Telling stories is all I have ever wanted to do. From a young age, I used to sit on the stairs of our family home creating new worlds or recreating match reports in my well-worn copybook.
So it followed that, despite some attempts at dissuasion, journalism was the only career path for me. I expected drama, intrigue and excitement; I wasn’t disappointed.
My first day working for Independent News & Media, in the summer of 1996, saw me join the reporting team covering the homecoming of triple-gold medallist Michelle Smith from the Olympic Games in Atlanta.
And we all know how that ended. Two years later, I ended up covering events surrounding her ban, which effectively ended her competitive swimming career.
‘Never dull’ is the only way I could describe working at the Indo, where I was Assistant News Editor. No two days were the same. One day you could be interviewing John B Keane, as well as Mary Robinson and the next you could find yourself at the coal face of a family’s grief.
You needed to be ready to deal with all situations. Which was good training for when I moved to The Sunday Business Post as News Features Editor – just weeks before the financial crisis and banking crash of 2008.
I played a key role in shaping coverage of one of the most tumultuous periods in our recent history. We had rocky times ourselves and I was News Editor when the newspaper successfully exited an examinership process and re-launched under new ownership. These past experiences all shape my decisions as Managing Director at StoryLab.