What Clients say about Coaching Matters Ltd.


Philomena was engaged to design and deliver two workshops to all the staff of our school on the topic of values.  The brief was to explore and identify our school values and our personal work values.  The process affirmed how well we are working to our values and also resulted in action groups being formed where improvements could be achieved.  Philomena put everyone at ease with her professional, warm, positive and engaging approach.  This approach yielded very interesting and positive participation. Above all Philomena facilitated a very safe environment in which personal values could be openly discussed.  Philomena applied her extensive experience in business to the school context.

These workshops have greatly benefited the staff and our school. I can wholeheartedly recommend Philomena to any organisation wishing to provide training in staff development.

Mairéad Ryan B. Ed., M. Sc. Education and Training Management.  Principal,  Scoil Maelruain Junior


“I engaged Philomena at a midpoint in my career when It was time to make a number of decisions about direction. At the very beginning we spent time deciding on the outcomes I was interested in getting from our time and Philomena was excellent at making sure we didn’t lose track during the program. With a robust and strategic career development framework we were able to create a clear 5+ year plan. We did this based off a visioning exercise from our first session that helped to define my end goals.

 A key part of our program was to identify the areas of personal development that would help me on my way to achieve these goals and in particular with a view to taking on more senior leadership roles. Philomena’s first-hand experience of working in a large organisation was invaluable when I was discussing particular scenarios that impacted me.

 Overall I would highly recommend Philomena as a Career Development Coach to anyone interested in working towards a set of goals. I now feel that I have a forward looking blueprint to help me navigate through my professional life. I also feel with this new clarity that I am able to separate career from personal life thus improving my life balance.”

Stephen Lambert, Director, Global Professional Services, ServiceSource.


“Every session with Philomena has resulted in tangible, actionable and realistic benefits to myself personally and to my company. The tools Philomena has developed or guided me through have helped give a renewed purpose and direction to achieving results. Philomena herself is welcoming, warm and professional, with a wealth of business experience to pull on. Highly recommended.”

Ruth Rowan, Head of Digital, Concern Worldwide 


“Although Philomena and myself I would say had a good connection, it was the redirection back to the connection with myself that makes Philomena so good at what she does.  She helps find what is already within and it has made such a difference in my life. I find I am looking to the future with less fear both at home and in work.  I give attention more to what’s important than trying to change things which are none of my concern.  Thank you Philomena for sharing your insights which perhaps only comes through experience”

Mark Callaghan, CEO, VIP Taxis


 “I never went to a life coach before, so wasn’t sure what to expect. But after my initial meeting with Philomena, she clearly outlined what it was she could and couldn’t do for me.  At the end of each meeting it was like she waved a magic wand of clarity over me.  Thoughts and previously unanswered questions were concluded and answered by me, but through Philomena’s guidance and probing.  I would highly recommend Philomena.  She is professional, trusting, warm and friendly.”

Angela Whyte, Head of Donor Marketing, Concern Worldwide.


“I was at a cross roads in my career and reached out to Philomena at the end of a career break. Initially, I wanted help with my job search, but as we worked together she challenged me to explore what I was really looking for out of work. She acted as that sounding board, which allowed me to hear myself articulate what I wanted to do. It was an absolutely rewarding and engaging process. I intend to maintain contact with Philomena, to support me through future work and life challenges”

Mary Buckley, Project Manager, Microsoft


“I have been fortunate and have enjoyed coaching-sessions over several months from Philomena for two different reasons. I have found this extremely helpful and empowering and would strongly recommend her to others who think that they could benefit from (management) coaching; and really: who would not? I genuinely believe that our development as people, both professionally and personally are areas you can and should always continue to grow in. Philomena can be a great help in doing so! She has also given me strategies to continue doing this myself now that my sessions with her have unfortunately come to an end. I will certainly miss them and would return to Philomena should I look for professional coaching in the future. I believe that even a few sessions can really make a difference in a way you would not expect beforehand. Philomena: thank you for everything!”

Mascha Murphy, HR Manager Overseas, Concern Worldwide.


