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Tell us about yourself?

I am a 26 year old girl from Conamara, Co Galway. I attended Mary Immaculate College and upon graduation taught for a year in Gaelscoil Chnoc na Ré in Co Sligo. I travelled for a year and then applied for a position with TG4. It was a great opportunity as I was interested in presenting and I was very lucky to get the job. I started out presenting children's programmes, ‘Cúla4', and since then I have presented quite a number of different programmes, including "Bog Stop” "PONC” "Wipeout” agus "Rugbaí Beo”.

 

Tell us about your time in Mary Immaculate College?

I really enjoyed the period I spent in MIC and I am still in contact with a lot of the friends that I made there. The lecturers were helpful and I liked the wide range of subjects that were dealt with in the course. I have wanted to be a primary teacher since I was a small child so I was very happy to be doing the course.

 

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

I cannot pick out one as many of the social nights out were wonderful. But the atmosphere of a small college is great. As I attended primary and secondary school in a rural area I was used to small schools and it was thus in MIC; everyone knew each other.

 

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

I thought that area of English Language (Martin Gleeson and John Doyle) was incredibly helpful and creative and I used a lot of the strategies given to us when I was teaching myself. I also had a particular interest in Infants and enjoyed very much the lectures we had on this aspect of teaching.

 

What changes would you like to see within MIC?

I was there recently and saw that many changes have been made since I attended college there. The sports centre and the new rooms are incredible and I would have been very happy had those changes occurred while I was there as I remember that the gym space was very small and there used to be very long queues for the photocopier!

 

Do you maintain a relationship with MIC today?

As I am not teaching at the moment I don't have much of a relationship with the college, but it is my intention to do a Masters in Education if I ever return to teaching and I would love to do that in MIC.

 

What is your current occupation?

I am a television presenter with TG4 and at the moment I present two programmes aimed at teenagers; PONC XL and PONC @ na Movies, I am also to be seen on "Wipeout” and "BogStop” as well as presenting the TG4's Rugby broadcasts of The Heineken Cup and The Rabodirect Pro12 League.

 

What are the high points in your career to date?

The variety of my job and the opportunities that it gives me. I love doing the live rugby broadcasts as I am very interested in rugby and I love interviewing the rugby stars and interviewing major film stars for PONC @ na Movies; no two days are ever the same!

 

What are your hopes/plans for the future?

I am very happy to continue with the work that I am doing at the moment as I never dread going to work but if that changes then I may change direction! I am also certain that I will return to the classroom at some point, but I am not yet ready to leave the media!

 

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

I would give some students the opportunity to do a lecturers work and an opportunity to the lecturers to taste the life of the student, perhaps both sides would learn a lot about the mountain of work that needs to be done and that they would have a better understanding of each other.

 

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

Enjoy your time there. The work is challenging but don't put yourself under too much pressure, do your work but don't forget your social life! Balance is extremely important of course! Join various clubs as they are great fun, attend your lectures, do your assignments and you will be fine!

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