Niall McQuaid
23 Polwarth Gardens
Edinburgh City
EH11 1JT
United Kingdom

Education and Qualifications

2006 – 2009 Edinburgh Napier University

Journalism BA (Hons)

A four year course which looks at all aspects of journalism, both in the media industry and in academic studies.  I am in the first semester of my final year, having successfully obtained passes in the last three years.  I am looking forward to tackling my dissertation and other subjects for year four.

2005 – 2006 Móinín na gCiseach, Galway – Community College, Galway, Ireland

PLC (2nd level) course in print journalism. This was the course that helped qualify me for Edinburgh Napier. Many aspects of journalism was discussed, hard news, research, media analysis, desktop publishing and communications, I also completed a two week work placement with Eclectic Meme, a 24 hour internet radio station in which I reviewed the station’s music for the website. Awarded record of achievement (FETAC).

2001 – 2004 Back to Work Allowance Scheme – Galway City Partnership.

This involved a self-employment initiative in which I was a bodhran player involved with traditional music sessions in Galway and the making of CDs with other musicians.

1999 – 2001 Access Music Project – Galway City Partnership / F.A.S

Certificate of achievement, credits gained in music in theory 2nd level.

Course involved group collaborations with other musicians, learning a

new instrument (banjo), studio engineering and producing a CD of our work.

1997 – 1999 VEC Calbro House, Tuam Road, Galway, Ireland

Radio Sound, Media Analysis and Sound Engineering (VTOS)

Record of achievement. Course involved photography, media analysis

broadcasting and engineering and some journalism.

My work experience comprised of hosting a traditional half hour music programme

on the student radio station Flirt FM for three months, utilising my studio experience from the course.

Other Work Experience

2006 – 2007 Jerry O’ Dea – Floor Lino Laying

I would clean the floor surfaces thoroughly in preparation for lino laying, sanding stone stairways until they were smooth and making sure large areas was dust free.

1997 Fat Freddy’s Restaurant, High Street, Galway (August – December)

Kitchen Porter.

1995 – 1996 John Connell Coal and Oil, Bushy Park, Galway

I delivered coal and was a sales assistant.

1991 – 1992 Terry Connolly, Fruit, Veg & Coal yard, Abbey Street, Sligo Town

1987 – 1988 Shop Worker (General Duties), coal deliverer and sales assistant.


Robert Beveridge Tel:+441314556156 Edinburgh Napier University

Jerry O’Dea Tel:+35387 9128065 Floor Laying, Galway City

Eilish O’Connor Tel:+35391565342 Access Music Project, Galway City

The most recent work experience, I have done is a work placement with the regional Galway newspaper the Connacht Tribune.   I will post the full feature on here soon.  There used to be a link to my story, but it seems, you now have to subscribe to view the archives.


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