About

Oonagh was awarded the prestigious Irish Quality Food Awards Food Hero 2019 prize at the awards ceremony in the Burlington Hotel, Dublin in October.

Oonagh Monahan founded Alpha Omega Consultants in 2008. Throughout her career, Oonagh has gained extensive experience working with developing a range of SME companies. Her project management skills are strong, and include co-ordination across a range of disciplines, functions and international sites. Oonagh is a Chartered Scientist and Fellow of the IFST, the Institute of Food Science and Technology (UK) and is a Fellow of the IFSTI. She is a Certified Management Consultant. In 2013 she published her first book - Money for Jam, the Essential Guide to Starting Your Own Small Food Business and the 2nd Edition was published in 2017.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/oonaghmonahan/

In addition to her Bachelor and Masters degrees, Oonagh holds a Graduate Diploma in Food Science and Technology with 2.1 Hons, awarded by the Institute of Food Science and Technology (UK), and has qualifications in Marketing Management and in Training and Education. She holds a Post Graduate Diploma Business and Management at the William J. Clinton Leadership Institute at Queen's University Belfast.

Oonagh has worked for Manor Bakeries Ltd. UK (Mr. Kipling Cakes), Kerry Group (Grove Farm turkeys), and was Production Manager for seven years with Fort Dodge Animal Health in Sligo (Ireland) where she was appointed to the Board of Directors. She spent four years as General Manager of St. Angela’s Food Technology Centre at St. Angela’s College on the shores of Lough Gill, also in Sligo. Oonagh occasionally lectures at St. Angela’s College in New Product Development and EU and Irish Food Legislation

Oonagh has a strong track record having developed, managed and delivered many food business innovation development programmes, including:

  • Mayo Food & Drink Strategy 2020-2025;
  • EIT Food Expert Evaluator and Coach - EIT Food is Europe’s leading food innovation initiative, working to make the food system more sustainable, healthy and trusted https://www.eitfood.eu
  • Premier Lakelands Food Hub feasibility study 2019 which added in securing €1.3m funding;
  • Food Specialist to Animate the Small Food Sector in Mayo North East;
  • InterTradeIreland FUSION Innovation programme to over 30 food & drinks businesses across the island of Irela
  • Feasibility Study on Developing the Sheepmeat sector in Co. Wicklow ;
  • Food Technology Transfer Initiative for the BMW Regional Assembly Innovative Actions programme;
  • Facilitating Innovation in Functional Foods (Irish Central Border Area Network);
  • Innovation Driving Economic Activity – I.D.E.A. – (funded by the International Fund for Ireland and Fás);
  • Ireland Newfoundland Partnership Bursary for Seafood development;
  • ICBAN Bursary for Organic Bread development under the Third Level Education Network Technology & Innovation Programme;
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    Oonagh is an engaging and enthusiastic speaker, and is available to talk about Food Business startup & growth, SME business development, female entrepreneurship, and Innovation & Creativity. Oonagh also encourages others to write and talks about how she commercialised her knowledge by capturing it in a book.



    The Essential Guide to Starting Your Own Small Food Business

    Now available to order online! 

    Have you ever thought about trying to earn some money from producing food? Are you the person everyone goes to for their lemon meringue pies, apple tarts and other desserts for family occasions or other events? Do you have a garden of rhubarb or other fruit? Do you make jam every year and give it away when you could be selling it? Do you fancy the idea of making cheese or yogurt or ice cream but don’t know where to start?

    If so, then this is the book for you! Learn more ...

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