Evelyn McClafferty became intrigued by radio at six years of age, when she was given a present of a walkman. This was her first foray into the creative possibilities of radio as a medium. She often listened to pirate stations in the wee small hours, imagining herself as a spy tapping into wavelengths not intended for her young ears!
Evelyn was born and spent the early years of her life in Connemara, County Galway. Performance, dance and music were central to her life growing up before she went on to study English and Sociology & Politics as part of an Arts degree at NUI Galway. Alongside this, she also studied for a Diploma in Irish. Afterwards, Evelyn completed an MA in Journalism.
Evelyn has freelanced for various Irish newspapers, both national and local. She has worked as a Broadcast Journalism lecturer at VEC level, and has also freelanced as a fashion editorial shoot producer and stylist for various magazines.
Evelyn began working in the RTÉ newsroom in 2004, freelancing for RTÉ for a number of years before moving to the commercial station, Newstalk for two years as a correspondent. She re-joined RTÉ full-time in June 2008 and since then has worked as a reporter on RTÉ Radio One's flagship current affairs programme - Morning Ireland - the country's top rated radio show, while also acting as an occasional editor of the programme.
In 2010, Evelyn began producing documentaries. In 2011, she was involved in a partnership project between RTÉ's Documentary On One and the culture organisation, Temple Bar Cultural Trust, in creating a mini sound festival, which culminated in an initiative called Lights Out Listening.
Evelyn is currently working full-time as a newscaster on RTÉ 2FM where she also delivers a regular 'Word of the Day' slot.
Evelyn is passionate about the use of sound as an art form, highlighting and exploring how it draws on the imagination to create pictures that are unique to an individual.
A Grade 8 classically trained pianist, Evelyn has also trained in various dance forms. She plays the tin whistle, loves music, twinkling her toes, arts & crafts, travelling, horticulture, nature's elements and spending hour upon hour in Connemara's wilds ... home of her first inspiration.