I’m a native Irish speaker and I grew up in the village of Spiddal in Connemara on the west coast of Ireland. I started my career in the media industry in 1998 and since then I’ve been a television presenter, an event MC, a radio presenter, a voice over artist, a writer, a wellness speaker in recent years, now a podcaster and I’ve even dabbled in singing and acting! It’s a fairly eclectic mix and as lots of you will know, life as a freelancer is unpredictable, I’ve been hired and fired regularly. I’ve dined in some of the best restaurants but I’ve also eaten hairy spuds when there was nothing else in the press and my wallet was empty.
I’ve presented and researched TV projects on all TV stations in Ireland; RTÉ, TG4, Virgin MEDIA formally TV3, and Oireachtas TV. Working across different genres; from Entertainment programming, Daytime, Lifestyle, Factual, Young Peoples, Sports, Comedy, Weather and News and Current Affairs. I’ve also worked in radio, presenting and contributing on various radio stations from Newstalk , RTÉ Radio 1 and iRadio.
Some of my personal career highlights have been, having my own radio show on Newstalk which ran for three years and grew it’s listeners year on year, I had such a laugh playing the role of Surfia in the brilliant comedy musical I Keano, presenting daytime Telly with my sister Gráinne, speaking at wellness event BEO, MC’ing The Pendulum Summit in the Convention Centre and taking lead vocal on a song called ‘Maybe This Christmas’ which was a top 10 hit for 3 consecutive weeks in the Irish charts all the while raising money for two very worthy Irish charities, ISPCC Childline and Make A Wish Ireland which I am a proud ambassador of.
I relish new experiences and try to keep an open but inquisitive mind at all times. In 2015 I wrote about my time taking part in the grueling three day Lough Derg pilgrimage in The Sunday Independent newspaper and later that year I travelled to India on a yoga trip with The Hope Foundation, which was incredibly powerful. I’ve taken part in a number of challenges including competing in half marathons, a charity cycle trip and in October 2010 I reached the top of Mount Kilimanjaro.
But in 2011 my life changed when I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer…an experience which ultimately became a gift in my life. I was lucky, my surgeries and treatment were a success and during that year, I was tested in many different ways but through the process of healing, I rediscovered what was truly important in life and I let go of the stuff that wasn’t.
I went on to study yoga and loved it and I’m now a certified yoga teacher as well, with a particular interest in meditation and sound therapies. I’m still working on myself every single day and I get that it’s a lifelong process but through it all, I’ve learnt that nothing is permanent and life always has the capacity to change. READY TO BE REAL is my passion project and I’m really excited that it’s finally here!