ACORNS 5

 

Aisling BrennanTrue Self, True Art

Aisling Brennan has always been drawn to the benefits of art as a therapeutic tool for empowering people’s lives. Personally experiencing the benefits of art therapy, combined with her interest in spirituality, she has created her own business offering art therapy, wellbeing and spiritual accompaniment services.

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Aisling WalshAsh Ecology and Environmental Ltd

Over the years, Aisling’s entrepreneurial streak was in evidence. It was this spirit of enterprise, combined with her passionate love of wildlife and nature, and her desire to protect the environment, that led her to set up Ash Ecology & Environmental (AEE).

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Anne Marie FeigheryFeighery’s Farm

Having grown up on a family farm, Anne Marie has always had a passion for all things health, food and exercise. The inspiration for her healthy beetroot juice came from her father who was on the hunt for it after coming across numerous articles highlighting the many health benefits, including lowering blood pressure.

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Clare Tully Jackanory

Clare was inspired to create Jackanory, an online children’s boutique in June 2018 after researching and testing out brands and products on her son. Clare runs the online shop, which stocks clothing, accessories, gifts and essentials for babies and toddlers, from her home in Navan, Co Meath.

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Fiona SmiddyGreen Outlook

It was while travelling in South America that she became increasingly conscious of how our daily lifestyle choices impact the environment and came up with the idea for her own sustainable business. In March 2019, she set up Green Outlook as a one-stop shop for eco-friendly products with a focus on Irish made.

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Máire GriffinOrganiGo

Máire, who has a BSc in Food Science and Health and a Masters in Food Law, had a background working in food factories and with an organic wholesaler and distributor in the UK. She realised there was no certified organic processor in Ireland bringing ready to eat organic vegetables to the retail market, so she started to investigate the market opportunity in early 2019.

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Margo MulvihillWhere Digital Goes

Having worked in sales and marketing for over 10 years, Margo realised that the whole industry was shifting towards digital. She decided to upskill in social media with a firm focus on digital marketing. In May 2018, she accepted redundancy and started her own marketing agency.

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Mary-Thea BrosnanKerry Kefir

Having suffered from digestive issues for years, Mary-Thea Brosnan was prescribed tablets to be taken before every meal for the rest of her life. She spent years looking to help her symptoms through diet until a nutritionist advocated milk kefir, a fermented milk beverage packed full of beneficial bacteria and yeast for your gut health.

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Nicola GaviganSeclusion Spa

Established in March 2017, Seclusion Spa is a boutique spa in the beautiful rural setting of Ardfarna, Bundoran, Co Donegal. The spa promises peace and tranquillity along with fabulous treatments for an overall memorable experience.

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Sarah Jane FosterSJF Productions

When people hear the name Foster they automatically associate Sarah Jane with music, but she was focused on the cameras rather than the instruments and she quickly fell in love with production work.In 2016, she started to notice a change in how people were advertising their businesses and flirted with the idea of starting her own production company.

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