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Sunday 17 December 2017

It's in the bag for intrepid travelling mum Jill

Breda Heffernan

Breda Heffernan

WHILE other parents her age were waving farewell as their sons and daughters embarked on backpacking adventures, 53-year-old Jill Aston was busy packing her own rucksack.

The mother of three from Dalkey decided a life overhaul was in order when, in 2006, she went backpacking around the world.

It was while on her travels that the serial entrepreneur, who already had a successful cake-making business, came up with another winner -- "Bagsitt".

"It's a free-standing bag holder that's portable, unobtrusive and acts as a deterrent to thieves when you're in a restaurant or coffee shop," said Jill, now 59.

Jill, who is encouraging other older people with a business idea to give it a go, shared her story as part of National 50+ Enterprise Day run by the County and City Enterprise Boards.

Organisers hope to boost the number of "senior entrepreneurs" following a recent report that showed Ireland lagging behind the UK when it came to older people starting their own business.

Irish Independent

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