Monday 27 February 2017

Innovative sick bag designed by Irish mum rolled out to pharmacies nationwide

Louise Kelly

Louise Kelly

One Irish mother has made a business out of helping her son with his motion sickness.

Radiographer Carrie Doorley decided to take matters into her own hands in order to assist 8-year-old Liam while travelling.

This motivation coupled with the Kilkenny woman's entrepreneurial spirit led to the invention of the QueezyBag.

"I thought about the idea two years ago. Liam never travelled well - even as a baby," the mother-of-two told independent.ie.

"I didnt consider the business aspect of the product initially - I just needed to use something that would mean we wouldn't have to pay €80 for a valet!"

With a twist-and-seal function, the sick bag is designed to contain any mess while travelling in the car, boat bus or train.

It has been targeted at people who are at risk of feeling queasy on the go, including pregnant women and frequent fliers.

"If you're on the motorway, for example, you can't get off the motorway. The beauty of Queezy is that it seals in the smell so that you don't have that odour for the rest of the journey.

"It's also designed so that you can't see through them!" she added.

The Clara native, who also runs a 50-acre farm with her husband Willie Carrigan, has managed to grab the attention of retailers with her innovative product.

The Kilkenny Leader Partnership has also backed Carrie's project with a start-up fund to launch her business.

"I went to our local enterprise office with the concept and they were very supportive - and from then I went to the Kilkenny Leader who supported the idea as a viable business.

QueezyBag has now been rolled out to pharmacies nationwide and is also available online, priced at €3.99 for a pack of three.

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