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Dairy farm family’s handmade cow’s milk soap

Bó Bar Soap is set to make its debut at this year’s National Ploughing Championships, through the support of Local Enterprise Office Kilkenny.

The ‘udderly delightful’ natural soap company based in Kilmoganny in the county, will exhibit their business to almost 300,000 people at the three-day internationally renowned event as part of the Local Enterprise Village.

Their products are lovingly handmade and 100% natural, made using whole milk from their award-winning, grass-fed, family-run dairy farm in south Kilkenny with the motto: happy cows = happy milk.

According to the company, all soaps are, long-lasting, weigh a minimum of 95g, but range between 95-115g, are free from palm oil, parabens, chemicals, and synthetic colours, and all added scents are 100% essential oils.

Packaging comprises cow print, fully natural, biodegradable, and compostable food wrap.

According to the company, soaps are made using the traditional cold process method, which requires all soap to be cured for at least one month.

The initiative of the Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) will see over 30 small businesses from across the country take a stand in the Local Enterprise Village in the heart of the Ploughing Championships.

Bó Bar Soap

Gail Daniels, owner of Bó Bar Soap says she is delighted to be selected to represent Kilkenny at this year’s Local Enterprise Village at the National Ploughing Championships:

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“I have been going to the Ploughing Championships since I was 15 and always loved going into the Local Enterprise Village to see the selection of businesses from around the country.”

“It is always such a vibrant atmosphere and a fantastic opportunity to showcase our small business to the whole of Ireland.”

“The Local Enterprise Office Kilkenny has been a huge help in establishing my business and the team continues to help and support me along my business journey.”

“They really champion local businesses in Kilkenny and offer so much support and training,” she added.

Local Enterprise Village

The initiative of the Local Enterprise Offices was launched by Minister of State for Business, Employment and Retail, Neale Richmond T.D. and will be open as part of the Ploughing Championships taking place in Ratheniska, County Laois from September 19th, to 21st.

Cathaoirleach of Kilkenny County Council, Cllr Michael Doyle outlined that:

“The National Ploughing Championship is one of the biggest occasions on the Irish calendar and there are very few events that draw a crowd as large as this over 3 days.”

“For a small Kilkenny business, this is a huge opportunity to engage with thousands of prospective customers every day and this could have a significant impact on their business.”

Aileen McGrath, Acting Head of Enterprise, Local Enterprise Office Kilkenny added:

“We have been working with Bó Bar Soap all across the summer on their products, marketing and merchandising for the event so they can maximise this amazing opportunity.”

“There is something for everyone in the Local Enterprise Village,” McGrath added.

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