“I’m just trying to build a career based on what I love,” says Danielle Power. The only problem is, you probably won’t see that precise job listed anywhere.
But there’s more to her story than making a living. Danielle’s story is one of overcoming adversity and, occasionally, the perception that you’re not worth taking a chance on.
After school, Maynooth native Danielle studied art in GMIT and Ballyfermot. A few years in Australia came to an abrupt end in 2010 when she lost her job and found out she was expecting in the same week.
She arrived back to Ireland in May of that year, and in November gave birth to her son Sean, who is now a energetic toddler and a future Kildare footballer – so she swears.
Now living in Clane, which she loves, she has put herself through several courses, a stint in jobsbridge and working with mentors provided to her by Kildare Leader.
However, despite her good work, she’s had a few knock backs.
“I need to work twice as hard to prove myself more, because people are less likiely to take a chance on you when you’re a single mother. But I’m actually a better bet because I’m in a situation where I have to make it work, for Sean’s sake,” she says, trying not to get upset.
In the past 18 months she’s developed the Craft Academy (see Facebook), a travelling arts and crafts class. She’s been doing well, working with the Arts Service providing workshops. And she has great plans to one day open a tourism-oriented arts retreat centre, but right now it’s all about organising a Christmas event in McAuley Place, and doing workshops and classes in schools, libraries – anywhere that wants it. Despite her own trials and tribulations, she still volunteers with people with special needs when she can, and has a strong belief in “giving back”.
She’s certainly a name to watch for the future.