Are you interested in starting, developing or diversifying your food business?

We are inviting you to meet five food business owners and hear their real life stories of starting and running a food business.

Plenty of opportunities to ask questions and network with other start-up food businesses.

Guest Speakers: 

Doireann Barrett

Food producer, brand developer and owner of The Gluten Free Kitchen Company founded in 2011 as a market stall providing quality artisan hand-made fresh food products, naturally 'Free form Gluten, Wheat, Rye, Oats and Barley'. The brand has now developed into a Multi Award Winning Food & Wellness brand & community, supplying their own brand artisan handmade food products as Market Stalls and direct Online Sales.

Niall Harty 

Co-owner of All Real Nutrition, a company setup by two engineers - Ross & Niall - who left the corporate world to make it in healthy snacking industry. They started making natural protein bars in their own kitchens and sold them in farmers markets under the brand Origin. After many long conversation about single use plastic and their passion for sustainability, they decided to create a brand with a strong social mission, one that made an impact on the world - that was the moment All Real Nutrition was born!

Tina O Connell

Owner of the O Connells Village Kitchen. Tina set up O Connells Village Kitchen in 2009, which is an Artisan and home baking business. She supplies breads, scones, cupcakes and apple pies to shops across North Kerry and also makes celebration cakes for all occasions.

Billy Jo O Connor

Billy Jo and her husband started Leagh Farm based in North Kerry. A family run, small scale, organic farm. Growing leafy greens, salads, vegetables and some fruit too on the Wild Atlantic Way in Co. Kerry.

Lizzy Lyons

Owner of Lizzy’s Little Kitchen, Head Chef, and a regular contributor to Ireland AM’s cookery slot for the last few years who has made a real name for herself locally for her healthy feel-good brand of home-cooked food and welcoming style of hospitality. Her life as a budding business woman began back in 2015 when she started operating a stall in the Listowel and Ballybunion Farmers’ Markets selling seafood chowder, homemade soup and her signature brown bread. The very next year Lizzy was able to open her first café on Lower William Street and now, thanks to the loyalty and support of the local community, she has been able to relocate her bustling business just down the road, securing her dream premises in the process.

The host for the evening will be Tom O'Leary of O'Leary & Associates Training & Consultancy.


This is a Free Online Event taking place on Thursday, 30th of June from 7pm until 9pm via Zoom.


You can register via the below link:


You can also register your interest by contacting Carrie O'Donoghue, Ballyhoura Development CLG at [email protected] or  Frances Doyle, SECAD Partnership at [email protected].

The Women's Rural Entrepreneurship Network is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2019 - 2022.

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