Do you like to listen to the weather forecast?
Met Éireann now has a daily audio weather forecast available as a podcast, recorded by our weather forecasters in CAFO (Met Éireann’s Central Analysis and Forecast Office). Search Weather Forecast from Met Éireann on your podcast player – it’s available now on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher and more. Or listen on the player above or listen on Audioboom if the player is not available.
The forecast is updated 3 times a day – at approximately 6am, 1pm and 6pm – with a detailed weather forecast for today and tonight, the outlook for the week ahead and details on any weather warnings issued.
You can even get a push notification to let you know whenever the latest podcast has been issued– set this up via your podcast app Settings.
Met Éireann daily weather podcasters are Gerry Murphy, Deirdre Lowe, Joanna Donnelly, Michelle Dillon, Siobhán Ryan, Liz Walsh, Elizabeth Coleman, Matthew Martin, Linda Hughes, Andrew Doran-Sherlock, Paul Downes, Emer Flood, Aoife Kealy and Mark Bowe and we are delighted to introduce our two new forecasters Conall Ruth and Brandon Creagh.
We also have two other podcast series available on all podcast players –
- The Met Éireann Podcast – The Met Éireann Podcast explores all things weather and climate, the mysteries of our atmosphere and meets the people that work to understand them. Dr Noel Fitzpatrick is joined by new guests each episode to help uncover the science and its wide-ranging impacts.
- Podchraoladh Met Éireann – the Irish version of The Met Éireann Podcast.
Met Éireann’s Weather Forecasters
Michelle joined Met Éireann in 2005 and following completion of a Masters degree in Meteorology in UCD, she took up a meteorologist forecasting role in the Aviation Services Division at Shannon Airport, Co. Clare. She still works as an aviation forecaster, but has expanded her role down through the years to also include general forecasting and has been presenting the forecasts on RTÉ TV since 2016. She loves the variety of her role, relaying the all important weather forecast information to the general public and to aviation stakeholders.
Michelle’s favourite subject at school in Kilrush, Co. Clare was mathematics, so it was an easy decision for her to follow on with the degree course “Applied Mathematics & Computing” at the nearby University of Limerick. She subsequently undertook a masters degree in “Financial & Industrial Mathematics” at Dublin City University and then embarked on a career in the IT industry, working as a business and data analyst and she had the opportunity to live for a couple of years in Antwerp in Belgium. She then took a career break to embark on a round the world trip, and this love of travel remains. She eventually found her way home to Ireland and to her new career at Met Éireann.
Michelle grew up on a farm in rural West Clare and always understood the importance of weather forecasting to the farming community as well as to the local marine community. She feels honored to now be a member of the Met Éireann forecasting division and to have the opportunity to help people make informed decisions based on Met Éireann’s and her forecast and warning information.
Michelle likes to combine her love of running and travel and has completed a number of marathons and half marathons in locations such as Paris, Berlin, Belfast, Porto and Dublin, raising funds for the Alzheimer Society of Ireland in doing so. She loves to partake in her local parkruns and also volunteers at these events when she can.
Gerry Murphy is a meteorologist from Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan.
He studied Science in UCD and graduated with an Honours degree in Experimental Physics. He joined Met Éireann in 1992 and was Chief Scientist at Valentia Observatory in Cahirsiveen, Co. Kerry until 1999. There, he completed a Masters degree in spectral measurement of Ultraviolet-B radiation. On moving to Dublin, he worked as Met Éireann’s Agro-meteorologist until 2001. His most memorable experience in this role was working on the meteorological aspects of the Foot and Mouth Crisis.
He has been a weather forecaster since 2001 and has been broadcasting weather forecasts on RTE One radio and RTE One Television for over 20 years. He loves hearing people’s ‘weather stories’ and he enjoys discussing weather matters with farmers every year at the National Ploughing Championships.
Gerry has a keen interest in sport. He played Gaelic football competitively for many years and has helped manage and coach Gaelic Football teams. He loves the outdoors and stays fit and active with running, hiking and cycling. He also enjoys travelling, going to concerts and to the cinema. His favourite band is U2. He learned to play guitar in 2020 and finds it a very relaxing and enjoyable hobby.
