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This is the fashion-conscious, full-time working mum-of-four who will oversee 10,000 births at the National Maternity Hospital next year.

Dr Rhona Mahony will soon become the first female Master of Holles St and has revealed she shuns white coats for high-street fashion.

The doctor says she is never without heels and spends most of her time running.

But the gynaecologist admits that she's not a label snob and likes to mix Dunnes and Penneys with high street staples.

"At 5ft 2in, I'm never without heels - I'm a fan of wedges because I can run in them. I always seem to be running," she said.

In January, Dr Mahony will take charge of the delivery of tens of thousands of babies in the Dublin hospital.

"My goal is to facilitate the staff -- midwives, pathologists, porters, neonatologists, you name it -- to do their work," she told Gloss magazine. "I'm not scared of responsibility because I believe in them and in what we do."

Dr Mahony started her career interning at St Vincent's Hospital in Dublin with Professor Muiris Fitzgerald.

The gynaecologist will now have her own, albeit modest, office, where she will oversee the day-to-day running of the National Maternity Hospital.

Dr Mahony, who is married to Darragh and has four children aged 13 to five, said: "I loved being pregnant. After the twelve weeks of violent illness were over, that is," she said.

"Invariably at weddings I am seated at the 'pregnant' table or the 'small children' table. You'd be amazed how frequently I'm seated with two-year-olds -- though this may be because of my conversational skills."