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Meet the Greenshoots Emerging Entrepreneurs 2015

Greenshoots participants 2015


Róisín Dunne

Piper is a small business situated in the heart of the Múscraí Gaeltacht.
We design and manufacture our cosmetics bags from start to finish here in Co Cork using quality fabrics, interesting prints and edgy colour combinations.
Our desire is to create beautiful products with a simple contemporary feel that can work for everyday life. Practical can be beautiful too! Contact Roisin


Joanna Kaminska-Wujek
JOKAMIN – Illustrations and Sculptures

My name is Joanna Kaminska-Wujek and I work under the name of JOKAMIN. I am self-thought illustrator/artist. My work has been a spiritual journey that brought me from Poland through New York to Ireland.
My style is naive, authentic and gives me an edge in my art. In my illustrations I picture often daily scenes, conversations overheard, situations seen; everything could be a starting point for an illustration: somebody’s facial expression, a title in the newspaper, a gesture or a particular song. Basically I create what I feel is true for me and what my intuition tells me. My work is inspired by authenticity, realness, identity, beauty, people and life generally.
My illustrations are often quirky and sometimes nostalgic. I picture moods and beauty and like Henrie Cartier-Bresson I try to capture “the decisive moment”. I am a good observer and enjoy illustrating life. Knowing that at times my art heals souls or makes people laugh is very important to me and makes me happy. Contact Joanna. Tel 085 1332024
www.jokamin.com or www.facebook.com/jokamin


Eithne Buckley
Twoheartsmeet Dating Agency

Twoheartsmeet is a Munster based Dating Agency catering for single and unattached people from late 20′s to early 70′s. It caters for people who are looking for a long term partner to form a mutually supportive and committed relationship. It is a friendly, personalised and totally confidential service where each client is profiled on a one to one basis and matched with like minded potential partners. Eithne will give you personal attention at all times, listening to what you say you are looking for in a partner. Twoheartsmeet also offers dating and personal coaching in the areas of confidence building, weight loss or any other personal issues someone has which prevents them being in control and living the life they want to live. www.twoheartsmeet.ie Tel 085 7742444 or 0216010069


Niall Mooney
Gaelic Butter

Gaelic Butter is an innovative new range of flavored butters with the primary product being Wild Irish Garlic Butter. As a chef for the past 20 years, I have seen first hand the world’s finest ingredients and produce and believe there is no doubt that Ireland’s dairy sector is the very best on the world stage.
I believe that using the combination of our world class butter and organic wild garlic together with strong Irish branding has the potential to be a leading product in the world market. The company plans on building a strong market position over the next three years due to the quality and uniqueness of the product. We aim to offer our products at a competitive price to meet the demand of the middle income local and international markets.


Orla Kelly
Orla Kelly Self Publishing Services.ie

I work with authors and business professionals to expand their fan or client base by taking their work and publishing it in Kindle and print ready formats on Amazon, the worlds largest online store. This way their books are visible before a global international audience of readers and buyers and can be used to promote them as an author or professional offering goods or a service.
In addition, I offer conversion of existing book covers or create one off covers for digital and print formats. Should a client want an eBook that can be done too. All work considered!
Orla Kelly Self Publishing Services helps clients by taking the stress, guess work and hassles out of learning a new skill and all clients can be assured of a professional high quality finish for their books. www.orlakellyselfpublishingservices.ie


Merril Kahapola Arachchi
Hospitality Training Ireland

Hospitality Training Ireland provides effective and flexible bespoke training packages to service personnel in hotel and food and beverage outlets. We deliver training in collaboration with sector experts to offer knowledge, skills and motivation for individuals to succeed in their career and to raise the standard of customer care in the hospitality industry in Ireland.


Jean O’Sullivan
Red Pen Edits

Have you ever been enjoying a good read and stumble upon an error? I have. And let me tell you it can get messy – red ink messy!
I enjoy communicating with clients, determining their service expectations and delivering them. Finding and correcting typos, spelling mistakes, grammatical and punctuation errors are a challenge to me. One I relish.
The words that are read about you and your business are often the only identity you have in people’s eyes. This is the reason proofreading and editing are vital for you and your business. Whether your business is your latest novel or the company newsletter, it is representing you and your business brand.
Should your business documents or the manuscript sitting on your shelf require polishing, contact me. Contact Jean


Simon Casey
Clean Rainwater Solutions 

Clean Rainwater Solutions aims to provide a rainwater harvesting product like no other. We have a unique system which collects water from the roof and stores it in a tank before it is pumped through a filtration system. We believe there is a gap in the market for a cost effective rainwater harvesting solution. We are based in Cloyne Co.Cork and our primary market is the Irish market, however we do have ambitions for an international market.


