Women Make It Work: YMCA Dublin

Kathryn O’Mahony, CEO of YMCA Dublin, sat down with Virgin Media Business and Better Business to discuss her role in the organisation, the future of YMCA Dublin and the importance of Virgin Media Business products in her firm’s day-to-day operations. Established in 1849, the community-based charity, which operates as a social enterprise, provides services for children, young people and families. As CEO, O’Mahony is responsible for leading the strategic direction of YMCA Dublin.

O’Mahony has worked across various roles since joining the organisation 13 years ago, but explains that as CEO, she can be working from different locations on any given week. Therefore, having access to superfast and reliable connectivity solutions is crucial, “I need to have access to everything when I’m on the go, as I’m regularly out visiting our two current sites”. She adds, “We all work on shared drives, so it’s especially important to have a strong broadband connection to enable us to achieve YMCA Dublin’s purpose and goals. This is of key importance for us in moving forward as an organisation. ”

Regarding the future of YMCA Dublin, O’Mahony explains that the organisation’s main objective in the near future is growth, “When we looked at our plan for the future, the thing that made the most sense to us was the need to build new centres in Dublin.” Therefore they plan to construct three new YMCA centres over the next five years. She explains, “We want to be able to reach more young people, and more families, to build strong communities”.

O’Mahony’s key piece of advice for any female aspiring entrepreneur in Ireland? “Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, I’ve learned a lot over the years by making mistakes and learning from them”.


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