TG4’s callout for new weather presenters earlier this year attracted interest from all over the country and highlighted the breadth of talented Irish language speakers from all areas.
Following an intensive screening process, three new presenters were selected, and have started training with TG4 this summer. They are now on screen presenting TG4’s daily weather bulletins.
Neasa Bheáid hails from Gaoth Dobhair in Donegal. She is currently studying Sociology in University College Cork. Neasa loves dance, including ballet, and is avid supporter of the Donegal football team.
Neasa says, “The best thing about the weather are the seasons, each season brings its own beauty. And with Irish weather we can get all four seasons in one day!”.
Her favourite weather phrase is Tá sé ag doirteadh báistí!
Caitríona Ní Chualáin is from Connemara, and holds a degree from NUI Galway and a masters in Education from Maynooth University and is a primary school teacher in Gaelscoil Uí Fhiaich in Maynooth, where she teaches Naíonáin Bheaga.
According to Caitríona, her favourite part of the job is the excuse to glam up every day and “that I know what weather is in store ahead of everyone else.”
Her avourite weather phrase is Is iomaí rud a thugann an lá breá amach.
Orla Ní Fhinneadha is from Connemara. After gaining a B.Ed. in Mary Immaculate College in Limerick and a masters in Education from UCD, Orla is currently a primary school teacher in Spiddal.
She is an accomplished sean-nós singer with awards from Fleadh Ceoil and an tOireachtas over the years. Orla was awarded third place at Corn Uí Riada 2017 and she teaches sean-nós singing to local children. She enjoys drama and acting and in her downtime enjoys walking her two dogs Tigí and Ispín.
Her favourite weather phrase is Beidh sé ina Bhrothall. https://clips.tg4.ie/g/v/GKiaf5L9913