Dermot O’Sullivan
Gas Mark Seven

Gas Mark Seven is a unique style small cafe idea with a strong focus on good quality coffee and high quality cake. My aim is to bring Cork great coffee using local roasters and have a range of cakes to enjoy in the cafe or to take home. The main offering will be coffee and cake but breakfast, brunch and light lunch will also form part of the offering. All produce sourced for the cafe will be homemade using produce from my own gardens or from local suppliers with a strong emphasis on locally sourced foods. Gas Mark Seven will be a go-to destination for great quality coffee, food and customer service.


Meet the Greenshoots Emerging Entrepreneurs 2014

Graduates of Greenshoots 2013/14, with guest speaker Juliet Murphy, Mayor of the County Cllr. Alan Coleman, Mayor of Macroom Cllr. Ted Lucey, Cllr. Aindreas Moynihan, Programme sponsors Noel O’Driscoll, Cork County Council and Sean O’Sullivan, South Cork Local Enterprise Office. 


Declan Sugrue
3DS Designs

My name is Declan Sugrue and I am the owner of 3DS Designs. 3DS Designs was set up with the sole intention of showing a client their finished project, before it’s ever built.
I can walk you through your dream house before you start any building works; this avoids mistakes, which in turn saves you money and time. I have the knowledge and experience to deliver you a design that surpasses your expectations. You will also feel excited about your project as you will be involved in the design process, you are putting your own spin on your house or premises, and you can see the end result. I can show you your dream kitchen, your dream bedroom, your dream house before it’s even built.
I am very interested in design and giving people a concept that is beyond their wildest vision. 3DS designs takes the fear out of the unknown. Contact Declan


Alison Moloney
Tax Zapp Simplify your tax return

Snap it. Tap it. Done.
1. Snap a photo of your tax receipt.
2. Answer simple questions.
3. Tax Zapp auto inputs your tax details in to your online income tax return, eliminating any manual entry.

A simple, time saving service to rapidly organise your everyday tax receipts and auto fill your income tax return, on the go, through an easy-to-use website and mobile phone app.
We take pride in our work and everything is executed with precision and passion.
2015 Launch. For contact details visit www.taxzapp.ie



Therese O’Leary
Blinks & Browze

My business is both product and service based. Blinks and Browze is the company which will carry the products I am developing. My first product is an eyebrow stencilling kit with an attachment for easier application.
Brighter Days Beautiful Ways are the beauty workshops which I run nationwide: I specialise in creating workshops for women going through chemotherapy and post treatment to create a look that they comfortable with. My motto is Be You, Be Beautiful!



Liz O’Connor
StartRight HR

Liz O’Connor has worked in IBEC for 30 years and has a degree in Business Studies from UCC and a Diploma in Employment Law. She is now keen to use her experience, and the skills she has acquired over the years, to set up her own HR Service for small business.
The whole area of HR and legal compliance can be a daunting prospect for many small businesses. My business will provide an affordable HR set up and/or check-up so that companies can be confident they are compliant with current employment legislation. This involves the design and/or review of contracts of employment, HR policies, procedures and the provision of a handbook employers can refer to once the HR system has been set up.


Margaret O’Connor

I have worked for many years as an educator, group facilitator, and psychotherapist.  I enjoy working with people at all stages of development and offering mentoring and education to ease any challenges and to help them to move through life transitions and changes.  Greenshoots offers me a chance to develop my work in new directions and create new avenues through which to offer my services.


Frank Guilfoyle

The global demand for water is set to rise by 40% over the next 20 years; the need for massive capital investment in end of life and leaking water infrastructure will drive the cost of supply upward. The levels of water stress such as demand excess and scarcity to densely populated areas is already being felt throughout urban European communities.
SinUisce will target partnering with water supply companies to assist reducing the demand on governments and water utility suppliers by moving water production from the municipal plants to the point of use i.e. the home, the business and the amenity. SinUisce will create in partnership with utility and government organisations, an urban water collection, processing, distribution and reservoir network supplied by domestic municipal water units, sourcing rain water and recycling of targeted onsite water resources. SinUisce understands the demand for sustainable water production and has a unique vision as to how rain water harvesting can resolve this current and escalating problem. SinUisce understands the needs of clients need for domestic municipal water production in the field of rainwater harvesting. Relevant rain water harvesting takes into consideration the needs of transport, installation, consumer safety and the need to produce water that can be used as water is intended to be – Drink – Bath – Discharge from premises.


