About me

With Carol Drinkwater at the West Cork Literary Festival. Thanks to Ben Russell for the photo.

I’m editor (and sometimes presenter) of Cork’s leading daily talk show, the 96fm Opinion Line.

I appear regularly on RTE Today and have featured as a regular guest on Newstalk Breakfast, Tonight with Vincent Browne and RTE Morning Edition.

I’ve hosted corporate events for IBEC, Ulster Bank, the Insurance Institute of Ireland, Network Ireland and the Tax Institute of Ireland, and in the charity and community sector have worked with Social Entrepreneurs Ireland, the Simon Communities of Ireland and the Mercy Hospital Foundation.

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MC Deirdre O’Shaughnessy, Corks 96Fm speaking at the Cork Chamber Cork Digital Marketing Awards organised by BiznetCork Skillnet in Pairc Uí Chaoimh.
Picture Darragh Kane

I was previously editor of the weekly Cork Independent newspaper and contribute to national and regional titles including The Herald, The Sunday Business Post, Women Mean Business magazine, Irish Tatler and the Evening Echo. I have twice been awarded the Simon Cumbers Media Fund for work in Rwanda and Cambodia.

I’ve worked in print media in Galway and Limerick and in Irish Aid. I hold an honours degree in Law and European Studies from the University of Limerick and in 2015 I completed an MSc in Government on political gender quotas at UCC.

I was named Network Cork Businesswoman of the Year (employee) in 2012 and won a Headline award for the Cork Independent’s coverage of mental health in 2010. In 2015, The Opinion Line was shortlisted for a PPI award in the ‘Best Interactive Speech’ category for Daniel’s story.

Areas of interest include:

  • Women / Feminism
  • Politics
  • Government
  • Media
  • International aid and development
  • Food and lifestyle

This is my personal blog and any opinions expressed do not reflect those of  my employer.



One comment

  1. HI Deirdre, My name is Yvonne Welham and I would love an opportunity to speak on air. I have 5 young children and I am passionate about sharing my story about changing my life around to now teach and mentor parents on how to be a more positive, relaxed parent. My website is http://www.positiveparentlifecoach.com have a look and await your reply. Thank you so much. Yvonne

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