Galway businesswomen to take part in biggest ever National Women's Enterprise Day




Female entrepreneurs from across Galway will take part in Ireland’s largest National Women’s Enterprise Day today (Thursday 18th October) when they attend their local event at Kilronan Castle.  An initiative of the Local Enterprise Offices, and now in its 12th year, over 1,400 female entrepreneurs attended National Women’s Enterprise Day events across the country.


At the joint Galway/Mayo/Roscommon event at Kilronan Castle in Co Roscommon, attendees will hear the thoughts of businesswomen such as Magaly Murray of Loughrea-based company Gran Gran’s Foods.


The National Women’s Enterprise Day initiative is led by the 31 Local Enterprise Offices nationwide, and funded by the Government of Ireland, in partnership with Enterprise Ireland and Local Authorities. The theme of this year’s National Women’s Enterprise Day is “From Local To Global”, aiming to highlight the success stories of female entrepreneurs who have taken their local ideas and turned them into global success stories with the hope of inspiring more women to do the same.


High profile entrepreneurs that will share their success stories at sixteen different National Women’s Enterprise Day events around the country include Oscar-nominated Catherine Roycroft of Cartoon Saloon, Norah Casey of Harmonia, Oonagh O’Hagan of Meaghers Pharmacy Group, Mary McKenna of Tour America, Marissa Carter of Cocoa Brown and Eleanor McEvoy of Dragons’ Den and Budget Energy.    


In 2017, the Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) played a key role in supporting female entrepreneurs at all stages of their business journey.  Over 18,500 female entrepreneurs took part in LEO-led training, mentoring and networking programmes, while the Local Enterprise Offices provided direct funding to 280 female-led businesses in 2017.  Over 14,500 female entrepreneurs have already received training or mentoring through their Local Enterprise Office this year alone.


Heather Humphreys T.D., Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, said;This is a very significant day that puts Irish female entrepreneurship into the spotlight and celebrates the huge strides Irish businesswomen have made both here and internationally.  Today is also an opportunity to inspire the female entrepreneurs of the future, by showing them what is possible and why they should be thinking global.  Irish businesswomen have shown they can be the best in the world and we must continue in this frame of mind.  The recent budget has shown my Department’s commitment to business and entrepreneurs with a 22% increase in funding for the Local Enterprise Offices and we will continue to back our inspirational female entrepreneurs.”