoinette ButlerThe Butler Language Academy

It was her love of Kerry that inspired Antoinette Butler to set up The Butler Language Academy, a programme offering European students and adults a chance to explore the county while learning English.

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Bernadette McCullagh  – Dúinn Designs

Bernadette McCullagh always held a passion for patterns and colours, having studied textile design in Leeds University.

 

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Bríd GrahamSplash Swim School

Working as a primary school teacher for 20 years gave Bríd Graham a valuable insight into building confidence in children. It is something she holds close to her heart as a swimming instructor and Director of Splash Swim School.

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Brigid RileyFernwood Floral Design

Brigid Riley is the creative force behind Fernwood Floral Design with a design career spanning two decades and two continents, from fashion designer in New York City to event and floral stylist in Washington DC.

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Claire MolloySweet Living

After designing chocolate bars for Brian Dowling’s wedding, AP McCoy’s retirement party, Lorraine Keane and other celebrities, the cravings for Claire Molloy’s custom-made bars are growing stronger.

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Claire PriceHouse/EDIT

After working as an interior architect in the high-energy hubs of Italy and London, Claire Price moved back home to set up a design studio in the coastal town of Sligo.

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Caitriona ConsidineMoher Cottage

With breath-taking views across the Clare countryside and Liscannor Bay, Caitriona Considine couldn’t have picked a better spot for the location of her gift and coffee shop.

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Elaine JacobDare to Dream lashes

Elaine Jacob Healy loved experimenting with makeup and she always wanted her own brand.

 

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Eilín O’CarrollFirmount House

Firmount House has a rich and colourful history dating all the way back to the 17th century, and exciting new plans to inject fresh life into the house are well underway by Eilín O’Carroll and her husband David.

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Finn Ní FhaoláinFins Fit Food

By the time she was 10, Finn Ní Fhaoláin had travelled the world with her parents: sailing past glaciers in Alaska, watching cobras dance in India, and surfing in Donegal.

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Fiona KealyThe Bed Angel

Lying awake at night and thinking about others who were also having trouble sleeping gave wings to Fiona Kealy’s business idea.

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Fiona LeeIrish Food and Gifts

Having worked in hotel and catering management from a young age, Fiona Lee always had an interest in food.

 

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Hazel ComynHazel Comyn Designs

Her tulle skirts pushed her into the media spotlight and, just two years after launching her first bridal collection in 2015, Hazel Comyn is now an award-winning bridal designer.

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Jac KeadyCaveman Grub

It was the infamous Irish breakfast roll that resulted in Jac Keady setting up her own healthy food range, Caveman Grub.

 

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Jane O’ ConnorSavvy Security

Savvy Security could not be more aptly named. With a career spanning 15 years as an information security expert in companies like Symantec, IBM, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and ESB, founder Jane O’Connor developed a savviness for providing security solutions.

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Joanna KellyDigital Greetings

Leading up to her wedding in 2012, Joanna Kelly was looking for a unique way to announce the happy news but couldn’t find anything special enough.

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Joanne BrowneJo Browne

After receiving solid fragrant perfume from Greece as a young child, Joanne Browne vowed never to use spray perfume again. In 2013, she completed an aromatherapy course and used her new-found knowledge to make her own solid perfume.

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Kabira AllainKymaïa

Born and raised in France to Moroccan parents, Kabira always had an interest in clothing and fashion.

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Karen KeaneBean and Goose

Having spent all her pocket money on chocolate as a child, it’s no surprise that Karen Keane aspired to create her own.

 

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Kyna BradyBy Kyna

Kyna Brady always had a keen eye for fashion and design, and what began as a hobby led to her work as a Milliner and Bridal Headwear Specialist.

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Ladonna McCartanNook & Cranny

Hearing customers talk about having to travel outside Portlaoise to find unique gifts gave café owner Ladonna McCartan a new business idea.

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Laura MoloneyLaurel the salon

Having grown up with four older sisters, Laura was often the guinea pig for their make-up trials. This instilled in her a love of experimenting with beauty products and, by the time she reached primary school, she knew she wanted to be a beauty therapist.

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Louise EganI-SPY Clothing

Sitting the Leaving Certificate and setting up a new business are two extremely stressful experiences – but Louise Egan has managed to do both in the past year.

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Maria BrosnanBake it Easy

Maria Brosnan believes home baking is something that everyone should try more often, especially as a family.

 

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Margaret KennedyKennedy Insights

Having transitioned from business to the world of academia, Margaret Kennedy has now made the successful move from lecturing in Sociology in University of Limerick, to a career in organisational design consulting.

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Maura SheehyMaura’s Cottage Flowers

Maura Sheehy had always dreamed of having a cottage garden, but instead she devoted the outdoor space to her seven children.

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Michelle WallaceDigiyell

When Michelle Wallace and her husband David set up The Wholefood Revolution in 2016, they attracted two kinds of customers: those hungry for the couple’s healthy recipe boxes and those hungry for Michelle’s strategy and marketing skills.

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Niamh GaffneyDirectionality

Following a life-changing experience in her own life, Niamh Gaffney set up her company Directionality, which provides coaching and consultancy to people dealing with life-altering challenges.

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Nikki ReddyCeltic Adventures

Just before Nikki Reddy joined ACORNS, she and her husband Dave launched their first Celtic Adventures centre in Clogherhead, Co. Louth in August 2016.

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Orlagh DeeganChoice Training

Selling garden potatoes outside her house at just 10 years of age, Orlagh Deegan was always destined to become an entrepreneur.

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Sheena DignamGalway Food Tours

Helping her parents run their guest house in the Loire Valley, and studying culinary arts and wine in France, fuelled Sheena Dignam’s passion for top-quality food experiences.

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Tara BradyIreland Planner

The idea for Ireland Planner came to Tara Brady while she was caring for her mother who had Alzheimer’s Disease. To help her mother stay engaged and occupied,  Tara started researching activities in her home county of Cavan.

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Trín O’BrienWellnice Pops

Trín O’Brien and her friend BJ Broderick may just have hit on one of the coolest ideas for a business – vegetable ice pops.

 

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