About MWIB


What is Monaghan Women in Business?

Monaghan Women in Business (MWIB) is an informal network which is open to all women in business and in management positions in County Monaghan and surrounding areas. Our aim is to provide information, support, promotional and networking opportunities to all who take part.

We welcome businesses at all stages of development – from pre-start up to internationally established operators.


We welcomed over 60 Monaghan Women in Business to our 2017 Launch on 8th March – International Women’s Day – as part of National Enterprise Week. See details of our 2017 Launch here.  From April on we meet on a monthly basis – usually on the first Tuesday of each month – at venues throughout County Monaghan.  Our events include –

  • Presentaions by expert Guest Speakers – materials are frequently posted to our Resources Page so that you can access and refer to them at a later stage
  • Networking opportnities (always bring your business cards!)
  • Exhibits by Monaghan Women in Business member businesses
  • A social element with refreshments.  This may be in the event venue or in the cafe or restaurant premises of a Monaghan Women in Business member

Most Recent Event


On Tuesday 4th April 2017 we welcomed Barbara Moynihan, On Your Feet as our Guest Speaker.   Barbara’s theme was “Speak Up With Confidence – Mastering the WOW”.  We had a great evening and Barbara’s presentation was amazing —- entertaining, interacitve and full of practical tips.  A great time was had by al.  Afterwards, we enjoyed delicious refreshments at Samantha Hawe’s lovely Cotton Tail Café – chats and networking abounded.

Barbara has kindly made her presentation materials available to us to share.  So if you’d like to check them out, please visit our Resources Page here.

Check out some of our previous events below … a useful, enjoyable and imformative time was had by all!


For now there is no formal membership registration.  All women in business – or who have an interest in business development – can just come along to our meetings, introduce themselves and become part of this great support network.

In 2016 a total of 159 individual business women attended our 9 events throughout the year.    As many people attended all or many different events, the total attendance at events was 330+.   It is notable that a number of women travelled from as far away as Belfast to attend numerous events throughout the year.

Fees for Events

There is no formal membership structure and no membership fee.  Our annual launch on International Women’s Day is part of National Enterprise week is free of charge.  Attendance at monthly meetings thereafter is on a per meeting basis.  Our fee is €10 per meeting.  This includes –

  • Participation in the presentation by an expert speaker or theme panel
  • The opportunity to exhibit at the event
  • Networking opportunities
  • Refreshments

The programme is funded by Monaghan Local Enterprise Office. To facilitate catering arrangements, you are requested to register for each event via the Monaghan Local Enterprise Office website prior to the event.

For further information on Monaghan Women in Business or if you have any queries, please feel free to contact the Monaghan Women in Business Programme Co-ordinator, Riona Carroll, at any time. We look forward to hearing from you!

Some of our 2016 Events


#SuccessIsSimple – with Gaye Moore- The Potentialist –  at The Gate Lodge, Castleblayney

monaghan women in businessMonaghan Women in Business enjoyed  another great event on Tuesday 1st November.  This time we welcomed Castleblayney woman – Gaye Moore, The Potentialist – who brought us a very welcome and straightforward message: #SuccessIsSimple. gaye moore monaghan women in business

Our venue was the recently refurbished Gate Lodge at Hope Castle.  Gaye’s very interactive presentation was followed by delicious refreshments and further networking at Eileen’s Tea Rooms.

This was another very useful and relevant event and a great evening was had by all!  (A few photos are included here – there are lots more on our Facebook page.  You can also access some of Gaye’s materials on our resources page – thank you for this Gaye!monaghan women in business networking

Networking at Success Is Simple – Monaghan Women in Business – November 2016

Communications 101 Masterclass – Margaret Considine

Well, we had another illuminating and most enjoyable Masterclass with the incomparable Margaret Considine, EQuita Consulting, when Margaret treated us to her very valuable “Communications 101 Materclass” in the beautiful Ballybay Wetlands Centre.   Twenty three great Monaghan Women in Business attended – learned and had fun.  Thank you to Margaret and all who attended and to the Wetlands Centre for their wonderful care and hospitality.  Catch some of the action on “Attending Skills” here.

Some pics below – we were hard at work!



Finance and Tapas for Monaghan Women in Business

Rose Tierney Monaghan Women in BusinessTo kick start the Monaghan Women in Business Autumn Programme we  got right down to the most basic and essentially important business theme i.e. FINANCE.

One of the commonly cited causes of business failure among female entrepreneurs is lack of proper financing.  Even where businesses survive, they frequently fail to develop and reach their full potential due to lack of adequate finance.

