Friday, January 13, 2023

Norah Ryan managing director Barrow Consultancy and Training Ltd and deputy Jennifer Murnane O’Connor Photos:

Leona O’Shea and Josephine Havlin of Barrow Training and Consultancy

Norah Ryan managing director Barrow Consultancy and Training Ltd speaking with cllr Michael Doran and deputy John McGuinness.

Tori Carroll and Leona O’Shea of Barrow Consultancy and Training

Enjoying the celebrations at the Barrow Training relaunch in Bagenalstown Eileen
Miley, Norah Ryan, Marguerite O’Brien and Donna Purcell

One year as CEO, Norah Ryan celebrates the relaunch of Barrow Training with original founders Joe
and Marian Manning

Norah Ryan and cllr John Pender

Norah Ryan with Selena Osborne and Alice Nolan both tutors with Barrow Consultancy and Training

Florrie Leonard and Joe Manning

Cllr John Pender and Nicola Doran at the relaunch of Barrow Consultancy and Training in Bagenalstown

Norah Ryan and cllr Fintan Phelan Mayor of Carlow

Pictured attending the Barrow Training relaunch from cllr Fintan Phelan, mayor of
Carlow, Norah Ryan managing director Barrow Consultancy and Training Ltd, cllr Michael Doran, leas cathaoirleach Carlow County Council, Brian O’Farrell
Carlow Chamber of Commerce, Kieran Comerford Local Enterprise Office, Carlow

Norah Ryan with Rachel Doyle

Rachel Doyle and cllr John Murphy

Minister for Further Education Training, Simon Harris  pictured at the relaunch of Barrow Training with Donna Purcell, Liz Doran, Florrie Leonard, Tori Carroll, Leona O’Shea, Josephine Havlin, Norah Ryan managing director Barrow Consultancy and Training Ltd and Siobhan McNally

Minister Harris and Norah Ryan speaking with Eileen Miley and Marguerite O’Brien, Community
Employment supervisors in Carlow and Kilkenny

Sandra Richardson of RIBH training with Minister Simon Harris, Norah Ryan and Siobhan McNally

Colin Rea, Minister Simon Harris and Norah Ryan

Josephine Havlin, Siobhan McNally, Norah Ryan, Minister Simon Harris, Donna Purcell and Tori Carroll


By Suzanne Pender

A LOCAL business concluded a very successful year by looking to the future and hosting a very exciting relaunch.

Norah Ryan and her team at Barrow Consultancy and Training (BCT) celebrated the relaunch of their business with an event in Bagenalstown, joined by minister for further education and training Simon Harris, deputies Jennifer Murnane O’Connor and John McGuinness, leas-cathaoirleach of Carlow County Council Michael Doran, other local councillors and friends of BCT.

Since taking over the business in 2021, owner and CEO Norah Ryan has concentrated on building on BCT’s strong reputation as experts in delivering professional and accredited training courses and consultancy.

“Further education and training are key to the development and growth not only of our economy but of our local communities,” said cllr Doran. “Facilitating and supporting people of all backgrounds, stages of life and abilities to gain skills and qualifications is central to this – and it is great to visit Barrow Consulting and Training and to see the exceptional work that Norah and her team are doing from their base here in Co Carlow.”

At the heart of all of BCT’s progress is the belief that the training experience of their customers must be both positive and enjoyable. “We put the needs of our learners first – ensuring that they get access to an accredited course that will meet their learning needs,” said Norah.

“But more importantly that they will have a positive and engaging experience and will be empowered to take this knowledge with them as they develop their careers.”

2022 proved quite the year for the company, which was honoured with a stream of awards. The prestigious AIBF Business All Star Award, the Powerhouse Award for Excellence in Personal Services for Business at Carlow Powerhouse Women in Business Awards and the overall award for Carlow Female Entrepreneur of the Year 2022 at Carlow Powerhouse Women in Business Awards were among the accolades won over the past 12 months.

BCT has also been a nominee at the Carlow Chamber Business Awards every year since 2016.

Despite the challenges of a global pandemic, Norah has grown the business by providing new courses, securing new contracts and working with a host of expert trainers.

“HR is my passion. I strongly believe that everyone should be treated with respect at all times and that mental health awareness and staff wellbeing must be paramount in any good organisation. I am so proud of my dedicated and hard-working team that now comprises nine talented women,” said Norah.


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