82 Story Lane – Festival of Childhood


82 Story Lane is a new and exciting exhibition and festival for families with primary school aged children. It’s run by the EXPO company and we imagined a new and revamped experience for attendees. Here’s flavour of what is planned.

On the morning of February 7th 2015, families from around the country will arrive to the front door of 82 Story Lane. They’ll be met by our affable MC in Neverending Junction, who’ll guide them through the adventure that awaits them. They’ll get to amble up Adventure Boulevard, meander around Curious Drive, through the Enchanted Forest, along the Giant’s Highway into the Jolly Kingdom before entering Legend’s Meadow. And lest they lose their way, our Walking Talking Streetlights will be there at hand to shed some light on the situation and help our Treasure Seekers along their way.

HALL OF FAME – Kids of all ages will get to join in drum sessions; it’ll be loud, it’ll be interactive, it’ll be a barrel of laughs. There’ll be illustrators hosting workshops and teaching new skills and tricks to kids and families alike in our STUDIO 1 & 2, while the little ones can rest a while and satisfy their curiosity for play in the GINGERBREAD HOUSE and FAIRYLAND. Keep an eye out on for updates, as we’ll post the schedule soon on the website, via Twitter @82storylane and on our Facebook page. /82storylane

THE MURAL – A group of well-known Irish illustrators will create a mural beside the stage. By the time 82 Story Lane is over the mural will be complete and as part of our CSR philosophy, we will donate this to a selection of children’s hospitals and charities.

SALON DU CHAT – A chat without the chit. Interesting topics will be served up on a menu for children to choose a topic and get their conversational juices flowing. Parents will be amazed and intrigued about how much their kids have to contribute.

THE DREAMTREE is a place for all the family to write their dreams and aspirations. Derbhile will write to herself 30 years from now about her dreams for the future and Ailish will get the opportunity to write to her six year old self.

THE TREEHOUSE is our seminar room where parenting experts share tips on how to create a happy and harmonious family life.

82 Story Lane is made up of many exciting, adventurous and inspirational lands. There will be surprises around every corner…

TREASURE ISLAND – inspiration for family holidays, fun days out, trips further afield and must-see places 100 ACRE WOOD – a giant den packed with toys, games, musical instruments and indoor and outdoor play equipment

LILLIPUT – includes a range of children’s clothes, accessories and furniture

NEVER NEVER LAND – Lots of exciting sports and outdoor activities that families can take part in together

GREAT EXPECTATIONS – information about education, family planning and insurance delivered with a light touch so it’s easy to absorb THE GIANT PEACH – Full of delicious food, ingredients for healthy family meals and cooking tips

WANDERLAND – a selection of stalls selling handcrafted and artisan goods will be available for our treasure seekers

RDS, Dublin

Exhibition suitable for businesses looking to promote and sell into the family marketplace, particularly for families with primary school aged children.

www . 82storylane . ie

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New Member The Working Mother


Martina Perry and Elaine Lawless set up The Working Mother to provide support and advice to working mothers all over Ireland, struggling to achieve that elusive work-life harmony. Whether you are a full time career mother, have a part-time job, work freelance, or run your own business, we’re here to help you figure out how to take control of your life while earning an income and enjoying more time for yourself and your family.

Martina Perry

Martina PerryPartner & Founder

Martina is married to rugby obsessed New Zealander Grant and is mother to two small girls, Caitlin and Elise. She recently quit her 14 year career with a major international publishing group to pursue her dreams of starting her own business and creating a support network for all working mothers. When she’s not writing from her kitchen table for theworkingmother.ie she can be found with her head in the books studying for her CIMA exams or with kindle and coffee (or wine) in hand.

Elaine Lawless

Elaine LawlessPartner & Founder

Elaine has two young children, and is married to a professional chef, which means she rarely, if ever, cooks the dinner. She works part-time for a US publishing company and in 2006 she started her own CV writing business on the side, igniting a passion for entrepreneurship and a determination to help others achieve their career goals. She spends her time juggling two kids, a husband and a dog with a part-time job, a business and the remnants of what used to be a social life.




New Member Multyfarnham Cookery School


I have been working as a chef and also own my own business in mullingar co Westmeath.The reason I gave up my pastry shop and started focusing on a cookery school was that I could spend maximum time with my son.

Kamalika’s training began in her own mum’s bakery and restaurant back in Sri Lanka. Then, at the age of 16, Kamalika went on to do cake making and wedding cake diploma in the capital city  Colombo.

After finishing Hotel School she joined the Le Meridian chain of hotels. She met Dayantha – a pastry chef in Sri Lanka. Together they travelled as chefs to many countries and settled in Ireland eleven years ago.

Both have worked in many award winning restaurants in the midlands.  They opened their coffee shop in Mullingar , but both yearned to share their knowledge and enjoyment of their vast learning.


Dayantha has tutored part-time in the Athlone Institute of Technology (A.I.T.) and Kamalika has undertaken many classes and demonstrations  in LARCC Cancer Centre in Multyfarnham where she has worked for the last eleven years catering for the residential weeks and pamper days.
Together they have won many awards and medals both in Ireland and abroad. All courses are conducted by Kamalika and Dayantha. After every class the participants get to taste the dishes and get many tips.


Kamalika wants every participant in each course  to go home with a passion to cook !

Courses on offer range from Sugar Flowers, Dinner Parties Made Easy, Thai Cookery, Gluten Free Cookery, Off to College Cookery School, Italian Cooking and lots more. You can find more details on the website linked below:


Cookery School

Address: Coole Road, Multyfarnham, Co. Westmeath

Location: Entrance on Coole Road, drive in to the Laarc Car Park and follow signs to the Multyfarnham Cookery School.

