The Gaiety Team
Clodagh O Connor – The Gaiety Queen herself! The Gaiety was Clodagh’s vision and she has been and continues to be instrumental in many facets of the business. She can be found several days each week on site in Westport and can be relied upon to bring her experience and knowledge to bear on all aspects of antiques, furniture, painting with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, interior design and generally advising, interacting and bartering with clients; usually with paint brush in hand as she upcycles another piece. If its not the paint brush in hand it will be the mobile phone Facebooking relentlessly! Clodagh is renowned for her great eye and buying is pretty much Clodagh territory too with most items in store handpicked by her.
Clodagh tries where possible to deliver the workshops in Westport herself, something of a painting expert, she can also turn her hand to upholstery and makes a mean lampshade. Not too keen on moving furniture but has been known to get hands on with even the heaviest piece that has the audacity to be in the “wrong” place, if theres no one else around. Her downtime is spent with son Connor, 12 at home with dogs Flossy and Ash, Arthur and Coco the cats, and a rabbit. If that’s not enough any spare time is spent in her Psychotherapy practice.
Sean McCaughey – or Mr Gaiety as he is sometimes known is a Tyrone man who stopped in Mayo on his way to Australia 19 years ago and has been there ever since. Since day one when he started knocking down walls in Gaiety Westport he has been very much hands on. He enjoys the physical pursuits of lifting, moving, and delivering. Will occasionally indulge himself in buying something that takes his eye, these pieces tend to stick around a little longer than Clodagh’s though! More cereberal pursuits like website design and maintenance, copywriting and general administration are all Mr Gaiety duties. As chief financial officer he has the unenviable task of bookkeeping, VAT, PAYE, banking and explaining to Clodagh where all the money goes!
For Gaiety respite Sean finds time to indulge his passion for fitness with fitness classes in schools around Mayo for kids, adult classes, personal training and sports teams. Despite Clodagh’s best efforts he continues to play football with Westport GAA junior team and Mayo over 40’s. He is eternally greatful that the success of the Gaiety has allowed him to escape from many dreary days dispensing in his original profession as a pharmacist, furniture is much more fun!
Herbie O Connor – One of the O’Connor/McCaughey family “volunteers”, Clodaghs father Herbie is very much the inspiration for The Gaiety. The second generation of O’Connors in the antique business he is delighted that Clodagh is continuing the tradition. At 70 and with over fifty years experience in the business his contribution is enormous and invaluable. Herbie gives very generously of his time and knowledge. A real craftsman, a dab hand with the tools he continues to work daily. Just when he thought he might start winding down he finds himself busier than ever restoring and polishing furniture for his own business and The Gaiety.
The Mammies – The two Margarets, Margaret O Connor and Margaret McCaughey have both provided untold support and continue to work tirelessly both in and out of the business to support Clodagh and Sean.
Clodagh’s Mum, Margaret O Connor, like her Dad Herbie has been instrumental in so many ways in the setting up of The Gaiety. Margaret wields a potent mix of skills, recently retired as CEO of a national organisation, she is a savvy lady. Wednesdays in Westport Gaiety is generally her day and she knows many of our clients for years having previously worked alongside Herbie in the family business. She knows her antiques too. She is a fantastic Grandma to Connor and rarely refuses an opportunity to hang out with the wee man. Last but by no means least she is a great cook and Sunday dinners at close of business Sunday evening are now a much anticipated O’Connor/McCaughey tradition. Great food, some quality family time and a chance to review the comings and goings of the week.
Seans Mum, Margaret McCaughey is another unsuspecting retiree. Encouraged by Sean and Clodagh to take it easy and finally relinquish her housekeeping duties for the local parish priest she too is busier than ever. Part of the buying team she scours The North for hidden gems and is developing a reputation as a canny bidder at all the auction houses. She is a mighty woman and has a track worn down south where she can be regularly found manning the desk in Gaiety Westport. No slouch in the kitchen herself she complements Margaret O Connor’s Sunday dinners when she is around with her delicious desserts. Her perpetual motion continues in the house and if she is not in the garden it’s the ironing room. Connor loves having his Nanny around. So do we.
Nola Wickham – joined originally as a Jobbridge intern in Oct 2011 we quickly realised she already possessed so many great talents which lend themselves so well to The Gaiety. Now our right hand woman in Westport, her pleasant and chatty nature makes her a big hit with our customers. She paints, upholsters and sews to name but a few of her other skills and when Clodagh is not around she is a more than able workshop deputy.