Cliodhna hails from West Donegal and is a native Irish speaker. Following her graduation from LYIT with a NCEA in Business & Secretarial Studies Clíodhna travelled and worked in the USA, Germany and England for many years before returning to Ireland to take up a permanent position with National Irish Bank.
Clíodhna worked for over 18 years in the Bank as a senior bank official where her main area of responsibility was that of mortgage advisor. Whilst in employment, Clíodhna obtained many banking qualifications and a JEB Teachers Diploma in IT. In 2010 National Irish Bank now known as Danske Bank closed forcing Clíodhna into redundancy. At this time Clíodhna decided to pursue a career in Childcare. Having gained FETAC Level 5 qualification in Childcare, Clíodhna commenced employment in Naíscoil Dhomhnach Óg. She is currently the manager of the childcare facility which operates through the medium of Irish.