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Áine Ní Dhúill BA 2001
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Tell us about yourself?

I am from The Curragh, Co. Kildare. After graduating from Mary Immaculate College I studied for a HDip in Applied Communications in NUIG. I then spent 4 years freelancing as a broadcast assistant in 2FM; researcher for programmes for TG4 & RTÉ as well as 4 years as Studio Co-Ordinator on Ros na Rún. In 2005 I started working in the Newsroom in TG4.

 

Tell us about your time in Mary Immaculate College?

I studied BA in Irish and Film and Media Studies. Having come from a rural background I think being in a smaller college suited me. I enjoyed the years I spent studying in MIC. I made fantastic friends, many of whom I am still in contact with.

 

One memory that stands out in your mind from your time in MIC?

While there is no specific memory that stands out in my memory, I do remember the laughs we had on nights out or in the canteen catching up with each other or in the Student's Union.

 

A member of staff who had an affect or made an impression on you during your time in MIC?

I will never forget Máire Ní Neachtain and Rosemary Day. Both are energetic in their lecturing and mentoring and enthusiastic about their subjects. Both women were helpful and engaging. I was lucky to have such wonderful women lecture me.

 

What changes would you like to see within MIC?

I was recently down in MIC and former fellow students who currently work in MIC gave us a tour. There is now a fantastic new building development, with lecture theatres and new rooms and the sports centre has been totally rebuilt. I would like to have had these facilities when I was there as well as Starbucks!

 

Do you maintain a relationship with MIC today?

I hadn't prior to my visit last September but since then have received the college newsletter. I would love to study the MA in Irish Media Studies there someday.

 

What is your current occupation?

I direct daily Nuacht RTE & TG4 bulletins and am based in TG4, Baile na hAbhann, Co. Galway. I enjoy the variety of the day in the Newsroom and the rush of adrenaline when the whole line up for the bulletin changes with breaking news.

 

What are the high points in your career to date?

I have enjoyed many high points in each of my jobs. Last year we had leader's debate in the run up to the General Election and the Presidential Debate with all the candidates. When I was growing up I listened to Morning Ireland & 5 7 Live and at home we watched 6.1 and 9 O'Clock News. Many of the journalists who worked on these programmes are now my colleagues at work. I get a kick out of that every day I go to work!

 

What are your hopes/plans for the future?

I am very happy working in the Newsroom and hope to continue to do so for many years to come. I have made wonderful friends and enjoy the banter and debate each day's news events bring. I have seen advancements and changes to the way News is covered and facilitated. Technology advancements have changed the way we output News and we are constantly testing new ways to ingest material and put it to air. I look forward to the next new thing to be tested!

 

If you were President of MIC for a day what would you do?

I would close my office and spend the day visiting students and attending lectures.

 

If you could quickly sum up your time in MIC or have any advice for MIC students what would it be?

Enjoy your time in college. Get involved! Sports; radio; volunteer; drama; choir; music; raise money for charities – fill your diary! Go to lecture; do your assignments and eat well!!

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