take 10 Jane Swar­brigg

The man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of cos­metic brand In­glot, who is based in Dublin and Belfast, is also the daugh­ter of Euro­vi­sion leg­end Tommy Swar­brigg who rep­re­sented Ire­land in the 1975 song con­test with That’s What Friends Are For as part of the Swar­brigg Plus T

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1. What is your ear­li­est mem­ory?

Sum­mer birth­day par­ties in our old house in Mullingar, Co West­meath. My brother and I had joint par­ties as our birth­days are 10 days apart. All our cousins and friends would come over. I still re­mem­ber the wa­ter fights and games we played think­ing our lit­tle garden was a jun­gle... and the rice crispy cakes we in­sisted on hav­ing, even though mum said they were a nui­sance to cut.

Who are the most im­por­tant peo­ple in your life?

My fam­ily and fi­ance — I work with my mother and brother — they are my rock. We have a great dy­namic man­ag­ing In­glot. While we’ll look af­ter dif­fer­ent ar­eas we come to­gether for the big de­ci­sions.

My dad is a ray of sunshine, full of pos­i­tiv­ity and just a great char­ac­ter. He keeps us all laugh­ing and in­stantly puts a smile on my face. And help­ing me to keep a bal­ance be­tween work and down­time is my fi­ance Bren­dan. He’s helped me re­alise how im­por­tant it is to put the lap­top away in the evening and en­joy qual­ity time af­ter a hard day’s work. It can be very easy to get con­sumed with busi­ness but over do­ing it can be counter pro­duc­tive and make you re­sent what you were try­ing to achieve.

Shock us! Tell us some­thing very sur­pris­ing about your­self…

I have a fear of nee­dles and still don’t have my ears pierced. When I was younger my par­ents wouldn’t let me get them pierced un­til I was 16. On the day of my 16th I ran into town with two friends, but in the end freaked out and couldn’t do it. I have hit the deck a num­ber of times when get­ting bloods taken… even the thought of it makes me shud­der.

What’s your great­est fear?

Los­ing some­one close to me. My fam­ily is so tight-knit I can’t even bear to imag­ine it. We are very lucky to have had no se­ri­ous ill­ness in my im­me­di­ate fam­ily and I thank my lucky stars all the time. I try not to take things for granted and we travel to my home in Mullingar and to Belfast, where Bren­dan is from, as of­ten as we can. Fam­ily will al­ways come first.

What makes you happy?

Sunshine. I book as many long week­ends in the sun as I can through­out the year. I just love a few days away to switch off and lap up the sun. I don’t like breaks longer than four or five days as I get quite anx­ious to get back to work, so a few days away does the trick. I love the Ca­nary Is­lands as your guar­an­teed some sun what­ever the time of year.

And your big­gest re­gret?

I wish I worked harder in school and col­lege and re­ally ap­plied my­self. I was the ul­ti­mate messer, eas­ily dis­tracted and no doubt drove my par­ents de­mented. I would love to see what I could achieve if I went back and did it all with a wiser head on my shoul­ders. School for me was about the craic but thank­fully it all worked out in the end.

How do you chill out?

I like the re­ally sim­ple things like a trip to the cin­ema with Bren­dan or just chill­ing at home with him and the cat. My girl­friends and I try to meet about once a week for a catch up over tea and choco­late. I live be­side the Phoenix Park in Dublin and love go­ing for strolls on nice evenings too. I’m a coun­try girl at heart and love be­ing out­doors — it’s my lit­tle haven in the city.

What’s the most im­por­tant les­son you’ve learned in life?

Take risks and don’t let fear of the un­known con­sume you. Thank­fully the risks we took with In­glot paid off, but it can be hard to not doubt your­self and de­ci­sion mak­ing. I think hav­ing self be­lief is a hugely pow­er­ful thing. If you don’t be­lieve your own hype why would any­one else?

The book that means the most to you — and why?

The Power of Pos­i­tive Think­ing. This book had a great im­pact on me it teaches you about the power of self-be­lief and vi­su­al­is­ing goals. A great read.

If you could change on thing… what would it be?

Wor­ry­ing less, al­though I have mel­lowed over the years. Look­ing back I prob­a­bly brought a lot of stress on my­self. Now I try to roll with the punches... but that’s eas­ier said then done. In­glot brand is now avail­able in CastleCourt, Belfast

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