Niall presents Beat Breakfast with Vinny & Trish each weekday morning from 6.50am. You can also catch him on Saturday mornings from 9.50am for the Tweet Chart on Beat.
1. Where are you from?
Waterford City, born and bred. Spent all my life in Waterford on the Dunmore Road (Dunmore East & Woodstown in the summers) then moved to Dublin when I turned 18 and stayed there for seven years, before returning to the Dunmore Road!
2. What do you do at Beat? Your typical day…
I have a number of jobs in Beat which means my days are busy but varied. I arrive in at 6.45 and settle into studio for Beat Breakfast. It’s a great show and we never really know starting out at 7 where we’re gonna end up. Then at 10, when the show is over, I switch to my Head of Station Sound role. A typical day could include planning meetings for station events and promotions, phone calls with record labels to discuss new music, working on the playlist for the week ahead, etc.
3. What does your perfect day look like?
I’ve been lucky enough to visit Ibiza for the past few summers and there’s a lot to be said for waking up six feet from the sea at 10am with nothing to concern you but how to fill your time before the club that night.
4. How would your friends describe you?
I’d expect a wide range of superlatives. Expect to hear “life and soul”, “moody as feck”, “slightly eccentric” but most commonly “great for the gossip.”
5. Recommend one place in the South East that, to you, is a ‘must-see’.
I see lots of mentions of Dunmore East already by presenters. I think it’s the most beautiful spot in the world on a sunny day. But I’d also have to mention the Glen of Aherlow – just breathtaking.
6. Where is the most memorable place you have travelled to in the world and why?
I’ve been lucky enough to travel a bit and see some amazing places, but most memorable would have to be the week I spent living in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada for Burning Man. Entirely self sufficient for a week – no water, shops, money or internet, but an amazing experience. To get up at 5.30 and watch the sun rise in the desert in the middle of nowhere…
7. Tell us one thing that might surprise us about you.
Public speaking terrifies me.
8. If you were a superhero, what special powers would you have?
Since I was a young lad, I could always fly in my dreams, so I’d like to see if I’m as good in real life at the flying thing.
9. Who is your favourite music artist (band or solo) and why?
That’s an impossible question for the Music Director on Beat! I don’t get a huge amount of time to listen to a personal music collection as my time is split between listening to Beat to ensure the music mix is right, and listening to the large amount of new music that arrives each week. But… the last twelve months have been all about Years & Years for me. A real fresh sound, beautifully sung.
10. Name that one track everyone should listen to……
My song has always been, and always will be, Rui Da Silva ‘Touch Me’. Lots of great memories associated with it.