First Swim – The first purpose built baby and todler swimming facility in Ireland

Colin Mac Andrias is a former diving instructor and course director at Professional Association of Diving Instructors. Having previously been based in London and Egypt, Colin sold his house in London and moved back to their native Dublin to create First Swim, Ireland's first purpose built swimming factilate built to specifically What’s your origin story … Continue reading First Swim – The first purpose built baby and todler swimming facility in Ireland

Chiru making clothes shopping more sustainable, accessible, and enjoyable

Created by two NCAD students, following an idea developed at a hackathon in Dublin, Chiuru is an app that brings fashion into the cirular ecomony by connecting retailers particularly vintage, charity and textile repair shops together with the consumers that want to end fast fashion and purchase clothes in a sustainable way. Having met the … Continue reading Chiru making clothes shopping more sustainable, accessible, and enjoyable

2GoCup- reducing single use cups and increasing sustainability in the coffee sector

You often hear of the problem of single use plastic. However another issue Kevin Murphy spotted was good quality compostable paper cups been thrown away by the consumer. He created 2GoCup a reuseable cup solution for coffee shops and other retail outlets to reduce the amount of cups going to landfill and increase sustainability in … Continue reading 2GoCup- reducing single use cups and increasing sustainability in the coffee sector

Down Syndrome Ireland – advocating for people with Down Syndrome, their families and professionals

1 in 444 babies born in Ireland are born with Down syndrome. Down syndrome happens when you are born with an extra chromosome inside your body. Down syndrome affects everyone differently, but it does have an impact on physical, mental, and emotional development and can be diagnosed with other conditions too. With unemployment rates at … Continue reading Down Syndrome Ireland – advocating for people with Down Syndrome, their families and professionals

Umoja linn creating a marketplace to make African fashions more accessible to the public

Co-Founders China and Liswa met while studying in NUI Galway. Having spotted a gap in the fashion market for African designed fashion brands the two women decided to create Umoja Production but later rebranded  the company to Umoja linn (Umoja means Unity in Swahili, and linn means ‘by us’ in Irish). The pair have created … Continue reading Umoja linn creating a marketplace to make African fashions more accessible to the public

Triest Press – Giving employment opportunities to people with disabilities in Rosscommon

Triest Press is a social enterprise based in county Roscommon. A full service printing service the company specialises in employing people with disabilties. I interviewed Deborah Tierney Business Development Coordinator at Triest Press to find out more What's the Triest Press origin story? How have you grown since? Triest Press was set up by members … Continue reading Triest Press – Giving employment opportunities to people with disabilities in Rosscommon

ReFunk Upcycling – reducing waste by extending the life-span of furniture through upcycling and repairing.

Having met in Trinity College, the female founded and led company now specialises in repurposing old furniture Refunk Upcycling is now one of Ireland fast growing businesses in the area of Upcycling and Sustainability. Having been accepted into several prestigious accelerator programmes  such as LaunchBox Accelerator Programme, Circuleire and ClimAccelerator Programmes, and took part in … Continue reading ReFunk Upcycling – reducing waste by extending the life-span of furniture through upcycling and repairing.

Rangam – Global inclusion job coaching service for people from under-represented groups opens in Ireland

The Irish job coaching market has gone from strength to strength in recent times, as companies increase their talent pool by tapping into under-represented groups. I have previously wrote an article for Thinkbusiness.ie about job coaching services available to people with disabilities in Ireland. However Rangam is the latest entrant into the market. ThinkBusiness.ie described … Continue reading Rangam – Global inclusion job coaching service for people from under-represented groups opens in Ireland

YourY Network is creating a community for social entrepreneurs through events and networking

Leyla Karaha created YourY Network having experienced some of the isolation founders feel when creating their business. The organisation has gone on to create 18 events and had nearly 1,000 attendees. With Your Network annoucing their first hybrid (in-person and online) event on the 28th of June 2022, I interviewed Leyla to get more background … Continue reading YourY Network is creating a community for social entrepreneurs through events and networking

Compassion Connects – The utilisation of the science of compassion, based on sensitivity to suffering, wisdom and the commitment to alleviate and prevent suffering.

Having worked across various roles in the UK, Shaun Adams came to Ireland in 2012 to specialise in helping the Diversity and Inclusion sector. Shaun worked for The Psychological Society of Ireland and Aspire Productions, as well as currently with The Irish Centre for Compassion Focused Therapy (ICCFT), before spotting a gap in the market … Continue reading Compassion Connects – The utilisation of the science of compassion, based on sensitivity to suffering, wisdom and the commitment to alleviate and prevent suffering.

How dyslexia has helped me in work or education

Dyslexia affects approximately 15% of the population. Although the exact figures of unemployment or under-employment (people being highly qualified but not working in their preferred area) is estimated to be somewhere between 75-85%. However there is what is described as "the double empathy problem”. There’s a lot of fear and trepidation on both sides. Employers … Continue reading How dyslexia has helped me in work or education

Good Day Cork Amplifying un-represented voices in the rebel county

To someone who may not be aware, what is Good Day Cork? What service do you provide? Good Day Cork is a digital magazine that amplifies un-represented voices. It was launched as a print magazine in 2018 through a crowd-funding campaign. Four issues have been published since Sept 2018. In 2020, we moved to the … Continue reading Good Day Cork Amplifying un-represented voices in the rebel county