Kathy O’Connor
Sherkin North Shore

Sherkin North Shorea centre for Island Living, Island Learning, has been created  by Kathy and Mike O’Connor.  This centre has facilities sitting right on Roaring Water Bay, in beautiful West Cork.  Sherkin Island is a short, 15 minute ferry ride from Baltimore, and is a luxurious landscape which is ideal for getting away, thinking, walking, learning, and spending time learning or enjoying activities such as yoga, art, mindfulness, team-building, etc.  Sherkin North Shore can comfortably accommodate 42 people, has cooking facilities, and a 17 x 23 ft Common Room which is ideal for many activities.  We would love to welcome you there, and to share with you the unique beauty and peace of Sherkin Island.


Bronagh Twomey
The DeClutter Diva

My Business is in the very early stages of development. I am providing a decluttering and organising service for home and business. This service is tailored for the client to result in a clear/organised space. Often people report that they have lots of items/possessions/clothes that need to be “sorted” in lots of locations i.e. the wardrobe, attic, kitchen cupboards but that they find it overwhelming and don’t know where to start! That’s where I help – I start the job with the client and keep them focused in a non judgmental and objective manner. The end result is a clear space with the client deciding on where objects go. A client recently reported that after I worked with her on clearing her attic space she felt “free without the anxiety of the clutter over her head” she felt released of a huge burden and now is ready for me  to work on her wardrobe. Letting someone into your home or business is a very personal experience. I have 20 years experience working in the Health Sector as a Speech and Language Therapist.  I feel that my experience working closely with families equips me with the skills I need to provide a personal and private decluttering service.  A decluttered space helps to reduce stress and keep focused on work or play and even may help you make money from your unwanted items! Tel 0874186148


Geraldine Daunt
Wedding Planner & Event Stylist

Having spent many years working in Retail I gained vast experience in retail widow display and merchandising. Time spent with such companies as Laura Ashley and Blarney Woollen mills has heightened my appreciation of the impact that can be achieved in taking a professional approach to product presentation. In 2000 I went on to launch my own freelance window display service and travelled throughout Ireland to deliver this contract service. I now see the opportunity of using social media as the new means of developing retailers’ websites to become their “on line windows”. This will entail combining  website development and social media management.



Cherie McCarthy
Irish Crafting

Irish Craft and Design Business featuring handmade, unique and Irish designed pieces. I make beautiful bunting, cushions, and bespoke homeware crafts. All my materials are sourced and made in Ireland. 



Meet the Greenshoots Emerging Entrepreneurs 2013

Greenshoots Graduates 2013 Macroom Cork

Graduates of Greenshoots 2012/13, pictured with guest speaker Denis Collins, IBM; Cllr Owen McCarthy, Mayor of Macroom; Catherine Costello, Greenshoots Project Manager; Cllr Derry Canty, Deputy Mayor of the County; Sean O’Sullivan, CEO South Cork Enterprise Board and Maeve Bowen, Manager of Macroom E

Siobhan DugganSiobhan Duggan
Siobhan Duggan Artist

Siobhán is a graduate of Limerick College of Art and Design. She graduated with a degree in graphic design and has worked as a graphic designer since leaving college. She set up her design business (DMdesign) in 2007 and continues successfully to work with businesses in the Munster area developing their brand identities. Her love for art never faded and in her spare time she continued to explore her love for animals & the Irish countryside through paint.

Encouraged by family and friends to share her talent, in 2013 Siobhán decided to open the doors to her passion and share it with those that also have a love for animals and the Irish countryside. Based near the Gearagh, in the beautiful Lee Valley of Co. Cork, Siobhán paints in oil and watercolor from her little cottage in the heart of the countryside. Her limited edition archival prints are numbered and signed and come with a certificate of authenticity. Siobhán’s love for animals and their true character is apparent in all of her paintings. Her animal art is sure to warm your heart! www.siobhanduggan.ie


Alan Taylor

Alan Taylor
Alan Taylor IT Consulting

Alan has been trading since 2010, providing ICT support, consulting and web development services to small businesses and organisations in Ireland. For the past two years he has been investigating and implementing Cloud Computing for small business and has become aware that Irish SMEs are slow to adopt this trend.
With a view to the significant potential for minimising costs and increasing efficiency that this technology holds for small business in particular, Alan is developing and testing a simple to understand and easy to deploy package of existing applications to provide emerging firms with all the functions they need from accounts and customer relations management to image editing and backup solutions.
The bottom line is that a start-up entrepreneur can set up his entire infrastructure with his own domain name, email server, shared calendars, online storage and backups for less than the cost of a new laptop. This is not a limitation to growth, as the cloud allows for almost unlimited expansion and is now utilised by many leading companies.
Alan Taylor’s role lies in helping the new business choose, set up and configure the necessary applications and in training the users of the system so that they can quickly and efficiently get the most out of the system once it is in place.


