Why Join?

Joining a professional women’s network provides not just access to role models, but provides career-boosting contacts, mentoring and confidence-boosting support too.

If you can’t make it to some of our events, don’t forget the value of our weekly ‘share your news’ on our Facebook page; having your news in our monthly newsletter; the opportunity to guest blog and, of course, having your company listed in our business directory (which, by the way, was recently used by RTÉ who were searching to highlight women in business in Donegal for a TV programme… and found them!) 

So what are you waiting for!

In addition to this, research findings from the University of Georgia suggest that “it appears that the social activities provided by women’s network provide women with the opportunity to develop more career-supportive relationships” and these “are likely to play a direct role in helping more women advance to higher levels of their organisations.”



8 great reasons to join the
Donegal Women in Business Network!

1. Facebook/social media advertising via weekly  ‘share your news’

2. Network and exchange business contacts

3. Access to mentoring from other network members

4. Website directory advertising for your business

5. Opportunity to guest blog to our Network

6. Opportunities to host social or business events /workshops

7. Membership discounts

8. Business opportunities

About Us

The Donegal Women in Business Network is aimed at providing a forum for women in business in the county of Donegal to share their experiences, network and to discuss topical business issues affecting women.


The Donegal Women in Business Network runs seminars/workshops throughout the year based on the identified needs of the members.


It’s not all work though, the Network also runs a number of social events, which provide a welcome respite from daily business life, and are a great way to have some fun while getting to know other members.


The Network is open to all women with an interest in business. Whether you are the owner of the business or involved in running the business either as a partner, family member or manager.


The cost of joining the Donegal Women in Business Network is €50.


Most of the events are cost-free, paid for out of the subscriptions and any additional costs are kept as low as possible so as to facilitate as many as possible to attend.


If you wish to join the Donegal Women in Business Network, or if you require further information please contact us at donegalwomeninbusinessnetwork@gmail.com or you can join online here.


Donegal Women In Business Is run by a group of 11 voluntary members, See each Committee member below to find out more about them

Our new President Deirdre McGlone is a businesswomen and Donegal Person of the year 2015.

Deirdre has been involved in the Hospitality Industry since the age of 12 and following her student years, she became part of the Harvey’s Point Family in 1989. 

Over the past 28 years, her role has evolved from working at reception, to helping out in service, through to sales and marketing and customer relations.

Continuous professional development is very important to Deirdre and she enjoys learning new skills and trends in the hotel industry.

Deirdre is honoured to be the President of the Donegal Women in Business Network and looks forward to meeting and networking with all business women in Donegal.

You can find out more information on Deirdre here.

Our committee secretary at Donegal Women in Business Network is Trish Mc Ginley. Trish is the glue that holds us all together and will be for many of you the first point of contact when you e-mail or contact the Network, and is passionate about supporting women in business and learning from one another and is looking forward to an exciting and busy year ahead.

Trish returned to Donegal nearly 6 years’ ago bringing with her more than 30 years’ marketing and PA experience from the public, private and voluntary sectors throughout the UK, Ireland and Australia, which is all be put to good use in her role with the Network!

As well as being involved in the Network, Trish also runs her own business, McGinley Online Marketing, in addition to taking care of the Mountcharles Community’s website and their marketing.

Trish is also passionate about continuous learning and personal and professional development, and has qualifications in cultural studies, marketing, counselling, and coaching and mentoring.

Contact Trish at trish@mcginleyonlinemarketing.com or call her on 089 256 3845.

Evelyn Mc Glynn is a long time member and is the Marketing and Communications Officer for Donegal Women in Business Network.


Author, trainer, life coach and educator, Evelyn runs www.evelynmcmarketing.com providing a helping hand with business advice, event management and innovative marketing solutions for new or established business. Evelyn also owns the blog and social media for donegalmammy.com.

Evelyn is also committed to “giving” and “corporate social responsibility” in business and looks forward to promoting the Network and incorporating giving as part of raising the profile of the group and its members.

