A message from our 2021 President Linda Codoul

Hello and a warm Welcome to Network Ireland Kilkenny.

We have been very busy this year with events and activities despite the lock down. We have already hosted 17 events, participated in the Network Ireland’s Fittest Branch Challenge and had a Girls Night In pamper party to celebrate our achievements in February. During the Fittest Branch Challenge Autumn Tobin from The Koop Studio hosted regular yoga sessions online to keep us all from ceasing up.

We started our Book Club for professional development in March. This is open to all Kilkenny Members, who meet once a week for four weeks to have a discussion about the pages read so to date. It is also discussed on our private Linked In Page.
We launched our Members Directory, where Kilkenny members can enter their personal/business details for other Kilkenny members to view and source assistance from each other.

In April, 16 of our members entered into the Business Woman of the Year Awards.

In May, we introduced our new Business Clinic which is hosted by our members. It is an open forum for our members to come along and find solutions or improvements for their own business. Each session will have an agenda but will be tailored to those who attend. Mary Hayden from hosted two sessions which focused on: Information Management & Systems, Profit & Loss, Balance Sheet & Terminology, Cashflow and Key Performance Indicators & analysis. These are run in rotation with the Book Club events.

We held our ‘Summer Social’ with The Happy Pottery which was great fun and our flower pots are beautiful. We also hosted our Business Woman of the year Awards which were held at Rothe House and Gardens an amazing venue.

Our Winners are:
Solo Business Woman – Kate Fleming, LawEd
Creative Professional – Michelle Treacy, Michelle Treacy Millinery
Employee Rising Star – Deirdre Grant, Core Optimisation
Emerging New Business Owner – Hilary Hughes, Brand Stories with Hil
Power Within Champion – Kate Fleming, LawEd

Our Branch Winners went on to represent us at the National Finals on the 8th of October at the Theatre Royal in Waterford. We are delighted that Kate Fleming was Highly Commended in the Power Within category. We are so proud of everyone who put themselves forward for the awards and in our eyes each of them deserved to win the overall title.

On Friday the 15th of October, some of our members slept out for ‘Shine A light Night‘ with Focus Ireland. We have partnered up the Hoban Hotel and we raised an amazing €1650. Thank you to everyone who supported us.

This month we are being joined by Christine Tobin on the 9th of November at 8pm. In this workshop, Christine will offer you ‘Ten powerful tips to get free Publicity for your Business’ through the power of PR and strategic visibility. Christine is a former print journalist and press photographer and a ex radio producer, who now harnesses her skills to create the best organic content of your business life – including blogs, About pages, LinkedIn articles, PR campaigns, business photography and podcasts. Having spent 17 years in media, with almost a decade of that as a news editor in New Zealand, Christine established Solas Media Solutions to provide an organic content specialist service to Irish businesses. Christine works with start-up founders launching to market or looking for investors’ attention; thought leaders building their personal brand and message and, political and social campaigners. She also works with professional marketers looking to upskill or outsource content and SME operators who want to grow their business through digital marketing and PR. Christine Tobin of Solas Media Solutions is a Marketing and PR Consultant and Coach based in Kilkenny and working with brands across Ireland, helping them cut through the noise online and generate business with great content and clever amplification. Check out Christine’s media and PR tips blog at
Details of this event and all events happening throughout the month can be found here.
We host weekly virtual coffee mornings which are held at different times and days. The idea is that hopefully at some stage throughout the year every member will have had the opportunity to join us. This is a great way to get other members in smaller groups and has been a great way for our new members to be introduced. I know how daunting it is going to a meeting where you know nobody – so this has proven to be a great success.
Our members attend the National Networking monthly sessions where you are able to meet and chat with fellow members across the country.

If you would like to know more about becoming a member of Network Ireland Kilkenny please contact me at and would be delighted to talk to you about our upcoming events and activities.

Looking forward to seeing you at our next event!


Linda Codoul

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Network Ireland Kilkenny are delighted to have AIB as our official partners and our local branch is located at 3/4 High Street Kilkenny. We are also sponsored by the Kilkenny Local Enterprise Office and they are located in the Kilkenny County  Council Office at County Hall, John’s Street, Kilkenny