Enterprise Development Projects

Leahy’s Open Farm

Leahy’s Open Farm

An image of a horse and cart ride at Leahy's Open FarmIn 1996, Leahy’s Open Farm opened its doors to the public showing off what owners, Eddie and Eileen had collected over the years. They were surprised by the amount of interest shown by the public visiting the farm. They built a coffee shop so that Eileen could bake some of her home baking which was served with teas and coffees.  They contacted SECAD at this stage for advice on how to proceed further with their ambitions for the open farm. “The help and advice received was of huge importance at that stage as we did not know how to set up a Business Plan for the future, how to formulate financial projections, how to estimate visitor numbers or how to go about setting up a long term plan of what we wanted to achieve. Since then we have completed at least 5 or 6 applications for funding and we have had no problems at all with the process. To date the support, advice and funding received through SECAD has been fundamental to the development of the farm.”

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