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 with the basics – could you ...

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 interview series! So let’s start with ...

The bit in the middle

Sky Garden London - Office Mum

"Okay, five minutes reading time, then lights out," I said to my smallest, after his story. "Six minutes? Pleeeeease?" "Okay, you can have six minutes reading time," I said, earning me a best mum ever badge that was much shinier than that worst mum ever one I'd got earlier for making him come on the school run ...

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 for taking part in this interview ...

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 ownership, and being sure she ...

January, I okay you.

On Monday morning, when I called the kids for school, they had many questions. Here are just some of them: "Is it Saturday, can I watch TV? Okay, well even though it's Monday, can I watch TV because it's still kind of Christmas?" "It's still the middle of the night, right? It's sooooo dark, it can't be ...