Born in Dublin and raised in Meath, Cathal has travelled the world working on a variety of projects including news, documentaries and film and television. Cathal's older brother (a press photographer for local newspapers), piqued Cathal's interest in the trade in their homemade photography dark room: a garden shed in County Meath.
After having studied Drama in Trinity College Dublin, Cathal began working for news channels and shooting documentaries. In the subsequent years, Cathal worked on a number of documentaries and shorts including Che and Toy Soldiers, as well as shooting music videos for musicians such as Sinead O'Connor.
In recent times, Cathal has turned his eye towards film and television drama. In the last three years particularly, his work as the D.O.P on hit BBC drama series Peaky Blinders has received widespread praise, as well as earning Cathal an IFTA nomination for 'Best Cinematography.' Other notable IFTA Award achievements include his win for Viva in 2015, as well as nominations for the TG4 series An Klondike. Recently he has worked on Roddy Doyle's "Rosie" Directed by Paddy Breathnach and with Love Hates Dave Caffery on "The Ailenist" and Taken Down for Rte. Other recent credits include the features "Dark Lies the Island" "Handsome Devil" and "Papi Chulo" again with Director John Butler and the beautiful Irish Language Feature "Finky" Directed by Dathai Keane.