Ballyhoura Development CLG and SECAD Partnership currently deliver the WREN (Women’s Rural Entrepreneurial Network) Programme to help female entrepreneurs to acquire the knowledge, skills and confidence to assess the viability of their start-up businesses through a combination of training, networking and mentoring supports.

The WREN Programme, therefore, supports women who have a business idea and wish to set up their own business; are in the early stages of their new business, or are more advanced entrepreneurs. It 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) 2014 - 2020.

Since the Covid Pandemic hit both organisations have successfully moved this programme online for these brave, ambitious ladies embarking on their entrepreneurial journeys.

On November 23rd all current 2020 participants of both the Ballyhoura Development Clg and  SECAD programmes attended the exciting WREN Zoom Virtual Showcase. Some of these ladies pitched their business concepts, ideas and businesses to all in attendance throughout this enjoyable morning. Take a look at the short video below to catch a glimpse of some of these up and coming female entrepreneurs. From Stunning Artwork to beautiful handmade Jewellery, Style, Beauty and Life coaching experts, Niche Therapists, Educators, Interior Decorating Consultants and many more delighted all in attendance.


Over the past few months, these ladies have dedicated themselves to upskilling on a personal and business level and have given many online and off-line hours to developing themselves and their strategic business plans. They have also attended numerous Guest Speaker Talks which take place on a monthly basis for this Network of business ladies. The three most recent speakers and topics enjoyed by all were:

  •  Elke O’Mahony- Business Owner Bia Sasta /Qualified Business Coach/Trainer

Encouraging Female Entrepreneurs to embrace their fears and take the necessary steps to drive success for your business

  • Allana Browne- Global Corporate Leadership Development Consultant

Maintaining your Motivation and the Momentum of Your Business during Times of Tighter Restrictions

  • Anna Healy – Anna Healy is a Mindset & Confidence Coach

The Quest for Confidence: learning to live with our gremlins while achieving our potential

If you are interested in learning more about or indeed joining The Women's Rural Entrepreneurial Network Programme in 2021, please contact Carrie O’Donoghue, Programme Co-ordinator on [email protected] or tel: 086 1708722.

You can also register by clicking the below link:

Register For WREN Programme