Before 2020, the last time Noreen Gallagher worked alongside her brother Declan was as a child roped in to help out at the family’s bakery in Ardara, Co Donegal. She was chief icing mixer and both children, along with their two other siblings, were general dogsbodies.
Eventually Gallagher went off to work in the corporate world while Declan, who was 20 months her senior, ran the bakery. In a 2013 interview with The Sunday Times, Gallagher recalled how her father, who died in 2008, had always wanted her to come home to work in the family business. “My brother and I are similar, and I thought it could go two ways: it could be absolutely fantastic, or we could kill each other,” she said