DLR Creatives

DLR Creatives

LEO DLR are delighted to announce a course to support creative business owners in the region.

The aim of the programme is to provide business training and support to ten creative business owners to help them develop their business and bring them from zero to online sales in 6 months.

It will provide an online platform to connect our 10 chosen Creatives, in a community driven learning environment which will enable these businesses to sell online and to feel supported during this process.

This programme enables participants to develop a network that can support the further development of your business.

By providing online learning, along with offline networking events and an offline product photography workshop, the programme is designed to be flexible and to allow participants to learn when and where suits them best.


Who is it suitable for? 

  • Creatively talented people based in the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown area who want to build a sustainable career and future in the vibrant creative and cultural industries. Our chosen 10 can be from a variety of disciplines, bringing together people with diverse yet complimentary skill sets and backgrounds. 
  • People who want a flexible approach to learning – This innovative programme is web-based and can be carried out at a time and place of your choosing. The programme is designed to allow participants to be as flexible as possible, as we understand and appreciate the Creative process.


What are the next steps?

Apply online – closing date is Friday, January 24th at 10 pm.

Apply Here

Your application will be considered, and successful applicants will be notified on Wednesday, January 29th.



The cost of the course is €150. This includes, on completion of the course, a six-month membership of The Biscuit Factory, an online community driven business school for creatives, which will provide access to ongoing training and support.




The DLR Creatives course will take place over six months, with an anticipated start date in February 2020.

The programme consists of six online modules, an offline photography workshop, launch event and debrief event.

The online modules can be taken at your own pace through the given month with full support from your dedicated trainer in your very own private support group.

It is an initiative of LEO DLR and will be coordinated by Tara Prendergast, Programme Manager.

If you have any questions on this programme, please contact Róisín Cronin on 01 2047083 or rcronin@dlrcoco.ie

Programme details as follows:

  • Introductory event - venue and date to be agreed
  • Brand Audit - Development of an identified and documented Brand strategy.
  • Ideal Client – Defining a target market and route to market.
  • Social Training – Gaining a minimum of 100 followers on Facebook and Instagram.
  • Images that Sell - Product photography skills. Photography workshop, venue and date to be arranged.
  • The Numbers -Revenue compliant, accounting system complete to trade.
  • Online Selling - Online e-commerce shop front live and sales target hit.
  • Offline networking event pre-wrap up.
Ongoing:Weekly meditation practice
July - Dec 2020:Full membership of The Biscuit Factory to provide continued support and training.

This initiative is supported by the following experts in their fields;

Tara PrendergastTara Prendergast - Programme Coordinator

By the age of 23, Tara Prendergast had owned, operated and sold a 60 seater restaurant. The serial entrepreneur has been building and advising businesses for 20+ years. Her private membership community, The Biscuit Factory, incubates creatives and makers and supports them with business advice and strategy. Tara also facilitates #1 Community for Creatives in Ireland which connects and supports almost 7,000 Creative business owners in an online space called Bite The Biscuit.

Tara’s newest venture is an "Irish Etsy". The Biscuit Marketplace that aims to promote the very best of Irish design.

She has also stepped on the Ted stage talking about The Creative Revolution that she is such a huge part of in Ireland today.

Ana DoradoAna Dorado

Ana Dorado is a professional photographer and the human behind www.abdphotography.ie 

Always passionate about Art, community, learning and teaching, Ana moved to Ireland in the year 2002 after completing her degree in Education in Spain. Ana worked for big corporations in Ireland for over a decade until she decided to start her own business as a photographer in 2012 and to create her own path, allowing a better work-life balance for her family. 

Currently, her work is focused in helping other creative businesses with their images, providing product photography, brand photography and photography workshops across the country. 

Carmel SeeryCarmel Seery

As a qualified Chartered Management Accountant (CIMA) with over 20 years’ experience working in many different industries, Carmel has built up an extensive knowledge on how businesses work. She has been responsible for creating, reviewing - monthly, quarterly and yearly Financial Statements, running external audits and has an in-depth knowledge of all aspects of accounting and business management

Having branched out on her own, Carmel has worked with entrepreneurs and small business owners to solidify their strategies and understand their numbers. An experienced tutor and trainer she has taught the Accounting Technician and Start Your Own Business course, and has created a 6 week in person Accounting for New Businesses as well as an online course Fall in Love with Finance. This has given her an excellent understand of what SME’s and entrepreneurs tend to struggle with most.