I am a freelance videographer, performer and arts educator. I came to coaching with Philomena McCabe at the recommendation of someone, without a clear understanding of what it was or what it could offer me. I made the decision almost out of desperation – having been a working artist for over a decade and a half, I have seen my success fluctuate over the years, the last five having been particularly difficult as I struggled with a poor economy and my inability to develop a viable long-term business plan. I found myself with little work that I loved or found of value, and extremely dissatisfied with my life — yet I was reluctant to seek help, believing that someone with my experience should be able to address the issues on his own.
What Philomena offers is a holistic approach, identifying the psychological and organizational obstacles to success: confidence, self-esteem and self-talk; setting attainable goals; acknowledging and utilizing strengths; addressing weaknesses; time management and scheduling; researching, recognizing and pursuing opportunities. Her coaching style is extremely personable, coming not only from her skill but her sensitivity and understanding of the issues as someone who has successfully addressed them herself. She understands that what is of importance is not only financial success, but quality of life and emotional /physical well-being. I find her ability to help me focus and clarify my goals in all of these areas invaluable, and I truly enjoy our sessions.
In under a year, utilizing Philomena as my coach, I am doing more of the work that I find rewarding, and I have seen such significant increases in my business ventures that she is now helping me address management all of the work that I have!
Raven, Independent Motion Pictures & Film Professional


 “Being at the crossroads of my career I found Coaching Matters helped provide me with a roadmap for the future, tapping into what already exists and drawing it to the surface. With her ease and professional manner I found working with Philomena to be a pleasure but more importantly to be of great benefit in helping me find the right direction. For anyone planning to make decisions, big or small, or feeling indecisive around what they should do, a few hours spent with Philomena will help paint a clearer picture and benefit you enormously” 

Hugh Sweeney, Managing Director, Irish Lobster Ltd. 


“As a self employed business person 3 years in business now I came to the conclusion almost a year ago that one of the most important investments I should make was in myself and my frame of mind for business. This led me to Coaching Matters which has provided me and my business with a great platform to discuss and solve the problems I encounter. Since I started with Coaching Matters we have worked on areas I identified such as;

– Coping with the financial pressure at times to keep my business running in such a tough climate

– Managing and lowering my expectations from the business as a result of current market conditions 

– Developing a more can do attitude to business

– Removing personal barriers to progress and getting out of my own way

– To break down and find better ways to handle weekly internal and external business problems

– Coming out of my comfort zone more, particularly in relation to marketing the business

I have seen a big improvement in these areas and also other areas, I would recommend Coaching Matters to anyone reading this and suggest to anyone who is unsure to give it a try on a trial basis.’ 

Dublin based businessman.


“I was a colleague of Philomena’s on the recent DCU Ryan Academy Business Innovation Programme. After the course I met with Philomena in her capacity as career coach. I found Philomena’s coaching technique were excellent for providing clarity and focusing on a task orientated list of goals that you found yourself effortlessly doing. If you’re looking for clarity and focus to push forward in your career or business I would highly recommend Philomena McCabe of Coaching Matters.”

Orla Madden, Artist. 


Philomena is the first ever life coach I ever used and with her high level of professionalism and expertise, I gained invaluable insights and practical knowledge. I can confidently and with so much appreciation say that some of the ease that I am experiencing in my life today lends a lot of credit to her. Her services are simply great value at very high standards and the code of ethics which is imperative in the life coaching industry. Without any hesitation, I recommend Philomena for all life coaching needs and you will receive an experience that will stay with you for a very long time.

Annette Young, General Manager at Elite Lifestyle Management.



“Having worked in Diageo Ireland with Philomena over a number of years and finding myself looking for employment post redundancy, I decided to consult with Philomena in her capacity as a Career Coach. I got excellent advice on compiling my CV and invaluable help with Interview preparation and Elevator Speech. Philomena’s drive and attention to the end result, is second to none. Would highly recommend Coaching Matters to anyone who needs guidance with Career direction and job search. Philomena’s approach is pleasant, personable and highly motivating.”

Lesley Stout, Administrator. 



The course was very structured and organised.  It was way and beyond any pre-retirement event I had attended in the past.  The tools and techniques were excellent, really practical and useful.

It was very interactive and Philomena was very engaging and professional. I also picked up quite a few tips from the other participants on the course.  The atmosphere was relaxed and the classes flew by which is always a great sign.

Susan McInnes, Bray, Co. Wicklow.


Retirement is a huge change and we all need to plan for it.  This is an excellent programme to make you really think about all the relevant issues.  Philomena created a safe, fun atmosphere – really facilitating group interaction and bonding.

Una Hearne, Career Coach


I liked the approach of the programme, all presentEd in a clear and concise manner combined with group discussion covering topics and issues associated with retirement.  It allowed me to develop my goals and action plans.

Harry Doyle, Bord na Mona


It has given me an understanding of the impact and changes that retirement will present and helped me to plan for a happy and healthy future.

Mary Murphy, Lucan, Dublin


A very good programme and I learned much about stuff I need to attend to i.e. awareness above all of what I can/will do.


It was explained very well.  It gave me confidence and fulfilled many of my requirement.

Helena Casey, Leixlip


Overall comment: Excellent

John Moran, Leixlip


It has given me the knowledge that I can move foreward

Philomena Curran,


Helped me to focus on things I want to do and gave me some new ideas

Des Bannon