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You may have seen on social media that we are ten years in business this month and I actually can't believe I am writing those words. Ten years. How did that happen? Its so scary the way time goes so fast and I think even faster now I have children.
So I thought I would jump on the "facts about me " train and let you in on a few random facts/things about me and DIGG.
1. I am an only girl in a house full of boys
Padraig, Robert, Adrian, Peter & Ronan. Lots of people say to me "Oh you must have been spoiled growing up." I smile at this and think of how I spent my youth picking up after these boys but how now if I need anything, anything at all I have five numbers on speed dial and they always grant my every request.
2. I used to play the bagpipes for Edendork Pipe Band
I am the wee one in the middle. My eldest brother was in the band and I just had to join as well. I have some great memories of these times and was the first experience I had of working as a team. If you didn't turn up for practice you were letting everyone down and so that sense of loyalty to your team was instilled in me from a very young age.
3. I almost graduated in Speech and Drama
I have nine grades in speech and drama and was studying for my diploma when I decided to open DIGG so I never actually got my qualification. My intention was to teach in the evenings but once I became self-employed I knew this was not going to happen. I would encourage any children or adults trying to develop skills in confidence and public speaking to seek out a local speech and drama teacher. The skills you learn here will stick with you forever.
4. I was always a Drama Queen
Theatre Studies was one of my A levels and I always dreamed of being on the stage. This picture was taken in my first official role in Craic Theatre ten years ago. I played an Italian Nun and loved every minute of it. I had to learn Italian and to this day I remember every word.
5. I am an Occupational Therapist
I cant find one picture of me in uniform but yes I graduated as an Occupational Therapist and worked for two great years in Craigavon Hospital before opening DIGG.
6. I love all things Vintage
I think my love of vintage comes from my daddy. He has a collection of vintage cars and he donated this wee baby to me to help with advertising DIGG Childrenswear. I drove this every day to the shop and when the sun shone I used to put the roof down and I may as well have been driving a Porche. It's off the road at the minute but writing this blog has made me think about it getting it back in action.
I tell this story a lot but for anyone who doesn't know my dad has driven a digger all of his life. When I was trying to decide on a name for the shop I wanted something that paid some kind of tribute to him as he helped me so much to get the business off the ground. Something unique and catchy. And so DIGG was born. A few people weren't so keen at the time but it was the best decision I ever made and I am so proud of the reasons behind it. Thank you, R.J McCann & Sons, for inspiring such a cool name.
8. My husband was outside in the fields the whole time
Gerard always reminds me that he was sussing me out before I even knew it. Ha Ha. When he was fifteen he used to drive a tractor for his Uncle James and they would come to my daddy's fields to take hay from it. He said he would spend hours in the fields outside my home house. I had no idea he was there. I think its so surreal that I was twelve and I had absolutely no idea that my future husband was just yards from me. Its funny how life works out isn't it.
9. Addicted to Espresso
Addicted may be too strong a word but I get a little anxious when it starts to run out and its the first thing I think about when I wake up. Ok, I'm addicted. It tastes so good and I can't find anything that compares even in a proper coffee shop.
10: I have met some of my best friends because of DIGG
How lucky am I to have met some of my best friends because of opening DIGG - this one being top of the list. Carla came to work in DIGG a few years after I opened and we immediately hit it off. She is the most considerate and genuine people I have ever met and I am proud to call her one of my best buddies.
So there you have it. You know everything there is to know lol.
Ten years brings a lot of changes but thank god I'm still standing to tell the tale. If you would like to stay in touch with all the happenings with me and DIGG Childrenswear then follow us