Posts Tagged ‘Ireland


Master Franchise Agreements signed to date

  1. Bahrain
  2. Bulgaria
  3. Ireland
  4. Jordan
  5. Kuwait
  6. Malta
  7. Oman
  8. Romania
  9. Saudi Arabia
  10. Turkey
  11. United Arab Emirates

International Master Franchises signed to date

  1. Bahrain
  2. Bulgaria
  3. Ireland
  4. Kuwait
  5. Oman
  6. Romania
  7. Saudi Arabia
  8. Turkey
  9. United Arab Emirates

Interview of Siobhan Mooney in The Irish News


The perfect business blend


By Staff reporter

Siobhan Mooney, Coffee Republic’s Master franchisee for Northern Ireland and the Republic is responsible for bringing the premium international brand to Northern Ireland with the recent launch of the flagship Coffee Republic Deli at the Abbeycentre. A second deli will open in Strabane in April with an additional five outlets launching across the island of Ireland over the next 12 months.

What was your first job?

My father ran a successful pub in Limerick so needless to say that was where I had my first taste of the service industry. It was great but hard work and I would say the experience has stood by me.

How much were you paid?

Peanuts – quite literally. My pay was a packet of peanuts and a bottle of coke.

What qualifications do you have?

I studied hotel management at Shannon, graduating in 1991, and went on to achieve a masters in service management from the University of Ulster.

What’s been the highlight of your career to date?

No doubt about it, the purchase of Coffee Republic’s master franchise rights for the entire island of Ireland has been a great achievement.

How would you describe yourself to someone who’d never met you?

Approachable and down to earth with an optimistic outlook.

Who do you look up to in business?

I admire anybody who has taken the risk and started their own business. Life’s way too short for regrets. It’s obvious that you can always change the future if you don’t like your life but you can only regret not having tried.

What one thing would you change to make your job easier?

Less of a reliance on e-mails. While technology is great, I prefer meeting and talking to people directly. You get a better feel for how things are going and making decisions is easier face to face.

How do you get the best out of people who work for you?

Communication, direction and empathy. Understanding where others are coming from certainly makes relationships, whether business or personal, easier.

What’s your greatest passion outside work and family?

Art and anything arty. At one stage I was accepted to art college but decided to be more sensible so I now paint in my free time for relaxation and fun.

What’s your favourite book?

At this stage I would have to say The Time Traveller’s Wife. Intriguing, unusual and a great discussion for a book club.

What sort of car do you drive?

A Golf. Great reliability and, touch wood, not even a puncture to date.

Have you any unfulfilled ambitions?

I’m very happy with how my life has evolved so there is no nagging desire at present. This is possibly a good thing as I’m happy to devote my time to family and building Coffee Republic in Ireland at present.

What advice would you give to someone starting out in their career?

Never be afraid to start with the basics. Consider how to broaden your knowledge of a variety of different functions and how they interact with your chosen field. Look for the people behind the facades.

If you could swap jobs with someone else for the day, who would it be and why?

I would love to be a great artist with the creativity and freedom to inspire others.