Spirits & Solstice

Spirits & Solstice

Spirits & Solstice

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Spirits & Solstice: Empowering Women in Business


Date:             Thursday, 20th June 2024

Location:      Oakfield Park, Raphoe, Co Donegal

Time:             7pm – 8:30pm

Tickets:          Free to Members

                        Non Members – €25


Join us for Spirits & Solstice: Empowering Women in Business a unique networking event celebrating the achievements of women in business against the beautiful backdrop of Oakfield Park in midsummer. Enjoy an evening of inspiration and connection with like-minded professionals as we welcome our distinguished guest speaker, Laura Bonner, founder of The Muff Liquor Company. Join our MC for the evening, journalist and author, Kathy Donaghy, and learn more about Laura’s journey in the spirits industry. Don’t miss this opportunity to sip, savour, and shine as we honour the power of women in business and the spirit of the solstice.

Meet our guest speaker 

Laura Bonner

A proud native of Donegal hailing from the very shores upon which the company is based, Laura is the CEO, Founder and original visionary of The Muff Liquor Company. An instinctive entrepreneurial mind with an uncompromising work ethic, Laura’s knowledge and experience in the business world is vast. Having graduated with a Law degree from Dublin Business School, Laura embarked on a career in real estate that spelled success on a global scale.Laura Bonner Donegal Women in Business Network

A steadfast belief in a life-long dream however, saw Laura return home in late 2017 where she began establishing her own premium craft spirit company centered around family tradition, quality local produce and a firm devotion to a place that affords every bottle of our delicious craft spirits their unique, authentic taste.

For her pioneering work in the establishment of The Muff Liquor Company, Laura won a Business All Star award in 2018 and was selected as a key spokesperson for the ‘Back to Business’ roundtable sessions with the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade in 2019. In the same year, she was named Most Inspiring Ulster Businesswoman of the Year and is a respected member of ‘Women in Business’.  In 2022, Laura was shortlisted as an Entrepreneur of the Year by IMAGE Magazine and PwC at their Businesswoman of the Year Awards, in 2023 she won Handcrafted Spirits Leader in Western Europe and this year she won International entrepreneur of the year overseas by Great Companies.


Meet our MC for the evening.

Kathy Donaghy

Kathy Donaghy is a journalist and author, living and working in Inishowen, Co Donegal. Her first book, Finding My Wild, was published by O’Brien Press in February.

Kathy Donaghy Donegal Women in Business Network

She is a regular contributor and columnist with the Irish Independent. She also writes for Lonely Planet and Sunday Miscellany. She runs creative writing courses with the Irish Writers Centre in Dublin as well as facilitating and moderating events. She has a BA in English and French and a BA in legal studies.Kathy is married with two sons and when she is not writing, she’s exploring the wilds of Donegal with her border collie.




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Date And Time

20-06-2024 @ 07:00 PM to
20-06-2024 @ 08:30 PM



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