At our September meeting, experienced accountant,  tax adviser and Monaghan Women in Business member – Rose Tierney – gave us the low down on how to assess our business and personal finances and how to effectively plan for our financial future – thus improving the opportunities for our businesses and our own personal quality of life, now and in the years ahead.

Rose did an amazing job and got a lot of us thinking about where we are and where we are headed in financial terms.  She shared a wealth of knowledge and expertise with us and took a very practical approach to financial management and planning.

Rose very kindly shared her presentation materials with us and you can check them out – along with other useful resources –here.  Not as good as being at the event but very useful nonetheless.

After Rose’s presentation and Q+A session we adjourned to Paula’s Deery’s lovely Tapas de Noche to enjoy delicious tapas and a further meaningful networking opportunity.  Another great event for Monaghan Women in Business!

90 Minute Masterclass:  Successful Negotiation Skills for Business and for Life

Monaghan Women in Business enjoyed another stimulating and very relevant event in The Westenra Arms Hotel on Tuesday 5th July.

Margaret Considine, EQuita Consulting Limited, presented an excellent 90 Minute Master Class: Successful Negotiation Skills for Business and for Life.  We had a great attendance – lots of networking – a lovely exhibit by Eleanor Carleton, Just Sew Now.

Margaret has very kindly provided us with some follow up materials to the event.  These are available to view/download on The Monaghan Women in Business resources page.

We are taking a little break in August and will be back in action to launch our Autumn Programme on Tuesday 6th September.  In the meantime, here are a few photos of our Negotiation Masterclass to give you a flavour of the event.

Margaret Considine Equita Consulting at Monaghan Women in Business July 2016
Margaret Considine in full flight at Monaghan Women in Business Masterclass in Negotiation Skills for Business and for Life – a wonderful presenter with a great presentation!



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Participants in Wrapped Attention at Negotiation Masterclass!

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Meaningful Networking – That’s what it’s all about!

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Networking at Monaghan Women in Business

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Eleanor Carleton, Just Sew Now and Lina Liu, Lina Trading at Monaghan Women in Business July 2016

June Event “Outside In”


Another great evening was enjoyed by 40 Monaghan Women in Business at our recent “Outside In” event!

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Monaghan Women in Business enjoy “Outside In” on 7th June 2016

Our Guest Speakers for the evening, Maria Macklin, House of Colour Monaghan Louth, and Mairead Flynn, Ways to Wellness did not disappoint.

maria macklin monaghan women in businessMaria’s very practical talk and demonstrations revealed many useful tips for looking good in everything you wear.  And of course if you’re looking good, you’re feeling good – and it’s a real confidence booster!

mairead flynn monaghan women in businessMairead’s input focussed on “Mindfulness – Minding the Brain behind your Business”.  With proven benefits such as reduced stress, better brain function, improved working memory,  Mindfulness is certainly worth paying attention to! Mairead’s presentation included two short practices and guidance on how to integrate mindfulness into a busy working life.

minu travel monaghan women in businessWe were delighted that “Outside In” also hosted the launch of Brenda Wood’s truely innovative and excellently designed Minu Travel range.  We wish Brenda every success with this exciting new venture and are sure that this smarter travel solution will do very well indeed!

All this, coupled with very interesting exhibits by Georgina McKenna – Count Her In, and Orla Rafferty – Rafferty HR, lots of goodies from Mila Khokha – Baked with Love and The Four Seasons Hotel resulted in another great event.  Thank you all for coming along and we look forward to another great evening at our next event on Tuesday 5th July when we can benefit from and enjoy a most valuable

Masterclass in Negotation Skills for Business and for Life.

More detail soon!

The Marketing Mix in The Market House in May


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Happy Monaghan Women in Business at our May 2016 Event

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More Happy Monaghan Women in Business at Our May Event

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We definitely all enjoyed our May event!

Another great evening was enjoyed by all in The Market House on Tuesday 3rd May.  Our expert panel from local businesses, which included Jamie-Lee McGirl – Petshop Online, Claire Cunnigham – Aura Internet Services, Paul Bond – Brix Workwear and Eilín Connolly, Local Enterprise Office Monaghan, informed and entertained the 30+Monaghan Women in Business who participated in the event.

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Emmalisa Duffy’s Name Art Mania Display

This was followed by delicious refreshments in the beautiful neighbouring Hungry Monk Asian Restaurant.  There we also enjoyed a great exhibit of Emmalisa Duffy’s Name Art Mania products.

We’re getting lots of positive feedback about the event and enquiries about our June event.  Monaghan Women in Business June event – themed “Outside In” – will focus on health and wellbeing, physical, emotional and mental.

