Cavan female entrepreneurs are urging others from the county to join the latest cycle of ACORNS - a highly-successful development initiative to support early-stage female entrepreneurs living in rural Ireland.
The call for applications for the latest cycle of the programme - ACORNS 8- was launched earlier this month by Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue T.D. ACORNS is funded under the Department's Rural Innovation and Development Fund.
Past participants from Cavan include: Margaret Coyne of Margaret Coyne Couture, who produces once-off, luxurious bridal, evening and occasion wear from founder Margaret Coyne's studio in Dowra, Co. Cavan.
Speaking to our reporter Jodie Curran, Margaret who was tired from making the commute to her job with a leading designer in Dublin, says she finally made the decision to make Dowra in Co Cavan her permanent home and business hub.
Margaret described ACORNS as a "fantastic programme", run by women for women.
She added that being amongst other entrepreneurial women really "helped" her and encouraged Margaret to find her inner businesswoman: