Meet The Team


Canice Nicholas BSC (Pharm), MPSI

Company Director/Pharmacist


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

Company Director/Pharmacist


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.


Mary McCabe

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.


Carmel Gormley

Buyer/Website Manager


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.





Kara McDaid

Systems 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 Bolger

Financial Director


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.



Rob wood mpsi mrpharms

Superintendent Pharmacist


Rob qualified as a pharmacist in 1998 and worked in a variety of settings including hospital, community, veterinary and homoepathic pharmacies. He became the Professional Services Manager of a medium sized chain in the Northeast of England looking after 32 stores and a wholesaler.

Once he moved to Ireland he managed a few stores for Boots, opened a new store, looked after an Area from Donegal down to Wexford, then Grafton Street and Liffey Valley. Rob was nominated for the IPN Pharmacy Manager of the Year in 2013.

Outside of work, Rob enjoys getting home to Wales with his family as often as he can and playing guitar.


Clodagh birney

Area Manager


Clodagh re-joined Cara in November 2015 as a Store Manager after having previously worked  in our Bundoran store in 2013. Now Area Manager of our Co.Donegal stores Clodagh loves the variation of the different towns and meeting people in all our stores.

Clodagh has trained as a make up artist and skincare expert with brands such as Benefit and Lancome as well as working alongside some top make up artists.

Clodagh is engaged to Ciaran and currently building her new home in Co.Fermanagh.