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Saturday 16 December 2017

‘Cassie is great if you need a pick-me-up’

Cassie Stokes is a reporter on 3e's news programme, fyi, and is the elder of two daughters in her family. Cassie works in the same building as her mum Deirdre, who has a job in the sales department of TV3. We caught up with them both to talk about their mother-and-daughter relationship.

Cassie

"The qualities I most admire in my mum are that she's very genuine and truthful. She'll always help me out and put me on the right path.

"My mum told me about a work-experience opportunity at TV3 when I was at college and then I started doing a few voiceovers, moved into continuity presenting and now work on fyi.

"I see my mum at work and at home and it's great to spend time with her. We often meet up to have lunch at work and most people in the office know we're mother and daughter. It's hard to miss though as we look similar.

"My mum is very wise -- she's the first person I go to for advice. She has a way of making me feel better and I can honestly say she's my closest friend now.

"One of the life lessons that I've learnt from mum is never to judge people and to always give people a chance. If I ever come home with a problem, she tells me to try and think of it from the other person's point of view.

"One of the memories that sticks with me is of having breakfast with my mum and then her dropping me and my sister to school every single morning.

"Our relationship has only gotten stronger as the years have gone by and we've got to know each other better."

Deirdre

"Cassie has a great sense of humour and I really enjoy that. She's a very kind person and is very positive. She looks on the bright side and is a great person to have around if you're in need of a pick-me-up.

"Looking back, I suppose Cassie was a bit of a tomboy growing up. When she made her Communion, the first thing she did was come out in her lovely white dress and start playing baseball with her cousin.

"She was very sporty when she was younger and represented Ireland in the European Skiing Championships. She also played netball for the school.

"Cassie really enjoys her job and she's at a great period in her life.

"I think when daughters are growing up they go through different phases. When they're teenagers, they're much more into spending time with their friends. It's great nowadays that we spend more time together. Cassie is close to her sister too, so it's lovely to have that connection between the three of us."

Next week: Crime novelist Arlene Hunt and her daughter Jordan

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