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UCD graduate joins TG4's weather forecasting team

Posted on September 21, 2018

Native Irish speaker and University College Dublin graduate, Orla Ní Fhinneadha has been selected as one of the new faces for TG4’s popular weather forecasts.

The Galway native completed a MEd in Education in 2016.

She is one of three new female presenters joining the Irish broadcaster to present its An Aimsir Láithreach TV weather bulletins.

“While you don't need a specific degree to apply for the job, I do believe my Masters degree from UCD allowed me to develop my communication skills which were a major part of the job description,” Orla said. 

“A former teacher of mine from primary school actually presented the weather and that must have planted a seed.”

Originally from Connemara, Orla is currently a primary school teacher in Spiddal and is an accomplished sean-nós singer with awards from Fleadh cheoil and an tOireachtas.

“I hadn't thought about it seriously until I moved back home to Connemara from Dublin.

“I was delighted to get called and it fits well with my life as a teacher as I am free during holidays and can be available weekends and some evenings.

“It has been a challenging but fun summer learning the ropes in TG4 but I have had excellent mentors in Caitlín Nic Aoidh and Mairéad Ní Chuaig.”

Earlier this year, TG4 issued a public call out looking for new presenters, and after an intense screening process selected the UCD graduate alongside Neasa Bheáid and Caitríona Ní Chualáin to join its panel of weather presenters.

The trio were trained over the summer and represent a variety of Irish dialects, according to the station.

“There is a lot involved in the preparing, presenting and recording of the bulletins but I am more comfortable and confident now in front of the camera after a summer of training,” said the UCD graduate.

“I love doing something different from the day job and it has allowed me to meet fantastic people.”

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