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Biggest-ever National Women’s Enterprise Day taking place this October




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

All enquiries to Fiona Leahy, Kerry Local Enterprise Office or 066 7183502.

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Ireland’s oldest citizen has Killarney connections

Ireland’s oldest woman met with President Michael D. Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin this week. Máirín Hughes, who turned 109 on May 22 has strong Killarney connections. The previous record […]




Ireland’s oldest woman met with President Michael D. Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin this week.

Máirín Hughes, who turned 109 on May 22 has strong Killarney connections.

The previous record was held by 107-year-old Nancy Stewart who died on September 10 2021.

Although born in Belfast, Máirín went to school in the Mercy Convent. Her father was a customs and excise officer and the family moved around a lot eventually coming to Killarney after spells in County Down and Dublin.

Her mother came from the Rathmore area and her father was from Newmarket in County Cork.

She attended the Mercy Convent and has, in previous interviews, recalled growing up on the shores of Lough Lein.

“Neighbours who had three children were given the job of taking me to school,” she said. “They were annoyed because the children were going to school for two or three years but I was put in to the same class as them – my mother had taught me.”

In 2021 she featured in the book ‘Independence Memories: A People’s Portrait of the Early Days of the Irish Nation’, sharing stories of being kept in school in Killarney during an attack on the RIC barracks down the road.

In 1924 she started a degree in science and a diploma in education at University College Cork, before working in the pathology lab in University College Cork’s Department of Medicine for 16 years.

last year she recalled her story on the podcast: ‘Living History – Irish Life and Lore’.

During the broadcast she talked about her parents’ membership of the Gaelic League in 1910; the Spanish Flu in Ireland in 1918; The Black and Tans in Killarney in 1921; the early days of the new Free State; Eucharistic Congress in Dublin in 1932, visiting the Basket Islands in 1929; and working in the UCC medical laboratory from 1932 until 1948.

This week President Michael D. Higgins hosted an afternoon tea event to celebrate the important role that a variety of people have and can play in different communities and Máirín was among the guests of honour.

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Philip is running over 100kms for Cancer charity

Local runner and charity fundraiser Philip Kissane is set for the biggest challenge of his career as he lines up for the Cork City Marathon on Sunday. Phillip has already […]




Local runner and charity fundraiser Philip Kissane is set for the biggest challenge of his career as he lines up for the Cork City Marathon on Sunday.

Phillip has already completed four half marathons at various locations around Killarney – all in aid of Kerry Cancer Support Group – or the Cancer Bus as it popularly called.

This is the second time that Phillip has run four half marathon and an official race for the charity.

Back in 2021 he finished with 5km Run Killarney event but his finishing race this time around is over eight times the distance at 42kms.

“We are delighted with Philip’s continued fundraising support but also with his awareness raising for the charity,” Breda Dyland, Service Manager Kerry Cancer Support Trust.

“We are getting busier all the time and still get no statutory funding so are dependent on fundraisers like Philip’s to keep us on the road. We have just put our new wheelchair accessible bus on the Cork route so Philip’s funding will be going towards the operation of this vehicle.”


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