Call for Leitrim female business women to join ACORNS initiative

Fiona Heavey

Reporter:

Fiona Heavey

Call for Leitrim female business women to join ACORNS  initiative

Fiona Lee of Be Fairy Fabulous being presented with her ACORNS certificate of completion in 2017.

Leitrim female entrepreneurs are calling for new local women in business to join ACORNS entrepreneurship development initiative.


A number of female entrepreneurs from Leitrim have participated in the programme – now in its fourth year – including: Fiona Lee of Be Fairy Fabulous, Julie Callaghan of The Old Rectory Country House in Fenagh, and Collette McGowan of Kollabro.
These three women are now calling people to apply before the September 21 deadline.

Julie Callaghan of The Old Rectory Country House in Fenagh.


ACORNS is focussed on developing the potential of female entrepreneurs living in rural Ireland, who wish to start and develop new businesses or have recently started a business. Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD recently launched ACORNS, which is funded under the Department’s Rural Innovation and Development Fund.


The idea for Be Fairy Fabulous came to Fiona Lee after her daughter, Emma, requested a very detailed fairy house for her birthday and the whole family got together to turn her dream into a reality. Fiona Lee said, “I never considered turning my passion for fairy houses into a business until I was encouraged by my fellow participants on ACORNS. I work from my shed in Carrigallen creating a variety of fairy houses with themes ranging from Disney and Marvel to fire stations. All the wood for the fairy house is upcycled from fallen trees and treated with linseed oil to withstand the Irish rain while also being safe for children and pets.”


The programme will run from October 2018 to April 2019. 

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