Female entrepreneurs and budding businesswomen from across the Local Enterprise Office in Kerry and Cork are being encouraged to look to the future and register for this year’s National Women’s Enterprise Day.
The Local Enterprise Office (LEO) initiative, now in its 16th year, National Women's Enterprise Day celebrates female entrepreneurs’ success and inspires female start-ups to help build 'Our Future, Our Way', the theme for this year’s National Women’s Enterprise Day 2022.
16 major entrepreneurial events are planned across the country on October 13, including a lead event at the Brehon Hotel, Killarney hosted by Kerry County Council Local Enterprise Office.
This 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 event will kick off with a welcome address by Moira Murrell, Chief Executive of Kerry County Council followed by a network event facilitated by Marie Wiseman, Wiser Marketing allowing attendees to meet with other female entrepreneurs present. The keynote speaker will be Sonya Lennon, designer, broadcaster, social entrepreneur, and successful businesswoman. It will also include an interactive panel discussion of Kerry and Cork leading lights hosted by MC Elaine Kinsella, Radio Kerry presenter and RTÉ broadcaster. This event will also include an Afternoon Tea style networking lunch.
Kerry County Council Local Enterprise Office’s leading light for the event is Emily Brick who founded Athena Analytics after returning to Ireland from Australia where she worked as a Senior Data Scientist for the Department of Education. Although Emily has a strong passion for the role of machine learning in solving data problems, simplifying reporting, informing decision making; she also understands how machine learning and web-based software combined can be powerful in solving practical and logistical problems for end users in a timely and simple fashion. In late 2017, she saw an opportunity in the education market in Ireland for such a tool and so began Athena Analytics, an edtech company based in Tralee. The Athena Tracker is currently used in over half of Ireland’s secondary schools and in a growing number of schools in both the UK and South Africa.
“The ‘Our future, Our Way’ message for National Women’s Enterprise Day has never been more important," Moira Murrell, Chief Executive of Kerry County Council, who will be delivering the opening address on National Women’s Enterprise Day, said.
"I look forward to addressing this year’s event and hearing from inspiring female business leaders on how they have managed the past two years, which have been extremely difficult for all business owners and their staff. The Government is determined to help more women pursue entrepreneurship as a career and I’m encouraged to see such a significant increase – 58%, taking up the training programmes that are available. Training and mentorship can make a huge difference to any entrepreneur starting out, on what can often be a lonely journey, and I encourage all women considering setting up their own business to contact their Local Enterprise Office to see how they can help you.”
Fiona Leahy, Kerry Local Enterprise Office said “National Women’s Enterprise Day has always been a day of celebration of the very best in female entrepreneurship and highlighting the strength of that community".
"This year is no different, but we are very much looking forward. How can we help female entrepreneurs in Kerry and the southwest sustain and develop their businesses and ideas going into the future. Don’t miss out on this inclusive, creative, inspirational, unique event with plenty of networking, celebrating women in business. All sectors are welcome from entrepreneurs with a business idea, to start-ups and well-established businesses.”
To book a place for the Kerry event, which costs €30 please visit www.localenterprise.ie.
All enquiries to Fiona Leahy, Kerry Local Enterprise Office firstname.lastname@example.org or 066 7183502.
Jim awarded for life-long service to the community
By Michelle Crean Listry local Jim O’Shea was honoured last week as members of the community council presented him with an award for his life-long service to the community. Jim […]
By Michelle Crean
Listry local Jim O’Shea was honoured last week as members of the community council presented him with an award for his life-long service to the community.
Jim received the O’Shea Award for 2022 at a meeting of Directors of Listry Community Council held on September 21.
Jim has been involved in Athletics from a very early age both as a competitor and administrator.
He was very much involved with Community Games in Milltown/Listry as organiser and coach. He was also involved with the Farranfore Maine Valley Athletic Club since its foundation.
Over the years Jim has competed in athletic events, mainly high jump and long jump, both in Ireland and abroad.
Recently he travelled to Derby in the UK in the British Masters Championship and won Gold in the 100 metres and Long Jump and finished second in the High Jump.
Jim, who is a very modest man, was actively involved with Listry Community Council as a volunteer driver for Meals on Wheels and for his commitment to keeping our community litter free by organising a number of litter picking days each year.
