Blog of radio presenter, producer and writer Vanessa Monaghan AKA NESSY


Tune of the Week // Rusanango Family – Lights On

It can be hard keeping up with new Irish music when you’re living abroad. I’m not too far away but it can be easy to lose track. One Irish act that almost passed me by were Rusanango Family and thanks has to go to Goldenplec’s Plec Picks for 2016 for pointing me in their direction....

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St Patrick’s Day Parade – I have a confession to make

My first memory of St Patrick’s Day is standing in our house in Rockfield Road in Kells, screaming my head off as my Mum was putting a nice green ribbon in my hair. Daddy was bringing me to Mass but all I remember was the ribbon knotted, feeling like a rock was sitting on the...


Speaking Irish at Work in London // Featured in The Irish Times

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been really lucky. It’s not everyday that you get the opportunity to contribute to Ireland’s top newspaper, The Irish Times and it’s a little more of a kick when they come to you. This week as Seachtain na Gaeilge kicks off, they kindly asked if I could turn my...

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