Daráine Mulvihill is the daughter of Liam Mulvihill, the former director general of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA). She has two younger brothers. A survivor of meningitis, she lost both her legs due to the illness when she was 16. She was so ill she was not expected to live and was given last rites. She has been an advocate for immunization.
She was voted a (Irish) People of the Year Award in 2001 because of her personal story and attitude. Daráine was appointed to the Irish Council of State by Mary McAleese for her second term as President of Ireland, starting in 2004.
In August–September 2012, Mulvihill was part of the UK Channel 4 TV presenting for the London 2012 Paralympics , presenting the Morning show programme.  and had been researching for the role since the beginning of the year. Commenting on her job she said "Having gone through something similar to the athletes and living a life that faces up to some of the same challenges as them, I do think I have a natural affinity that other journalists might not have."
- "Daráine Mulvihill at helm of Paralympic TV coverage". Longford Leader. 29 August 2012. Retrieved 2012-08-31.
- "Beyond the brink and into the future". Independent.ie. 22 September 2002. Retrieved 2012-08-31.
- "At the heart of the Paralympics". The Irish Times. 25 August 2012. Retrieved 2012-08-31.
- "DCU Graduate to anchor C4 Paralympics Coverage". DCU News (February 2012). Dublin City University. Retrieved 2012-08-31.
- Channel 4 website http://www.channel4.com/info/press/news/channel-4-assembles-groundbreaking-paralympic-presenting-team
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