Tell us about yourself?
My name is Jacqui Hurley. I'm originally from Ballinhassig in Co. Cork, but judging by my accent you'd never know it – 7 years of my childhood spent in Australia coupled with a year long internship in America has meant I have the most muddled accent ever! When I'm not working I can usually be found playing or watching a variety of sports. I also love watching films and would guess that I watch ‘Anchorman' an average of once every 2 weeks!
- Tell us about your time in Mary Immaculate College?
The 4 years I spent in Mary I (2002-2006) were some of the best years of my life. From the outside people may see the college as a small, dark, strange looking building, but within those walls lie so many stories and friendships that I'll never forget. It's probably the only college in the country where it can take you about an hour to walk 100 metres because you're stopping so often to talk to people!
I chose to do the Media and English B.A because it seemed to be more practical driven than some other courses around the country. The other big draw was the co-op option, which I chose to do abroad, where I worked at a CBS affiliate TV station in Columbus, Mississippi. Had it not been for this course and that opportunity I certainly wouldn't be where I am today.
One memory that stands out in your mind from your time in Mary I?
It's hard to pick just one memory. Living in Summerville in first year was hilarity on a daily basis. 4th year was much the same to be honest! If I had to pick the most memorable days I would say any of the parties we had at our house in Barrack Hill would be in there and also handing in the FYP. For 4 years I was completely stress free, but that last half hour…!
A member of staff who had an affect or made an impression on you during your time in Mary I?
The 2 lecturers who had the biggest impact on me in my time in Mary I were probably Nicky Fennell and Rosemary Day. Because I was interested in getting into the media side of things I found Nicky's classes and advice really helpful and because he had worked in the industry and he was always very approachable if we ever had any questions. Likewise Rosie Day's classes were always really interesting and because she was just so nice I think we all genuinely enjoyed going to her classes.
What changes would you like to see within Mary I?
The place in general could probably do with a bit of renovating! The main problems when we were there seem to be slowly getting sorted out…the new sports facilities look great, more parking etc, so I think it has gotten better over the years!
Do you maintain a relationship with MIC today?
I drove past it on Saturday and smiled, but that hardly counts as "a relationship”!! Because I'm living in Dublin I rarely get down to Limerick, but I'm still very friendly with a lot of people I met at MIC.
What is your current occupation?
I'm a sports presenter in RTE radio and television. I got a gig on TTV right after I finished college doing a little sports slot on a Monday night. Slowly but surely its lead to a fully fledged career in sport. I now present Sunday Sport on the radio and also do the sport on the Colm and Jim Jim breakfast show on 2fm on weekday mornings. I'm also the weekly sports contributor on Seoige every Friday.
What are your hopes/plans for the future?
To continue to climb the ranks in RTE. Eventually I'd love to present a show like A Question of Sport on television. I'd like to present a show where you get to have a bit of a laugh aswell, so something along those lines would be brilliant. I'm very happy with the way things are going though so we'll see what happens!
If you were President of Mary I for a day what would you do?
When I was in 4th year it did cross my mind to run for President, but I decided against it in the end. It's hard to know what I would do now because I'm out of college life so long, but I guess I'd try and listen to what people wanted and go from there.
If you could quickly sum up your time in Mary I or have any advice for Mary I students what would it be?
The best piece of advice I could give anyone is to just enjoy college…you'll spend long enough wishing you were back there, so enjoy every minute because it'll be over before you know it. Try everything, go everywhere, don't miss any nights out…it's the only time in your life where you have the option of getting up in the morning!!