In this episode we chat to stylist Michelle Coughlan about her path to becoming a stylist, working in the US and her return home to Ireland, the importance of networking, the different facets of her work and her future plans.
In this episode, we chat to Fiona Kelleher from MyGug about the story behind this Cork based start-up, their new age solution to an age old problem, scaling the product, the importance of local supports, ongoing discussions for governmental incentives and being persistent.
As her second book launches, children’s author Leona Forde joins us to chat about the turning of a story for her dauhther into the publication of a successful first book, her inspirations and writing process, the importance of relatable and diverse characters, and her experiences as an author.
In the final part of our coffee roasting series, we are joined by Suzanne Casey, general manager of Velo Coffee Roasters. In this episode we discuss their growth into mainstream retail, the advantages of a single supplier, embedding their business ethos into all that they do and standing out amongst the crowd.
In the third part of our coffee roasters series, we talk to John Boyle and Tom Edwards from Stone Valley Coffee Roasters in Clonakilty. We discuss their self-taught roasting journey, their desire to lighten up the specialty coffee industry whilst ensuring a high quality product and their customer focused approach to their business.
In the second part of our coffee roasters series, we chat to West Cork Coffee’s Tony Speight. We discuss how his engineering background helped him turn his hobby into a passion, his sustainable approach to work and life, not wanting to be the next Starbucks and getting lucky.
In the first part of our coffee roasting series, we are joined by Brock Lewin from Badger & Dodo. We discuss the building blocks of one of the first Irish specialty coffee roasters, the development of their product & brand, the importance of getting the basics right, their focus on quality and Brock’s belief that it’s best to let the coffee do the talking.
In this episode, we return to our Business Supports Series with a chat to Rachel Kelleher from MIX Coworking in Clonakilty. Along with her partner Michael Kote they have turned a passion project into a successful business. In this episode, we discuss their journey to both Clonakilty and the creation of a coworking space, learnings from their original project to now, the benefits of coworking and nurturing their creation.
In this episode we speak to marketing specialist, consultant and mentor Sandra Maybury about the reasons behind her decision to write a book about her parents, her exciting yet normal childhood, marketing and getting the basics right along with getting mad notions.
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We are joined by sound healer, author and musician Claire Marie Barton who talks to us about her interesting work, how the loss of her first baby became a transformative event for her, the importance of self-expression and taking time out and she imparts some very sage advice. A bonus mini sound healing session is also available where Cork Creative got to experience sound healing first hand!
In this episode, we chat to historical fiction author Susan Lanigan. We discuss how history has a tendency to repeat itself, her writing process, her love for history, the challenges of being an author, censorship and her latest book, The Planter’s Daughter.
In the final part of our Estate Agents Series we chat to Andy Donoghue from Hodnett Forde Property Services about his path into property, the skills needed to be a good estate agent, the cyclical nature of the property market and dealing with that, the emotive nature of what he does and having a thick skin.
In the second part of our Estate Agents Series, we chat to Martin from Martin Kelleher Property Services in Clonakilty about how a nice car inspired his career choice, the pros and cons of being an independent operator, the importance of realistically portraying a property to its best potential along with the highs and lows of his job.
As part of our new Estate Agents Series, we chat to Majella Galvin from DNG Galvin in Bandon about her path into auctioneering, the importance of marketing, networking and being part of business groups, supporting and educating clients on their property journey and the multi-faceted skills required of a modern chartered estate agent.
We chat to musician Alan Tobin, aka ADT to chat about his electronic folk music, the wider music scene and industry, the things & people that inspire him, working with other creative people, his new album & being a lighthouse enthusiast.
To mark the 2 year anniversary of Cork Creative, the two hosts of the show, Geraldine Hennessy & Patrick Kiely share their experience of creating this podcast, the lessons learnt and future plans.
In this episode we are joined by muralist and artist Martina Flanagan. We discuss her path to now; through colleges and jobs & her moment of enlightenment. We speak about her superheroes, her process, the impact of social media and she shares some sage advice for wannabe artists.
We are joined by vintage & antique guru Rita Holding of RH vintage Interiors. We discuss the evolution of her hobbyist passion to a business, the great partnership she has with her husband Ian, having a good business head & the wonders and evocative nature of vintage & antique pieces.
We are joined by East Cork artist Nicola Geary whose work ranges from clay faces to brightly coloured canvas. We chat about her journey from artist to chef and back again, the surge in creativity she has experienced, the importance of her mother, family, creative collaborations & supports, learning to embrace the online realm & the value of being true to yourself.
We talk to Maura O’Connell from West Cork Casting Studio. She explains her journey from Social Science Graduate to life-casting & producer of memorial jewellery, the highly emotive element of her work, the touching stories that make her work so special, overcoming her periods of procrastination & self-doubt & learning to take it easy on herself.
