A GREAT WAY TO CONNECT WITH OTHER MAMMIES
WHEN Mairead O’Halloran, from Crossbarry, joined the Count Her In Cork Mammies Facebook group six months ago, it only had 20 members.
She has two young children and being the first of her own peer group to have kids, was “looking to connect with other mammie friends.” She says she thought Count Her In “was a great idea” because it allows women and mums to connect with other women in similar situations.
She became administrator of the Facebook group before Christmas and helped boost its membership to almost 300.
“The group has been great for helping women get out meeting new people. When we had our first mammies meet-up, we went to a playcentre in Wilton for a cup of tea and a chat and brought the kids along. We had two stay-at- home mums, one of whom had moved from another area, and everyone was delighted to get out and about to meet new people,” Mairead said.
“We try to plan different activities for mums with kids at different ages and stages and we’re trying to encourage the mums within the group to set up their own meet-ups but I think that the more we interact online, the faster the group will grow.
“It’s been great so far and has opened lots of new doors for lots of women.”
EXPAND YOUR CIRCLE OF FRIENDS AND ENJOY LOTS OF NEW ADVENTURES
LIFE coach Sarah Cooney, 28, from Donoughmore, joined the Count Her In Cork Ladies Facebook group just before Christmas and has since taken on the role of group administrator.
“I heard about the group online so I looked up the website and thought it was a fantastic idea,” she said.
“What appealed to me was the idea of making new friends. A lot of my friends are at the stage where they’re getting married and having babies whereas I’m still focusing on my career, so I’m always looking to expand my circle of friends.
“With Count Her In, I now feel that I have an outlet for social interaction, that if I was at a loose end, I could go on the page and see if anyone’s free to go to the cinema or see a play.
“One of my main personal values is having fun and I look at Count Her In as a way of bringing more fun into my life.
“I think it’s important for everyone to have a good circle of friends to rely on and it’s also important for your mental health to go out and have new experiences and meet new people, and doing new things can help you cope with life changes that might be getting on top of you.
“We’re making a list of things we’d like to do through the group. I’d love to go to a bingo night because I’ve never done it and I think it’d be great craic and I’d also like to try zip-lining, so they’re just some of the things I’m hoping to do through Count Her In,” she said.