Phone:  044 93 71808   087 627 1164

New Member Nautilus Beauty & Holistic Therapies Centre by Sarah Wilson & Jenny Faison


Nautilus Beauty & Holistic Therapies Centre is owned & operated by Sarah Wilson & Jenny Faison. Their individual journeys began years ago when they trained to become massage & beauty therapists.


Their paths overlapped when they discovered a mutual love for organic, natural products that they could incorporate into facial and massage treatments. That path has now led to a shared journey with the creation of Nautilus Beauty & Holistic Therapies Centre.

Sarah is mum to two beautiful daughters, ages 6 & nearly 5 months. Jenny is an auntie to two nieces, ages 6 and 2, with another one due in November. It’s no surprise that Nautilus will be offering a range of pregnancy treatments as well as baby massage classes!

Why Nautilus you might ask? The Nautilus is an amazing sea animal that lives within a spiral shell.  As the Nautilus grows, it adds on a new chamber to its shell for each stage of life. As long as the Nautilus continues to grow, it will continue to build new chambers and add to its beautiful spiral.  It has outgrown previous chambers and must always move forward, there is no going back. There is happy comfort in its current chamber, but like the nautilus, we strive to grow and continue this wonderful pattern through life.

For us, the Nautilus shell represents what we aim to achieve in both our personal and professional lives ~ growing beyond our current chamber of comfort, embracing the beauty of life, and working to maintain the balance.

We are delighted to offer a variety of treatments including:

Massage Therapies from €45

Organic Facials from €30


Body Treatments / Wraps / Scrubs from €45

Happy Hands & Feet: all things nails from €10


Tanning, the organic way, from €15

We also run a number of classes and workshops such as baby massage, yoga, meditation, nutrition, skincare & make-up, and much more.

There is something for everyone. For full details on any of our services, please browse our website or give us a call on 01 534 0003.

Twitter: @NautilusDublin
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/NautilusDublin

New Member Fiona O`Neill – Forever Living


Tell us about your business:
My background is in the Contact Centre Industry but Ive started my own business that is giving me a lifestyle that my own job couldn’t give me via Forever Living.

Founded in 1978, and operating in over 150 countries, Forever and its affiliates have become the largest grower, manufacturer and distributor of aloe vera and bee products in the world. Avoiding the use of herbicides and pesticides, our patented stabilisation process ensures our aloe vera is essentially identical to the inner leaf gel. And because we are not dependent on any other supplier, we can guarantee the quality of our aloe.

The key to our success is therefore a commitment to quality and purity. We start with 100% inner gel, adding just enough other ingredients to produce outstanding products. The versatility of this product means that aloe vera can be taken as a drink or applied to the skin. Not tested on animals, the Forever collection is a testament to nature’s capacity to help us look and feel our best.

Kilkenny / Tipp border

www . youownyou . myforever . biz

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New Member Chroí Bán is owned and run by Amanda Lucas


Chroí Bán offers modern handmade Irish jewellery, designed and handcrafted in Ireland. Each piece is made to a very high standard with a wide variety of styles on offer.

Chroí Bán is owned and run by Amanda Lucas. Chroí Bán offers handmade Irish jewellery for women, men and children with an affordable price tag. 100% Irish designed and made custom pieces are readily accommodated with new items being added all the time. Just get in touch to find out more.

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Get in touch by emailing info@chroiban.com or call Amanda on 086-8710018



New Member – Linda Hennessy – Digicore

Tell us about your business:
After being in the private Education industry for over 10 years I was made redundant in 2009 so I decided to set up business with a colleague of mine. After a combined 30 years in the Cyber Security/Education industry we felt it was the next logical step to develop our business within this area due to our level of expertise and knowledge in this industry.

Digicore’s Cyber Security Academy was born. An Irish based company specialising in the delivery of high tech, practical real world, career focussed, University level Cyber Security and Forensics Training courses.

We offer Security Awareness programmes at many different levels from Business Owners/Senior Managers and other end users of technology. We also teach professional programmes in Ethical Hacking, Wireless Security, Forensics Investigation and ISO27001. These programmes are recognised by the University of De Montfort, Bedfordshire University and The Open University to be used towards gaining a Post Graduate Certificate, Post Graduate Diploma or Masters in Cyber Security.

We also offer our clients the added benefit of our services from Vulnerability Assessments to Penetration tests in order to check how vulnerable their computer systems are to attack.
Nearly every day there’s another report in the news of a data breach or an organisations network being hacked. It’s our mission to educate people on what to look out for. In order to defeat a thief you need to think like one!

Call/email me if you would like more informationlinda@digicore.ie/0860881610

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Support Irish Crafters by buying handmade Irish crafts this Christmas

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Buy Sell Handmade Vintage Designer products from Ireland

Support Irish Crafters by buying handmade Irish crafts this Christmas

Craftbay is an online platform for Irish handmade producers. We are listed as a registered Marketplace with the Craft Council of Ireland. Show your support and buy Irish this Christmas we have a wide range of sellers with unique styles and designs and the best part is they are all handmade in Ireland and can be delivered globally for that extra special gift this Christmas.

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Crafters seeking to sell their products globally should register with Craftbay Marketplace.  We are currently offering all Irish craft producers a FREE 6 Month Shop, that’s a FREE shop for half a year!!

Craftbay understand the importance of digital marketing, targeting an audience at a time when they seek to buy is crucial to online selling. We will be using a number of digital marketing strategies to promote our craft community to include; Twitter, Facebook Google+ Google Adwords, Youtube and affiliate partners. We are currently developing IOS, Android and IPad apps to tie in with our platform to ensure Craftbay.ie becomes a household name and stays a step ahead of other craft websites.

To register log onto www.craftbay.ie and click on “Seller”