About Joe O'Shea
A native of Cork, Josef (named after the great Irish tenor Josef Locke) grew up in the central Barrack's Street area. When he wasn't at school or playing football and hurling he was helping his father on building sites around the city.
On completing the Leaving Cert Joe was offered the choice of studying English literature in Trinity or Journalism in Rathmines. He chose the latter and now has 13 years experience in the sector.
His career began as a trainee with The Star newspaper covering 'bread and butter' stories. After two years he became a staff journalist and over the next few years he covered every type of news story in Ireland and abroad. If he wasn't door stepping the relatives of murder victims he was interviewing the likes of Bono, David Bowie and Colin Farrell.
During the nineties he covered some of Ireland's biggest stories - including the start of the Peace Process in the North. One of his most memorable foreign assignments was travelling to Rwanda in 1998 with aid agency Trocaire. He spent two weeks conducting interviews with the survivors of genocide and chronicling the devastating effects of the civil war.
Towards the end of the decade Joe was assigned to follow the Irish football team on all away games in search of a news angle. His personal highlight came in Japan and Korea in 2002 when he spent three weeks on the road immersed in Roy Keane, ticket scams and Irish fans - all the time reporting on the move via his laptop - often on a bullet train going from one game to the next.
Joe began writing more colour and feature pieces for The Star as well as pursuing his interest in classic cars by acting as Motoring Correspondent for The Sunday Business Post. He also penned the Newshound column for In Dublin magazine on media issues.
Recently Joe decided to seek out fresh challenges and became a freelance writer with regular articles appearing in The Irish Independent and The Evening Herald as well as doing frequent guest slots on radio for Newstalk 106 and TV with Setanta Sports.
Joe has a passion for travel, with Hamburg and Corsica being his favourite destinations of late. In addition he has a keen interest in history, music, film and classic cars.
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