Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin

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Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin
Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain in Soroti.jpg
Born1983 (age 37–38)
County Mayo, Ireland
NationalityIrish
Alma materUniversity College Dublin
Trinity College Dublin
OccupationAcademic and broadcaster
Spouse(s)
Carlos Diaz
(m. 2017)

Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin [ˈiːvʲɪnʲ nʲiː ˈhuːlʲəwaːnʲ] (born 1983) is an Irish academic, broadcaster and musician. She is also a past winner of the Rose of Tralee contest.

Life[edit]

Early life[edit]

Ní Shúilleabháin is a native of Carnacon near Ballyglass, County Mayo.[1][2]

Academic career[edit]

She graduated with a first-class honours degree in Theoretical Physics from University College Dublin in 2005 and her PhD, completed with the School of Education of Trinity College Dublin in 2014, was funded by an Ussher Fellowship.[3] She later worked as a post-primary school teacher of mathematics, physics, applied mathematics and science, and then became a member of the School of Mathematics & Statistics at University College Dublin, researching and lecturing in mathematics and maths education.[4]

Rose of Tralee contest[edit]

Ní Shúilleabháin was crowned the 47th Rose of Tralee on 23 August 2005 in a ceremony broadcast by RTÉ Television.[5][6] Ní Shúilleabháin was considered by bookmakers to be an early favourite to win the Rose of Tralee contest[2] and, as a result of a rules change, was the first Mayo Rose as final contestant in the history of the competition.

Media career[edit]

Ní Shúilleabháin has worked as a broadcaster and host since 2006. In 2007 she was a member of The Panel on RTÉ Two[7] and participated in the 2008 season of Celebrity Bainisteoir on RTÉ One, managing a Gaelic football team from Kiltimagh.[8] In 2009 she hosted the weekly Irish music show The Reel Deal on RTÉ.[9][10]

Since 2012 she has presented RTÉ's flagship science programmes The Science Squad and 10 Things to Know About... with Jonathan McCrea and Kathriona Devereux.[3][11]

In 2013, she hosted her own RTÉ Radio 1 lifestyle series Aoibhinn and Company as a summer replacement for Miriam O'Callaghan's Sunday show Miriam Meets.[12][13]

She presented the RTÉ travel show Getaways[14] with Joe Lindsay for two series and presented the Fleadh Cheoil programme with John Creedon.[15] from 2014 to 2018.

Science communicator[edit]

Known in Ireland as a science communicator,[16] Ní Shúilleabháin wrote a monthly column for the Science section of The Irish Times in 2016.[17][18] In 2017, she won an award for her Outstanding Communication of STEM from the national scientific research agency SFI.[11] In 2017, Ní Shúilleabháin was also named as one of the 40 under 40 European Young Leaders and became a member of the executive committee of WITS (Women in Technology & Science) Ireland.[citation needed]

Music[edit]

In 2007 and 2008, Ní Shúilleabháin toured the United States, Japan, and Europe as the lead singer of Ragús, a traditional Irish music band.[7][19]

Personal life[edit]

Ní Shúilleabháin was in a relationship with broadcaster Ryan Tubridy from 2009 to 2014.[20][21][22] She married Carlos Diaz in a private ceremony in 2017.[23] They have one son, born January 2019.[24]

