Dean is from Bagenalstown in County Carlow. He recently graduated from Institute of Technology Carlow with a BA (Honours) degree in Media and Public Relations. Dean started working in radio at the age of 16, co-presenting a teenagers programme on local radio station KCLR. He also worked as a news and sport journalist at the station for two years, before freelancing with Newstalk in Dublin. He joined the team in Beat in September 2017. Fun fact: He was awarded Bagenalstown young person of the year in 2012; an award he still holds today!