Linda Hughes joined Met Éireann as a meteorologist in 2019 and since then has worked in both aviation and general forecasting. Part of her role involves presenting the daily Met Éireann weather forecast podcast and also preparing and presenting weather forecasts on RTÉ television and radio. Linda began her career in weather forecasting in 2013, working as a marine forecaster and shipping route analyst in Scotland. She holds an RMet accreditation awarded by the Royal Meteorological Society. Linda is from Oughterard in County Galway and studied Science in NUI Galway, specialising in Experimental Physics, before completing a Master’s degree in Applied Meteorology at the University of Reading. From an early age, music has been a huge part of Linda’s life. She plays piano and violin and is a member of County Kildare Orchestra, Met Éireann’s traditional music group ‘Ceo’ and the Met Éireann choir ‘The Isobars.’
Siobhán began forecasting with Met Éireann in 2006 and has appeared on Irish TV since the summer of 2011. Before this she worked as a Meteorological Observer in Dublin Airport and a Meteorological Officer in the Central Analysis Forecast Office.
She studied Physics in Trinity College for her undergraduate degree. With a love for the Arts as well as Science, she then went on to do a Masters in Film Theory and Production in D.I.T. Science still beckoned though and she pursued further study, this time completing a Masters in Meteorology in U.C.D, whilst at the same time keeping a watchful eye on the weather at Dublin Airport, and she is currently a member of various Expert Teams within the World Meteorological Organisation. This work is extremely rewarding with an emphasis on best practise in Warning & Forecast Services on a global scale. Siobhán particularly loves how the weather makes us feel and what it can evoke. Her favourite weather is the misty kind.
‘I like to make the most of my time off and enjoy a wide range of interests, some of which include yoga, dance, photography, music and wildlife. I live close to the city and enjoy rambling into town and meeting up with family and friends. I also love to take off to the hills and the coast, and the occasional fair weather dip in the sea. My party piece is Riders on the Storm.’
Brandon Creagh joined Met Eireann in September 2020 and spent a year working as a meteorologist in the Observations division, where he worked on researching methods of anomaly detection and quality controlling climate data.
In September 2021 he moved to Met Éireann’s forecasting division, and enjoys the dynamic nature of forecasting the weather in Ireland.
Prior to joining Met Éireann he studied at NUI Galway, where he graduated with an honours bachelor degree in Mathematical Science in 2019. He has also spent a while travelling to Hong Kong and Australia, and has worked in the finance industry.
Other interests: Sea swimming, kayaking, surfing.
Joanna studied Applied Maths in DCU, graduating with honours. After university she worked in a private college in Dublin, making the move to Met Éireann in 1995. Joanna worked as a meteorological officer in the forecast division where she introduced a forecast dissemination system before being promoted to meteorologist in 2000. She’s been working as a forecaster and broadcasting on RTE Radio 1 since February 2002 and on TV since 2015.
Joanna is passionate about her role in education outreach programs and has been presenting to schools and colleges for 15 years, starting when her own children were at school and then expanding the role to include clubs and societies as well as schools and colleges.
She is a STEM ambassador and a regular judge at the RDS Science Blast competition every year. She is an eager volunteer in the promotion of interest in science and meteorology and is the author of the award winning book, The Great Irish Weather Book, published by Gill Books. Joanna is a regular contributor on the Claire Byrne Radio show where she is regularly heard talking about her favourite subject, the weather, the climate and weather lore. She is also a regular on the Today Show and is a member of the News Panel, discussing current events.
Joanna Donnelly is from Dublin and is married to fellow forecaster, Harm Luijkx, from The Netherlands. Together they have three children, a daughter Nicci, and two sons, Tobias and Casper.
Her interests are wide and varied and people are often surprised to find she is an accomplished knitter and seamstress. She is fit and active, cycling to work and keeping up a daily yoga routine, sea swimming, running and taking part in triathlons, and in 2015 completed the Dublin City Marathon. She loves the cinema and musical theatre and is a regular at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre shows – her favourite so far was Top Hat! She also loves to read and listen to music. She recently started to learn piano and has returned to formal education to restore her Gaeilge.
Emer Flood is a meteorologist in Met Éireann from Sligo Town. Emer joined Met Éireann in 2020 and began working full time as an operational forecaster after she completed her training through KNMI. Emer studied Theoretical Physics in University College Dublin. Thereafter she completed her MSc in Meteorology, Oceanography and Climatology in University of Reading. Emer has a great interest in the Irish language and hopes to one day do some of her communication work in Met Éireann through Irish.
Professional Overview: An internationally experienced meteorologist with a background in marine, aviation, commercial, public and media forecasting as well as working in both the Wellington Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre and the London Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre before finally coming home to Met Eireann in Dublin.
Career to date: Mark’s career began in New Zealand where he trained and worked alongside a variety of international forecasters within the New Zealand MetService. He provided forecasts for the aviation, marine and public sectors as well as a host of commercial clients including the Royal NZ Air Force and NASA. He has also worked within the Wellington Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre monitoring the volcanic ash activity of volcanos in the South Pacific.