So get the date in your diary – 6.30 pm – Tuesday 7th June – Venue to be confirmed.

If you would like to exhibit at our June or later events, please e-mail us here – we’ll be happy to hear from you!

Link to Marketing Mix Resources page here.

Spotlight on Members

brenda woodsCongratulations to Monaghan Women in Business member Brenda Woods who has just launched her innovative, attractive and very practical MINU Travel range. Breda’s MINU design is a stylish contemporary handbag on the outside but a functional skincare and beauty case on the inside. The unique “smart stay” surface will hold all your products securely in place and the structured case will protect your beauty products on the move. Ideal also for using as hand luggage on flights! Well done and very best wishes MINU Travel!  We look forward to seeing the MINU Travel range at “Outside In” on Tuesday 7th June.  Monaghan Women in Business can avail of a very special discount at the event.  Brenda’s In Flight MINU Case, which usually retails at €68 will be available at the event for only €55.00.
Visit the MINU – Smarter Travel Solutions website for details of the MINU Travel range.

Noeleen Boyle, NB Training Services

nb training services monaghan women in businessHeaded up by Monaghan Women in Business member, Noeleen Boyle, NB Training Services is a leading provider of First Aid, Manual Handling, Food Hygiene and Health and Safety Courses, offering an extensive range of both public and private in house training courses.  Now celebrating its tenth year in business, NB Training Services offers the only privately run Irish Heart Foundation affiliated Training Site for the provision of Basic Life Support and Defibrillation Courses in Co. Monaghan.  They provide training solutions, tailored to suit you or your company for all your training requirements.

NB Training Services also offer a nationwide training service to the construction, manufacturing, retail, hotel, catering, education and health sectors, providing great value training across Ireland.

They run public courses in First Aid, Manual Handling, Patient Handling, Food Safety in Castleblayney and Monaghan Town.  They also run First Aid Courses in Drogheda.

NB Training Services speciality is providing bespoke in house training where they travel to your venue to provide their comprehensive selection of courses at a time that suits you.

For more information or to book a course call Noeleen today on 086 3913149 or email info@nbts.ie

Check out the NB Training Courses Services website at www.nbts.ie

Mandy Muldoon – Hi Maintenance

Wednesday night the 11th of November saw the grand opening of Co. Monaghan’s newest salon and studio. After 7 successful years in Monaghan town centre, Hi-Maintenance has moved to a larger more suitable premises to cater for all hair, beauty and photography needs. Conveniently located on the Keady/Castleblayney border, Hi-Maintenance is situated in Unit 5 Knockcarrick in Annyalla.

Three Mummies have come together to join forces with all their skills and experience to create a one-stop-shop. This combination of having three business under one roof not only make its convenient for our clients, but also being working mums of 5 babies under 3 yrs and another on the way it allowed us to help and support each other and relate to the busy mums that pass through our doors. It leaves the salon with a friendly and relaxed atmosphere with all children welcome.
The Salon boasts a retro feel which includes the front end of a Mini Cooper as a reception desk and groovy decor throughout, with dedicated zones for hairdressing, nail treatments, beauty treatment rooms and makeup application. The Studio is big and bright, perfect for large family photo shoots and groups . With a family friendly atmosphere it’s welcoming to  men, women and children.
Hi-Maintenance Beauty offers a wide variety of treatments including massage, tanning, waxing, lashes and nails to name but a few.
  • Claire McCabe Hughes, our beauty and nail  technician, has a wealth of experience in her industry and as the owner of Crystal Beautique in Monaghan town is delighted to add a second premises to her portfolio.
  • Hair is by Sharron Mullan McKenna.  With over 12 years experience and is dedicated to providing the best professional hair care, Sharron has a HND in Hair and Scalp disorders as well as being qualified with Wella in colouring and advanced cutting and has also received a colour trophy with L’Oreal.
  • Master make up artist Mandy Jane Muldoon offers clients a bespoke makeup application to suite their skin type and face shape. Specialising in long lasting photographic makeup, perfect for weddings and events. Mandy is also offering small group makeup lessons in her new studio, please get in touch as limited places before Christmas.
  • Mandy is also our photographer and owner of MJM Photography, with her brand new, purpose built photography studio, specialising in weddings, portraits, make overs, family and newborn shoots.
So with the party season just around the corner, the girls at Hi Maintenance have all your needs covered with a range of Party Packages available to suit all budgets.  Gift Vouchers and gifts are also available in the salon.  The salon is open Thursday-Saturday 9am-5pm with early morning or late appointments available on request.
So don’t delay, get in touch today by phone or through our Facebook page, or info@himaintenance.ie
‘Phone: 042-9752000 Unit 5 Knockcarrick, Annyalla, Castleblayney.

