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A noted book enthusiast and highly respected in the trade, Ms Dickenson studied English at Leeds University before moving to Ireland, where she worked in the library in Trinity College and did a masters in UCD before joining Eason 14 years ago.
Of course, the books business would be nothing without writers — and the top-selling Irish writer of all time was a woman.
Of course, it's not always the most prominent showbiz players who exert the most pull.
Although Ms Dickenson works with a small team of buyers, the final decision on all books handled by the chain rests with her.
No Irish woman has ever come close to this level of responsibility in corporate Ireland, although she still plays number two to the chief executive.
The Department of Finance appears to be as reluctant as the corporate sector to promote women to positions of real power, which makes the appointment of Ann Nolan as a second secretary a rare appointment.
Only one of the 50 plus companies on the stock exchange are headed by a woman; CPL's Anne Heraty, who also happens to be the recruitment company's founder.
Among the country's big listed companies, just one woman holds an important position: building materials giant CRH’s finance director, Maeve Carton, who oversees sales of around €16bn a year.
Honourable Mentions Irish Stock Exchange boss Deirdre Somers, Josephine Feehily, who is head of the Revenue Commissioners, Amanda Pratt of Avoca Handweavers, and designer Louise Kennedy, who has recently expanded into China.