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I’m an Irish multimedia journalist based in the UK.

I’m currently exploring new opportunities in reporting, news reading and radio programme making. If you’d like to talk, please get in touch

POLITICS – NORTHERN IRELAND
Recently, I’ve been reporting on the Assembly Elections in Northern Ireland for Bauer radio stations Downtown Radio/Cool FM. Listen to my interview with Michelle O’Neill (Sinn Fein), shortly after being elected as an Assembly Member for Mid Ulster.

RUNNING – THE NEW RELIGION?
I’ve also been running in North West England, where I met up with amateur athletes in Manchester and Preston. Hear their running stories.

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Interview: Michelle O’Neill, Sinn Fein – after election to Northern Ireland Assembly – 03 March 2017

Package: Running stories – tales from amateur runners about why they run

interviewing a runner at South Manchester parkrun

I’ve been sweating, literally, to chat with people about why they run and how they got started. “It’s the best thing I’ve ever done,” one woman told me. And even if’s a little tough in the beginning, “gradually you really can’t live without it.” So says the man who got into running through his interest in nature photography! Sit back, relax and soak up their running stories.

News report – Key 103: Warnings about congestion ahead of Manchester works

News package:  Congestion worries ahead of major works in Manchester
Businesses in Manchester city centre are worried about further disruption as two major transport projects get underway today. 
The new Metrolink line will mean changes for drivers and a building development will see Brook Street closed until mid-February. 

News feature: Manchester’s Singing Constable
By day he studies singing at the Royal Northern College of Music. In the evenings he works in a betting shop. On weekend nights, he’s just started as a Special Constable with Greater Manchester Police. I caught up with Jake Horler-Newsham to find out about life on the beat.

News package: World Aids Day 2016 – report from Manchester
It’s nearly 30 years since the first World Aids Day. Since then, there have been significant developments in the medical treatments available. Once a year, those who’ve lost a friend or loved one meet to remember.

Programme promos: RTÉ lyric fm – Ireland’s National Music & Arts Radio
A selection of promos from my time as a programme maker with RTÉ.

News package: Technology can support people with disabilities at work
WAER News
This report examines assistive technology and its potential to support people with a range of disabilities at work.

Presenting demo:
Including local news from Bournemouth & presentation from BBC Xtra English at BBC World Service.

Who I’ve worked for: Radio

Bauer Radio – Downtown Radio/Cool FM
Reporter at Mid Ulster & North Antrim count centres during Northern Ireland’s Assembly Elections in March 2017. Listen to Michelle O’Neill after being elected.

Bauer Radio – Key 103 Manchester & Rock FM
Reporter covering anti-fracking protests in Lancashire, congestion issues in Manchester & potential M & S closure in Preston.

BBC World Service
Producer & Presenter for BBC Xtra English (BBC Arabic), 6 Minute English (BBC podcast / international radio partners)

RTÉ – Ireland’s National Public Service Broadcaster
Producer & Production Co-ordinator at RTÉ lyric fm
Programme maker across daily, weekly and specialist programmes for almost 10 years
Edited and produced 6 x 30 minute radio documentaries Passions and Policies: Music Education in Ireland

Craol – Community Radio Forum of Ireland
Initial Development Producer and Trainer for Irish language radio magazine ‘Ní neart go cur le chéile

Wired FM
Studio Head with responsibility for broadcast output and training
Produced Europe-on-Air (EU-funded) series
Founding Editor for Wired Luimnigh – an award-winning Irish Language Radio Pilot Project
Delivered FETAC-accredited radio production course

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Click the links below for some of my long-form stories:

YouTube Symphony Orchestra
In late 2008, a number of top classical music organisations announced a new global orchestra. The London Symphony Orchestra teamed up with conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, composer Tan Dun,  and Carnegie Hall. More than 90 musicians from 30 countries were selected from thousands who uploaded their performances onto YouTube.

“People want to experience the orchestra in different ways and classical music in different ways and ways that suits them and I think that’s the way the technology is bridging the gap. It’s allowing people to experience as much as they want at a time that’s convenient for them.”
Brian Moran, London Symphony Orchestra

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Homeless going ‘home’?
Two charities in Bournemouth and Poole have joined forces in a befriending scheme for homeless people or those who have recently move into new accommodation.

“It’s a very vulnerable time, a very, very lonely time and a very isolating time to move into a tenancy if they have become entrenched in a way in the life of a street homeless person.”
Kate Mellor, Quaker Homeless Action


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Who I’ve worked for: Online

BBC World Service
Online Producer for BBC Learning English and BBC UK China
Producer/Presenter for 6 Minute English (some episodes I wrote/produced are available for download from Audible)

RTÉ – Ireland’s National Public Service Broadcaster
Website team leader for RTÉ lyric fm
Managing website homepage
Writing, proofing and editing text. pictures, audio and podcasts

Bournemouth University
MA Multimedia Journalism website on the impact of eReaders