Karen McCarthyKaren McCarthy

Karen McCarthy is the founder of Tranzformedia, and her signature program Creative Business Accelerator. She helps creative people launch their own businesses using social media effectively. She trains people on how to use Facebook and Instagram and teaches them how to write copy that converts.

Karen has a degree in Marketing & Digital Business and a Diploma in Social Media Marketing. She has a passion for writing and was a journalist with the Sunday Tribune for a while too. She worked as a social media strategist and content writer for companies for the last three years and is now more focused on mentoring creative people on a one to one basis and helping them succeed online.

Karen is a digital entrepreneur and lives the laptop lifestyle by providing all her services and trainings by video. She believes that those who are creative have a unique opportunity to succeed on social media as their natural abilities are exactly what the platforms are looking for.

Marianna KaneMarianna Kane

Marianna Kane is an esteemed designer, lecturer and business mentor based in County Meath. Over the past decade Marianna has been working in the product design sector helping businesses succeed through engaging in creative and innovative activities.

While attending business training in 2012 she realised that there was a void in the education system for right brained professionals. She went on to design and deliver 10 different courses that would help creative professionals excel in their career. Her courses range from sketching to optimising crafts for mass production. She became an accredited adult educator in 2012 and went on to deliver her courses to The Crafts Council of Ireland, Maynooth University and Dublin Institute of Technology.

Marianna has spent most of her youth researching the great artists, scientists and engineers and exploring her own inventions through painting, sculpting, sketching and 3D modelling. She excelled in college and won multiple awards and achieved 1st class Honours (BSc) in Product Design. She then went on to work in the Irish product design sector and after 4 years decided to become self-employed. This journey would take her to further business education through the County Enterprise Boards and Enterprise Ireland where she learned the fundamentals of entrepreneurship and became passionate about helping other right brained entrepreneurs on their business journey.

Marianna is an advocate for creativity in business and believes that it is the key to success in both learning entrepreneurship and operating a business. She runs a successful design agency, DesignBurst, where she has tried and tested all of her methodologies and in turn has succeeded. DesignBurst offers web design services for businesses who want to stand out and will become a 3D printing Hub in 2021.

Marianna likes to keep her training interesting, fun and creative because this process helps make her courses memorable – get the coloured pencils and glue at the ready!

Patricia FitzgeraldPatricia Fitzgerald

Patricia Fitzgerald is an author, visual artist and meditation facilitator located in Dublin, Ireland. Her first book Healing Creations: Discover your mindful self through mandala colouring and journaling (Collins Press 2016) contains forty hand drawn mandalas for you to engage with, positive quotations and wisdom from many of the world's best thinkers plus meditation. It is available in all good bookstores in Ireland and globally on Amazon. Her second book 'Who Would You Be If..." is a personal development guide for women and was published by Red Stag Books in November 2018 and is accompanied by a guided meditation CD.

In Visual Arts, her main focus is on the art of Mandala and the power of mandala as a tool for the expansion of consciousness and mindfulness. Her internationally selling work has been exhibited extensively in Ireland. As well as creating stunningly detailed mandalas, she also hosts workshops and retreats in Ireland and abroad on Mandala creation and meditation as a tool for personal development. She is a part of the creative collective outlet 300 Acres who are situated in The Craft Courtyard at Marlay Park, Rathfarnham, Dublin.

Patricia studied Visual Education and Communication at Dun Laoghaire College of Art & Design (IADT) and also holds a first class honours degree in Philosophy and Sociology from University College, Dublin where she was also awarded a post graduate scholarship.

She has featured on The RTE Today Show, The Irish Times, The Business Post, The Independent, The Conscious Living Show, Victoria Mary Clarke's The Art of Living Show, Derry City FM's Arts show, Positive Life, Live Encounters, The Dublin Enquirer and on many other radio shows, podcasts and magazine features.

Patricia was a Senior Librarian and Arts Officer with South Dublin County Council for over 27 years until she changed her career in 2017 to pursue her passion for art and meditation practice full time.