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Lead Entrepreneurs

The Lead Entrepreneurs are not, and cannot be, experts in every area of business but they have first hand experience of facing the challenges of growing a business. They all agree that if such support were to have been available to them when they were growing their business, they would have found it most beneficial. Each of these busy and successful woman give their time to the initiative in a completely voluntary capacity.

Oonagh O'Hagan

Oonagh O’Hagan is the owner and Managing Director of Meaghers Pharmacy Group. A qualified pharmacist, she was in her late 20s when she bought the landmark Meagher’s Pharmacy on Dublin’s Baggot Street from Pierce Meagher in 2001 and has gone on to grow the business to eight pharmacies and a thriving online store www.meaghers.ie  She now employs 100 people with further growth, and the opening of her first pharmacy outside Dublin planned for 2017. Oonagh was Chair of Retail Excellence Ireland for 2014-2016 and also founded Women In Retail within REI to support more females in becoming directors and senior managers within the retail sector. Oonagh is Acting Chair of the Preliminary Proceedings Committee of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland, she is a member of the Wholesale Advisory Committee of the United Drug Healthcare Group and sits on the Finance Committee of the Royal College of Surgeons. Oonagh has also recently been appointed to the Strategic Advisory Board at the school of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at Trinity College Dublin to help shape the schools future plans and direction. Meagher’s has been named as a Deloitte Best Managed Irish Company for the past two years and an Irish Finalist in the European Business Awards in 2016. Meagher’s also collected the two top business awards at the Irish Pharmacy News awards ceremony this year, taking away the Business Development of the Year award and the OTC retailer of the year for 2016. Oonagh was a participant on the 6th cycle of Going for Growth and was recently named as Image Magazine’s Entrepreneur of the Year for 2016.