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This Working Life – ‘I did sit in the bath and cry, but Covid gave our business a new lease of life’

Mary McCarthy talks to Clair O’Neill of Meab Enamels about design, a pandemic revival and how to get along with your partner when you work together

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Clair O'Neill of Meab Enamels. Photo: Kathey Reilly

Clair O'Neill of Meab Enamels. Photo: Kathey Reilly

Clair O'Neill with her horse, Arnie, in Westmeath. Photo: Kathey Reilly

Clair O'Neill with her horse, Arnie, in Westmeath. Photo: Kathey Reilly

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Clair O'Neill of Meab Enamels. Photo: Kathey Reilly

I was not that happy at school though I enjoyed my time at Carlow IT; I was captain of the rugby team and started to really flourish once I started to sell the jewellery my mum, Meab, was making in my first summer of college in 1998. I remember one of my lecturers saying I had changed then.

I bought a jeep, made some merchandising cards and called to shops around the west of Ireland. Soon I was making an income for us.


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