Niamh Hayes – Television, Radio & Social Media Broadcasting
While always having an interest in the media, the written format was Niamh’s first love and she began writing articles and features for a range of newspapers and magazines in Ireland in 2011. After graduating with a Masters Degree in Journalism & New Media from Cork Institute of Technology in 2014, Niamh continued her writing work as well as moving onto video, audio and multimedia production.
The start of 2015 marked the beginning of Niamh’s broadcasting career. She started out as a freelance Production Assistant on RTÉ’s “Today” show, a daily live entertainment and lifestyle chat show, and quickly moved onto the roles of Researcher and Teleprompter Operator on the same show. This was followed by positions on the IFTA (Irish Film & Television Awards) nominated “Creedon’s Wild Atlantic Way” and “The Taste of Success”, working with crews in the field in various areas of Ireland, as a Location Production Assistant. During the summer of 2015, Niamh also worked as a freelance Radio Reporter on RTÉ Radio 1’s ‘Seascapes’ – Ireland’s number one maritime show.
With the travel bug firmly put in place that summer, Niamh decided to go a little further afield and moved to Boston in September 2015 to work in the media and broadcasting industries in the USA. Shortly after moving Stateside, Niamh landed the inaugural position of being the face of IRISH TV in Boston. What started out as a presenting role on the brand new show “Out & About USA in Boston”, quickly expanded with Niamh also becoming the Producer/Director of the show. Niamh covered a wide range of events and stories in Boston including sporting & music events, festivals, holidays, charity & business events and award ceremonies, and got to interview some very well-known faces.
Niamh also began working with Boston Neighborhood Network when she got to the USA, in the role of Field Producer, going into the communities of Boston and interviewing people at various events across the city, as well as directing shoots.
On completion of her one year work visa in the USA, Niamh returned to Ireland to once again join the crew on RTÉ’s Today Show, this time in the more senior role as Production Co-ordinator/Program Development Assistant/Stage Manager/Sound Assistant. Because of the wide scope of the role, Niamh has expanded her skill-set significantly and always jumps at the chance to do anything extra, which led her to producing a very well-received video report, “Your Town Clonakilty” (over 100,000 views online), presenting the daily “What’s coming up on today’s show…” on Facebook live, as well as hitting the streets to conduct vox-pops, helping to research topics and using her expansive network circle to contact guests.
After an eight month run, the Today Show finished up for the summer break and since then, while staying in RTÉ, Niamh has moved onto other shows including “Best of Today”, “Today Show Bites” and “Creedon’s Shannon”.
In her free time, Niamh enjoys producing her own video and audio content, continuing to submit reports for RTÉ Radio 1’s Seascapes, and producing videos of her regular adventures around the world.
The travel bug is still well and truly alive and Niamh is currently planning her next adventure where she can incorporate her love of travel with her love of broadcasting.
Niamh is a keen sportsperson and is an active member of Galley Flash Coastal Rowing Club and Crossfit Clonakilty. In her free time, she also enjoys getting up early to catch the sunrise, surfing and any other water-based activity, and finishing the day off watching the sunset!