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Office Mum Story Update – Deirdre Spillane

Deirdre Spillane first featured in the Office Mum interview series in May 2015 – almost five years ago! – you can read her original interview here. Back then, Deirdre was working in commercial finance in the telecommunications sector, doing a busy four-day-week job, and taking parental leave on Fridays. She had

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Office Mum Stories – Maria Rushe

Maria Rushe is a Donegal Mammy of two little girls.  She is married to Emmet, teaches English in Letterkenny and is also a Fitness Instructor in their family business. She blogs as The award-winning ‘The S-Mum Blog’ where she writes honest and funny memoir of her life as she tries to

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Office Mum stories: Nicola Cassidy

“I think all mothers suffer from Mammy Guilt at one time or another – you’d want to be made of steel not to. I don’t think that should stop women going out to work though – many women need to work for their mental health too. I certainly do. I

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Office Mum Stories: Back for More

Once upon a time, six years ago this month in fact, I spotted a newspaper feature on an old school pal. The article was about her career – she was and is a successful Qualitative Researcher with three kids, a husband, and a home in San Francisco. What struck me though,

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Office Mum stories – Ciara Garvan

“I think the optimal solution – just like kids – changes all the time.” Ciara Garvan wanted flexible work that could fit around her three children, and having spotted a gap in the market, founded WorkJuggle.com, an agency that matches people to flexible roles. Here, she talks about her SAHM

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Office Mum stories – Rosemarie Hayden

Rosemarie Hayden, a solicitor and mother of two, has had two distinct experiences of working parenthood and childcare. Here she talks about guilt (or lack thereof), flexibility, women in the legal profession, and the sticky floor: Thank you for taking part in the interview series for Office Mum – so let’s start

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Office Mum stories – Teresa Hanley

For the 85th interview in the series (!) I have something a little bit different – Teresa Hanley is a 52-year-old mother and grandmother who has just packed up her permanent, secure job and moved from Ireland to Australia. This is her story: Thank you Teresa for taking part in the

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Office Mum stories – Helen O’Beirne

Helen O’Beirne was born and raised in Blackrock in Dublin, and is the youngest in a family of four kids. She met her husband Donal in college, and they have three children together. Helen is Global Head of HR for Morgan McKinley, a professional services recruitment firm. Helen, thank you

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Office Mum stories – Sophie Cafolla

The first of this year’s interviewees is Sophie Cafolla, a Dublin mother of one. Having worked in events and marketing for years, she recently stepped away from this to set up her own business. She talks about the importance of her relationship with her husband, the “always on” element of business

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Office Mum Stories – Rhonda Doyle

Rhonda Doyle has been working with eBay since they first set up in Dublin in 2004, taking on a number of different roles as the company expanded. She lives in Sandymount, Dublin with her son Jack and husband Jeff. Here, she talks about the benefits of flexible working, the challenge

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Office Mum stories – Emma Meagher

“My mum always worked and she was very insistent that my sisters and I be independent and have our own financial independence. She was and is a fantastic role model.” Emma Meagher is originally from Cashel in Tipperary. She is the eldest of three girls. Emma is married to Gareth,

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Office Mum stories – Liz Cullen

“I love working . . . ideally I would love to work three days a week in a less stressful job but these types of jobs are very hard to come by and financially I’m not sure that we could afford it. . . . I’m also very aware that

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Office Mum stories – Jenny Lawler

“I don’t suffer from guilt about working because I know that I’m providing a great environment for my kids – both in terms of seeing their mum with a successful career, and being able to provide what they need” Jenny Lawler was born and raised in Dundrum in Dublin, and

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Office Mum stories – Niamh Whyte

“Of course I feel guilty . . . In my area of work I have to work Christmas, Easter, birthdays too, and the guilt is huge then too but I didn’t go into nursing blindfolded. I knew that this was ahead of me but it doesn’t make it easier when

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Office Mum stories – Jenny Sherlock

Jenny Sherlock is a working mum of two children, and she’s due her third baby next week. She is a civil servant and a freelance writer who enjoys art, reading, music and good food. She says she gives an honest account of the rollercoaster that is parenting, warts and all! Thank

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Office Mum stories – Claire Rudd

“I think for some women their goals change when they becomes mothers and success can be defined differently. The glass ceiling questions itself implies there’s only one path to success.” Claire Rudd is an accountant and mum of three – she says she has always loved her work and remembers

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Office Mum stories – Avril Tierney

“I feel guilty sometimes for feeling guilty and the space this takes up in my head when I could be more focused on the girls instead.” Avril Tierney is a Dub living in Laois with her husband and two little girls, and she has not one but two jobs –

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Office Mum stories – Tracy Hayes

“I sometimes think we try to second guess our children’s feelings about us working” Tracy Hayes is a teacher in Belfast, lifestyle and fashion blogger at Pink Mum, wife and mother. Thank you for contributing to the series Tracy – could you tell me a bit about your family? I have

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Office Mum stories – Denise Deegan

Denise Deegan is a mother and author, who has tried her hand at many jobs, including nursing, lecturing, and restoring china. Her children are now in their late teens, so she gives us a picure of what it’s like to come out the other side of working parenthood. Thank you 

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Office Mum stories – Anne-Marie McKenna

“We’ve crunched the numbers and it’s actually going to cost us a fairly substantial amount of money for me to stay in my current job over the next five years but we’re going to try to find a way to finance it as I don’t want to stop working” Anne-Marie

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