Canice Nicholas BSC (Pharm), MPSI
Canice moved to Bundoran in 2000 when the first store of the group was purchased and married Ramona in 2005. They both live in Bundoran and have two children, Alex and Sarah . Canice is originally from Plumbridge, Co Tyrone and like Ramona studied Pharmacy at Queens University in Belfast. Canice is a keen athlete and regularly takes part in many Triathlons and Half Iron Man Challenges. He is passionate about fundraising through his love of sport. Canice is Head of Pharmacy Services for the group.
The company name 'CARA' is derived from the first two letters of both their names and also means 'friend' as Gaeilge.
Ramona Nicholas BSC (Pharm), MPSI
Ramona is in her early 30’s, a mother and extremely dynamic. She grew up in a small village in Co Tyrone, and qualified as a Pharmacist from Queens University Belfast in 1999. Ramona co-founded the group with her now husband Canice. Ramona and Canice have two children Alex and Sarah. Ramona is Head of Retail for the group.
Ramona debuted on television screens around the nation in September 2012 on ‘The Secret Millionaire’ where she helped many Irish charities. Ramona was an investor on the RTE Dragons Den in 2013 and 2014. She is also a WXN 'Top 25 Most Influencial Women in Ireland' and the Queens University of Belfast Graduate of the year 2013.
Group Brand Manager
Mary started her career with Cara as a Store Manager of our Cavan Store, then Area Manager for Cavan and since been promoted to Group Brand Manager. Mary previously worked for the Manor Group and was promoted to Manager of the Cavan Store, one of the companies highest performing stores when Cara purchased the Manor Group in 2003. Mary is originally from Kingscourt but now lives in Ballyconnell with her husband Seamus and her two children, Ciaran and Carrie Anne and is married to Seamus. Mary remains an inspiration to us all and has a natural business mind which is unique. She works closely with all the brands that the company partners with to deliver an unrivalled product range at unbeatable prices. She is also involved in bringing new ideas for improvement to the company.
Pádraig McGuiness MPharm MPSI
Pádraig joined the CARA team in 2004 and worked part time in a variety of roles until he qualified as a pharmacist in 2008. After a short stint of leave in the UK as Pharmacy Manager and Teacher Practitioner, Pádraig returned to his position of Pharmacy Services Manager for the group. His role involves managing and reporting of all aspects of pharmacy led services across the group as well as leading our international EU Funded collaboration with Waterford Institute of Technology on our CODEMISUSED project. He really enjoys the fast paced environment at CARA and his dynamic role within it. Outside of work, Pádraig has a keen interest in travel and in International aid and development.
Carmel joined the Cara Team in October 2007. She absolutely loves working in such a challenging, fast-paced environment where she manages the website from contents to orders. When Carmel's not working she enjoys running, walking her dogs, going out for dinner and socialising with her family and friends.
Graphic Designer/ Marketing Assistant
Lisa joined the Cara company in September 2010 and enjoys all the diverse projects she works on within the company, from advertising to designing graphics for the webpage, there is always something different to work on. Lisa studied Graphic Design and Digital Media in the Institute of Technology in Letterkenny for four years. With a passion for design, she also loves anything to do with arts and crafts, fashion and film. In her spare time she loves making cards, jewellery and all things craft related. She also enjoys spending time with family and friends, keeping active and shopping is one of her favourite activities.
Inventory Control Manager
Kara joined the team in July 2014 as the Inventory Control Manager and has enjoyed taking on the challenge of her new dynamic role. Kara studied Business Management at The University of Ulster Coleraine before taking up a post with a Telecommunications company in Derry for five years. She loves spending time with friends and family and is a keen member of her local gym and in her spare time loves nothing more than attending musical festivals.
John joined CARA in August 2017 and has had an extensive career ranging from the Canadian Rocky Mountains to Moscow and other countries in Central Europe. He has worked extensively in retail across sporting goods, Duty Free and Travel Retail with strong emphasis on Customer Experience. With a family full of girls it is no surprise that make up and cosmetics is dominant in the household (but not John, yet !!), and social media rules.
John has an extensive international sports career including winning the Dublin marathon and one of the only two Dublin winners of the event. Nowadays he has switched his allegiances to golf but also enjoys good food in restaurants and otherwise is a Netflix nerd.