Áine Breen – Liwu 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.
Aisling Hanley – Keenwah Quinoa
As a busy mother of six, Aisling Hanley knows that parents want highly nutritious options when weaning their babies onto solid food.
Aisling Kelly – WB’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.
Antoinette Butler – The 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.
Bríd Graham – Splash 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.
Brigid Riley – Fernwood 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.
Claire Molloy – Sweet 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.
Claire Price – House/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.
Caitriona Considine – Moher 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.
Elaine Jacob Healy– Dare to Dream lashes
Elaine Jacob Healy loved experimenting with makeup and she always wanted her own brand.
Eilín O’Carroll – Firmount House
Firmount House has a rich and colourful history dating all the way back to the 17th century, and Eilín O’Carroll and her husband David have injected fresh life into the house.
Finn Ní Fhaoláin – Fins 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.
Fiona Lee – Irish Food and Gifts
Having spent her childhood dreaming of mystical beings, Fiona Lee was destined to create a
magical space where fairies could feel at home.
Hazel Comyn – Hazel Comyn Designs
Her tulle skirts pushed her into the media spotlight and, just three years after launching her first bridal collection in 2015, Hazel Comyn is now an award-winning bridal designer.
Jac Keady – Caveman Grub
It was the infamous Irish breakfast roll that resulted in Jac Keady setting up her own healthy food range, Caveman Grub.
Jane O’ Connor – Savvy 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 eveloped a savviness for providing security solutions.
Joanne Browne – Jo Browne
While working as a reflexologist and a Holistic therapist, Joanne noticed a huge gap in the market for something more convenient and travel-friendly in the perfume industry. In 2013, she completed an aromatherapy course and used her new-found knowledge to make her own solid perfume.
Kabira Allain – Kymaïa
Born and raised in France to Moroccan parents, Kabira always had an interest in clothing and fashion.
Karen Keane – Bean 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.
Kyna Brady – By 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.
Laura Moloney – Laurel 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.
Louise Egan – I-SPY Clothing
Sitting the Leaving Certificate and setting up a new business are two extremely stressful experiences – but Louise Egan managed to do both at the same time.
Margaret Kennedy – Kennedy 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.
Maura Sheehy – Maura’s Cottage Flowers
Maura Sheehy had always dreamed of having a cottage garden, but instead she devoted the outdoor space to her seven children. As her children grew older, Maura completed a horticulture course to reclaim her garden.
Michelle Wallace – Digiyell
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.
Niamh Gaffney – Directionality
Following a life-changing experience in her own life, Niamh Gaffney realised that going back to normal wasn’t possible; she needed to find a new normal. Niamh Gaffney set up her company Directionality, which provides coaching and consultancy to people dealing with life-altering challenges.
Nikki Reddy – Celtic 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.
Orlagh Deegan – Choice Training
Selling garden potatoes outside her house at just 10 years of age, Orlagh Deegan was always destined to become an entrepreneur.
Sheena Dignam – Galway 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.
Tara Brady – Ireland 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.
Trín O’Brien – Wellnice 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.