Kildare Committee

Emma Murphy


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mma Early Murphy ,Mum & Entrepreneur

Owner at Balloon HQ- We specialize in branding , decor & event styling.
For our business customers – We inflate Your Brand.
For our personal customers – if you want to celebrate it call Balloon HQ to decorate it 🎈
-President Network Ireland Kildare 2019
-Kildare County Chamber Member 2019
-DLR Chamber Member 2019
-2016 Network Ireland National Business Woman Of the Year 2016.


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Tara Lane

Vice President & PRO

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Tara Lane

Vice President & PRO

Tara is owner of Centrepiece Rosettes, manufacturers of rosettes and sashes for the equestrian and agricultural shows along with community events and other special occasions such as hen parties and sporting events.   Centrepiece Rosettes also supplies rosettes to the corporate market to promote their brand to their target market. Tara is married to John and has 3 daughters. She is passionate about business and entrepreneurism and is delighted to be the 2018 PRO for Network Kildare and excited to be promoting the network to Women in Business in Co Kildare.  She is looking forward to meeting all the current members and welcoming new members to this wonderful organisation. Tara can be contacted on or 087 9789318 and looks forward to meeting you at one of our upcoming events.

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Grainne Slattery

Ex Offico

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Grainne Slattery is the Sales Director of Optiweb.  We are Web Design and Search Engine Optimisation specialists based in Naas Co, Kildare.  Prior to Optiweb Grainne worked in the Beauty industry for 20 years and had her own Salon in Clane, Co. Kildare for over 12 years. She is passionate about helping other businesses achieve greater success by attracting customers through their business website.  Optiweb spend time with each client and make sure their strategic message is well presented and that it targets the right customers to their website. Business is very exciting at the moment as more and more people realise the power of a good Digital presence and what a difference a really good website can make to a company.

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Dee O Connor

Events Manager

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Stella Johnson


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Stella is joint owner of Ted Johnsons along with her two brothers Dermot and Barry. Having worked in the family business for 35 years she has gained immense experience in the world of SME’s , Retail and Services. As Financial Director she has seen the business that is now 50 years old survive and flourish through several business cycles. Stella is Qualified by Experience in Finance/Accounting, Sales, HR and the day to day running and managing of a busy retail outlet and staff.
President of Network Ireland Kildare Branch in 2016 she is now on the National Executive council as the National Awards Coordinator for 2017.

Emily Mahon


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Emily Mahon is the owner and company director of MentorUs Business Solutions and is a qualified business mentor to Irish SME’s. Emily holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) and an Honours Degree in Health Service Management. Through years of experience of working with businesses and entrepreneurs through the Local Enterprise Office’s and private clients, Emily has developed a wealth of knowledge in business areas such as Marketing, Human Resource Management, Strategic Planning and Business Planning. Our mission is to provide our clients with the mentoring and expertise required, to ensure that their business can become more successful and profitable. Support from MentorUs Business Solutions should enable the business to gain competitive advantage within their sector with a focus on empowering each and every client to reach their business goals through guided mentoring.
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Karen Geraghty


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Karen is a Sales & Marketing Manager for a hotel group, one of which is Leixlip Manor Hotel in Kildare, she oversees the full sales & marketing teams in all hotels,

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Pauline Forde

Social Media

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Pauline Forde is the 2017 President of Network Ireland Kildare Branch. She is the designer and owner of Pauline Forde Heirloom Bouquets. A background in Art and Floristry Pauline set up the business in 2011 to offer brides to be a very unique alternative to fresh flowers.
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Laura Maher

Awards Coordinator

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Margaret O'Gorman

Membership Liaison

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At Ambit Financial Services, Margaret O’Gorman, and her husband Sean are experienced professionals seeking to cater for the growing demand for independent, impartial financial advice. They have worked in Naas for over 2’°years and are also well known for their involvement in local charity work and the Easter Parade with their Steam Engine.
Financial planning is a comprehensive, ongoing approach that starts with helping you define your dreams, developing a plan to help you get there, then tracking your progress along the way, recommending changes where needed.
A life insurance policy can help you plan for your family’s financial needs and may also offer features that can help you meet other goals, including education, retirement, tax savings and estate planning.
When your life changes, – your financial life does too. We can help you prepare financially for major milestones – from beginning a new career to leaving a legacy for your grandchildren – with more confidence.
Life changing events include Inheritance, New baby, Marriage, Divorce, Home buying, Loss of spouse, job loss, Job transition, home downsizing.
Your financial goals may include college education, business ownership, investment planning, estate planning, insurance, and long term health care
For further information please contact Margaret at 045 883828 / 087 2583894, on email at and in person, at Unit K3 M7 Business Park, Newhall Naas Co. Kildare.


Paddi Mullholland

Membership Liaison

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Originally from Dublin, Paddi and her husband moved to Naas in 2014.  She joined the Kildare Branch of Network Ireland in January 2017 which helped to integrate her into the local community. She now has time to relax and enjoy life in Kildare and is getting to grips with being secretary for the Network.

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Jenny Cunning

Membership Officer

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Michelle Darlington

Sponsorship & Comms

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Marketing Manager, Lucozade Ribena Suntory Ireland.


Michelle is a highly motivated marketing professional with vast experience working

for blue chip FMCG companies. Strategic thinker with excellent project management,

communication and creative skills with the ability to lead projects from insight to

execution. Michelle has had the fantastic opportunity to work across many leading

brands including: Jacobs Fig Rolls, Gateaux, Lucozade Energy and currently

manages the Ribena and Orangina brands.

Michelle is married to Dave who is a fantastic Dad and husband and is mom to

Rachel 9 and Jamie 7. Michelle enjoys spending time with family & friends, holidays

in the sun and taking part in charity running events.



Sonia Moran

General Committee

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Mary Fehily Hobbs

General Committee

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Hobbs Financial Practice Limited

Hobbs Financial Practice Limited is a private client wealth management firm, based

in County Kildare, advising over a quarter of a billion euros in financial assets. We

offer a range of financial services in the areas of investment in social housing,

personal financial planning, pension planning, investment portfolio structuring, capital

preservation, insurance, income protection and gold. Our success is defined by our

clients’ success.

Our philosophy is that everything begins with the individual. Financial advice is never

a one-size fits all situation, and that’s why we offer bespoke financial strategies

designed with our clients’ needs, goals and expectations sitting firmly in the driving

seat. Four decades of experience providing expert financial advice has proven to us

that close collaboration with our clients’ is the not-so-secret ingredient to success.

We take pride in keeping our business personal. We custom fit to your personal

situation and when you move, we move with you – jobs, relationships, investments,


Financial experts practised in success.

Mary Fehily Hobbs, ALIA Dip., FDA Dip.

Director, Hobbs Financial Practice Limited

Unit W9A1, Ladytown Business Park,

Newhall, Naas, Co. Kildare.  W91 T211.

Tel: 045 409364 Fax: 045 409196

Mobile: 0872350668 Web: