Ballyhoura Development 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, through the WREN Programme, the Women's Rural Entrepreneurship Network.

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) 2014 - 2020.


The WREN Programme runs over 4 months and provides a wide range of personal and business upskilling supports. The programme provides for one to one mentoring support as well as a wide range of specific business skills training, learning events and facilitated networking sessions.

2022 WREN Food Businesses Focused Program

The WREN programme hosts monthly online Zoom talks across various engaging topics delivered by professional speakers:

Monthly WREN Programme Talks

Read here about some of the amazing female entrepreneurs and their budding businesses:

WREN Programme Case Studies