Róisín O’Hara was born and reared in the West of Ireland, but is living in Dublin with her husband and their 4 children. She has an honors degree in Journalism from Dublin City University, speaks fluent Irish, and has a keen interest in traditional Irish music.
She has worked as a news reporter, and a news presenter for RTÉ, Ireland’s national broadcaster, and for TG4, it’s Irish language equivalent, for over 15 years. Throughout that time, Róisín travelled extensively – reporting from war-torn Kosovo in 1999 and drought-stricken Kenya in 2000 to cover the plight of illegal Irish immigrants in the United States in 2005.
Her experience in broadcast journalism is wide and varies from live daily television news presentation and reporting, to producing radio and television documentaries, to nightly presenting and reporting of the day’s activities in Ireland’s parliament From 2005, she trained as a video journalist in RTÉ, and regularly contributed features to various programmes, including the very popular news magazine progamme, Nationwide, and RTE’s flagship news bulletin, The Six-One News. It was her time as a video journalist with RTÉ that gave her the greatest work satisfaction and presented exciting challenges.
One of her most memorable pieces was a half-hour documentary special on the plight of elderly Irish emigrants in London in 2007, which she researched, directed and filmed for RTÉ Nationwide. Top story on The Six One News was an exclusive feature on homeless immigrants in Dublin, which was both filmed and edited by Roisin. The practice of video journalism, where there is only a one-person film crew with a small camera, allows for greater intimacy with those being filmed. Therefore, this makes for a more authentic and engaging piece.
With IRELANDreporter.com, the aim is to produce quality video news features, mainly for online broadcasters and for a global audience.The focus is on providing intimate portrayals of Irish people’s lives, which will give an honest view of contemporary Ireland.