Meet Our Team

Our Editorial Team
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Stella Meehan

Stella Meehan has a Masters in Journalism from NUI (National University of Ireland) Galway and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, Sociology and Politics. She comes from a farming and business background in Co. Galway. Previously, she worked in the broadcasting, print and political sectors.

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Francess McDonnell

Francess McDonnell is an award-winning journalist and producer with significant experience in covering agriculture, agri-business and business issues. She has worked with the Irish Times, Sunday Times Ireland, Sky News Ireland, BBC Northern Ireland and the Belfast Telegraph and Irish News. Her family has farmed for generations and is part of a rural, lough-shore community where her interest in farming, agri-business and rural issues first began. She is a graduate of De Montfort University, Leicester and the School of Journalism, Cardiff University.

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Richard Halleron

Richard Halleron is an agricultural chemist by background. He is a past chairman of the Northern Ireland Institute of Agricultural Science and has also served as Chairman of the Guild of Agricultural Journalists in Northern Ireland.

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Claire Sammon

Claire has a bachelors degree in English and Sociology and Political Science from University of Galway and a masters in journalism from the same university. She is a Mayo native and was a key member of the Galway Pulse team, a digital newspaper in the Galway region. She has a huge interest in and love for animals.

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Aisling O’Brien

Aisling O’Brien graduated from Dublin City University (DCU) with a masters in journalism and also holds a bachelor of arts from University College Cork (UCC). Since 2007, the Kerry native has worked in broadcast media, including Radio Kerry, where she presented the weekly farming show for six years. Aisling has won several awards for her work, including Best Radio Show at the Irish Guild of Agricultural Journalism awards.

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Charles O’Donnell

Charles studied History and Politics, and later Journalism, at NUI Galway between 2011 and 2016. He has had stints with the Sunday Business Post and DMG Media Ireland. Charles has a farming background, growing up on a suckler herd farm in east Co. Clare.

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Rubina Freiberg

Rubina Freiberg graduated from Griffith College Dublin with an honours degree communications and media production. She has been awarded for Best Academic Achievement, and her previous work on food labelling was nominated for the European Commission Award at the National Student Media Awards 2020. She grew up in a rural village in south-west Germany before relocating to Dublin in 2018 to pursue a career in journalism. She previously gained experience in digital and print media while working at a German newspaper. She was also previously involved as the sub-editor for the production of ONUS, an Irish Arts and Culture Magazine. A German native, Rubina has a strong passion for food and its production.

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Caroline Allen

Caroline Allen is from a farming background in Co. Laois. She studied journalism at the College of Commerce, Rathmines, and lives outside Portlaoise.

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Charlotte Morrey

Charlotte ‘Charlie’ Morrey is a native of the Isle of Man, where she grew up on her family’s 500ac arable farm and livery yard. She was a keen member of Isle of Man Young Farmers’ Club and became the Isle of Man representative for the council of the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs. She has a major interest in horses and has worked for several Olympians including Irish team rider, Padraig McCarthy. Charlie has worked in radio and newspapers. During her time at Energy FM on the Isle of Man, she dove into investigative journalism on the future of farming on the island.

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Louise Hickey

Louise Hickey is about to complete a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism at Dublin City University (DCU). She comes from a rural area in Co. Meath, where she has goats and a “great” greenhouse. She has garnered experience working with outlets such as RTÉ and has written many articles for her college newspaper.

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Colm Ryan

Colm Ryan holds a Bachelors degree in english and history, and a Masters in international relations from University College Cork (UCC). He also completed the Green Cert at Kildalton Agricultural College and has gained valuable experience in the fields of education and banking. Colm comes from a sheep and beef farm on the south-Wexford coast.

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Justin Roberts

Justin studied at Welsh Agricultural College, Aberystwyth having first worked in both the feed and seed sectors of the industry. He has two decades of experience in writing about farm machinery, both vintage and contemporary across several publications. As an author he has written two books, including the history of the Nordic tractor and now resides in Co. Tipperary.

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Brian McDonnell

Brian McDonnell is from Raheny, Co. Dublin. He has an honours degree in Sustainable Agriculture from Dundalk IT. He has worked on dairy and beef farms in both Ireland and the UK, including Teagasc Grange and a large-scale 650-cow dairy farm which also had a 1,200 animal youngstock-rearing farm in Scotland. He has a keen interest in agriculture and particularly the dairy sector and in his spare time is active in local rugby and golf.

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Breifne O’Brien

Breifne hails from a suckler, beef and sheep farm in Co. Cavan. He studied Agri-Environmental Science in University College Dublin. During his college years, he presented an agri-focused radio show on Belfield FM called ‘Keepin’ it Country’. In addition to his knowledge and passion for Irish agriculture, he also gained extensive international experience through time spent working on a 4,500-cow dairy farm in South Dakota in the US. He has previously worked in the agri-news sector and more recently has gained professional experience working in cattle procurement in the Irish beef sector.

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Eva Osborne-Sherlock

Eva is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Arts undergraduate degree in journalism and English at the University of Galway. Originally from Cavan, she currently lives in a rural area of Co. Meath. Her family, which comes from a farming background, is now involved in farm machinery maintenance and she has a keen interest in all things digital, media and agriculture.

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Maeve Hennessy

Maeve is currently studying for a Bachelor of Arts in geography and linguistics at University of Limerick (UL) with a particular interest in earth science. She is a native of Co. Laois, having come from a sheep and suckler farm. She has gained experience working in the food and drinks industry as well as a farm shop and is a big sporting fan having been selected as vice-captain of her local camogie team in 2022.

Our Commercial & Production Team
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Cormac Farrelly

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Niall Harraghy

Niall Harraghy has an honours degree in Land management and a degree in Agriculture from Southeast Technological University (Waterford campus). He has a passion for farming and the agricultural industry. He also has a background in dairy goat and poultry farming, as well as farm to fork sales which he worked in for nearly a decade.

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William Byrne

William Byrne graduated from South East Technological University Carlow with a first class honours degree in TV and Media Production. With years of video and audio production experience and a keen eye for all things digital under his belt, he is a specialist in social media. William has also carved a successful career as a music producer under the alias Willhouse. Recently, he has been dubbed ‘one of the most compelling original producers in the country’ by Hot Press magazine. He is also the founder of his own independent music label, Poxy Records, and co-hosts ‘A No Nonsense Podcast’.

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Keith Graham

Keith has worked in the video and digital media industry for over 15 years during which time he has co-produced award-winning documentaries. He is passionate about directing, editing and videography and holds an MSc in applied digital media, previously having worked with a wide range of clients including corporates, charities and government bodies.

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Patrick Butterly

Patrick Butterly completed a Bachelor honours degree in communication design at National College of Art and Design (NCAD). He has also completed a Masters degree in emerging media, at Dublin City University (DCU). Patrick has worked on projects such as fully illustrated books, short films and photography projects.He also creates digital paintings and some of his work has been displayed in The National Print Museum.