Now based in Dublin, Claire Cunningham is from Strabane, County Tyrone, a border town whose main claim to fame is that it was at one stage during the Troubles the most bombed small town in Northern Ireland.
After studying Spanish and French at Trinity College, Dublin, I worked for Authentik, an educational publishing company specializing in language learning materials for schools. In my spare time, I produced my first radio documentary for RTE One (on the Hiring Fair of Strabane) and obtained a Certificate in TV, Video and Film Production at University College Dublin.
The transition from employee to independent came when I completed a Master’s in Communication and Cultural Studies at Dublin City University and went off for a few months to Namibia to write a feasibility study on the need for English courses for adult beginners.
Since 2001, through my company Rockfinch Ltd, I have researched and produced radio and TV programmes, mainly on arts subjects. I’ve also kept up my interest in education, producing DVDs for a leading German educational publishing company, producing videos and writing reports for the Post Primary Languages Initiative, directing and producing adult literacy TV programmes, publishing an adult literacy resource book, and project-managing a development education website.
Member and former chair of AIRPI (Association of Independent Radio Producers of Ireland).
I enjoy initiating and producing my own projects, but am also available to work on a contract basis for other companies.