Aoibhin Garrihy has revealed she’s finding this lockdown incredibly tough, as she’s missing her family in Dublin.
The BEO founder lives in Ennis, Co. Clare with her husband John Burke and their two children Hanorah and Liobhan, but since last March, has only seen her nearest and dearest a handful of times.
Her parents, Eugene and Clare, and sisters. Doireann and Ailbhe are all based in Dublin, and due to various restrictions and lockdowns, they haven’t been able to see much of each other.
Aoibhin admits it’s starting to get to her now, as she can’t see or hug the ones she loves most.
“I desperately miss my family – I’m getting emotional. But those weekly trips to Dublin just to see the gang, I really miss them,” she said through tears.
While she finds it tough being so far away from her family, Aoibhin does love where they’re based and wouldn’t change it for the world.
“Initially moving away from Dublin was definitely something I struggled with,” she said.
“I thought I was moving away from work, career opportunities, from my support network, family and friends, but I couldn’t deny that sense of calm I would feel when I was heading West and it did feel like an instant weight off. I do think I’m someone who is more suited to the country.
Earlier this year, Aoibhin and John revealed renovations of their home were finally complete and they could officially move into their forever home.
“It has been a real team project, something John and I immersed ourselves in and something that brought us closer together,” she previously told VIP Magazine.
“Luckily we have similar tastes, but like most people we got lost in Pinterest! It was like being back in the wedding planning days: I didn’t know if I was a boho bride or a traditional bride! But brightness for me was really important. For me, light is an instant mood lifter, hence lots of glass.”
She added, “In some sense it was a great distraction. The building did come to a halt for a period, and we were due to be in earlier, but we’re in now so the pain of that is gone, and look it, it was a small price to pay.”