A native of Thurles, County Tipperary, Caroline Simmons Mahon is the proprietor of the Carriage House on East 59th Street in New York, and the on premises sales representative for Castle Brands Inc., makers of Boru Vodka, Celtic Crossing Liqueur and many other Irish brands.
Growing up in Tipperary, Mahon’s family were horse breeders. “The excitement of an early morning walk with my grandfather to see the horses perform their workouts in the fresh Irish air of Ballydoyle, to the late evenings watching family come together to play cards and sing a big Irish traditional song,” is what she credits for giving her a love of life, and particularly of her heritage.
Before coming to the U.S., Mahon studied French at the Faculty De Lettre in Nancy, France, and worked as a flight attendant for Aer Lingus. This, she says, “gave me the chance to experience many cultures that prepared me for the diversity of a new land – the land of opportunity.”
Now she’s happily ensconced in New York, and enjoys the fact that her work life allows her to bring her Irishness to a vast audience.
“In this land that I now call home,” Mahon says, “I celebrate my heritage by being part of a corporation that produces and distributes an array of the finest Irish and American products which I proudly sell.
“And I’m a proud owner with my best friend and partner Richard of an establishment that brings our heritage and traditions to the local community which we proudly serve.”
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