I decided as my first blog post, to give a lttle background as to who I am and how I got here! After gaining a degree in primary teaching in Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, I spent a year teaching in a Gaelscoil in Sligo. With a keen interest in travel, I had planned on embarking on a backpacking adventure with friends from college, once a year’s teaching had been completed, but that was not to be! I was one of eight chosen to attend a presenter’s course, run by TG4 during the summer of 2007, which gave me a real insight into the world of television. Soon after, I was offered the position as children’s presenter on “Cúla4” and was faced with the dilemma of getting on the plane, or accepting the job! I chose the latter and I can honestly say I haven’t looked back.
That September, I took my place in the “Cúla4” studio as live anchor for the children’s block, which opened the door to many other opportunites. From there, I was chosen to present “Bog Stop”, a children’s quiz show, based on the Australian version “Go-Go Stop”. The series grew in popularity each year and eventually ran for nine seasons. After two years as “Cúla4” presenter, I moved onto the teenage block “PONC” and spent the following three years as presenter and researcher on various programmes aimed at 12-18 year olds. Among the shows were “PONC@ na MOVIES”; Ireland’s only movie show at the time, which included red carpet and celebrity interviews with some of the biggest movie stars from across the Globe; Colin Farrell, Orlando Bloom, Tom Cruise, Michael Fassbender, Chris O’Dowd and Saoirse Ronan to name a few.
“PONC XL” was an interactive magazine style show which ran for four seasons, “IS MAITH LIOM POP” was a studio based wrap-around music programme based on the biggest hits of the past 10 years and more recently “GLEO” was an eight part studio-based topical discussion programme aimed at 16+, which included interviews on the road and a panel of six guests in studio.
In Septemer 2010, I was offered my biggest show to-date on TG4, as presenter and researcher for the channel’s live coverage of the “Magner’s League” on the rugby show “Rugbaí BEO”. In addition to the league, which is in it’s fifth year and is currently known as the “Guinness Pro 12”, I also covered the World Cup highlights in 2011 and presented the Heineken Cup highlights show, which I still host as the “European Championship Cup”.
Summer 2015 gave me the opportunity to travel the country for “Féilte: Slí an Atlantaigh”, a nine part series which took the viewer along the Wild Atlantic Way, starting my summer journey in Donegal and ending at the Old head of Kinsale. The series uncovered the gems on Ireland’s spectacular Western coastline and saw me try my hand at paddle-boarding, Windsurfing, Waterskiing and many other activities along the way-which I absolutely loved but really didn’t master!
When one adventure ended, another presented itself in the form of IFTA award winning “FLEADH TV”. I was lucky enough to take centre stage at the 2015 “Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann”; the largest single festival of Irish Music in the World. It ran for four nights, for three hours a night and showcased the very best in Irish traditional and contemporary music.
I have loved the variety of recently hosting “TG4 XX”, “AN RÍL DEAL” and “LÁR STÁISTE”, with the buzz of being LIVE and presenting in front of a studio audience adding to the experience! One of the highlights of 2016 was being nominated in the “RISING STAR” category at the IFTA’s and 2017 then brought a new experience of fronting the first LIVE BROADCAST of the Winter Solstice from Newgrange.
2018 is already looking exciting and I cannot wait to see what lies ahead!