Attila MagyarAttila & Levente Magyar


MAMUKKO is the creative passion & family micro-business of Levente & Attila Magyar. The brothers grew up in Transylvania in the 80s & 90s. Our grandparents were well known & respected Hungarian craft masters of the area – one a barrel maker  master and the other a leather worker. From our Kinsale (Co. Cork, Ireland) based workshop we produce a contemporary and affordable range of handmade handbags & accessories. 

These original and innovative creations are made of upcycled sailcloth, PVC tarpaulin and marine fabrics. Our collection of functional and funky bags is inspired by design and the use of recycled materials to give an eco friendly solution to fashionable accessories.
From design inception down to finishing we are true to our beliefs of recycling contemporary materials. Each bag is individually designed, handcrafted and finished in our workshop.
These unique and new interpretations of fabrics for fashionable handbags result in a fashion accessory that is affordable, functional and eco friendly.
We also do custom made bags and bespoke boat covers as well as industrial sewing & repairs. http://www.mamukko.ie/

Con FinucaneCon Finucane 
Oscon Telecom

Oscon Telecom was established in 2010 to provide SME’s with telecommunications and ADSL bonding services. Our aim is to deliver systems that allow  business to react quickly to their customers. Helping increase customer service performance and flexibility. With the VMX phone system, business can be mobile, with offices in any location, having remote workers directly connected to the office you can grow or streamline at the touch of a button.

Oscon owner Con Finucane has over 15 years of experience working in blue chip organisations in London and across the globe. His last position at the National Basketball Association saw him run the Europe Middle East and Africa IT department supporting all aspects of IT and Communications across three continents. He started Oscon in 2010 to allow him to use his expertise to help companies in Ireland. Whatever telecoms advice you require, whether you are a multi-site organisation or a single office Oscon has the knowledge and experience to be of assistance. All of our advice is backed up with practical help to fit your organisation’s requirements.


Dave O'ByrneDavid O’Byrne 
Democratic Apps

Democratic Apps was founded in the summer of 2012 by David O’Byrne to provide smart phone apps for politicians and local authorities. David was made redundant in December 2011 and decided to combine his love of technology and politics.
David has been active in politics and political campaigns since 2005. He has been involved in general, local and presidential elections as well as several referendum campaigns. He has a postgraduate diploma in Pharmaceutical Engineering and also studied Electronic Engineering at undergraduate level.
The company is developing two applications. The first will enable politicians to connect with constituents and potential voters via their smart phones. The second, the campaign app, will help the politician to manage their election campaign by allowing election teams to report via their smart phones. http://democraticapps.com/


Rashika Kahapola Arachchige
The Living Art Gallery

Céad míle fáilte! සාදරයෙන් පිලිගන්නවා ! Welcome!
In 2003 my husband and I were newly-weds ready to share a life of adventure and new experiences. So we leapt at the opportunity to sample life on the other side of the world. We traded our tropical island home for a temperate island dream. For me it has been an odyssey from English language teacher in a girls high-school in Sri Lanka to wife, mother (we now have an Irish-born son) and artist in Ireland.
Being an artist is a gift that I embrace so dearly. Though I had always had a deep love of art it wasn’t until 2004 that I found myself in a position to explore my own ability. The subtle variations and infinite diversity of colour, texture and design that I saw in the Irish landscape produced, in me, an undeniable need to paint.
Watercolour is my preferred medium. Its delicate texture and inimitable flexibility affords me the best possibility of capturing the magical properties of my subjects. As a self-taught artist I have experimented extensively. The techniques that I have developed are unconventional and unique. My most profound inspiration comes from flowers – from my garden, beneath the trees on river banks and beside country roads.
Five years ago I made the decision to paint full-time. Since then I have mounted several successful solo art exhibitions and have participated in numerous art festivals. I have sold several pieces of work to private collections nationally – including a former Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister). Some have made their way to customers overseas. Business experience of running The Living Art Gallery in the heart of Macroom town for over 16 months, gave me the opportunity to meet the customers from local community to visitors from abroad. I have been inspired by their encouragement and support to continue my career. My original paintings of flowers and exciting new collection of Limited Edition Floral Art Prints are sure to leave a lasting joy in the heart and the home of the art lovers.
Rashika Kahapolaarachchi – Artist http://thelivingartgallery.com


David O'BrienDavid & Aiden O ‘Brien
The Workshop Cork 

After years of experience of collecting antiques, vintage items and collectibles, Dave and his brother Aiden realised that there was a gap in the market for selling all three in one location. They were also conscious that many retailers priced the average person out of this market and wished to open the market up to new customers.
They believe that the experience is a big part of retail and so want to open up a small cafe section within the store to allow customers to enjoy themselves while browsing.
Dave graduated with a Masters in English Literature and minor degree in Psycholgy. He has had over 7 years experience working/managing in retail. Aiden has a Masters in Theology and has managed charities and many large organisations. Visit the workshop on Facebook. 


