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 an educational publishing company specializing in language learning materials for schools. In my spare time, I produced my first radio documentary for RTÉ Radio One (on the Hiring Fair of Strabane) and obtained a Certificate in TV, Video and Film Production at University College Dublin.
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.
Former chair of the Association of Independent Radio Producers of Ireland (no longer operating).
I enjoy initiating and producing my own projects, but am also available to work on a contract basis for other companies.