Louth Mother Hosts a Special Gathering to Honour Women in Business


Jenny Meehan, a busy mother of two, decided to host an event to highlight the businesses of the successful women she met at the parent and toddler groups she conducts.

Speaking with Sinéád Brassil on the 11-1 show, Jenny explains that she runs two parent and toddler groups in Blackrock and Phillipstown. Naturally, the conversation revolves around the kids most of the time, but when she questioned the women about their prior careers, she was thrilled to discover that she was surrounded by accomplished businesswomen and talented entrepreneurs. As a result, she felt driven to plan an event to highlight their work.

Due to the overwhelming popularity of the event, more than fifty vendors will be presenting their goods and/or services this Sunday, November 12, at St. Kevin’s Community Center in Philipstown.  There will be a variety of practitioners including reflexology, yoga, dog behavior, skincare, and candle making.

Jenny is a mother of two children, Hugo, age four, and Will, age two. Although this is her first time planning an event of this magnitude, she feels that it has given her a boost since she left her work in marketing and sales four years ago to focus on raising her family.

Jenny understands firsthand how demanding and stressful being a stay-at-home mother can be, and how important it is to have that adult connection. Jenny voluntarily oversees two playgroups: one in Philipstown on Wednesday mornings from 10:30 am to 12 pm, and one in Blackrock on Friday mornings from 10:30 am to 12 pm.

“The setup, cleanup, and informational role almost feel like a full-time job,” she says. “But it’s great to give back to the community and I found the post-natal period quite tough—I had terrible post-natal rage, which is something not many people talk about.”

Even though postpartum depression is a topic of much greater discussion these days Post-natal fury is still a taboo topic that Jenny believes needs more exposure and understanding. It is still not talked about enough. “I think it’s really important to be open and honest about how you’re feeling with other moms and dads at playgroups.”

There’ll be plenty of opportunities for some well-deserved “me time” for parents who are stressed on Sunday. Personal trainer Jenny McGahon, yoga instructors Sharon Lovie and Aisling Halpenny, and Pilates instructor Sinead O Beirne will be available for workout sessions all day, and there will be plenty of activities for kids to enjoy, such as mindfulness and lots of play.

On Sunday, November 12th, commencing at 10:30 a.m., the St. Kevins Community Center will host a family-friendly event honouring women in business.

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