Four trailblazing Donegal entrepreneurs have been named among the ’75 brilliant Irish women entrepreneurs going for growth in 2022′.
The list, published by ThinkBusiness.ie, says Irish women entrepreneurs are set to have a pivotal year of expansion and investments.
The Donegal women who feature on the list are Laura Bonner, founder of Muff Liquor Company, Laura Cavanagh of Be Our Guest, hotelier Deirdre McGlone, and Larissa Feeney, founder and CEO of Accountant Online.
Laura Bonner from Greencastle co-founded The Muff Liquor Company in 2017 by Laura Bonner with her business partner Tom Russell. Now based in Moville, the company sells award-winning premium Irish gin, vodka and whiskey.
Laura Cavanagh from Buncrana and her partner Colin Vaughan are the founders of tech firm Glitterbug. They have developed their own eco-friendly wedding app, called Be Our Guest, where couples, suppliers and guests can communicate with each other.
Larissa Feeney, a native of Sligo, set up the award-winning online accountancy firm Accountant Online in Letterkenny in 2015. The company plans to triple its workforce with 100 new jobs over the next four years. Larissa was a voluntary Lead Entrepreneur on the ACORNS programme in 2021.
Deirdre McGlone from Ballintra is a leading light in the Irish hospitality sector. After 30 years at the helm of Harvey’s Point, Deirdre and her husband Marc Gysling embarked on a new chapter in France in 2020. They are currently renovating a 700-year-old mill, called Le Moulin sur Célé, with plans for a grand re-opening in 2023. Deirdre is also a former President of the Donegal Women in Business Network and lead entrepreneur with ACORNS.