You can contact Evelyn on 087 2246989 

Email: evelynmcmarketing@gmail.com

Rachel previously worked in the Donegal Local Development Company in the role of Enterprise Officer where she gave start up advice, and assistance in developing a business plan to unemployed people who are considering the option of self-employment and enables them to access the supports available.  She also delivered Start Your Own Business training.

Prior to this, Rachel worked for the Local Enterprise for 17 years and has a rounded knowledge of supports available to those in business or considering starting a business. She has been on the Committee of the Donegal Women in Business Network since 2002 in the roles of Secretary and laterally as Treasurer. 

Stella McGroarty joined the committee in 2016 has been an active member of the Network for some years now.  

Stella is extremely experienced in retail and hospitality and has own fashion shop in Donegal Town – Stella Boutique, Castle Street, The Diamond, Donegal Town. 

Stella stocks Nomads, Lily & Me, Bohemia, Soutmate, Envy, ISay, Sense Copenhagen, Rosie Fox & MAC Jeans.  

Sizes 8 to 22 and personal shopping can be arranged after 6pm by appointment.

Contact Stella at 087 226 2820.

My name is Dr. Julie Szabo and I am an Australian chiropractor in my 20th year of practice! 


I first came to Letterkenny after I graduated in 2001, met and married the love of my life Patrick and went on to have 3 beautiful boys all of whom enrich my life deeply. I have worked for different chiropractors worldwide over the years whilst juggling family life but upon our return to Letterkenny in 2015 I decided it was time to open my own business. I am now the proud owner of Northwest Chiropractic for the past 4 years and business is going from strength to strength. 


In conjunction with opening my practice, I joined the Donegal Women in Business Network and became a committee member. Surrounding myself with these fun loving, energetic, career driven, family centred group of women has helped me immensely in both my career and family life as we network, bounce ideas off one another, refer and learn from each other in a social setting. 


My purpose is to educate and provide professional Chiropractic care to my community and my vision is to be a part of my patients’  health journey so that they may live healthier, more balanced  and happier lives. 


Things that you might not know about me are my  dislike for multiple sneezes, swimming pool changing room floors and odd buttons! 


I love to travel and I’ve been to all four grand slam tennis events. I love fine dining and also spending cosy nights in watching movies with my boys.

Leah Fairman is the Manager at The BASE Enterprise Centre in Stranorlar, the administrative home of the Donegal Women in Business Network.

Leah returned to her home town of Stranorlar three years ago, after time working in human resources and management roles in Germany and London.

Leah leads the operations for BASICC, a social enterprise in Ballybofey & Stranorlar with the aim of stimulating regeneration in the Twin Towns and wider Finn Valley area.  As part of her role, Leah manages The BASE Enterprise Centre and key projects for Ballybofey & Stranorlar Chamber of Commerce.

Leah is the founder of Wild Days Out, a walking and wellbeing company with the aim of encouraging everyone to get out and explore more, building their mental and physical wellbeing as they go. Organised weekly walks are open to locals and visitors alike.. Special walks for visitors focus on the wild and out of the way places around East Donegal. They explore countryside that often isn’t well known to walkers and offers a few surprises.

Leah is one of the leading lights behind the Twin Towns Walking Festival. This annual festival attracts over 250 participants every year and is the largest in the North West.  

You can contact Leah on 087 607 5555

E-mail: info@thebaseenterprise.ie

Sally Murphy joined the Network committee in October 2019, having been a proud member for a couple of years. 

As a business consultant and the founder of Murphy Communications she works with clients across the globe. The Donegal Women in Business Network is invaluable to the growth and visibility of her work, providing a sense of community and support that is truly special. 


Sally comes from a cultural programming and communications background and has over twenty years’ experience producing multi-disciplinary projects in the Arts, Tourism, Education and Business. She specialises in coaching, training, creative strategy, and is a panellist on both the Business Mentoring and Visitor Experience for Fáilte Ireland, is an accredited QTT practitioner and the winner of the 2017 Northern Ireland Creative Industry Skills Award.