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Meet Our Team - Debbie Ruddy, Newbridge Store Manager

As part of our Carraig Donn Stories series we chatted to Debbie our Newbridge Store Manager.

CD: How did you get started in retail?

"I’m from a very small village in Meath called Moynalvey which is about half an hour from Navan. I entered the work force at 17 in a filing job at Ulster Bank. That was supposed to be for 2 weeks and I ended up staying there 6 years! So I began my career in financial services, but after that, I ended up going back to college to study interior design and I worked for an interior design business for about 3 years. In 2009 I decided to head off to Paris on a buying trip and opened my own little business in Ashbourne, Co. Meath. I mainly sold fashion with a bit of interiors on the side, and I loved every second of it. I closed my shop in 2012 but I don’t regret a minute of it. If you never try you’ll never know! When I heard Carraig Donn was opening in Navan, I decided to take the leap of faith. I was delighted to get the job as sales assistant and was quickly promoted to Senior Sales Advisor. When the Store Manager position came up in Whitewater I went for it, and 3 years later I’m still here!"

CD: What’s your favourite piece from the AW17 collection?

"I love all of the chunky knitwear and coats that have been coming in so far. There’s some really cosy pieces from J’aime La Vie. I also love the new range from Carraig Donn Home, especially the furniture, and I’m really excited about the Christmas Chic collection this year."

CD: What do you love most about working for Carraig Donn?

"Seeing a customer leave the store happy has always been the best aspect of the job for me. I also love having the freedom to express my creativity when it comes to displays and visual merchandising. Making the career change to retail was the best decision for me. As a Store Manager, I’m lucky to work for a company who allow me to treat the Whitewater store as my own. They’re always open to new ideas. This November I’ll be with Carraig Donn 4 years and it is the nicest environment I’ve ever worked in and I totally thrive off working in retail."