Dee O'SheaDee O’Shea
English Adventures Ireland

A forty-seven year old mother of two, I led a very varied life and travelled extensively in Europe and sub-Saharan Africa before I “settled down”.
In the ’80′s I obtained a B. SC. from UCD and in the ’90s a H. Dip. in Applied Science  from UCC. I’d considered the idea of teaching English as a Second Language in the past as a way of combining my love of English with my love of teaching. So, when I wanted to return to work after a long gap I realised that it was an itch that I had to scratch. I decided to acquire a CELTA cert (from UCC) in 2007 because it was the best qualification I could get to do the job.
Subsequently I became self-employed and managed to get great experience in Cork teaching general English classes at various levels as well as exam preparation for FCE, TOEIC and BEST. However, family circumstances and obligations required me to take a break late in 2010 during which time I realised that I really wanted to start my own school in Macroom and that’s what I’m doing!
The aim of the business is to provide a variety of English language holiday packages:  language tuition, exam preparation, home-stays with families, cultural visits and more. These holidays are suited to individuals or groups who would prefer a provincial or rural English language holiday. www.englishadventuresireland.ie/


James HickeyJames HIckey
Carving Mad Wood Crafts

James has 19 years experience in carpentry and cabinet making having been self employed for 15 years.  In 2012 I started to diversify by setting up a new business in the Arts and Crafts sector by using 3D routering.  CNC Wood Carving enables you to create individual timber pieces for example sign making, educational toys, wood crafts for all occasions, photographs and much more.


Joan TwomeyJoan Twomey
The Lakes Tour

With my husband Jerry O’Sullivan and our children, I live on a farm between Ballingeary – Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh and Inchigeelagh in County Cork, beside the beautiful Lakes of Lú or Lough Allua as it’s named on most maps.
Jerry and I enjoy travelling and we also spent some years living in New York.  Most places we have visited abroad that have lakes or rivers also have boat tours.  Jerry and I believe that Lough Allua is a great local asset and that people of all ages would enjoy a guided boat tour on Lough Allua.
Thinking of a business is the easy part – actually getting things done and starting a new business is much harder.  First we had to get the Marine Survey Office to survey the lakes and to have Lough Allua listed as a navigable waterway; then we became a shipyard and we built the ship and had it passed at all stages by the Department of Transport; Jerry and I had to complete many safety courses and Ship Operator/Captains exams and then we built the pier, landscaped the area and started operations offering guided tours of Lough Allua.
We built a small cottage where visitors could get tourist information and a cup of tea or coffee, etc… We started making our own ceramics after several people asked us if we had any keepsakes/gifts for sale…

Come and visit us at The Lakes Tour and enjoy a guided, scenic experience – ‘Travel the Lee on the Sheila Free’ and keep an eye open for Lú our own Lough Allua Monster! Tel 086 0887861 www.thelakestour.com


Oliver Leamy

Oliver Leamy
On the Margins – Social Enterprise Project

Oliver started his working life way back in 1974, and in the intervening decades has been a lead designer of Computer Hardware, Operating Systems and Broadband Infrastructure projects. Around 2002, due to personal circumstances, Oliver’s career started to change and he returned to a childhood passion for ‘moving pictures’. In the years up to 2012, he returned to college and was awarded a Masters Degree in Multimedia Design specialising in the area of Citizen Journalism using Emerging Mobile Platforms.

His current project, provisionally named On the Margins, is a Social Enterprise – a sustainable commercial activity where the proceeds remain within the project for the benefit of marginalised people. Based in West Cork, it will use a small TV Studio, as a catalyst, to assist people reintegrate and have a meaningful role in society. As well as producing studio based TV programmes, The Project will also provide FETAC accredited courses in the area of TV and Video Production.

Barry Cafferkey

The key objective of Prohome Solutions is to provide quality products and services to the home!
ProHome Solutions is comprised of a group of highly qualified tradesmen who deliver trade solutions to areas in both the residential and commercial sector throughout Cork County. We work together to ensure high quality, unbeatable value and impeccable customer service are always at the forefront of each project. With strong backgrounds in carpentry, joinery, construction and cabinet-making as well as other D.I.Y. services, you can always be assured of a great result. The culmination of this can be seen in our premium service, Room Makeover solutions, check out our website www.prohome.ie for more information.
Prohome Solutions has also launched it’s own product range this year. The first phase is our suite handcrafted garden furniture products. The objective of Prohome is to design and manufacture quality products at affordable prices. We have a fully functioning online store and our products can be delivered anywhere in the 32 counties. We will be launching a number of indoor products for the Autumn/Winter season shortly. Again, check out our website for more information.

