Monica Murphy’s life was transformed by a Commodore 64. Her father, a small farmer in Leitrim, brought the computer home when she was a child and she was hooked. “I’d sneak out of bed to read the MS-DOS manuals.”
She did her Leaving Cert in 1996 and, by her own admission, scraped into a computer science degree at Waterford Institute of Technology, hampered by having done ordinary-level maths.
What she lacked in algebra Murphy made up for in determination. “I struggled through the degree but I wanted it because of the freedom it represented. I always wanted to set up my own business.”
Her mother emphasised the importance of education while she inherited her work ethic from her father. “He’d have us out saving the