SWIBN July Event – Summer Outing!

It’s relaxation time, Summer is here and the seaside in Strandhill is calling SWIBN!

Join us for a relaxation session at 6:30pm with Rachel Mulrooney at Salt & Soul followed by delicious food at Stoked (above the Strand Bar) at 8:30pm to give you time to change and freshen up or maybe even go for a short stroll on the beach before dinner.

You can come for one or the other or both!

Tickets are purchased separately, payment in full in advance, so be sure to buy both tickets if you want to attend both elements of the evening.

Refunds are only available via Eventbrite until Monday 29th July after that, no refunds I’m afraid!

Click HERE to book your ticket.

SWIBN May Event – Women’s Health

Hello ladies!

For this month’s SWIBN event, we’ll be talking about something that can be easy to let slip when we’re focused on being succesful in business – health. Too often business people can put their health on the back burner in favour of working longer hours, taking on more stress and doing things that are not condusive to being healthy and happy. This month we’ll be joined by Ann Butler of Higgins Pharmacies who’ll be talking to us about all things health and wellness. Since October 2016, Ann and her twin sister Deirdre have owned Higgins Pharmacies and have become thought leaders on wellness in County Sligo. As well as the usual pharmacy services, Ann and Deirdre have introduced vaccinations, blood pressure and blood sugar testing, cholestorol testing and fertility testing to the Higgins Pharmacy chain.

On the night Ann will be discussing the concept of wellness and how this should be intrinsic to all aspects of your life, especially your business. She’ll be telling us about how wellness is more than being free of illness, it’s actually a dynamic process of change and growth.

There will be the usual opportunities to chat and network with fellow SWIBNers on the night. RSVP is FREE to this event and can be done by clicking HERE. We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

SWIBN April Event – Your Tax Questions Answered!

Hello Ladies! This month’s #SWIBN event shall be something that we’re sure you have plenty of questions about…. finance! We’ll be joined by the wonderful Laura Cassidy from Gilroy Gannon who’ll be answering all our finance questions and quibbles. Laura is a chartered accountant and chartered tax advisor who specialises in VAT and indirect tax with over 10 years experience in both practice and industry. Before she joined Gilroy Gannon, Laura worked in KPMG for over 7 years where she was responsible for providing VAT advice to clients across various industries including property, manufacturing and telecommunications. After KPMG, Laura joined Primark as their VAT Advisory Manager for three years before becoming their Head of Tax. She now works as a senior Tax Manager in Gilroy Gannon and has been actively involved in advising clients on the indirect tax implications of Brexit with businesses in the North West and beyond.

If you have any tricky tax queries that you’d love for Laura to answer at the event, please send them in advance to our facilitator Oonagh at oonaghswibn@sligoenterprise.ie to ensure that it’s answered.

As ever, RSVP is free once done on this page! Looking forward to seeing you all there!

SWIBN is supported by the Local Enterprise Office which is co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund

SWIBN March Event – Members’ Soapbox!

Hello Ladies!

For this month’s #SWIBNTuesday event we shall be hosting a members’ soapbox where 5 amazing ladies will be telling us all about their Sligo based businesses. The presenters on the night shall be

  1. Odilon Hunt
  2. Linda Burke
  3. Eileen Kirrane
  4. Vicki McGowan
  5. Collette Gallagher

This is the perfect opportunity to learn some more about your fellow SWIBNers while making some new connections and maybe making a sale or two! As well as the above, we’ll have the usual member intros, announcements and networking opportunities. 

Join us for this event on Tuesday 26th March at 7pm in the Glasshouse Hotel – we can’t wait to see you there!

RSVP for free HERE!

SWIBN’S February Main Event

For this month’s SWIBN event, we’re looking to tackle one of the biggest obstacles to growing your business – self doubt. To do this, we’re enlisting the help of Lily Murphy of Blue Heron coaching who will be presenting us with her excellent workshop on confronting self doubt.

Confronting Self-Doubt is a workshop designed to uncover and explore limiting beliefs that keep women stuck, fearful and unfulfilled. Limiting beliefs often show up as negative self-talk such as: ‘I can’t…’, ‘Yes, but…’, I’m no good at…’, ‘I shouldn’t…..’and ‘I could never….’ .

This one hour interactive workshop will help SWIBN members to identify self-sabotaging beliefs and put strategies in place to overcome them, leaving participants free to achieve success, effectiveness, leadership and fulfilment. Though it deals with a serious topic, this is a fun and engaging workshop designed to leave participants with a sense of their own power and a clear strategy for moving forward.   

About Blue Heron Coaching:

Lily Murphy is the founder and owner of Blue Heron Coaching.  Lily is an accredited professional Coach, speaker and supervisor with over ten years of experience of coaching senior executives, facilitating change management workshops and inspiring audiences. Blue Heron Coaching was established in 2006 to work with ambitious leaders and teams to clarify what they want to achieve, and to support them to achieve it.   