Greenshoots 2 Graduation Day


Anthony NevilleAnthony Neville

Sports Tours Ireland

In 2011 Anthony founded Sports Tours Ireland, a Company whose aim is to arrange bespoke sports tours and tournament entry for clubs, schools and universities to Ireland. This includes teams of every age group from youth and juniors to seniors and veterans in a wide range of team sports. Tour packages are very flexible and can be adapted to suit each unique customer.

Anthony is a native of Bandon, Co. Cork and previously worked in the fitness industry for the last four years as a Personal Trainer. In his spare time Anthony also plays and coaches rugby and is also a qualified rugby coach accredited with the Munster Branch. In the latter role he has encountered many touring sides who feel they have not gotten optimum enjoyment or value from their times visiting Ireland. The firm belief that he can provide an excellent service that covers all the details of a successful tour inspired Anthony to set up the Company. www.sportstoursireland.com/


Ben & KeithBen & Keith Redman
BKR Cleaning

After years of experience in the industry, Ben and Keith decided it was time to start their own cleaning company, but they wanted to be different, they wanted the client to come first and always come first…so B.K.R Cleaning was born! Every customer gets the promise of always being treated like an individual and never just a number, with regular meetings to check that everything is as it should be.

B.K.R Cleaning will use eco friendly products because we believe it is the way forward. B.K.R cleaning covers every cleaning job from floors, windows carpets and pressure washing, just to name a few, and as they say no job to big or small. www.bkrcleaning.ie


Colin Hayes - Greenshoots - start up businessColin Hayes

Hayesgroup offers a broad range of services tailored to meet the needs of the retail, commercial and domestic sectors. These include building interior design & fitout, facility management, turnkey maintenance and home energy saving measures.

Hayesgroup take pride in delivery of an efficient service along with rapid response times facilitated by a trusted network of service providers nationally. www.hayesgroup.ie


Connie CroninConnie Cronin
CC Photography

Having graduated with a diploma in Photography from St Johns Central College in 2001, Connie has been working as a full time professional specialising in Weddings, Fine Art and Portraiture. Connie has photographed an extensive number of Weddings from small intimate gatherings to large groups with her unique style of capturing the moment naturally and creatively in an unobtrusive manner as the day unfolds.

Born and reared in the Lee Valley, Connie acquired an appreciation of its scenic beauty from an early age and is often drawn to photograph here, some of which can be seen in her Fine Art Portfolio. She is now further developing this part of her business. www.ccphotos.ie


Dennis TaylorDennis Taylor & Roisin O’Grady
Get With It!

Dennis has a BSc in Food Business from UCC. He is also an accredited member of the Life & Business Coaching Association of Ireland. Having worked at Management level in the Dairy & Meat Industry he has 18 years of dealing with people in a wide cross section of industries. He has worked with people at all levels from the vulnerable to the accomplished.

In 2010 Dennis and Róisín O Grady Co Founded Get With It! to support in an integrated way the growth of people in communities through Personal, Career, Business and Community development. Our service is aimed at private clients, business owners, education providers, partnership groups, relevant supporting agencies and community organisations. It is our aim to provide a quality service delivered personally and professionally while enhancing the services provided by our clients.

Róisín has over ten years extensive experience as a Human Resources professional. She held various Roisin O'Gradyroles from HR Advisor to Recruitment Manager for leading firms in the Manufacturing, Electronics and Pharmaceutical industries. Her experience of mentoring and coaching individuals, designing and delivering related training, complimented with a Masters in Guidance and Counselling has been fundamental in developing  her interest in working with people on a one to one and group basis in the pursuit of making constructive changes.

Since 2009 she has been delivering one to one guidance to adults, third and second level students. She also designs and delivers workshops to community based organisations to assist unemployed adults accessing workplace and personal development opportunities. www.getwithit.ie


Derek BinchyDerek Binchy
Winner Kayak

Derek attended UCG where he read commerce, before moving to the Isle of Man to take up a position in marine insurance. He returned to Ireland to rear his family and took a position in the technology sector in Ennis, before settling, back to Cork, as a project manager in the construction sector. It was there that the need for “quality and value” in the kayaking market presented itself.

The result being the incorporation of Winner Kayak Ltd on the 11th of August 2010, after building on the back of the previous five years of investment. In those five years, we have designed and created moulds for the European Kayak market. We, then, took the prototypes to the market and awaited feedback. We have modified our prototypes in accordance to our market research and eventually took our finished product to the open market place in 2010. Now, we just have to complete the simple task of getting our products to every available market on the planet. www.winnerkayak.co.uk/


Eileen MoylanEileen Moylan
Claddagh Design

Having been awarded a masters in sculpture and design Eileen has worked as a silversmith and jeweller for the past twelve years. In October 2010 she started her own business designing and selling hand made jewellery and silverware. In April 2011 her website www.claddaghdesign.com was launched. Through this online store Eileen sells her Irish inspired silver jewellery worldwide.

