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.

2021 WREN Art & Craft 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