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Rachael KealyRachael Kealy

Rachael Kealy is the Editor of Limerick Life newspaper.

She has been part of the team since its inception, contributing regular features including the Limerick Gems biographies and Through the Ages historical series.

She has served as a restaurant critic for Food and Wine Magazine for five years and her freelance journalism has appeared in a variety of publications, including the Irish Times and the Irish Independent. She holds an LLB in Law and Masters in Creative Writing from University of Limerick. You can follow her on Twitter at @RMKealy

Darragh RocheDarragh Roche

Darragh Roche is Deputy Editor at Limerick Life. He studied English and History at the University of Limerick and American Studies in Budapest, Hungary. His work has featured on Inquisitr.com, the London Economic and the Budapest Times.

You can follow him on Twitter at @darraroche

Bernard O'NeillBernard O'Neill

Bernard O'Neill is a sports journalist who covers boxing, football, rugby, GAA and other sport. He was born Limerick. He writes a regular column, combining sport with current events. He has an in-depth knowledge of local sporting history.

Dr Martin MullinsDr Martin Mullins

Dr Martin Mullins is Head of the Department Accounting and Finance at the Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick. He writes a regular column on current affairs. He is especially interested in Latin American politics and trade, and risk management in the public sector.

You can follow him on Twitter at @mjamullins

Mary O'KeeffeMary O'Keeffe

Mary O'Keeffe is a writer from Limerick who contributes a column for each edition of Limerick Life newspaper. She has a Masters in Creative Writing and usually spends her time writing or with her face in a book. Mary is the newest addition to the Limerick Life team.

John McNamaraJohn McNamara

John McNamara is an accredited personal and executive coach, trainer and practitioner of neuro-linguistic programming. John features regularly on national media as an expert in the field of coaching and has appeared on Bobby Kerr's Down to Business Show on Newstalk, the Nicky Byrne show on 2FM, the Farmers Journal and Joe.ie.

Eric CostelloeEric Costelloe

Eric Costelloe is the General Manager and Sales Director at Limerick Life. Eric is a Limerick native and Limerick Life is his brainchild. He has over twelve years’ experience in media sales, six in print with the Irish Examiner and the Limerick Independent. In his previous roles, Eric was a senior sales manager in e-commerce/digital media for over three years. Eric is a founding partner of Limerick Life.

Ciarán RyanCiarán Ryan

Ciarán Ryan is a reporter whose writing has appeared in publications such as NME, Hot Press, Limerick Independent, Clare People, Limerick Now, State, and more. His radio work has appeared on RTÉ Radio 1, RTÉ 2FM, Newstalk, RTÉ Lyric, DW Worldlink, Limerick's Live 95FM, Spin South West, Tipp FM, and many others. Ciarán has lectured at undergraduate and postgraduate levels at University of Limerick, NUI Galway, and Mary Immaculate College.

Brian O’CadhlaBrian O’Cadhla

From arctic trucks to cars and motorbikes, Brian draws on some forty-four years of driving experience to take our readers through the great, the good and the quirky of the motoring industry, from a personal perspective.

Qualified in advanced emergency driving and a local observer with the Institute of Advanced Motorists in Ireland, Brian has driven everything from HGVs in France through 4WD Humvees in Bosnia-Herzegovina to a window-less Geely around Cuba.

Sharon SlaterSharon Slater

Sharon Slater is an award-winning historian and Limerick Person of the Year nominee. She holds an MA in Local History from the University of Limerick. In 2004 she launched the Limerick's Life blog where she posts interesting stories and chronicles from Limerick’s past. She is the author of several local history books ranging from the quirky 'The Little Book of Limerick', to the academic 'Limerick's Merchants, Traders and Shakers, a History of the Limerick Chamber of Commerce', which she co-authored with Dr Matthew Potter. Sharon is a regular in print and on radio and television promoting the history of Limerick.

You can follow her on Twitter at @LimericksLife

Nicky WoulfeNicky Woulfe

Our resident music expert Nicky Woulfe has ample experience in the industry, having been the director of Woulfe Event Management for 15 years.

He has also spent the last four decades DJ-ing and promoting live music in the Limerick and Midwest region.

Nicky is also well-known as the proud owner of one of the largest record and memorabilia collections in the country.

Louise McInerneyLouise McInerney

Louise McInerney has been writing with Limerick Life for nearly a year and a half, covering Limerick's Social Diary and Beauty pages. Having studied business, marking and beauty therapy, Louise has almost 20 years experience in the pharmacy and beauty sectors.

She has been running Limerick's Social Diary website for five years, covering a wide variety of events and job vacancies throughout Limerick. She is also regularly involved in organising, compering and judging at various events throughout Limerick.

Greg O ShaughnessyGreg O Shaughnessy

Greg O Shaughnessy writes 'The State of Us' column for Limerick Life, sometimes to provoke intelligent debate and sometimes just for a laugh.

In real life, Greg trained as a civil engineer but he's recovering from that. He takes photos, writes fairytales, paints spurious abstract pictures and builds interesting recycled structures.

Fiona DoyleFiona Doyle

Fiona Doyle is a primary school teacher and owner of the renowned model agency 'Glamour Agency'. Fiona was previously part of the Limerick's Live 95 team and has been involved in a great deal of charity work in the city, from trekking for Debra Ireland to dancing for Limerick Cancer Care. Aside from charity work, her passions are fashion, beauty and well-being.

Joe HaslamJoe Haslam

Joe Haslam is an Associate Professor at IE Business School in Madrid, where he has lived for the last 14 years.

His field of research is scaleup companies, focusing on the ways in which small businesses and startups can grow. Joe has co-founded five companies and is currently on the board of two more.

Born in Limerick, Joe lived in Raheen until he was sixteen. For Limerick Life, he writes mainly about his travels looking at entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystems around the world.

You can follow him on Twitter at @joehas

Roy FinucaneRoy Finucane

Roy Finucane FCCA, is the owner of TaxAssist Accountants in Limerick City. Roy is a graduate of the Limerick Institute of Technology and has been active in the Financial Services Industry for over 22 years and also currently acts as an Independent Non-Executive Director for a number of Companies.

Oliva BeckOliva Beck

Olivia Beck is a Nutritional Therapist who runs a successful practice in her clinic in Limerick City. She has an online Thyroid Programme, provides specialised recipe e-booklets via her website and lectures for the College of Naturopathic Medicine. Olivia uses functional medicine practice to give her clients the tools to help themselves. Tools such as diet plans, lifestyle changes, private testing, shopping lists, supplement recommendations and recipes that can all help make a positive change to an individual's well being.

You can follow her on Twitter at @OBeckNutrition

Keith HennessyKeith Hennessy

An honours graduate from the Professional Cookery course in LIT, Keith's passion for cooking began in the renowned Dromoland Castle. He spent three years there as a trainee chef, before moving to the Galway Bay Hotel.

He furthered his training in New Zealand before returning to Ireland to open his own restaurant. He is currently running the Brimstone Steakhouse Bar & Grill and is the founder of the Funky Donut & Co franchise, which has 5 stores throughout Ireland.