I've always been a good organiser, and have organised various events and functions through the years on an ad hoc basis, often as an element of a job, sometimes as a volunteer. In 2009, however, I ramped things up by organising the worlds first skinny dip for charity - the Dip in the Nip. Since then, the event has gone from strength to strength, has been copied often (though never bettered) and has raised nearly €400,000 for various cancer charities around Ireland.
I took life-long organisational skills to the next level in '09 when I organised Irelands - and the worlds - first skinny dip for charity: the Dip in the Nip. Now a national event, it has raised nearly €400K for cancer charities around Ireland.
Radio Presenter/Producer (temporary, part-time)
CRC Radio, Castlebar, Co. Mayo
March 2013 - September 2013
Produced and often presented a topical news show - the only such afternoon show on local radio in Mayo. This involved research stories, lining up expert speakers to discuss them, and often interviewing them as well.
Sligo Chamber of Commerce
March 2011 - September 2011
Job-shared all administrative functions - e.g. correspondence, diary-keeping, financial records, etc. Sole responsibility for all social media activity, including workshops for members.
Dip in the Nip
From concept to implementation, from small beginnings to national prominence, I have nurtured the Dip in the Nip since I first launched it in 2009. I have created partnerships and recruited volunteers to help develop and grow the event, this garnering a higher profile and more funds for the partnering charities.
Dip in the Nip
I could talk about the Dip until the cows come home, but like they say, a picture paints a thousand words. And a video an awful lot more!
Suffice it to say that, as well as raising hundreds of thousands for local cancer charities over the last 6 years, the Dip also gives its participants (Dippers) something unique: as one Dipper eloquently put it, it 'gave her her body back'. It's exhilarating, unique, fun and liberating!
Qualifications & Certifications
MA (Research) in Philosophy
Milltown Institute of Philosophy and Theology
Royal & Prior Comprehensive School, Raphoe, Co. Donegal
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