Having exhibited at Showcase Ireland for the first time in 2012 Claddagh Design secured orders from a number of retailers both in Ireland and abroad. The range of jewellery has expanded to meet this demand with new pieces being added regularly. Claddagh Design jewellery provides a good quality, hand made alternative to other mass produced ‘Irish’ jewellery available online. All the products for sale are designed, made and hallmarked in Ireland.


Jaco NelJaco Nel
GreenGate Energy Ltd.

The idea was initially generated in 2011 of developing an affordable solar home system for the developing world to dramatically improve the quality of life of individuals in these areas. We soon realized as a new company with a small budget in an ultra competitive environment where the big US, European and Chinese Companies with colossal operating budgets dominate the markets, we needed to find an edge.  We went about finding the highest quality affordable solar-lighting systems. We now offer these systems to the Domestic DIY, Camping, Marine and  Electrical Wholesale Markets. We are also involved with Concern, and will be donating a Solar Muscle Light to impoverished families in the developing world for every 6 we sell commercially.


Contact Jaco

Katelijne RouffaKatelijne Rouffa
Peace of Cake

When her second child was diagnosed with a gluten and wheat intolerance, Katelijne Rouffa found that most widely available gluten free products are pre-packed. With a long shelf life these products often compromise in taste, texture, presentation, choice and quality.

She was determined however to focus on the possibilities, not the limitations of life with a food allergy. Coming from Belgium, where bakeries are the hub of daily and social life, she started experimenting in her kitchen with gluten free baking until these products tasted as good or better than the gluten version. As more people started tasting and requesting her baking, Peace of Cake was born.

Peace of Cake is proud to stand for a ‘no compromise’ home baking business that specializes in fresh gluten and wheat free quality products, from day-to-day treats such as scones and cookies to unique cakes for special occasions. No longer does gluten free mean that you have to compromise or that you or your loved ones need to feel ‘different’.

Peace of mind can be a piece of cake. www.macroomcakes.com


Piotr SzoberPiotr Szober
iTek Computers

Piotr is a computer enthusiast with years of experience in IT and electronics. While living in Poland he worked providing IT support for medium and large business as well as warranty repairs of laptop computers. He not only gained technical experience from that work but also learned how to offer best quality of service to customers. A few years after moving to Ireland and acquiring more experience in IT and electronics Piotr decided to put all his skills and knowledge together and start his own business.

iTek Computers already raises the bar for quality computer repairs with a view to expand into IT support for small and medium business. www.itek.ie/


Meet the Greenshoots Emerging Entrepreneurs 2011


Ed Donovan

Ed Donovan

Ed has worked in the healthcare industry for the last 6 years. Having identified many barriers for young people to get cardiac screening (access to specialists, cost etc), Ed decided to look into ways that cardiac screening could be offered on a larger scale and at a price that was affordable.

Heartaid was set up to provide mobile cardiac screening to schools & clubs involved in sport. The service includes a health questionnaire, physical examination & electrocardiogram. All testing will be carried out by a medical doctor and the results of the testing will be analysed by a cardiologist. All screening will be carried out at the school or club and at a time that is convenient

Contact Ed

Maresa Gieles

Maresa Gieles & Benjamin Ladd

Ground-Sol deals in Natural building planning and implementation. In particular, reed beds, as an alternative solution to domestic waste water treatment. Generally these systems are low in maintenance, maybe an occasional trim of the reeds but that is it! It is very cheap to install, there are no pumps involved (where there is a slight slope) and it never has to be sucked out.

Benjamin Ladd

Maresa studied Geography, Botany and Hydrology at the University of Frankfurt and University College Cork. Ben is a carpenter and in his spare time a keen windsurfer.He has completed a natural building course and thereafter built his own energy efficient eco-house. He has experience with lots of different green building techniques. They have two children and live in the Gaeltacht, Coolea, Co. Cork



Stephen Hynes

Stephen Hynes
Triskel Technology

Stephen is a consulting engineer in the fields of Structural, Civil, construction management, Environmental, Fire and Anerobic Digestion. He is establishing a biotechnology research and manufacturing business which will attempt to capture environmental enrichment of national waterways through the aquaculture and harvest of excess seaweeds. This enrichment will be returned in a stable state to the local natural environment after an engineered codigestion and blending system with local waste streams to provide commercial grade liquid fertilizer which is more stable and easily absorbed than commercial chemical fertilizers. The biogas byproducts from the digestion process are then to be reused to provide processing energy, local commercial energy and surplus energy for sale to national users.

