I’m Vanessa Monaghan – you can call me Nessy, even my Mum does!
I write about stuff that interests me, life, music, books, exhibitions, television and this blog gives me a place to journal all these things. I’m a bit of a geek and like to keep up to date with new technologies, apps and social channels.
I moved to London in 2013, where I live with Tahlula and our cat, Norman, but get back to my native Ireland as much as I can.
I present a music radio show, The London Ear, in Ireland on RTE 2XM. I want the show to be a voice for the Irish community in London. So, if you’re involved in music, arts, culture in London or are Irish living abroad, get in touch and tell me what you’re up to!
I have a huge interest in the arts and before moving to London, presented an arts and culture show, Culture Cafe, on RTE 2XM. You can check out the podcasts here. You can find my section of the RTÉ 2XM website here.
I originally come from a music background. I trained as a sound engineer and worked with musicians for many years, getting their CDs and artwork manufactured and ready for release, helping with promotion and acting as press liaison/web/social media manager for musicians and venues. I also acted as a booker for a number of music venues in Dublin.
You might find some music reviews or interviews I’ve done also. For a number of years, I wrote for Goldenplec.comand loved every minute of it. I got to interview people like Melanie C, Mika and Judy Collins. I was lucky to be able to chat to Walk The Moon, Portugal. The Man, Bastille, and songwriter to the stars, Justin Tranter, before they hit the big time.
I’ve also worked in national radio in the UK as a Radio Producer and Content Coordinator and have been responsible for making video and social media content across radio, magazine and video brands.
Today, my day job is working with the Irish community in the UK.
I was elected Chair of the London Irish LGBT Network in 2020. It’s my job to ensure we provide a safe inclusive space for Irish LGBTQ people and their friends. Due to Covid restrictions, I initiated our digital programme, running online meet-ups and Q&As, which have proved so successful, we have continued after lockdowns.
Please do remember that as I don’t write here full time, it may take a while to get to your mail. I do try to listen to as much music as possible. Sometimes things do fall through the cracks. If you would like me to write full time, get in touch, make me an offer!
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