West Cork businesswomen embrace a fearless start to 2019

Posted on: 01/02/2019

The Network Ireland West Cork January event entitled “Be Fearless” with inspirational guest speakers Susan Steele and Fiona O’Donnell took place at The Inchydoney Island Lodge and Spa, Co. Cork on January 29th 2019.  Attended by 120 of West Cork’s most ambitious and enterprising women, the event sought to inspire business women to become fearless in the face of challenge.


Speaking at the event, Susan Steele, Chair of the Sea Fisheries Protection Authority said: “Fear is such a strong emotion. We can’t switch it off, but we can learn to be braver.  A lot of being brave is about overcoming fear and making brave decisions. It’s important to enact this habit by making small consistent changes. In the words of Richard Branson, ‘the brave may not live forever, but the cautious do not live at all.’”

Fiona O’Donnell, Blogger and Owner at West Cork Fit also inspired the crowd with tips on how to live fearlessly in 2019.  Speaking at the event, Fiona said “You are the sum of the people you surround yourself with. Surround yourself with those willing to move beyond their fear, who want to see you do the same.” Fiona added we need to develop and nurture a courageous mindset.  “Courage is recognising that you are afraid and ploughing on regardless.”

Speaking at the event, Ciara Lucy, President of Network Ireland West Cork said “’Be Fearless’ is the Network Ireland West Cork motto for 2019.  This year, we want to encourage our members to be fearless, to do things that scare them every day. Our motto is to take a deep breath and go for it. It might seem scary but don’t let your inner voice stop you… as women we often doubt ourselves… the goal of Network Ireland is to encourage you to Step Up and be fearless in your daily activity. To quote Eleanor Roosevelt ‘Do one thing every day that scares you…’ We are excited to welcome new members on board this year. Joining a new group can be intimidating, but we are committed to providing women of all walks of life a positive, uplifting space to support and challenge each other.”

Network Ireland West Cork holds networking events for members and guests in different locations in West Cork on the last Wednesday of every month.  We currently have over 100 members and welcome new members from across West Cork. For further information and to stay up-to-date  with the latest news, subscribe to the monthly newsletter by emailing westcork@networkireland.ie of follow us on Facebook , Twitter and LinkedIn.


Further Information

Susan Steele

Susan Steele is chair of the Sea Fisheries Protection Authority. She holds a master’s degree in Business Administration and Adult Education, and a doctorate degree from Tyndall National Institute in University College Cork. Recently, Susan completed a Public Leadership course at Harvard University, Boston. Susan is also an outdoors enthusiast, and has been shortlisted for the Outsider People of the Year Awards 2019 under the ‘Most Devoted Person to the Outdoor Scene (professional)’ category.

Fiona O’Donnell

Fiona O’Donnell runs the health, wellness and fitness platform, ‘West Cork Fit,’ which encompasses fitness training, vibrant recipes and lifestyle management. Fiona’s battle with health in 2016, when she received a kidney transplant, has inspired her content and training regime, urging individuals to be their best selves.