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Emily Culhane


Yesterday, Limerick native Emily Culhane sent the internet into a meltdown when she told her boss she’d rather have a weekend at Electric Picnic than her part-time job.

Speaking with SHEmazing Emily said that she was working in the job for about five months but “they were really tough to get time off for.”

When the opportunity came to spend the weekend at one of the best festivals around, Emily wasn’t taking any chances when she requested the weekend off. The result was her employer letting her know she wouldn’t be needed any longer.

Her Facebook post on the official Electric Picnic page went viral. Emily said she just did it “to see if Electric Picnic might give me a freebie or two but it has escalated so quickly!”

Indeed it did.

Many were wondering if the risk was worth, but recent Business graduate Emily, who is looking to launch her career in marketing, seems to have landed on her feet.

Speaking to 2FM, The Library Bar in Limerick has decided to offer Emily a position as a member of staff.

The bar is also a popular live music venue in the city and quickly becoming known as one of the cities favourite places for a great night out with live musicians and DJs.

Manager Paul told the radio show:

“It’s basically a live music venue – so we can understand Emily’s situation.”

Paul and Emily already have plenty to chat about in the break room as he’s going to heading off to EP himself too and reckons he would have been more accommodating about Emily’s time-off request:

“I would of course! Sure I’m going along myself.”

What does she have to look forward to if she takes the venue up on their offer?

“There’s a job for her when she comes back from Electric Picnic. There are a few options there for her. Firstly, starting behind the bar. Let’s see how it goes with her.”



Every year there are obstacles to navigate before you can officially declare yourself 'going' to Electric Picnic.

Money is usually the first hurdle. Then even when you do have the cash to hand (thank you conveniently-timed birthday), you have to make sure that tickets are actually still available.

And that's not all: securing the weekend (not to mention the Monday afterwards) off work is another mountain to climb – especially when the rest of your office is scrambling for the same privilege. 

It's a struggle that Limerick woman and recent UL business graduate Emily Culhane knows only too well.  

In a recent contribution to the Electric Picnic Facebook page, she reports that she was told by her boss: "If you cared about your job, you'd sell your Electric Picnic ticket."

She refused, however, and now – as detailed in a screen-grab Emily included in her post – she has been issued her P45.

"EP better be worth it," she declares in response. 

RTE 2fm also this afternoon picked up on the incident – with the radio station sharing Emily's email and message on its own Facebook page. There, it received hundreds of likes – as well as plenty messages of support.

"That's dedication, right there, upgrade that woman to VIP," said one user.

Another reckoned she'd made the right decision: "Shes a legend," they said. "Electric Picnic is the best 3days u could hav answer on the planet. Defo worth it. Enjoy." And a third user generously offered: "Sure we'll all chip in & get her a few beers."

Ms Culhane recently graduated from the University Of Limerick with a degree in Business Studies. On her LinkedIn profile, she describes herself as "an ambitious individual with the ability to think on my feet and build long-term relationships".

She adds: "I am motivated, honest and easy to talk with… Through years of sport I have developed a great ability to engage in teamwork."