A big thank you to Sally Hayden, freelance journalist and past pupil of St. Kilian’s for her fascinating talk for our TY students today.
Sally spoke about her exciting career, from internships with various newspapers and news channels, such as the CNN and the Financial Times, to becoming a freelance journalist reporting on major world issues. She gave us accounts of spending Christmas on a refugee ship and spoke about the obsession of many African countries with Westlife. Her work has brought her to places like Syria, Malawi and, most recently, Uganda, which she is going to return to for the elections in January.
We were delighted to learn that Sally’s first “journalistic success” can be traced back to her Transition Year when her class teacher in St. Kilian’s, the late Connell Doris, encouraged her to enter a competition run by the Irish Daily Star, which led her to winning a camera and her first work experience as a journalist: “He was such a kind, supportive teacher”. Sally is currently working on her first book which is due to be published in early 2022. More about Sally and her achievements on her website.