After just two years of playing rugby, Cliodhna Moloney in Operations Production Support in KBC Bank has established a successful career both on and off the pitch. Cliodhna has represented her local club Railway Union, the Leinster Women’s team, and now her country, as she took her place on the Irish Women’s rugby team.
Imagine a packed Aime Giral stadium, wearing the number two rugby jersey and all eyes are on you. Not so long ago on a normal day for you and I, Cliodhna Moloney finished up in KBC for a few days, and this became her reality. The talented Ashley Harmon, Brand Engagement & Employee Communications Advisor at KBC Bank Ireland caught up with Ireland’s 6 Nations starting hooker to see how she balances life at KBC and representing Ireland on the rugby centre stage.
Cliodhna had her first taste of victory when she was in college in Sligo and subsequently got into rugby “I was initially involved in the GAA when a friend approached me to try out rugby. I started playing in Dublin in January 2014 so I’m still a student of the game”.
When asked about playing on the international stage, she commented that it’s been a great experience and her teammates have been really helpful. “This year the team’s brought in 10 new caps so the more experienced players have been great mentors. Rugby is as much about the physical tests as it is mentally, so I’ve dedicated a lot of time to learning and studying the game to adjust to the faster and more physical level of play”.
Between work commitments and rugby, Cliodhna is busy. She credits both KBC and her manager for providing flexibility and support in order to balance the hectic life between work and the demands of rugby. “My international career escalated fairly quickly and the bank has been really helpful when I needed to miss some days for Six Nations”.
When the rest of us are tucked up in bed, Cliodhna hits the gym at 6 a.m. each day, she attends five rugby training sessions per week, and still manages to squeeze in a conditioning or skills session after work, then weekends are for matches and recovery. All of her hard work and dedication is worth it in the end. “My favourite aspect of rugby is the level of respect that you just won’t find anywhere else: respect for your team, the respect management has for their teams, and even the respect for your opponents. Rugby is one of the few sports where you can spend 80 minutes battling your opposition, and still shake hands and eat meals together after it’s all said and done. It’s a real team sport.”
If you want to join the team at KBC Bank and achieve work-life balance, contact the KBC Recruitment Team at Morgan McKinley to discuss a career move.
Thanks again to Ashley Harmon for sharing this exciting story with us.