Ella McSweeney

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Ella McSweeney
Born (1978-10-31) 31 October 1978 (age 36)
Nationality Irish
Education Trinity College, Dublin (TCD)
Occupation TV and radio producer and presenter
Employer Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ)

Ella McSweeney is an Irish radio and television presenter and producer, working mainly for RTÉ, Ireland's national broadcaster and the BBC. She focuses on wildlife, science, food and farming programming. She graduated from Trinity College, Dublin, with a first class honours degree in science and is currently a post graduate student in food policy at City University, London.

Early life[edit]

Ella McSweeney grew up in Dublin with her two older sisters. She graduated with a first-class honours degree in science - specialising in zoology - from Trinity College, Dublin.



McSweeney studied science at Trinity College, Dublin, specialising in zoology.[1] She began working for RTÉ Radio in 2000, producing Future Tense and Nature's Web. She then spent three years at BBC radio, television and online/interactive media in Belfast and London before returning to RTÉ in 2004. She has worked on a number of RTÉ shows, including The Green Light, Farm Week, RTÉ's Big Science Debate, as well as science documentaries for RTÉ's Documentary on One slot. From 2004 to 2007, McSweeney travelled around rural Ireland recording her wildlife and walking series Shanks Mare.[2] She also made the marine series Into the Deep, and the science series Mind Matters.[3] She also made the marine series Into the Deep, and the science series Mind Matters.[3] She reports for BBC Radio 4's Farming Today.


McSweeney has presented RTÉ's award-winning food and farming series Ear to the Ground since 2008.[4] In 2009, she presented the lifestyle TV series Living Lightly on RTE One.[5] In 2010, she participated in the 2010 horse racing series Stars Go Racing. On 4 May 2011, she began presenting the National Lottery draws.


In 2000, McSweeney was named Young Science Journalist of the Year for a documentary she made on the human genome project.[6] Her work on Mind Matters earned her a national Phonographic Performance Ireland (PPI) Radio Award in 2007.[7]