Networking in a Covid Landscape!

19th January 2021

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Network Ireland West Cork’s first event of 2021, on 28th January, welcomes guest speaker Dr Jean van Sinderen-Law (pictured), Director of European Relations and Public Affairs at University College Cork.

Embrace Farm is the 2021 Network Ireland West Cork charity partner.  At this next event, the team at Embrace Farm will give a short talk on the important services and supports they provide.  Embrace Farm was founded in 2014 by Brian and Norma Rohan, a farming family from Shanahoe, Co. Laois.  It provides a bereavement support group for farm families and helps families, like them, who have lost a loved one or, indeed, suffered serious injury in a farming accident.

Speaking ahead of the event, branch president, Katherine O’ Sullivan said “I am very excited about our first event of 2021 and embracing the advice of Dr. Jean to maximise our networking opportunities.  If we adapt these tips in January, networking will be a positive experience for the year ahead.  While we are learning and growing, it is important to give back, and there are many people who need our support and the expertise of our members to help them.  By listening to the team from Embrace Farm, it will open doors between people who need support and advice and those who can give it.“

2020 certainly created obstacles to our working life with the introduction of working from home, virtual meetings and home-schooling, forcing many of us to embrace this new normal.  Over the past 10 months, as a branch, Network Ireland West Cork has adapted and moved online, while still offering support, advice and networking opportunities to female entrepreneurs and women in business.

Network Ireland West Cork’s January event will take place on zoom on 28th January at 8pm and is free for network members, a small fee is applicable for non members.  For more details on how to join the network, visit or follow their social media platforms @NetIrlWestCork