In September 2020, Ní Shúilleabháin spoke about her experience of being harassed over a two-year period from 2015 to 2017 by a professor at UCD.[25][26]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Esler, Cróna (16 August 2005). "Aoibhinn is all set to blossom in Tralee". Western People. Archived from the original on 17 September 2010. Retrieved 22 February 2010.
  2. ^ a b Anderson, Nicola (24 August 2005). "Bookies' favourite Aoibhinn is the new Rose". Irish Independent. Archived from the original on 17 September 2010. Retrieved 22 February 2010.
  3. ^ a b "This much I know: Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin". Irish Examiner. 5 November 2016. Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  4. ^ Ní Shúilleabháin, Aoibhinn (29 November 2011). "Keen to map a new way forward". The Irish Times. Retrieved 23 October 2019.
  5. ^ Esler, Cróna (31 August 2005). "Carnacon's Aoibhinn wins the heart of a nation in Rose final". Western People. Archived from the original on 17 September 2010. Retrieved 22 February 2010.
  6. ^ "A Rose blooms: And so does the TV show". Irish Independent. 25 August 2005. Archived from the original on 17 September 2010. Retrieved 22 February 2010.
  7. ^ a b Duffy, Michael (14 August 2007). "Rose blooms". The Mayo News. Archived from the original on 17 September 2010. Retrieved 22 February 2010.
  8. ^ Commins, Michael (4 March 2008). "A late, late show". The Mayo News. Archived from the original on 17 September 2010. Retrieved 22 February 2010.
  9. ^ Horan, Niamh (17 May 2009). "Tubridy's talented other half is 'The Reel Deal'". Irish Independent. Archived from the original on 17 September 2010. Retrieved 22 February 2010.
  10. ^ Finn, Melanie (8 July 2009). "Aoibhinn's TV ratings show she's not just a pretty face". Evening Herald. Archived from the original on 17 September 2010. Retrieved 22 February 2010.
  11. ^ a b O'Connell, Claire (17 November 2017). "Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin furthers her quest to broaden the science conversation". Silicon Republic. Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  12. ^ Butler, Laura (26 June 2013). "In Miriam's shoes: Aoibhinn takes over RTE's Sunday slot on Radio 1". Irish Independent. Retrieved 23 October 2019.
  13. ^ Sweeney, Ken (26 June 2013). "Ability, not Tubs, got me summer job covering for Miriam, says Aoibhinn". The Herald. Retrieved 23 October 2019.
  14. ^ "Getaways". RTÉ. Archived from the original on 17 March 2014. Retrieved 23 October 2019.
  15. ^ "Fleadh Cheoil". RTÉ. Archived from the original on 28 May 2014. Retrieved 23 October 2019.
  16. ^ Power, Jack (22 April 2017). "'The oceans are rising, so are we': Scientists rally in Dublin". The Irish Times. Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  17. ^ Ní Shúilleabháin, Aoibhinn (28 July 2016). "How to draw more women into STEM". The Irish Times. Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  18. ^ Ní Shúilleabháin, Aoibhinn (23 March 2017). "Is the importance of female role models in science overstated?". The Irish Times. Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  19. ^ Dwyer, Ciara (17 May 2009). "Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain". Irish Independent. Archived from the original on 17 September 2010. Retrieved 22 February 2010.
  20. ^ Ryan, Ali (21 December 2014). "Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain annoyed Ryan Tubridy love-split overshadows her college graduation". Goss. Retrieved 23 October 2019.
  21. ^ Buckley, Dan (20 December 2014). "Ryan Tubridy and Aoibhinn Ni Shúilleabhain announce split". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 23 October 2019.
  22. ^ "After FIVE years Ryan Tubridy and girlfriend Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin have broken up". Evoke.ie. 20 December 2014. Archived from the original on 3 February 2015.
  23. ^ "Identity of Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin's mystery groom revealed following low-key wedding". Irish Independent. 7 August 2017. Retrieved 26 January 2018.
  24. ^ Hyland, Claire (9 March 2019). "Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin reveals first pics of six-week-old son Nisha". Evoke.ie. Retrieved 23 February 2020. revealed her son to the world yesterday. The presenter look relaxed and content as she chatted and posed for photos with President Higgins at an event to mark International Women’s Day.
  25. ^ "Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin: Two years of harassment at UCD". The Irish Times. 5 September 2020. Retrieved 8 September 2020.
  26. ^ "Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin says UCD policies on harassment need to be victim-centred". The Journal. 5 September 2020. Retrieved 8 September 2020.

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Preceded by
Orla O'Shea
Rose of Tralee
August 2005 – August 2006
Succeeded by
Kathryn Anne Feeney