Meet the Team

Managing Editor / Community Employment Supervisor:

Susan Daly
I am a Dublin 4 local from Bath Avenue. After 26 years service in a large D4 organisation, I took time out to raise a family. Following the birth of my son, I spent 3 glorious years at home after which I returned to work on a part-time basis with NewsFour.  I took on the role of Advertising Sales Manager and gained valuable experience in the running of the whole operation. When the opening came up for CE Supervisor, I couldn’t believe my luck and was successfully selected for the position. I am a highly organised and hardworking individual and am now fully committed to continuing my career on a full-time basis here at NewsFour.

Print Editor:

Beibhinn Byrne
Music savage, recovered Vogue addict, lover of difficult novels and poetry, political junkie, dancer, talker, walker, foodie, nature enthusiast, yogi – I’m allergic to being pigeon holed by the potted bio, for like Walt Whitman, I contain multitudes. Don’t we all? And it is this that I love about journalism, the myriad-mindedness of the job. The diversity of people we meet – their experiences, stories, circumstances and situations. I believe in its power of communication and community. Local news strengthens communities and strong communities strengthen democracy. I’ve worked as a freelance journalist and editor for many years across print, radio and television as well as founding and running The SuperNatural Food Market, the local organic market on Pearse St. Born with a pen in my hand, I’m happiest in the middle of it all.

Graphic Design/Layout:

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Eugene Carolan
Studied commercial art and design. Overjoyed when Apple introduced computers to do away with paper, gum, transfer lettering and fume-filled darkrooms. Interest in photography since mid-teens, combined with a passion for travel. Interest by necessity in DIY, interior design and slash-and-burn gardening.

Online Editor:

Kathrin Kobus
I come from East Germany, the town of Brandenburg after which the Brandenburg Gate is named. English is actually my third language after German and Russian but has become my first in a way since I moved to Ireland in 2002. A year later my son was born and we’ve lived in Ringsend since. I studied German and English for about two years but decided to go straight into learning by doing when i joined a local TV station in the south eastern town Chemnitz, formerly known as Karl-Marx-Stadt. There I learned the ropes of local reporting and presenting and did that for nearly a decade before and behind the camera. A planned career break for a couple of months turned into becoming a single mum and changed life plans on a big scale. Now in year 3 at NewsFour I enjoy the new challenge as online editor.

Journalists:

Eoin Meegan
My initial degree was in English and Classics, followed by a Masters in English Lit., in NUI Maynooth where I worked as a tutor and part-time lecturer. While I loved the buzz of academia a nagging voice told me I was only living from the neck up, so I graduated into Personal Development, and became a total addict! I ended up training in various healing modalities, and worked professionally as a Life Coach for a time. But the writing bug got me again and I set up my own website www.the-unscripted-self.com which explores the nature of what it is to be human in a spiritual body, and other weird things! Arriving at NewsFour was like a natural progression where I get to relate stories on a daily basis. Another of my passions is walking. In 2009 I did the Camino de Santiago de Compostela in beautiful Northern Spain. I think I get inspiration from walking and movement. My theory of life is that we continuously experience our “thinking”, rather than what we’re thinking about. It has kept me sane!

Peter McNamara
I’m a writer from Dublin. I’ve published short stories in a few literary journals in Ireland, and have even drafted a novel or two. I have a law degree from Trinity College, and have worked as a waiter, an office administrator, a decorator and a handy-man. In a past life I was also a singer in a band (but maybe the less said about that the better)

I feel very lucky to be part of the NewsFour team. I love meeting people, and celebrating their unique stories. And I believe in the power of community. In this age of fake news and fear-mongering, strong local communities can give us each a sense of perspective and belonging. Working at NewsFour, I want to keep people proud of their locality, and informed of all its goings-on.

David Prendeville
I’ve studied film at undergraduate and Masters level. I co-directed the 2015 feature film ‘Monged’ which played at the Galway Film Fleadh amongst other national and international film festivals. I have been a regular contributor for Film Ireland since 2013, writing numerous reviews, articles and interviews. I look forward greatly to contributing to the Newsfour team, with my focus particularly being on cultural and arts stories.

Geneva Pattison
During my time in college, I wrote for the music section of the College Tribune in UCD and eventually became the editor of the Arts section. After completing my degree in Philosophy and English, I found myself wanting to further my practical experience in the Arts. This led me down the road of self publishing. Together with two other friends, we published and edited two issues of a zine comprising of original poetry, literature and illustration under the name Three Fates Press. This also enabled me to exercise my love of art and drawing, as I provided many of the illustrations for the zine. I have a great interest in highlighting how we as individuals can make a positive impact on this world in small everyday ways, from mental health practice to environmental impact. Gardening is a huge part of my life now, there’s no better feeling than bringing a plant from the reduced section back from the brink. If I’m not listening to music, that’s probably because there’s a song already stuck in my head (most likely one from the 80’s, I know sorry).

