National Womens Enterprise Day 2016

If you’re thinking of starting a business or already running your own company, join the Local Enterprise Offices on National Women’s Enterprise Day, Wednesday October 19th, on the road to success! As part of the National Womens Enterprise Day, South East meets Mid-West – The Road to Success Kilkenny, Carlow, Tipperary, Wexford, Waterford. Registered delegates can enjoy formal and informal networking, commencing at 5.00pm on the evening of Wednesday 19th October, 2016 and concluding on Thursday morning until 11.00am.

The cost for 2 days is €35 and to book, click

Event Overview

Wednesday 19th October, 2016

  • 5pm-6pm - Arrival & registration
  • 7pm - Drinks Reception
  • 7.30pm - Opening Words by Anna Byrne – Regional Co-ordinator – National Women’s Enterprise Day South East
  • 7.35pm - Opening Address by Chief Executive, Colette Byrne – Kilkenny County Council
  • 7.45pm - Dinner
  • 8.45pm - After Dinner Speaker – Miriam O’Callaghan

Thursday 20th October, 2016

  • 8.30am - Opening words by Fiona Deegan – Head of Enterprise –Local Enterprise Office (Kilkenny)
  • The Business Breakfast chaired by Siobhán Donohoe (Irish TV)

Panel Speakers:

  • Clare Hughes, CF Pharma
  • Rachel Doyle, Arboretum Home & Garden Heaven
  • Niamh Hogan – Holos (Wexford)
  • Hannah Wrixon, Last Minute Minders
  • 11am - Closing remarks by Eleanor Forrest – Regional Co-ordinator – National Womens Enterprise Day – Mid West

After Dinner Speaker


Miriam O'Callaghan

Was born and raised in Dublin. She studied law at UCD and qualified as a solicitor before beginning her career in television on ITV's This is your Life. She joined the BBC as a producer in 1987, and later became a reporter on BBC2's Newsnight .

Miriam returned to Ireland in 1993 to present RTE's business programme Marketplace, while continuing to cover Northern politics for Newsnight. In 1996 she became the presenter of RTE's flagship current affairs programme Prime Time.

In August 2000 Miriam co-founded Mint, a media company specialising in television production.


Panel Speakers:


Clare Hughes, CF Pharma

Clare Hughes is the Managing Director and R&D Manager for Human and Animal Healthcare Products at CF Pharma.  The business is based in Waterford and is an ISO approved medical device company, which has also set up distribution agreements for its Dioclear product in 13 European countries.  It is a privately owned company, specialized in the development of:


• Niche Generics • Medical devices • Innovative food supplements

Cf Pharma’s main business activity is offering a globally exclusive portfolio of products to other pharmaceutical companies as well as directly to the consumer in some selected markets.

Cf Pharma have an R & D team plus facilities to produce the highest quality products


Rachel Doyle

Arboretum Home & Garden Heaven: Home, garden and lifestyle retailing. Rachel Doyle, A native of Clonmore, Hacketstown, Co Carlow has achieved national and international status for her five Star Arboretum Home and Garden Heaven in Leighlinbridge, Co Carlow, which is her pride and joy. Rachel’s entrepreneurial dream to start her own business started after graduating from college in 1976. Rachel identified a niche in the market and the seed was sown. Rachel opened a small garden centre at the rear of the family home and soon the business grew in success. Rachel’s greatest strength is her awareness for hard work and attention to detail. The former Rachel Candy has created a thing of beauty in Leighlinbridge and the Arboretum is what people most readily identify about this heritage village.

Hannah Wrixon

Last Minute Minders: Childcare solutions and introductory service for child minders and clients. Hannah is the founder and CEO of Last Minute Minders Ltd, a multi award winning staff solutions company based in Limerick. Having recently developed exciting new software to support the growth of Last Minute Minders she is excited to hear about other businesses who are technology based or have had to embrace technology in order to grow and scale. She is committed to business and trying to find the balance between home & work.Hannah has recently set up another business in Co. Clare Get the Shifts. This online business allows regular people with some experience to register their availability for hospitality work. It enables businesses to access a database of verified casual workers and in turn creating work in the hospitality sector.

Niamh Hogan – Holos Skincare

"Niamh Hogan is creator and CEO of Holos Skincare, luxurious plant-based aromatherapy skincare handmade in Co. Wexford. Niamh recently won investment from Eleanor McEvoy, CEO of Budget Energy on RTE's Dragons Den and has enjoyed many business and beauty industry awards since launching in 2014. Niamh is passionate about health, beauty and business and loves to share with and learn from other women in business in Ireland and further afield"

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