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07/03/19 Inspirational events lined up to end busy Local Enterprise Week

Anna GearyMarie Louise Muir

Anna Geary and Marie-Louise Muir who will be speaking on the final Day of Local Enterprise Week on Friday.


Television star and former All Ireland winning Camogie Captain, Anna Geary, is among a host of brilliant women speakers lined up to help bring this year’s Local Enterprise Week to an end on Friday – International Women’s Day.


The Cork native who chalked up an amazing 20 All-Ireland medals during her sporting career, is now a Coach on RTÉ One’s Ireland’s Fittest Family and was winning coach in both 2016 and 2018.


A qualified Executive and Life Coach with a focus on the Performance space, Anna also has a keen interest in the areas of Leadership and Motivation and she will be joined at Friday’s event in The Villa Rose by former Irish Rugby Star Tommy Bowe and Donegal GAA Captain Michael Murphy.


The Glenswilly man demonstrated his mastery of leadership skills again just last weekend when he led Donegal to victory in the National League and earlier this week saw his LYIT ladies’ team qualify for the final of the Moynihan Cup - coming hot on the heels of the recent success of the LYIT mens’ team in the Trench Cup.


All three of the prestigious sports stars will take to the stage in the Villa Rose on Friday morning to discuss leadership lessons for business from sport at an event to be chaired by well-known sports broadcaster Adrian Logan.


The final event of a busy Local Enterprise Week will see BBC Radio Ulster’s Marie-Louise Muir host the launch of “Donegal – We Create” in Rockhill House on Friday night.


The award winning radio presenter is one of the UK and Ireland's leading Arts broadcasters who since 2004 has presented BBC Radio Ulster's and BBC Northern Ireland television's "The Arts Show."


Marie-Louise will talk to eight Donegal creative businesses whose stories are featured in the book and film, “Donegal – We Create.”


Those businesses include Karen O’Kane from KoKo Designs in Ramelton, Sharon McDaid of the Silver Birch Gallery in Carndonagh, Jessica Peoples of Zona Dance Co in Letterkenny, The McGonigle sisters from McGonigle Glass in Donegal Town, Caitlín NicGabhann from Gaoth Dobhair and Lynn Costello Erskine from The Pear in Paper in Donegal Town, alongside Paul McMahon from the Rusted Pixel in Letterkenny and Thomas McLaughlin of Tádáias in Manorcunningham.


“The stories in the film and book, demonstrate clearly that imagination and passion combined with sheer perseverance are at the heart of all real success, and Friday morning’s talk will emphasis how true that rings for all businesses - whether it’s a creative or any other type of business.


Similar success stories have been shared by other local businesses over the week and both of Friday’s events are a fitting and very positive way to bring the curtain down on another busy and productive Local Enterprise Week,” Head of Enterprise in Donegal, Michael Tunney said.


A very small number of spaces are still available for both of Friday’s events. To book a place call the Local Enterprise Office on 0749160735 or log on to –


Local Enterprise Office Donegal is supported through co-funding from the Irish Government and the European Regional Development Fund 2014 – 2020.

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