The Team


Ellen Houlihan

I started my hairdressing training after finishing school in 2011.  In 2012 I started training in “The Academy by Aisling Madigan” where I earned my level 2 Diploma in Hairdressing.  In 2015 I started working with Cathriona and got the chance to be part of the styling team for Miss Kerry and have been trainee and stylist in our team. Over the past 5 years I have been part of the Rose of Tralee fashion show. I earned a distinction in my Master Colour Degree in 2016 with Ger Hand and also completed my Nexxt Generation Stylist Training in 2017. I have done product and training courses with Alfaparf, keeping up to date with all new products and new techniques like Lisse Design 12 Week Blowdry, which is a favourite of mine. I did a Mazella and Palmer cutting course over a week with JB Mazella in 2019 and colour courses with Sabrina Hill and Denise Walsh and Balayage Colouring with Danni Lyons in The Space.

Leigh Anne Driscol

I started working in Cathriona’s in 2013 in the Castlegregory salon where I have learned everything I know from blowdrying to upstyling and colouring. Completing my Alfa Parf Colour course I realised how much there was to colouring and I love it. I have got such great opportunities working at Cathriona’s and have met so many lovely people since I started. I have worked on TV sets, the Rose of Tralee as well as weddings. I love meeting our fabulous clients and I really love going to work everyday. 

Maire Johnson

I started my Apprenticeship in 2011 in Cathrionas Hair Group from there I started to show a lot of interest and took part in a lot of courses including Vidal Sassoon, SACO of London and Dylan Bradshaw to name a few.  In 2013 I won an award for emerging talent in the “Best of the Best” Competition.  I also took part in The Alfaparf Fantastic Hairdressing Awards where I placed in the top 10. In 2014 I completed my Colour Masters. In 2018 I was lucky enough to be placed on the Irish Hairdressing Team where we took part in the World championship and came fourth. I travelled to Australia where I worked as a hairdresser and learned a lot from my time there. In 2017 I had the opportunity to style Lucy Kennedy for the Christmas cover of RSVP magazine. During my time in Cathrionas hair salon I’ve gotten the opportunity to be part of the Rose of Tralee fashion show, Tv3 Ireland am slot and attended a photoshop with Celia Holman lee and Suzanne Jackson to name a few. Since I’ve returned home I am the Manager in Cathrionas Hair Group in Dingle and loving it.

Ciara Murphy

My hairdressing career started in 2011 after finishing school. In 2013 I became certified by the World Federation of Hairdressing. Over the years I’ve worked in different salons gaining experience and skills. I’ve taken part in courses ran by Toni+Guy and Wayne Loyd. I took a break in 2016 and returned in 2018.

I’ve been working in Cathriona’s Hair Salon in Dingle for the last two years and have been continuing my professional development. I have also recently been taking part in courses ran by the Alfa Parf Academia and I especially enjoy doing balayage and foil. I am constantly trying to upskill as a stylist so that I can bring the newest and latest trends to my clients.


Cathriona Rohan

Cathriona is one of the most experienced and respected hairstylists in the hair and fashion industry, whether she is called upon to create her signature styles or her bridal creations.  She is described as unique and flawless, working her magic on all her clients.  Her enthusiasm and her passion for hair has carried Cathriona on an amazing journey spanning over the last 27 years.

Her first salon was launched in 2003 in Castlegregory Co. Kerry, where her career grew and expanded from both salon and session work.  Cathriona opened the doors to her second salon in Tralee Co. Kerry in 2015 and again expanded in 2016 to her third salon where beauty and hair are all under the one roof. Through her thriving business and love of hair Cathriona also offers a mobile wedding service the length and breadth of Ireland.


Grace Comerford

I started working with Cathriona in 2011. I am qualified in all aspects of hairdressing including great Lengths hair extensions. I am always trying to upskill and further my knowledge. After just a few years in the Castlegregory salon I moved to the the Tralee hair salon where I managed both Castlegregory and Tralee salons.  I have taken part in many photo shoots including RSVP magazine and the RTE guide. I was part of the style team for the Rose of Tralee fashion show for many years working alongside Brendan Courtney and Celia Holman Lee in many other fashion shows. I have styled hair for the fashion segment on TV3 IRELAND AM on numerous occasions and have also won two hair awards for fantastic colourist in the Alfaparf fantastic hair awards.

