This is Mairead's presenting debut. Mairead was born and bred in Finglas on the northside of Dublin. While studying Radio and Television Production in Ballyfermot College of Education she harassed Today FM into giving her a placement for one week. That week turned into six weeks and after nine months, Mairead became a fully fledged member of the Ray D'Arcy team. In November 2006, Mairead became a regular panellist on the RTÉ entertainment show 'The Panel' .