I started working in Luigi Malones as a floor manager and stayed there for five years.
I moved on from there and managed a fabulous little pizza place called Pizza Republic on South Main Street. It’s no longer there — looking back, it was a little ahead of its time, I feel.
After leaving there I had two more babies, now 11 and 12 years old.
After my last baby was born, I needed to return to work, for financial reasons, but more importantly, for my sanity!
It was June 2008 and I called upon a good friend, Judy Howard, to give me three nights’ work in the fine establishment of Market Lane on Oliver Plunkett Street. I loved it here.
I was back doing what I loved, what I enjoyed, and something I was pretty OK at!
I went in, not as manager, but as a waitress and relished the buzz again, without the responsibility I had previously had in my other jobs.
It was great for me as my true responsibility at that moment in time were my three children, but I began to feel alive again, having the best of both worlds.
I stayed there and moved up the ladder, starting by covering supervisor shifts, then doing some holiday cover for the full-time managers at the time.
It felt natural to me being back in this role, and I continued to work hard and balance my life of minding children, late-night feeds and early morning starts!
Following this, in 2012 my youngest son was starting school. I think it was looming for me in a different way to others, however. I wasn’t apprehensive about him beginning school — deep down, I knew the time had come for me to do something for myself.
It was coincidentally at this time that my fabulous business partners, current owners of Market Lane, approached me and asked me if I would be interested in embarking on a new project with them.
I needed no thought on this one. I accepted delightfully and the ORSO journey began.
In this job we don’t get that ‘Friday Feeling’ that so many people get, because Friday usually means the day before Saturday, and I work most Saturdays!
However, I don’t moan about this as my husband is usually up and gone way before me.
According to him, I have a lie-in every morning!!
Always. No creeping, just full-on there! I work most weekends.
We’d spend the time skiing and eating, with an odd tipple.
If I had to choose a city, it would be Malaga for the fab food market, or London for the variety of places to eat and drink.
Fab beaches, very little phone signal/wi-fi depending on where you are, cooking outdoors and very good company (usually my mam and my gaggle of sisters!).
Pure escapism and switching off — I love it!
Family all the way.
Rugby takes over my house, I have two sons that play. My hubby an ex-player.
I love sport in general and have a secret love for horse racing (well, not that secret actually!).
I love going to the races any chance that allows, but it usually ends up being only once or twice a year. It will be my thing when I hang up the work boots.
I also played basketball in my youth when my knees worked! My daughter plays now, so I will always have a soft spot for it.
If I’m being entertained, I love anything that’s put in front of me.
It’s always a joy to have other people feed me, as I feed people every day at work!
Without being biased it has to be Elbow Lane for dinner — savage steak!
For a special meal — I love Man Friday’s in Kinsale. For a sneaky glass of wine — Bunnyconnellan’s in Myrtleville.
Sunday nights are usually tucked up in front of the TV with some Netflix and a glass of red.
However, these Sundays my guilty pleasure is.
Myself and my daughter usually get the TV all to ourselves, as the boys flee from watching it!