TFOT: Episode 9 - Noirin Hegarty

Dec 02, 2015, 03:50 PM

In this 9th episode of The Family of Things, Helen Shaw meets Nóirín Hegarty, former Editor of the Sunday Tribune and now Operations Director with Lonely Planet, to discuss her passion for journalism, how it lead her on an unconventional career path to her dream job, and how she balances these demanding roles with family life.

Nóirín Hegarty found her calling as a news reporter but moved into news management at just 25 years of age. She was editor of the national sunday newspaper The Sunday Tribune at a time when there were very few women editors in Ireland and lead that newspaper from 2005 until it closed in 2011. Since then she’s been at the heart of digital change in the print industry but says she’s finally found her dream job with iconic travel brand Lonely Planet. She moved family and home to London to take up an editorial post with Lonely Planet but she then had the chance to open a Lonely Planet office in Dublin – bringing it all back home again.

In this short cut for The Family of Things Noirin and Helen talk openly about how tough and macho the editorial newspaper world was and how she balanced being a young mother and a national newspaper editor as well as the the challenges that came with being the only woman in a roomful of men.

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Music: 'The Old Haunt' ©Ana Gog 2014

Photo courtesy of Noirin Hegarty

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