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Cork Profile: Sinead Kennedy

Thursday, 16th November, 2017 1:44pm

Name and position: Sinead Kennedy, TV presenter, RTE

Age: 34

Lives: Between Cork and Dublin

Family: Husband Conor

Pets: Sooner rather than later we hope!

Favourite thing about Cork: The people.

Least favourite thing about Cork: We need better public transport.

One thing you’d change about Cork: I’d sort out the above!

When you were small, what did you want to be as a grown-up?

It was a tossup between wanting to be a TV presenter and a vet.

Tell us about your career progression to your role today:

I was very lucky really – I saw an ad on the TV about 14 years ago saying they were looking for a new presenter on ‘The Den’. I applied along with 6,000 other hopefuls, battled my way through loads of rounds of auditions and was very lucky to land my first ever presenting job at 19 years of age. I was initially based in RTÉ Cork for a brand new programme called ‘Sattitide’. I continued working in young people’s television for a decade with the odd foray into more mainstream TV and have been working on ‘Winning Streak’ for four years now, doing the odd documentary when I can.

What is the most enjoyable aspect of what you do?

I love that no day is the same and that I’m not tied to a desk 24/7. Meeting new people and being able to share their stories is also a privilege.

What motivates you?

The buzz of TV is a great motivator.

What advice would you give your 15 year old self?

Don’t sweat the small stuff!

If you weren’t in the job you have, what would you be doing?

Quite possibly trying to get into the TV industry. If that was proving futile I’d like to think I’d be a psychologist – all of my education post-secondary school has been in that area.

What is your greatest life or career achievement to-date?

Making ‘The Crossing’, a documentary aired last December on RTÉ One that captured one month of the LÉ Samuel Beckett ship’s deployment in the Mediterranean. We just won a special commendation at the Prix Europa in Berlin in the ‘Best TV Documentary of the Year’ category. That was a really proud moment.

Who has had the biggest influence on you in your life?

During my formative years my parents and friends had a huge influence on me – these days I think it would be my husband Conor.

What is the life dream now?

To continue working and just be happy I guess.

How do you switch off?

Walking on the beach or travelling to far flung places always works for me.

What is your favourite Cork memory?

Hanging around playing tip the can (and various other childhood favourites) with my friends in Ballincollig.

What is your favourite place in Cork?

Kinsale – the food, the bars, the beach by the Dock Bar, what’s not to love?

Do you have a favourite quote or motto?

Work hard and be nice to people.

When are you at your happiest?

Travelling with my husband experiencing new sights and sounds.

Any regrets?

Never having the opportunity to take a year out and travel the world… but I’m making do with little bits here and there, so I can’t complain.

What is your hidden talent?

My husband says I’m great at accents – I’m not so sure. I’m alright at one or two but that’s it.

What might we be surprised to know about you?

I love cars ever since I was a kid. My dad is big into cars so I guess I didn’t lick it off the stones!

Anything else you’d like to share with us?  

I’m good for now, thanks!


Tune in to see Sinead Kennedy co-host ‘Winning Streak’ with Marty Whelan on Saturday 18 November at 7.30pm on RTÉ One.  

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