Orla Dooley

I started working at Cathrionas Hair Salon in 2016. I have been working in the industry for 16 years

Colour technique is my passion. There are constantly new colour treatments launching  and room to improve. I have trained with many places over the years including Peter Marks, Patrick Cameron Upstylist, antastic hairdresser Alan Austin Smith, Loreal Colour Degree course. I am also an Ambassador for Jioco and Redkin. 

I have styled photoshoots for RSVP, have been the Director and Head Stylist for Rose of Tralee Fashion Show and have won the Connect Kerry Colorist Award. I  also styled  Mary Kennedy for her Rose of Tralee TV appearances and work with many bridal parties.

Breda McMahon

I started my hairdressing career in 2015 in Sean Taffee’s Hair Academy. After this was lucky enough to start working at Cathriona’s Hair Salon where I have been for the last 4 years. In this time I have had the opportunity to complete a colour master degree in which I received a distinction. I also have been very fortunate to train with Vidal Sasoon in London.

I love every aspect of hairdressing but I have a huge passion for upstyling. My skills have allowed me to style shoots for RSVP, Rose of Tralee, RTE and styling the fabulous Miriam O’Callaghan.

Aideen O' Connor

I found my love for hairdressing at a very young age and started working in a salon at 14  and started my apprenticeship in 2009. I have completed many courses at the Wella Hair Studios in cutting, coloring and up-styling. as well as attending the Vidal Sasoon Academy London for a 2 week intense cutting and colour course.  I have taken part in many fashion shows over the years and have been privileged to style many brides on their special day.  I am now working in Cathrionas Hair Salon for the last two years and I am absolutely delighted to be part of this award winning team. We are a family and it makes me love my job even more when you have an amazing team behind you.

Niamh Comerford

I have been working at Cathrionas Hair Salon for the last four years during which time I also completed my FAS course. I have styled many shoots, styled for the Rose of Tralee fashion show as well as for weddings and TV.  
I have taken part in many training sessions in the salon as well as the Alfaparf color courses. I have also completed the Joico cutting courses. 

Brogan Rogers

I am working in Cathriona’s Hair Salon on Saturdays while studying Arts in UCC. I love every aspect of the hairdressing industry  and love coming in to see my clients and work collegues  every week.

Chelsey Conway

I started my journey as an apprentice  hairdresser 3 years ago in Kerry ETB doing the diploma hairdressing’s course. It has been a passion of mine since I was knee high and I love it! I am currently completing  my apprenticeship in Cathrionas Hair Salon where I have grown and appreciate all the aspects of hairdressing. I really love working with my colleagues  and learn something new everyday.
I have  completed my colour training and awaiting my master degree course but the highlight of my career so far has to be working on the fashion shows and photo shoots.  Session styling would be my favourite part of hairdressing. There’s nothing nicer to see my client leaving happy after I have styled for them and everyday I appreciate where I am in my career.

Rhonda Dillon

I started my career in the Sharps Hairdressing Academy. I moved to Australia where I furthered my education in the hairdressing industry .I trained with two top brands hair extensions . kiki  hair extensions and Angel by celebrity hair extensions doing both micro beads & tape I have also  trained in Braziallian Cacu keratin smoothing treatment 

Kitoko Colour education

 Campaigns del Colore colour  with fashionable  Colour blondes  and hi-lights.

 i have also trained in tailored texturizing & cutting workshops .Up-styling course with Lizzie Liros .I completed a course on Shade of Grey with Vincent hair artistry.

I started work at Cathrionas hair salon in 2016 where  i have taken the

Alfa Parf product & colour  education .I really enjoy what i do as my  career and love meeting my fab clients everyday




Angela Keane

I joined Cathriona 4 years ago and run the reception, manage all wedding bookings and the look after all of the administration behind the brand. 

We are so lucky to have Angela. She is a fountain of  knowledge! Angela is studying Printing and Contemporary Practice  which enablesher to bring such a lovely bright outlook and it shows in her work.

Angela has also studied Social Media & Short cuts  hairdressing computer  program 

Rebekah Barry

I am a qualified ITEC, CIBTAC and CIDESCO beautician. I completed my training in Kerry ETB.I have a huge passion for makeup and worked in Estee Lauder after college. I am the winner of Makeup Artist of the Year with Connect Kerry which I was thrilled to recieve. 

I have also trained with Inglot and work with a lot of brides and bridal parties as well as working on TV sets and runways. 

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