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My Favourite Room: Beauty is Ground Wellbeing founder Peigín Crowley’s business – and it shows in her Cork home

Peigín Crowley’s name may mean ‘little Peig’ but she’s always had big ideas — including launching her own successful spa range, Ground Wellbeing, which she started from her pretty dormer bungalow just outside Cork city

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Peigín Crowley in the dining area of her kitchen/living/dining room. The floating shelves behind are full of artworks by her mother, Karin, who is half-German, half-Welsh. Picture by Tony Gavin.

Peigín Crowley in the dining area of her kitchen/living/dining room. The floating shelves behind are full of artworks by her mother, Karin, who is half-German, half-Welsh. Picture by Tony Gavin.

This room, which overlooks the courtyard, was one of Peigín’s more recent additions. Picture by Tony Gavin.

This room, which overlooks the courtyard, was one of Peigín’s more recent additions. Picture by Tony Gavin.

Peigín relaxing in her courtyard. It’s a suntrap so ideal for growing hydrangeas and climbers. Picture by Tony Gavin.

Peigín relaxing in her courtyard. It’s a suntrap so ideal for growing hydrangeas and climbers. Picture by Tony Gavin.

Peigín opted for a white kitchen, which they designed around the Smeg fridge. “We bitch about it because it’s not practical, but we love it.” Picture by Tony Gavin.

Peigín opted for a white kitchen, which they designed around the Smeg fridge. “We bitch about it because it’s not practical, but we love it.” Picture by Tony Gavin.

All the rooms are full of light and Isabella’s bedroom is no different, with its skylights and unusual porthole window. Picture by Tony Gavin.

All the rooms are full of light and Isabella’s bedroom is no different, with its skylights and unusual porthole window. Picture by Tony Gavin.

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Peigín Crowley in the dining area of her kitchen/living/dining room. The floating shelves behind are full of artworks by her mother, Karin, who is half-German, half-Welsh. Picture by Tony Gavin.

The Leaving Cert results are coming out on September 2 and the arguments are starting already: well-meaning parents urging their offspring to do the safer courses — the ones that will arm them with a respectable qualification — while the kids themselves are pushing back somewhat, wanting to follow their dream, even if it seems a bit intangible to the parent.

Cork-based entrepreneur Peigín Crowley had that exact problem when she finished school over 20 years ago. She wanted to get into the beauty business — a nebulous career to a parent in those days — while her father, a university professor, was totally against it. In fairness to him, he came up with a compromise: Peigín, who is the middle child between two brothers, would do an Arts degree, and if she graduated, he would pay for her beauty course.


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