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Maeve Murphy, Operations Manager at Cork Craft and Design

Wednesday, 29th August, 2018 4:55pm

Name and position: Maeve Murphy, Operations Manager at Cork Craft and Design

Age: 34

Lives: Glengarriff

Family: Father and three brothers

Pets: Sadly, not any more.

Favourite thing about Cork: It’s such a creative and culturally rich county. With an abundance of craft, music, food, sights and galleries to be found, there’s always loads to see and do.

Least favourite thing about Cork: The potholes on the roads to West Cork.

One thing you’d change about Cork: The price of rent and the quality of housing available.

When you were small, what did you want to be as a grown-up?

A pathologist.

Tell us about your career progression to your role today:

I graduated with a degree in Art (textiles) but I wanted to work in the management side of the arts, so I went on to complete a Masters in Cultural Policy and Arts Management at UCD. I started working in not-for-profit music organisations as I had a personal interest in music, and gained a lot of knowledge of working within the arts sector. I then moved to Bantry to work with West Cork Music in coordinating the festivals there, and when an opening came up in Cork Craft and Design for an Operations Manager, my grá for craft was always calling, so I went for it. Here I am today, running Cork Craft Month!

What is the most enjoyable aspect of what you do?

Getting to work directly with so many craft and design makers. If the public could see how much love goes into what they create, it’s just priceless.

What motivates you?

My passion for quality craft and design and working in the arts sector in Ireland. It’s part of our culture, and we should be so proud of how much is being created in Ireland.

What advice would you give your 15-year-old self?

Don’t worry about the future.

If you weren’t in the job you have, what would you be doing?

A textiles artist and teaching yoga.

What is your greatest life or career achievement to-date? 

I won’t go into too much detail – just being healthy, happy in mind and body and true to myself in life.

Who has had the biggest influence on you in your life?

My mother. She died when I was 26 and I always think of her when I’m about to do something big or new. Also, Rosaleen Molly, National Director of Music Generation. I wouldn’t be where I am without her support and encouragement.

What is the life dream now?

I’m living the dream!

How do you switch off?

I find it very hard – my boyfriend can hold me to that. But I find yoga helps.

What is your favourite Cork memory?

Walking under the Christmas lights on Oliver Plunket Street with my boyfriend. I love Cork at Christmas.

What is your favourite place in Cork?

Anywhere around Glengarriff/Bantry.

Do you have a favourite quote or motto?

‘Keep looking up’.

When are you at your happiest?

In the sea swimming or on the couch chilling with a cup of tea and chocolate.

Any regrets?

Life’s too short for them.

What is your hidden talent?

I’m a henna artist.

What might we be surprised to know about you?

I love Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. He’s just amazing!

Anything else you’d like to share with us?

Cork Craft Month runs until 2 September. Check out corkcraftanddesign.com or pop out to our beautiful shop in Douglas Woollen Mills to see an amazing selection of Irish craft and design.

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