Always interested in fitness, Jim often came along to the Listry Seniors Social day and led the group in gentle exercises.
“Jim is a very worthy recipient of the O’Shea Award 2022 and we thank him for a lifetime of service to others,” Tony Darmody, Chairman, said.
New book recounts stories from the Irish Civil War
The killing of 17-year-old Bertie Murphy in Killarney in September 1922 Historian and author, Owen O’Shea recounts one of the most shocking murders of the Civil War which occurred in […]
The killing of 17-year-old Bertie Murphy in Killarney in September 1922
Historian and author, Owen O’Shea recounts one of the most shocking murders of the Civil War which occurred in Killarney a century ago this week.
There were many tragic episodes and incidents during the Civil War in Kerry. One of the dreadful features of the conflict was the young age at which many on both sides of the conflict were killed in 1922 and 1923.
In Killarney in August 1922, for example, two young Free State army medics were shot dead by a sniper as they stepped off a boat onto the shore of Inisfallen Island. 18-year-old Cecil Fitzgerald and 20-year-old John O’Meara, both from Galway, had joined the army just a few months previously and were enjoying a boat trip on the lake during a day’s leave when they were killed.
The following month, one of the most shocking deaths to occur in Killarney in this period was the murder of a 17-year-old boy from Castleisland.
Bertie Murphy, a member of Fianna Éireann, the youth wing of the IRA, was just 17-years-old when he was taken into custody by Free State soldiers while walking near his home in September 1922. His mother saw him being taken in away in a truck to the Great Southern Hotel where the army had established its headquarters in the town.
The improvised barracks had a number of prison cells in the basement where anti-Treaty IRA members were detained. The prison would become renowned as a place where beatings and torture took place: a young man whose brother was an IRA captain was taken there and ‘mercilessly beaten to get him to reveal information’. He was then ‘thrown down a coal chute and left as dead’.
On Wednesday, September 27, a Free State army convoy was ambushed by the IRA at Brennan’s Glen on the Tralee road and two officers, Daniel Hannon and John Martin, were killed. Bertie Murphy had been in one of the army vehicles – he was being used by the army as a hostage in an attempt to prevent attacks by anti-Treaty forces. It was common for Free State convoys to carry a prisoner as a deterrent to IRA ambushes and attacks.
When the convoy returned to the hotel, they were met by Colonel David Neligan, one of the most ruthless members of the Kerry Command of the Free State army. Neligan had been a member of Michael Collins’ ‘Squad’ during the War of Independence and was an experienced and battle-hardened soldier.
Neligan demanded to know why the soldiers had not taken any prisoners during the ambush at Brennan’s Glen, in which two of his officers had died. The soldiers, in a frenzy following the ambush, threw Bertie Murphy down the steps of the hotel. In the presence of other soldiers, Neligan began to beat up Murphy at the bottom of the steps and then shot the prisoner. In her book, ‘Tragedies of Kerry’, Dorothy Macardle says that Murphy lived ‘until the priest came’, but died shortly after.
Another prisoner was in custody in the hotel at the time. Con O’Leary from Glenflesk was brought down from his cell to identify the dead man. But so extensive were Murphy’s facial injuries that O’Leary was unable to identify his fellow prisoner.
Newspaper reports wrongly reported that Murphy had been wounded during the engagement at Brennan’s Glen and had ‘succumbed to his injuries’ on returning to Killarney.
At Murphy’s inquest which was held a fortnight later, General Paddy O’Daly, the head of the Kerry Command, sympathised with Murphy’s family but insisted that Murphy had died in the ambush at Brennan’s Glen. He said his soldiers had done ‘everything humanly possible for the man’.
He reminded those present that deaths like Murphy’s were the fault of reckless IRA leaders who refused to accept the authority of the people. ‘It is the women and children’, he said, ‘that are suffering, and for all the suffering that is being endured those leaders are to blame’.
It would not be the last time that O’Daly and senior army officers in Kerry would cover up the actions of their soldiers in the county. Nor, sadly, would it be the last time that young men, on both sides of the divide, joined the long list of victims of the Civil War in the county.
Owen O’Shea’s new book, ‘No Middle Path: The Civil War in Kerry’ will be published by Merrion Press in mid-October and can be pre-ordered now on Amazon and at www.owenoshea.ie.
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