Caitriona Considine, Co. Clare transformed a cowshed and pigsty on her husband’s family farm into a thriving gift and coffee shop.
The Galway City native studied engineering; has an MBA and worked in both IT and wind energy but she longed for a change from long work commutes.
Kevin already had a business running the family farm - a suckler herd - and Considine’s Bar - a small pub that had been in Kevin’s family since 1868, now spanning four generations.
Taking advantage of their location on one of Ireland’s busiest tourist trails, Caitriona and Kevin renovated the farm cabin into a shop with an outdoor terrace and swung open the doors to Moher Cottage in March 2017.
Moher Cottage is located at St Brigid’s Well beside the Cliffs of Moher meaning that it is surrounded by breathtaking views across the Clare countryside and Liscannor Bay.
Supporting local business is important to Caitriona so Moher Cottage sells unique; local; Irish-made crafts and gifts, as well as her own artisan fudge and her photography.
Establishing a busy in any geographical region, particularly rural Ireland can be difficult as it presents an array of challenges, but Caitriona credits ACORNS for its assistance with the development of her enterprise.
ACORNS is focussed on developing the potential of female entrepreneurs living in rural Ireland, who wish to start and develop new businesses or have recently started a business.
The programme is based on peer support and collaborative learning and each participant will have the opportunity to learn from successful female entrepreneurs who have started and grown businesses in rural Ireland.
She is just one of Over 150 female entrepreneurs that have taken part in ACORNS to date and the current cycle is looking for 50 new participants.
The programme will run over six months from October 2018 to April 2019. The deadline for application for this year’s cycle is September 21.
Caitriona received funding under the Department’s Rural Innovation and Development Fund and met several designers and craft makers whose products she now stocks in Moher Cottage.
Soon after launching, Caitriona’s coffee was voted the best in Ireland by listeners to Today FM’s Saturday Breakfast with Alison Curtis.
The business was shortlisted as only one of two in Munster in the creative retail category in Bank of Ireland’s Start-up Awards 2017.
In 2018, Caitriona brought the giftshop online to Moher Cottage’s website and offers international shipping.
Caitriona’s mission now is for Moher Cottage to be the best little shop in Ireland.
Image source: Caitriona Considine - Moher Cottage.