There was a great buzz of chat in one of the big conference rooms in Páirc Uí Chaoimh last Monday as over 120 like-minded women gathered to celebrate and showcase 20 new businesses. These businesses had gotten off the ground with the support of the Women’s Rural Entrepreneurial Network programme, better known as WREN.

The newly minted entrepreneurs were just a sample of the 77 rural women who had completed the WREN programme, which was funded by the EU Social Fund to set up their own business.