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 ( 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 (

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.


SWIBN June Event – How to Grow a Business in Less Than 20 Hours Per Week

At this month’s SWIBN Tuesday event we’ll be learning how to grow a business in less than 20 hours per week from someone who’s done it – Yasmin Vorajee!

Yasmin Vorajee helps business owners run a profitable business in less than 20 hours a week. She is the creator of Tiny Time Big Results and the founder of the Tiny Time Big Business School. A mum of 3 young children, Yasmin loves to read, cook, play on the swings and hide from the kids and eat dark chocolate chips!

An Indian-Muslim woman, born in the UK, living in Ireland and married to an Irish farmer, Yasmin is feisty about the things she cares about and loves nothing more than seeing people create a life they love, with the time and money to enjoy it.

Yasmin has featured in the Irish Times, Irish Independent, Dublin City FM, The Huffington Post, Tatler, Evoke and the Sunday Independent. She also featured in the Global Women & Leadership Summit in 2013 along other speakers including Cherie Blair and Marianne Williamson.

Prior to starting her own business in 2012, Yasmin worked in corporate for 12 years and she was Vice President for Leadership Development for a multinational financial services company.

RSVP for FREE here.

SWIBN May Event – Members’ Soapbox!

Hello Ladies! SWIBN Tuesday is fast approaching and this month it’s a Members’ Soapbox. The event will be taking place in The Glasshouse Hotel, Sligo (where else?!) at 7pm on Tuesday 29th May. The agenda for the night is as follows:

6:30pm  – Sign in, Tea & Coffee

7:00pm  – Announcements

7:15pm  –  20 Second Introductions

7:25pm  –  Networking

7:45pm  –  Members’ Soapbox! Presenting their amazing businesses this month will be:

1. Patricia  Kearns, Sligo Kinesiology
2. Lily  Murphy, Blue Heron Coaching
3. Celia  Keenaghan, Keenaghan Collaborative
4. Arantxa  López  Martínez, ID Languages 
5. Caroline  McGrath, Kinesiologist
6. Dominika  Manulak, KDM Productions 

8:55pm – Wrap up, thank you and feedback

We can’t wait to see you there! RSVP’ing is essential (but free!) and can be done HERE.

SWIBN April Event ~ Visit to An Chroi Enterprise Centre, Tubbercurry

Hello Ladies! This month we’ll be deviating from the norm by taking a visit to An Chroi Enterprise Center in Tubercurry for #SWIBN Tuesday. Rather than having one brilliant speaker, we’ll be having three special guest panelists (who’s identity we’ll be revealing next week!). Agenda for the night will be as follows:

6:30pm Arrival – Reception and Exhibition; Sign in, Tea & Coffee

7:00pm Announcements:

  • May – Members’ Soapbox Night! – call for speakers!
  • June – Yasmin Vorajee – growing a business and making money when you’re time poor!
  • July – SWIBN Summer Networking Outing
  • August – No Event
  • September – Fiona Candon, President of Sligo Chamber and Director with First Western Consulting
  • Communications (note: please ensure you’re receiving emails, subscribed to social media, blog etc.) – twitter, FB page, FB Group, LinkedIn, email:
  • Buddy system – new members;
  • SWIBN Lunch – Café Fleur – Friday 4th May
  • Updating the Members Database and Directory on

7:15pm – 20 sec intros

  • 20 Second Intro – who are you and what do you do?

7:25pm – Networking

7:45pm – Panel Discussion

8:55pm – Wrap up, thank you and feedback

SWIBN March Event – How to Experience More Sales, More Freedom & More Success

“How to make the money you want, and the difference you want, so you can do what you want when you want”

This month’s speaker is the wonderful Moira Ni Ghallchoir who brings her Waking the Giants speaking tour to SWIBN. Moira is a 6 figure business mentor who helps small business owners and entrepreneurs inspire their way to more Sales, Success and Freedom. Her message is clear. When you know how to have the increased profits you yearn for, it fuels a life you love, doing what you love.

She speaks from experience. Moira left her 9-5 job in London less than 5 years ago, to return home to Donegal and in spite of having never owned a business before, she first built a tourism business that attracted more than 1000 visitors to her local area from all over the world. Next she built a consistent 25k monthly revenue stream lightening fast – from business mentoring.

