Born in the West of Ireland, Ruth spent much of her childhood in Roscommon town. At the age of 17, Ruth started student life in University of Limerick city purely because she didn't get enough points in her Leaving Cert to do Communications in DCU! Ruth's first ever radio show was conducted in a mobile home outside the student centre in UL for Rag Week Radio. With a newfound love of talking to herself in a darkened room, Ruth did work experience in many stations. Eventually, after winning the DJ for A Day competition she got a job with AA Roadwatch and co-hosted a breakfast show in Limerick.
Radio Luxembourg, Radio Caroline and the BBC all turned Ruth down when she offered to do work experience with them but thankfully Shannonside, Northern Sound, Radio Kerry and RTÉ 2FM obliged. Ruth spent her days happily licking stamps, making tea & begging to do the newspaper reviews. Another cassette tape was sent to the DJ For A Day competition two years later and Ruth was in Cairns in Northern Australia when she got a phone call from Tony Fenton telling her that she was in the final of the competition. She won! A whirlwind of excitement followed. Ruth got to appear on The Den, she read out the job search for Larry Gogan and got her photo in the RTÉ Guide. Shortly afterwards, Ruth was offered a job with AA Roadwatch. Despite Ruth not knowing where the M50 was, she directed traffic round the country for 6 months. An offer to co-host the breakfast show on Limerick's 95FM Ruth headed back to the mid-west for just over a year.
Then the stars aligned in a particular way and Ruth got a phonecall from RTÉ! She filled up her car with all her worldly possessions - not much stuff in other words - and headed back up to the capital. From there Ruth presented the Great Great Giveaway Show, Weekend Breakfast show, The Early Breakfast Show. Ruth also spent 3 years working on night time RTÉ 2FM playing cool tunes and having no social life at all. Ruth was offered the breakfast show on Dublin's 98FM and after a great 18 months there she got the word that Ryan Tubridy was leaving The Full Irish after 3 years. The chance to co-host the show was a carrot!
Nowadays, you'll find Ruth Monday to Thursday 7-9.30pm and also hosting the second biggest radio show on RTÉ 2FM - The Saturday Show