We chat to professional declutterer Anne Marie Kingston from White Sage Decluttering about how her early life forged her path into decluttering, the lightbulb moment that initiated her business, the multifaceted layers of decluttering, her tips, challenges and future plans. Listen now.
We chat to interior designer Maura Mackey about turning her part-time hobby into her full-time career, her passion for biophilic design, the importance of function, her design process, the benefits of challenges and how every day is a school day. Listen now.
In this episode, we are joined by photographer Anna Groniecka. We discuss Anna’s creative roots, taking the leap into full time photography, the intense nature of her work and going with the flow. Anna also shares some good advice for people starting out in business.
In the fourth part of our Business Supports Series we speak to Arran O’Driscoll , Chair at Clonakilty Credit Union. We chat about the differences between credit unions and banks, the importance to the credit union of building relationships with members, how credit unions can help business to manage their day-to-day finances and how they adapt their strategy in line with the needs of their members. Listen now.
In the third part of our Business Supports Series, we speak to Peter Walsh, Chairman of Brookpark Business Centre in Dunmanway, an advanced technology business centre about how Brookpark came about, what it can offer to local businesses, the importance of community & how it hopes to serve as a blue print for others. Listen now.
Continuing with our Business Supports series, we chat to Fiona Ryan, Start Up & Entrepreneurship Manager in the Ludgate Hub in Skibbereen about her insights for post covid trends for business, how the Ludgate is shaping its own path from those trends and how it facilitates and supports local business and the wider community across the generations. Listen now.
As part of our Business Supports Series, Kevin Curran from the Local Enterprise Office joins us to tell us why the LEO should be the first port of call to new & expanding business. He simplifies business plans, shares what he believes are the biggest mistakes businesses make & discusses the importance of being online. Listen now.
In the fourth part of our Craft Brewers & Distillers Series, husband & wife team Daniel Emerson from Stonewell Cider & Géraldine Javoy from Nohoval Apple Wines educate us on all things apple, the perpetual motion of research & design, maintaining a strong profile, collaboration, sustainability & growing their businesses post-pandemic. Listen now.
Louise Kingston, founder of Inchydoney Candles, joins us to discuss the strong coastal influence on her products and brand, a mother’s influence, unexpected sales boosts and a positive development born out of the pandemic. Listen now.
In part 3 of our Craft Brewers & Distillers series, Séamus Ó Drisceoil from Cape Clear Island Distillery chats to us about their goal to have a high quality distinctive gin that reflects the island, the community endeavour that is central to their gin, the importance of safeguarding their environs & plans for the year ahead. Listen now.
Sharon Huggard, The Style Coach, chats to us about her mission to empower women to find their style signature & to ditch measuring self-worth on the scales, the importance of being authentic, adapting her business and her plans for the year ahead. Listen now.
In part 2 of our Craft Brewers & Distillers Series, we speak to Terra Brookins from West Cork Brewing Company about the importance of their customers to their business & building that relationship further & the collaborative nature of the craft beer industry in Ireland. Listen now.
Entrepreneur & content creator Michel Colaci joins us to discuss his ventures in creative digital solutions, child online safety & video production. We also explore how mindfulness has influenced & changed his work. Listen now.
As part of our Craft Brewers & Distillers Series, Paul Corbett, Head Distiller at Clonakilty Distillery joins us for a chat about his path to becoming a master distiller, the science and art of distilling and the joys of working in a smaller sized distillery. Listen now.
Nina Cáit Gilbert set up her Graphic Design business, Design Bird, on her return from a successful career in London. We discuss how she got into design, her love for what she does and the thrill of being part of the launch of new fledgling business’. Listen now.
Niamh Morrison, creator of HEN Jewellery, has been making jewellery for 15 years. We discuss the positive & negative impacts of the pandemic, the dramas of the creative process, the constant learning curve & her fetish for hammers. Listen now.
Stephen Hayes is a fine art photographer based in Clonakilty. We chat about his love for the whole photography process, his love/hate relationship with Instagram, evolution of his business, local supports and inspirations and we get the answer to the ultimate question.Listen now.
Rebecca Connolly is a well-established beautician in Rosscarbery who has recently launched a beautiful apothecary range. We discuss the silver lining of pandemic closures, making the most of local supports, the challenges she faces and the joys of being a beautician. Listen now.
Louise Bunyan is Ireland’s leading LinkedIn training expert and is a guru of all things digital marketing. We discuss her interesting career, her pivot to online learning and consultancy, the importance of networking and her plans for the future. Listen now.
Aoife McLaughlin chats to us about getting the right work-life balance, moving her lino printing hobby into a business and the challenges of being a one-woman sales, marketing, finance and IT department. Listen now.
Aidan O’ Regan joins us for a honest chat about the highs and lows of being an abstract landscape artist, his motivations and the evolutions of his craft and business from Celtic Tiger boom to a global pandemic.Listen now.