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  and women who have an interest in business development 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.

The Monaghan Women in Business Network is a Local Enterprise Office initiative and Monaghan Local Enterprise Office supports and highly subsidises all Monaghan Women in Business activities.


Monaghan Women in Business hold monthly events in venues throughout County Monaghan – usually on the first Tuesday of each month.  The format of our meetings vary but usually include

  • a presentation by a carefully selected guest speaker
  • informal discussion and
  • informal networking over refreshments

The current registration fee for events is €10.00, including refreshments. This fee is highly subsidised by Local Enterprise Office Monaghan, who support and sponsor all events.

Here is a sample of some of our events to give you a taste of our activities –

Moira Ní Gallachóir – Guest Speaker at our November event – as part of her U.S. and National Speaking Tour – “Waking The Giants – How to make a Difference, Make Money and Do What You Want When you want”

Monaghan Women in Business

Moira Ní Gallachóir – Successful Businesswoman and Coach – is Guest Speaker – Iontas Centre Castleblayney – 9th November 2017

We are delighted to welcome the very inspiring and successful Donegal entrepreneur – Moira Ní Gallachóir – to join us as part of her U.S. and national “Waking The Giants” speaking tour.   The event will take place at 6.30 pm in The Iontas Centre,Castleblayney on Thursday 12th November.

Moira has an extraordinary story to tell!  She left her 9-5 job in London, to return home and fulfil her dream of freedom by starting her own business.  In spite of having never owned a business before, she first built a travel business to help bring visitors to her local area in County Donegal and quickly succeeded in attracting hundreds of visitors from all over the world to the destination.

She then built a consistent monthly revenue stream of €25k lightning fast from business coaching and now helps business owners and entrepreneurs all over the world to fulfil their dreams with their own profoundly profitable business.

Moira brings her inspired, dynamic, successful brand of business mentoring all over Ireland and the US to show entrepreneurs a bigger vision for their own businesses, and a powerful, authentic path to inspire their way to more contacts, contracts,  clients and profits!

Her 2017 speaking tour is titled “Waking The Giants – How to make a Difference, Make Money and Do What You Want When you want”.  Sounds great!  We are delighted to be part of Moira’s national itinerary!

In a little variation from our usual pattern, this event will be held on a Thursday.  Details are as follow:

Date: Thursday 9th November 2017
Venue: The Iontas Centre, Castleblayney
Time: 6.30 pm
Registration Fee: €10.00 including refreshments at The Royal Jade Restaurant

Please click on this link to register for our “Waking The Giants” event

National Women’s Enterprise Day Event – Hillgrove Hotel – 12th October 2017

 80+ Monaghan Women in Business had an excellently informative and enjoyable evening out at our very first National Women’s Enterprise Day Event in The HillgroveHotel on Thursday 12th October.  See details here!!!  Photos coming soon!

Seven Key Strategies for Building and Successful and Sellable Business – September 2017

Our September event was all about building up a successful and sellable business – an asset which you can use to develop future enterprises and/or an asset to enhance your lifestyle as the years advance.

We were very lucky to have been able to welcome as our guest speaker Killeevan woman, Anne Marie Graham, who set up the Healthforce Group, built the business and sold it ten years later for a 6 figure sum… nice!

In her insightful and very practical presentation Anne Marie used her own story as a case study to show how implementing  key strategies can lead to the development of a highly successful and sellable business.

Anne Marie’s presentation was followed  by networking and refreshments at Just In Asian Street Food, Market Street – formerly The Hungry Monk. A great evening out and very productive time was had by all!

Though it’s nowhere nearly as good as being there on the evening, you will find a copy of Anne Marie’s presentation on our resources page – along with a number of other useful links and resources. We hope you find these interesting and useful!

 Other 2017 Events

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

Monaghan Women in Business enjoy a variety of events.  For example, on 28th June we joined our colleagues from neighbouring Cavan and Louth at the Entperprise Ireland/Network Ireland “Fuelling Ambition in Female Entrepreneurs” regional road show.

Monaghan Women in Business June Event – Productivity and Time Management

In June, we benefited from a very practical  Master Class in Productivity and Time Management which was Presented by Ciara Conlon, Productivity Coach and Author of Productivity for Dummies

Focussing and getting things done – and still having time for happiness and quality of life is a challenge for lots of people.  This is  particularly so for busy women who must take care of the many tasks and responsibilities which commonly fall on their shoulders – as well as running a business or doing a demanding job.

In this Master Class, Productivity Coach and author, Ciara Conlon addressed the keyciara conlon monaghan women in business areas which prevent us from doing our best work and making the most of our time.  The aim was to help us to form positive, productive habits and eliminate the barriers and challenges to getting more done.

Master Class Outline

Ciara’s Master Class helped us to:

            • Understand the importance of goals as the first step to becoming more productive
            • Learn how to create an environment for better focus and productivity
            • Get Powerful tips to help you stop procrastinating and take action
            • See the value of daily habits to increase focus and get more done
            • Pick up practical tips for simple systems that will make you a productivity powerhouse
Monaghan Women in Business Ciara Conlon

Networking in Cozy Café Castleblayney

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Networking in Cozy Café Castleblayney

The event was a great success and we enjoyed informal networking and a delicious supper afterwards in Jane McKenna’s Cozy Café Cuisine.  Lots of chats and laughs were had!

May Event – An Exploration of Emotional Intelligence and How to Use it in Business

fiona flynn monaghan women in businessThis was an extremely enjoyable and hugely informative event presented by Fiona Flynn, Foresight Corporate Development.

Forty Monaghan Women in Business listened and learned – and of course enjoyed the networking and refreshments which followed the event in the lovely Ballybay Wetlands Centre.

Fiona has kindly shared her presentation materials with us and they are available to download from our Resources Page.

Thank you Fiona, The Wetlands Centre and all who attended.  You are the people who make this such a great supportive and informative network!

April 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!

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