The philosophy is to provide sustainable life cycle solutions to environmental enrichment by providing full life cycle services.


Lucy Hyland

Lucy Hyland
Food for Living

In 2009, Lucy set up Food for Living, a company whose aim is to support people in making positive healthy changes in their eating habits and lifestyle through education and support.
As a nutritional therapist and chef, Lucy travelled the world looking at the eating habits of many countries and returned to Ireland to translate this message into practical advice. Having specialised in the area of children’s health, she is now setting up a range of healthy eating meals for children that will be available nationwide. These meals will focus on providing children with nutritious and tasty meals throughout the day.

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Conor O'Donoghue

Conor O’Donoghue
Newport Geographic

While living in California, Conor started his geographic products company Newport Geographic. Now living in Ireland again, he plans on pursuing the future development of the company from here. The initial focus is on Satellite Imagery Maps and custom mapping. Long term plans include the introduction of a broad range of geographic products including but not limited to political maps and relief globes.
Conor has over 25 years experience in manufacturing. After graduating from the University of Limerick in the early 80s he worked in EI Company Shannon and Western Digital Cork before moving to California where he worked in a number of manufacturing companies before going into consulting in 2002.

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Therese Cronin

Therese Cronin
Computer Xplorers

A passion for building children’s’ confidence through the use of technology in learning led mother-of two Therese Cronin to set up ComputerXplorers Cork and Kerry. Mastering technology skills at an early age increases children’s e-confidence and competence, and gives them a great head start to their education. ComputerXplorers runs classes that are inspirational and designed to enhance the learning skills of children of different ages and abilities. ComputerXplorers provide equipment, materials and the teachers so there is nothing for schools to do other than provide the room and the children.

Born in Dublin, Therese spent 19 years living and working in Boston before returning to Cork five years ago. Her career to date has been spent working with children and adults in academic institutions in a technical capacity, she gained most of her technical experience at Harvard University.

Contact Therese


Sheila Cagney

Sheila Cagney
Autumn Angels

When Sheila Cagney left her life in the USA and returned to Ireland to look after her aging parents, the successful financial advisor learned first hand how to navigate the chaotic and confusing landscape of home care.

She is now putting her planning, advisory and project management skills to use to design Autumn Angels, a company focused on providing a suite of services to aid busy professionals preserve their elderly parents’ ability to remain living at home.

Autumn Angels is providing a suite of services encompassing planning, advice and project management as well as home and personal care, tailored to meet the needs of elderly parents when their families are living far away.


Maura & Martha

Maura Horgan & Martha Keller

Maura & Martha’s new business is an introductory agency. The aim is simple: to arrange informal introductions between people who are finding it hard to meet others…for friendship or romance.
The initial target market is the rural areas of Cork and Kerry with a view to going nationwide eventually!


Aylene Kelleher

Aylene Kelleher
Castle Gate Crafts

Aylene is the newest member in the group. She has set up Castle Gate Crafts in the Castle Gate Lodge in Macroom, home to the tourist office in the summer months. Her mission is to promote all that is brilliant and unique about Irish craft talent by creating an exhibition type shop & gallery for crafts people and artists to display their wares and generate an income. She will showcase established artists and craft makers, encourage emerging artists and craft makers and nurture the talented local students.

Jennifer Hurley

Open Water 

Over the last 5 years I have become more and more involved in open water swimming, starting in 2006 with short ocean swims to longer marathon swims in the last couple of years. Through this I have discovered a need to be able to purchase items that I need ranging from swimwear to nutrition products and more, easily, cost effectively and without lengthy waits on delivery as well as get information on training, technique, nutrition and other services all on the one website.

Jennifer’s business idea is to set up and manage an Irish based website offering such a service, initially starting with swimming based open water activities and eventually branching into to all other open water activities, e.g. kayaking, sailing.

Tina McAvoy
B Styled

Tina has recently started a new business called B Styled. Her business is image and style coaching. She helps people to feel good on the outside and great on the inside.

Tina set up this business from the success she has had from her home studio shop called Pretty as a Peacock which is based in Peacock Farm, Bengour West, Enniskeane. In her shop she stocks the ladies fashion label Greenhouse and in the autumn will be stocking other ranges including maternity wear.
Tina found while she was selling her range of ladies clothes that ladies were asking for advice on styles etc that suited not only their body shape but styles that suited the stage of life they were at. Tina completed a diploma in Image and Style coaching to enhance this side of the business and she is also a qualified NLP Practitioner. She is available for private consultations and will be running group style classes in September.
She works with ladies and men who would like to enhance their image either for personal reasons or business. She also works at corporate level in the business.

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