Mark then moved as a senior operational meteorologist with the UK Met Office in Exeter, UK, where he worked in aviation and surface transport before joining the Environment Hazards and Volcanic Ash teams.
The latest step in his career has brought him to Met Eireann where he works on both the General and Aviation sections where the role includes providing a wide array of forecasts for the Irish public and Met Eireann’s clients across the country.
Interests: Travelling the world as much as possible and trying to get to know as many interesting people along the way. All while trying to find a decent flat white that can rival the standard of coffee that he left behind in New Zealand.
Deirdre is a seasoned forecaster at Met Eireann. She is from Belfast originally and has an honours mathematics degree from Queens University. After graduating, she taught for a year and then accepted a position with the UK Met Office, where she trained as a meteorologist and forecaster. She worked in research in Bracknell for a wonderful few years and then as a forecaster at London Weather Centre, which was in the heart of London at the time and quite exciting. However, like many before, she got the urge to come back to Ireland and joined Met Eireann as a forecaster where she has worked ever since. Whilst living near the city centre is a must for Deirdre to be close to cafes, restaurants and music venues, she also likes to get away to the country and loves going to Howth and Bull Island for some sea air. Her favourite place to travel abroad to is Dahab in Egypt where she learnt to scuba dive.
Conall Ruth joined Met Éireann in 2020, where he initially worked as a climate researcher analysing sunshine amounts across Ireland over the past 30 years. He subsequently transferred to Met Éireann’s Forecasting Division and began operational duties as a weather forecaster earlier this year. His work interests include climate monitoring and the psychology of effective weather forecasting.
Conall is originally from Stillorgan, Co. Dublin. In 2014, he graduated from UCD with a BSc in ‘Climate and Earth Systems Science’. He then went on to obtain an MSc in ‘Atmospheric and Climate Science’ from ETH Zurich in 2016. Between finishing his studies and joining Met Éireann, Conall has also worked as a researcher in hydrometeorology and energy management.
Outside of work, Conall is an avid Leinster Rugby supporter and enjoys hiking and playing music.
Career to Date
• Operational Meteorologist at Met Eireann Dublin February 2020 to present.
• Meteorological officer for Agricultural Meteorology Unit, Research department Met Eireann Dublin March 2018 to February 2020.
• Risk communicator /service account manager/ European container shipping team leader, Weathernews Inc. Copenhagen, Denmark 2015 to December 2017.
• Voyage planning risk communicator, Weathernews Inc. Norman, Oklahoma, USA, 2014 to 2015
• Student Radar Analyst, National Severe Storms Laboratory/ Cooperative Institute of Mesoscale Meteorological Studies, Norman, Oklahoma, USA 2013 to 2014.
Recipient of the Weathernews Golden Glove Award for leadership and management achievement excellence.
Board Member of the American Meteorological Societies International committee on weather and climate strategies (ICWCS) 2013-2016
Weather/ landscape photography
Career to date: Previously worked in financial and pharmaceutical industries
Joined Met Éireann in 2017 working as a Meteorological Officer as the Customer Liasion Officer and working on the setup, installation and maintenance of the Automatic Climate stations around the country
Attended Meteorologist training run by KNMI (National Met Service of the Netherlands)
Working as a weather forecaster in the Central Analysis and Forecasting Office since 2020
Professional Activities: Member of Irish Meteorological Society
Other Interests: Hiking, fitness, reading
A weather enthusiast from a young age, Matthew Martin joined Met Eireann in late 2016 and began working as an Operational Meteorologist on the forecasting floor. After undergoing on the job training in both General Forecasting and Aviation Forecasting in Glasnevin, Matthew completed his forecast training at the KNMI in the Netherlands. Prior to joining Met Eireann, Matthew worked an Operational Forecaster for MeteoGroup in London.
Matthew is originally from Portmarnock in County Dublin and graduated with a BA in Natural Sciences from Trinity College Dublin before completing a Masters in Meteorology at University College Dublin.
In his spare time, Matthew enjoys watching sport, playing golf, trying his best to get to the gym and travelling.
Aoife has worked as a meteorologist with Met Éireann for over two years. She first joined the organisation in March 2020, becoming a full operational general forecaster in the winter of 2020.
Aoife grew up on a farm where her interest in weather was first sparked. She began her journey to becoming a meteorologist through a BA in Maths and Geography in Maynooth University before going on to complete an MSc in Climate Change.