This event will be taking place at 7pm on Tuesday 26th February in the Glasshouse Hotel, Sligo. RVSP for FREE here.

December SWIBN Event – Christmas Makeup, Hair and Fashion!

Hello Ladies! Can you believe we’re at the end of the year already? It seems like only last month that we were toasting to Christmas 2017. To celebrate the most wonderful time of the year, our December #SWIBNTuesday event will be about finding the ideal makeup, hair and clothes for a perfect SWIBN Christmas.

On the night we’ll be joined by three amazing ladies who are experts in this field: makeup artist Marcella McGovern, Carmel Sheerin of Dress for success and Jackie Reid of Wizard Hairdressing. On the night, Marcella, Carmel and Jackie will be giving us tips and tricks on how to create the perfect Christmas looks. Jackie has very kindly said that if SWIBNers bring their own hair styling products, she’ll advise us on how to make the most of them.

The agenda for the night shall be as follows:

7.00pm Sign in, Canapés and Mulled wine & informal networking

7:15pm Announcements:

7:30pm – “Makeup, Hair & Clothes for a perfect SWIBN Business Christmas” – Demos, hints & tips!

9:00pm – Networking activities

9:30pm – Wrap up

RSVP is FREE and can be done here.

November SWIBN – an Evening with Fiona Candon

This month’s #SWIBNTuesday will be taking place on Tuesday 27th November at 7pm in The Glasshouse Hotel, Sligo. Joining us on the night is the inimitable Fiona Candon, President of Sligo Chamber, who’ll be sharing with us about her work, her year’s highlights, and her vision for Sligo as well as answering a few of our questions.

For those of you who may not be aware of Fiona, let us tell you that she is a business powerhouse here in Sligo. As well as being the President of Sligo Chamber, she is a director of First Western Training who’s key clients include Fáilte Ireland and Diageo Ireland as well as Local Enterprise Offices, Local Authorities and LEADER companies. An example of this type of work is Fiona’s work with Fáilte Ireland. Through First Western, Fiona
has been managing the development and delivery of training for Failte Ireland since 2008. Fiona manages all international sales, revenue and CPD training nationally for Fáilte Ireland and to do this operates a panel of over 100 national and international based trainers including Cornell University, New York. Most recently Fiona has played a key role in supporting Fáilte Ireland in its development of a range of interventions to support the tourism industry to get Brexit ready.

Fiona is a trainer, mentor and consultant. In her training role she delivers in particular in the areas of market research, segmentation, marketing and sales and building experiences that sell. She also delivers ambassador training for city and county destinations throughout Ireland. As a trained facilitator she often supports public sector organisations with major projects, in particular, getting key stakeholder buy in and writing funding applications of regional scale.

Fiona is a council member of Sligo Chamber of Commerce since 2013 and is its current President. Fiona contributes to the work of the Chamber’s Skillnet; regional development submissions; and tourism development. Fiona is also a Board Member of Chambers Ireland.

RSVP for free HERE.

September Event

Networking All Night Long Open Night

Grow & Know Your Network

  • Why Network? Tips before we begin.
  • Ask Me
  • M&M exercise
  • Agony Aunties
  • Speed Networking – 1 minute then change;
  • Business Card Swop – meet for coffee


SWIBN Summer Social

Hello Ladies! This month we have something truly special lined up for our July SWIBN event on Tuesday 31st July. We’ll start our night off with a guided wild flower walk with local botanist Bridget Keehan along the stunning SLNCR Greenway. After taking in the sights and sounds of the lush walk, we’ll reach The Edergole Kitchen for an unforgettable evening of vegan and plant-based food in the famous Mike and Jo’s SupperClub.

Agenda for the Evening:

6:30pm – Meet in the car park of the Riverbank / Clubhouse Restaurant in Dromahair (Directions here) to begin our wildfolower ecology walk with Bridget of Woodrow Environmental (www.woodrow.ie). Jop will meet us there to relive you of bags / bottles before our walk!

7:30pm – Arrive at Hilltop Cottage for Mike and Jo’s SupperClub featuring gastronomical delights from the Edergole Kitchen. Dr. Jo Lewis is the force behind Green Door Ireland and the Inspirational Homes open weekend (www.greendoorireland.com)

During dinner we’ll be encouraging seat hopping between courses to enable members to meet new people, or get to know others better!

10:00pm – Wander back to the cars (lifts available!)

The total cost is €20 per person, €10 deposit (+ €1.40 booking fee) required, balance payable in cash on the night. BYOB.

Prebooking is ESSENTIAL for this event as we need to have an idea of numbers in advance. Places are strictly limited to 25 attendees (minimum of 20 needed).

Bookings / Cancellations are allowed until Sunday July 29th at the latest.