Dermot Carmody

I’m a writer and performer originally from Dublin 6 but now happily exiled in Dublin 4. My background is in musical comedy. I was the co-founder along with Ardal O’Hanlon, Barry Murphy and Kevin Gildea, of The Comedy Cellar, Ireland’s longest running comedy club, in The International Bar in Wicklow Street. Since 1988 I’ve performed extensively in Ireland, the UK and, of course, Bermuda. I’ve also written and performed in radio drama, and I worked for a time writing the comedy section in Hotpress magazine. Recently I’ve been more focused on writing and a couple of years ago I went back to school to study Journalism in Rathmines CFE. When the opportunity arose to work at NewsFour I jumped at and I’m here to make use of my writing skills and my interest in local history and culture.

Mark Davy

I am a designer currently based and taking inspiration in the heart of Dublin city. I have a passion for all things creative and believe we all contribute daily in weaving the fabric of a new Dublin. My connection to Dublin’s Southside comes through my father, who’s lineage stretches from Dublin’s Liberties to Ringsend. I hold a degree in architecture and am currently furthering my education by delving into the exciting world of project management. Dubliners aren’t the biggest fans of change, particularly when it comes to building. I hope to pull back the curtain a little and show the amazing benefits a more sustainable, public first approach to development can provide. Dublin is changing. I want to make sure it is changing for the better. We can all affect this change and an informed citizen is the most powerful voice in change. There are so many channels that allow everyone to be involved in the collaborative design and discussion of our city and if we are all aware of these platforms it will lead us quickly to a Dublin we are all proud to call home.

Graphic Designer/Web Designer:

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Dara O Riordain
A Dublin native with a variety of creative interests, these days I focus mainly on graphic design, industrial design and photography.
I peaked creatively at nine years old with a painting of a horse in a field, although the Spanish student staying with us thought it was terrible. He was definitely wrong. I gave the painting to my Aunt so unceremoniously one Christmas that she most likely thought I was just getting rid of it.
May of found its way into a bin at some stage.

Photographer:

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Gary Burke
I am a recent graduate of Tallaght Institute of Technology. I studied Creative Digital Media for four years as a mature student and was constantly reminded of that fact by my younger class mates. The course was varied, the modules I studied were video production, audio and sound production, photography, and multimedia design which included working with design software such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and after effects. So I am a jack of all trades and master of none. I really enjoyed the course it gave me a focus and an idea of what I wanted to do with my future.
I am the new photographer here at Newsfour and I am excited to be part of such a professional team. I look forward to honing my photographic skills and meeting new people. That’s what gives me a real buzz hearing people’s stories and documenting that with images.
In my spare time I like to animate and keep my creative skills updated, I am dedicated to lifelong learning aren’t we all. I like to keep fit and have recently become interested in Yoga and I also like to travel.
I look forward to meeting you all, the public on my travels.

Advert Manager:

Joseph Martin
While I may come from the Northside you could say that I have ‘historical’ connections with Dublin 4 namely Sandymount having done my main photography course there in the mid 90’s and my design course in the mid 2000’s. I’ve been involved with photography for nearly 30 years and worked in a professional photographic lab in Baggot St printing by hand from slides and black & white film in the early 2000’s, right at the time when digital cameras where becoming more prevalent in the industry.
Graphic design and desktop publishing is another area of interest and I’ve been involved with this for about 20 years now and recent times completed a HND in Graphic Design in Ballyfermot College gaining a number of Distinctions and Merits.
Last year I did an Office Administration course and as I’m employed here as the Advert Manager hopefully I’ll get a chance to use all my skills here, as someone once said “I have a very particular set of skills, skills I have acquired over a very long career”!
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Community Administrator:

Rose Sunderland 
I have lived in Irishtown all my life. For the past ten years I have been running my partner’s company in the construction industry.  My passions are family, travel, playing guitar, cycling, swimming and snorkelling. I also have a passion for vintage and classic cars and I’m on the Irish Jaguar and Daimler club committee. We run the largest car show in Ireland ‘The Irish Classic and Vintage Show’ at Terenure College which hosts about 1200 cars each year. I was 12 years in a hill walking club and climbed Massif Central in France, Everest to Base Camp and the Atlas mountains in Morocco.  I am the administrator for the ‘Irish Pedal Steel Guitar Festival’ Facebook page. This event is held once a year in Dublin where players from all over the world come to play for one weekend. Some of the greats I have helped come to the festival are Garth Brooks and Eric Clapton. I’m looking forward to my new role as Community Administrator at NewsFour and the Fair play cafe. It is a new challenge for me.