 Samiha Alshaikh – Image Mind Body coaching

Samiha A. Alshaikh | NCEHS Personal Trainer  & Mind / Life Coach
A member of REPS Ireland  | A member of International  Association of Mind Coaches
Address : Hazel Brae | Co.Monaghan | Phone: 087 0502229
E-mail: samihaalshaikh@gmail.com

 Laura Coyle – Virtual Assistant  If you are a time constrained entrepreneur, business owner, director, consultant or professional feeling isolated, overwhelmed or just don’t enjoy the day to day activities that need doing, I can assist.
  • Use your time more efficiently by focusing on your core revenue generating business.
  • Assistance and support when needed.
  • No salary or employment contract required.
  • Confidentiality guaranteed.
  • Extremely reliable individual with ability to speak intelligently about your business.

Virtual Assistant – When should you look to a Virtual Assistant for help?

  • You don’t need or cannot afford a full-time employee.
  • You are having difficulty completing all the important tasks that need doing.
  • Your time is being taken up by repetitive tasks
  • You travel extensively and need someone who likes to work virtually.
  • You are spending too much time on non-revenue making activities.
  • You know what needs to be done but don’t have the time to do it.
  • You need support for a specific show, conference or project.

Find out more about my background and capabilities at uk.linkedin.com/in/lauracoyleva
Core Services:

  • To do List – leave those things that you really need to do but just can’t get the time to do to me and you can trust that I will complete.
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  • Customer Relationship Management
  • Proofreading and reviewing applications
  • Minute taking at company and board level
  • Transcription
  • Creating and managing databases
  • Creating and updating documents and templates
  • Creating Powerpoint presentations
  • Market and competitor research
  • Online Research
  • Organising travel and accommodation
  • Lifestyle/Concierge services
  • Event/Project Support
  • Source services and supplies
  • Product development support – competitor product comparison, sourcing packaging and ingredient suppliers and identifying contract manufacturers.Rates:
    By the hour
     – I charge an hourly rate of £30 or €40.  I track my time, round up or down to the nearest 15 minutes and will send you a time report with your invoice so you can see a full breakdown of your hours.
    By the project – sometimes it’s easier to set a fixed price for a particular task such as event co-ordination.  An initial quote is given based on the scope provided of the project but can be subject to revision if parameters of the project later change.
    Retainer – If you know you’d like a set number of hours each month then a retainer is a perfect choice.  You don’t need to worry about spiralling costs as extra hours can be added if needed.
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Calling all members of Monaghan Women in Business – if you would like to have your business featured on The Monaghan Women in Business Website we will be happy to help you out with this.  Please send details and your preferred pics to rionacarroll@monaghanwib.com and Riona will organise this for you!

2016 Launch

Thank you so much to the 60+ Monaghan Women in Business who came along to our launch.  This was a wonderful event and we have received lots of new enquiries and excellent and enthuiastic feedback.

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Rosemary Delaney

Thank you also to Rosemary Delaney, Women Mean Business, for joining us and for her delightfully candid, informative and entertaining account of “One Woman’s Journey into Entrepreneurship – Warts and All!”.

We’re off to a good start so let’s make 2016 a year that really makes a difference to YOUR business.  Join the 2016 Monaghan Women in Business Network to move your business up a gear – or more!

How you will benefit:

  • You will meet other local women in business – develop relationships  – and maybe do business with them, now or in the future.
  • You will learn about the wide range of business supports which are available to local business through the Local Enterprise Office, Monaghan and other agencies.  These include training opportunities, advice, financial supports and mentoring – these are provided by experts in their field free of charge or at highly subsidied rates.
  • You can enjoy a programme of informal but informative events covering a range of themes which are relevant to your business today – these include
  • valuing your time and pricing your products and/or services

  • planning for “downtime” such as holidays, illness or maternity leaves as a self employed person

  • looking ahead and Pension planning

  • working and developing a business effectively from a home base

  • time management and work/life balance

and lots more!  The themes for discussion will depend on what you want to discuss or know more about… nothing ruled out!

All this of course will be peppered with a bit of fun and no doubt a fair few laughs at our the Monaghan Women in Business monthly get-togethers!

For further information on the event, please contact the Monaghan Women in Business Co-ordinator at rionacarroll@monaghanwib.com.  Riona will be delighted to hear from you and help you with any further information you may require.

More information soon on our future meetings …. just putting the finishing touches to the programme now!