Donegal mother and daughter short-listed for women of achievement awards

Donegal-born restauranter Sarah Nic Lochlainn has been shortlisted in the National Start Up Awards while her mother Margaret is nominated for Women’s Way Mum of the Year Award

Donegal-born restauranter Sarah Nic Lochlainn has been shortlisted in the National Start Up Awards while her mother Margaret is nominated for Women’s Way Mum of the Year Award

Sarah and her husband, Sarajit Chanda, own Fuchsia House restaurant in Ardee and Aruna Sauces of Dragons’ Den fame. Aruna Sauces have been nominated for the Bord Bia-sponsored Best Food and Beverage Start Up.

Sarah was raised in Carndonagh and Burnfoot.

She and Sarajit have three children, Maya aged six, Laoise, four and Sachin, just three months.

Sarah was nine months pregnant when she appeared on RTE televison’s Dragons’ Den.

Businessman Gavin Duffy invested €30,000 euro in their highly successful Aruna Sauces brand.

“It’s no secret that we couldn’t run our businesses without the help mum gives us,” said Sarah.

“Sarajit and I work long hours between Aruna and our restaurant, Fuchsia House. Mum spends a lot of time in Ardee helping us with the kids”.

When Sarah heard that Woman’s Way magazine was looking for nominations for Mum of the Year, she thought it would be a great way to recognise all her mum’s hard work.

“People think mum comes to Ardee to chill out” she laughs. “But that’s not true. The poor woman is run ragged!

“She sells Aruna Sauces on market stalls, is granny-taxi, helps with homework and much more.

“She used to have her own flower business so she also does festive flower arrangements for Fuchsia House”.

Sarah is really delighted, but not surprised, that Woman’s Way found her mum’s story so inspiring.

The final takes place in Dublin in June.

Whatever the outcome, Margaret gets treated to a pampering day at the awards ceremony.

She can invite two guests, so Sarah is hoping she’s top of the list!

The National Start Up Award winners will be announced on May 24th.