Tuesday 20 March 2018

Sybil Mulcahy: The cost of school shoes hit me the hardest

TV presenter Sybil Mulcahy at home with her three kids Genevieve (7), Hugh (9) and Michael (3) as they prepare for the new school year
TV presenter Sybil Mulcahy at home with her three kids Genevieve (7), Hugh (9) and Michael (3) as they prepare for the new school year
Fiona Dillon

Fiona Dillon

Television presenter Sybil Mulcahy reveals that footwear is her biggest expense when it comes to back-to-school costs.

Sybil (40) knows all about getting kids ready for September, as she has two children at primary school level.

Her daughter Genevieve is seven and is going into second class, and her son Hugh, who is nine, is going into third class this year.

Meanwhile, her youngest  Michael (3) is starting Montessori, and even he will be getting his own uniform this year.

Sybil told the Herald that she didn’t have to buy a new uniform for Genevieve this year – thanks to some forethought.

“Genevieve is using her uniform from last year,” she said.

“When she started in junior infants, I just bought everything too big for her. I think she is still wearing the same jumper from junior infants,” said Sybil.

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She said that her daughter managed to get three years out of the skirt she bought for her in junior infants.

“I had to buy her one in the middle of last year, because it was getting a bit short for her.

“So that will last her a couple of years,” the television presenter said.

Meanwhile, her eldest son Hugh, who goes to a different school in south Dublin, doesn’t actually have to wear a uniform.

“Michael’s Montessori uniform was €88 for the tracksuit and top underneath,” she said.

However, they will all need new footwear for the return back to school, she pointed out.

“They all get new runners and school shoes. That is where the costs will be for me.

“Hugh will also get football astros,” she said.

“So he will get a pair of them, a pair of regular runners and school shoes. They go through them quite quickly,” she pointed out.

Meanwhile, she said that the Lelli Kelly shoes she got for Genevieve cost her €45 and her runners were €35.

“Michael will also need a pair of runners, probably from Clarks,” Sybil said.

She pointed out that other costs for the new school year  can include items like lunch boxes and school bags – but she doesn’t replace them unnecessarily.

“I am using the same school bags this year. I am under no pressure to buy new school bags or new lunch boxes,” she said.

“I will probably get them winter coats, but I haven’t done that yet,” she added.

Meanwhile, the popular television host has already bought the school books needed for the year ahead.

“Genevieve’s books were €75, and Hugh’s books were €100,” said Sybil.

The mum-of-three has been busy with a number of different TV projects.

She has been back presenting Xpose on TV3 this month.

The popular TV star left TV3 after 16 years in February to go freelance.

Speaking about her return to Xpose, Sybil told the Herald earlier this month that she had re-immersed herself in the world of all things fashion and beauty.

“Initially it was a bit weird, but I’m back in the swing of it now and I love being back with the girls,” she said.

Sybil is also a Caldesene brand ambassador.

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