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Caragh woman’s new business idea launched at the RDS

Lorraine Duane.

Lorraine Duane.

Caragh woman Lorraine Duane’s embryonic business idea was launched at Showcase 2014 in the RDS. She came up with the idea of “Wash & Learn” while training to be a Montessori teacher at Portobello College.

“I had been made redundant in 2009 and decided to go back to college and during this time I was given an assignment to come up with an idea to help children on a daily basis, “ she recalled. At the time her daughter Leah (then 4), a pupil at Caragh NS, was going to her grandparents for a sleepover. “I was packing her bag, had her toiletries in one compartment and it struck me how disorganised it was for a child. I looked for a child’s wash bag and there were none suitable for her so I decided to make one myself and the idea was born.

”Wash & Learn is a toiletry bag that hangs on the bathroom door and teaches a child the basics of personal hygiene while indirectly teaching them how to dress themselves. Each compartment has a dressing tool where they can store their toothbrush , toothpaste, sponge and soap. Ms. Duane (38) contacted the Kildare County Enterprise Board with her idea. “After a lot of hard work and research my product was made in 2013 and I put it forward for Showcase.” Over 5,000 buyers attended the RDS event, many of them from abroad.

 

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