With a degree in Mechanical Engineering, I moved to Cork. I worked as a process engineer for a couple of years before deciding it wasn’t for me — I guess I’m too earthy for that, always seeking out the natural side of life.
Inspired by friends in the market business, I changed tack by setting up a cheese stall, selling artisan farmhouse cheeses at various markets in Cork, Clare and Kerry. Nineteen years on, I am still marketeering, but more recently with my own natural skincare range, Little Red, which I make myself, using west Clare seaweed as its signature ingredient. My workshop is next to my house in the quiet mountains high above Macroom.
If I’m working at Skibbereen market on a Saturday, I like to cosy up early with a good book and try and get some beauty sleep.
Occasionally, if book club or a cultural event falls on a Friday night, I’m there, and have been known to enjoy a glass of red and more than a dance or two.
Come March, I’ll be back doing Skibbereen market on Saturdays, and later on in the season, Bantry on Fridays and Schull on Sundays.
I’ve worked weekends for many years now though — it’s just a way of life. But because markets are so sociable, even though it’s work, you also feel like you’ve socialised and can still be in bed early.
Some Sundays we’ve walked the beach at Long Strand near Clonakilty, and wolfed down the best fish and chips in the Fish Basket afterwards.
A bunch of us are booked into The Mews, Baltimore in March for my birthday, which I’m really looking forward to. I’m on the waiting list for Ichigo Ichie in Cork at some point, and still have to make it to The Chestnut in Ballydehob.
- For more see www.littlered.ie