Learning a life-long pursuit for Gabriel
Gabriel Brennan is still studying, more than 20 years after she left school.
But these days the woman from Mohurry in Kiltealy is able to pursue her education at home or at work rather than staying in college.
She recently collected a doctorate in law from Nottingham and Trent University.
Her latest qualification was the work of four years on an 80,000 word doctoral thesis.
Already a qualified solicitor, she is the eConveyancing Senior Advisor & Law School Course Manager with the Law Society of Ireland.
But she is also a firm believer in life long learning as her career to date has demonstrated.
After leaving the FCJ School in Bunclody she took an arts degree at UCD.
This was followed by a law degree from the University of London and a master's degree from Trinity College in Dublin.
Though she is mother of triplets (now aged 10), she has also found time to acquire post-graduate diplomas in teaching from DIT.
Then four years ago she embarked on the PhD with Nottingham and Trent University, travelling over to England just two or three times a year to consult her supervisors.
Working on her thesis about the implications of electronic money transfers in property deals has helped to keep her up to date in her specialist subject.
'I am continually studying and working at the same time,' mused Gabriel Brennan who now looks forward to spending more time with her husband Bill Holmes after collecting the doctorate.
Still, she did not rule out the possibility of returning to the books in future: 'There are still a couple of things I would like to do but I will have to take a break for a while.'