Ailish graduated with a Diploma in Secretarial Education from Rosse College in 1987 and has extensive secretarial and administrative experience having worked in a wide range of business sectors. Ailish has a keen interest in interior design and has completed a Certificate in Interior Design. Following a career break, she worked as a medical receptionist in the Meridian Clinic in Blanchardstown. Ailish joined Oakwood Medical Clinic in October 2017. She lives in Swords with her husband and two daughters.