Originally from Co. Cork in Ireland, I’ve always been passionate about storytelling and living in London has been my biggest story to date. Graduating from Dublin Institute of Technology with a Masters in Journalism, I went on to work as a freelance features writer in Ireland as well as a newsreader with national station Spin FM before setting my sights on the bright lights of London.
Once here, I became involved with a start up fashion label, Miss Patina helping to create the ‘personality’ of the brand and devising their communication strategy. After securing media placements in magazines from Vogue to Grazia, celebrity placements on many TV and music stars such as Sienna Miller and Elle Fanning and a trip to China for the official opening of the first Miss Patina store, I was ready for a new challenge!
My journalistic instincts were drawn to this role at Getty Images where I help to create and curate stories for InFocus. I’ve enjoyed getting familiar with the work of our photographers worldwide and getting to know the inspiration behind their work and I hope you will too through InFocus.
Outside of InFocus, presenting is still something I’m passionate about and I present a light Saturday afternoon show on Reprezent Radio.
Areas of speciality: Fashion, Entertainment, Writing, Interviewing, Presenting
What’s the best thing about the city you live in?
Although I’ve been here three years, I still get excited about exploring the city. There’s always something to inspire you in London – exhibitions, talks, live music, new parks to cycle around, and of course the people who live here are from all walks of life making people watching a justifiable pastime! I should also mention the wide variety of food – my favourite restaurant is a Spanish tapas bar in Angel called La Farola where I spent last New Year’s Eve.
How do you like to spend Sundays?
On an ideal Sunday, I would get up early and go to Hampstead Heath for a walk – although London is exciting, it’s nice to get a break from the bustle and get some fresh air. Then it would be back to Jack’s Diner in Queen’s Park for breakfast – the food can be slow coming because it gets so busy but there’s something nice about the chaos! And the food hits the spot.
Then I’d wander next door to the Farmer’s Market which is on every week to get some cakes for dessert later and some fresh veg for the week. In the often unlikely case the sun is shining, I'd head to Queen’s Park for a snooze on the grass and some outdoor ping pong!
What’s your secret talent?
It’s not so much a secret but I also sing in a soul and blues band that plays around venues in London and sometimes even abroad. We play a mix of obscure covers that audiences aren’t used to hearing so people seem to really appreciate the music. There are eight in the band and it’s fronted by three female singers. It’s a lot of fun. Last year we were lucky enough to play the Guiness Cork Jazz Festival and do a little tour in the South of France!