She now helps business owners and entrepreneurs all over the world to fulfill their dreams with their own profoundly profitable business. With the Waking The Giants speaking tour, Moira brings her inspired, dynamic, successful brand of business mentoring all over Ireland and the United States, showing entrepreneurs a bigger vision for their own businesses, and a powerful, authentic path to inspire their way to more sales, success and freedom!

RSVP to this event HERE.

SWIBN February Event – Find Your Voice

SWIBN Tuesday is back, and this month we have something extra special. Professional speaking coach and trainer Maire Garvey will be with us, divulging her top tips for giving a killer presentation.

Being able to stand in front of an audience, whether it’s your peer group, the board of your company, or an audience interested in hearing your point of view, is vital to success in business these days. It is also a skill that can help people to become an expert in their field, which in turn can yield additional business for you or your firm.
The night will cover all the necessary skills to deliver a speech or presentation that is both informative and engaging, and will empower your audience to think or act differently. Topics covered include crafting the content so that it is engaging and informative; designing visual aids that will support and enhance the material, and finally, delivering the material in a way that keeps the audience with you every step of the way.

This event will be suitable for all levels. For those with no experience, it will give them confidence and a template for producing consistently good presentations; for those with some experience, it will improve on whatever they are already good at, and help them find alternative ways of doing things that have been less effective for them in the past. And experienced speakers will benefit from learning new ways of putting their material together, and a constructive critique of their presentation skills.

On the night, Maire will also be showing us how to utilise effective storytelling in our businesses. Many businesses don’t see where the ‘story’ is in their business, and yet most businesses have one that is of interest to potential clients, investors, etc. After this event, participants will have a template that will allow them to tell their story effectively to different audiences, which will raise their business profile and give them a reputation as a speaker of note. We’d ask that before you arrive, you have a 3-5 minute story prepared to practice on the night.

About Maire Garvey

Máire is a Professional Speaking Coach and Trainer, and works with people, individually or in groups, to help them become the speaker they want to be. With her clients, she crafts content that is powerful and engaging, whether that’s a 60-second pitch, a 10-minute speech, or a 45-minute presentation.

Máire is convinced that everybody can be a great speaker, so she works with them to bring out their own conversational and characteristic style of presenting that will make them stand out from other speakers, and make them memorable to any audience. She believes that becoming a great speaker raises their profile, attract more clients, and be seen as an authority in their field.

She is a qualified trainer (QQI Level 6), an award-winning Toastmaster, a One-to- One speaking coach, a speechwriter, provides tailored training programmes for corporate and voluntary groups, has done numerous radio and television interviews, and presented her own talk radio show for a time.

Máire also founded Dip in the Nip, Ireland – and the worlds! – first skinny dip for charity. The first Dip took place in Sligo in 2009, and attracted 120 women who raised €58K for the Irish Cancer Society. There are now 5 Dips annually all over Ireland, and it goes from strength to strength.

RSVP to this event HERE.

SWIBN January Event – Know & Grow Your Network

Happy New Year Ladies!!

We can’t say how excited we are to begin a new year of business with our #SWIBN crew. With that in mind, we thought there was no better way to start the new year than with a member’s networking night to help our members grow their business connections. The night is sure to be a lot of fun and you’re bound to leave with a few new contacts, and maybe some new friends too!

Here’s the timetable for the night:

7.00pm Sign in, Tea & Coffee
7:10pm Announcements:

Happy New Year! We’re back… Q1 plans:

  • February – Maire Garvey, Radio Broadcaster- confident public speaking
  • March – Moira NiGhallchoir – mng Consulting
  • April – trip to An Chroi – Tubbercurry Enterprise Centre
  • Communications (note: please ensure you’re receiving emails, subscribed to social media, blog etc.) – twitter, FB page,
  • FB Group, LinkedIn, email:
  • Buddy system – new members;
  • Old / lost members – how can we encourage them to return?
  • SWIBN Lunch – what day suits best?

7:15pm – 20 sec intros

  • 20 Second Intro – who are you and what do you do?

7:30pm – Grow & Know Your Network

  • Why Network? Tips before we begin.
  • What do you want from SWIBN in 2018? Group discussion then feedback
  • Business Agony Aunties – round table discussion then feedback
  • Speed Networking – 1 minute then change;
  • Business Card Swop – meet for coffee

Facilitated problem-solving with questions allocated per table.

8:55pm – Wrap up

  • Thank you and Feedback

You can RSVP to the event HERE.

Let’s get 2018 started off in style!