About Us

Welcome to Halford’s Hair Studio. We are a family run hair salon in operation since 1923 and proud to call Gorey our home. Located in the heart of Gorey town, we pride ourselves on our amazing customer service and attention to detail for our clientele. Owner and hairdresser, Maeve Halford is the 4th generation cutting hair at our premises, making us the longest running haordressers in gorey.

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Meet our Team

All of our Hairdressers are fully qualified Senior Stylists, who regularly attend training seminars and courses throughout the year in Ireland and the UK.

Maeve Halford

Halford’s Hair Studio Owner, Maeve is the 4th generation of the Halford family to work in the business.  Halford’s Hair Studio will celebrate 100 years in business in 2023.

She started her career at a very early age helping out at weekends and school holidays. When Maeve finished school she then began her official apprenticeship with Peter Marks and  in 2008, decided to return to her family business.  

In 2019, Maeve was officially handed the keys to the business and is now the proud owner of Halford’s Hair Studio. She enjoys all aspects of her job, but particularly loves up styling and colouring. Her true passion is the bond and friendship she has formed with her clients and it makes her day when they leave her chair felling amazing.

Sean Halford

Sean started working with his father Noel from an early age sweeping the floor and when he got older, he was the “lather boy” getting clients ready for his father to shave them. He was cutting hair at 15 years of age.

Sean left the business in 1972 and worked as a miner in Avoca and in 1986 he returned to hairdressing. Sean and Kay set up “A Cut Above” following the deaths of his parents. In 1992, THE Halford’s  renovated 42 Main Street and as they say the rest is history.

Sean loves his work and working with Maeve and her team is always challenging and rewarding. He goes about his work with a smile, song or whistle and has the energy of a person half his age.

Kay Halford

They say behind every great man is a great woman and Sean’s wife and Maeve’s mother Kay is that strength. She takes an active part in the day to day running of the salon on reception. She has been a support and driving force in the business since it opened. Kay has developed a wonderful relationship with our clients over the years and has provided invaluable support to all the team.

Pauline Boland

Pauline has been part of the Halford’s team for over 15 years. She is fully trained in all aspects of hairdressing and is very committed to continually upskilling.

She has trained with Oncology Aesthetics Ireland and together with Samantha they run the Wig and Scalp Clinic in the Salon. They supply and fit hairpieces and wigs to people who have experienced full or partial hair loss or hair thinning. Hairdressing for Pauline is about being the best person she can be for her clients and for herself that she does in her easy-going positive manner.

Lisamarie Buckley

Lisamarie joined our team in 2015. She has a natural flair and great experience in all aspects of colouring and styling and is also now training in cutting and up styling. Lisamarie also has a talent in head messages and curly blow-dries. As with all the team, Lisamarie frequently attends training courses to improve her skills.

Alison Byrne

Alison is a Senior Stylist with over 15 years’ experience. She enjoys working with her clients individually to modernize and create unique looks that they feel good in and that are tailored made to their lifestyle and easy to maintain at home.

She spent a lot of time in education on cutting hair as she has such a passion and flair for it and really loves and enjoy it. The Vidal Sassoon Academy was definitely one of her favourite courses that she attended and she has had so much fun creating the looks that she learnt while there.

Samantha Cullen

Samantha has been working with the Halfords team for 20 years now. She takes pride in her work and will always give 100% to every client.

She enjoys all aspects of hairdressing with her passion in cutting and the Wig and Scalp Clinic where she works alongside Pauline offering a much-needed service to the local area for all hair loss and scalp issues. SHE recently completed a course with Oncology Aesthetics Ireland.
She feels hairdressing is so much more than just a cut or colour but an opportunity to help lift someone’s spirit and give them a confidence boost.

Amanda Doyle

Amanda has been with Halfords for 15 years and is a highly qualified stylist specialising in highlights/balayage, up styles, and cutting. Her favourite part of her job is seeing how happy her clients leave the salon and its hard not to have smile on your face when you meet Amanda.

Liam Doyle

Liam is our Hairstylist who is a very bubbly, outgoing and A friendly person with a wicked sense of humour. He has a passion for hairdressing since he was young and loves how you can change how someone feels about themselves. As with all our trainee staff he receives regular supervised training in all aspects of the job.

Amy Furlong

Amy is currently hairdressing for 14 years and is constantly learning and upskilling so she can be the best she can be for her clients. She loves every aspect of hairdressing and loves what she does but especially making people feel good about themselves. Amy specialises in colour and loves the creativity of weddings and up styling.

Barbara Kavanagh

Barbara joined our team in 2007 having started her training in Peter Mark 27 years ago. She has extensive experience in all aspects of hairdressing including cutting, colouring, perming and styling. Barbara has a great rapour with all her clients and looks forward to their salon visits.

Elaine Ryan

Elaine has 21 years’ experience in the hairdressing industry and has worked for 18 of those years in Halfords, so she definitely feels like part of the family. She loves all aspects of hairdressing but her true passion is bridal/up styling and hair extensions. She has a wealth of knowledge and keeps up to date with all the latest trends so you are guaranteed to be happy and smiling when you leave her chair.

Andrea Travers

Andrea is our Master Colourist and has fifteen years’ experience as a hair stylist. She is passionate about providing an exceptional client experience and bringing her guests hair goals to life with creative colouring techniques. Andrea is a lover of balayage, blonding, and up-styling and is a keen learner who is always upskilling to keep up with the latest trends.

Angela Evans

Angela is our administrator and all-round person keeping the show on the road behind the scenes. She has been with us for over 20 years and quietly does so much for all our staff and customers.

Niamh Larkin

Niamh is working at Halfords Hair Studio on reception as front of house for 17 years. She is known to help out on the salon floor and has been complimented many times for her head massage, one treatment we offer at the basin.

Showing her creative side, she does an excellent job with window displays, merchandising and gift wrapping.

Niamh offers a welcome to all our customers and when walking into this family business all those years ago little did she know she was walking into a new family.

Debbie Murphy

Debbie joined the team recently and hales from Ballygarrett. She has held various positions around the town and so customers are always thrilled to see her friendly, familiar face. During Lockdown, Debbie decided to retrain and do a Secretarial Diploma and since she finished has been welcoming all of our customers through the door.

Keenan Kennedy

Keenan is our latest Junior Stylist to join the team at Halfords. He’s easy going, charismatic and will always try to put the clients’ needs first whenever he can. Keenan recently finished school and entered the world of hairdressing straight away and is excited to eventually have his own happy clientele.