Domestic violence campaigner soaring in brand new radio show

by Dublin Gazette

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]Following the success of her RTE documentary helping victims of domestic abuse, Dublin mother-of-two Emma Murphy has landed a job as a radio presenter.

Emma became widely known three years ago when she sat at the bottom of her stairs with a black eye pouring her heart on a video out about an abusive relationship she was in.

The video that encouraged other women to leave their abusive partners went viral and Emma went on to become a domestic abuse campaigner.

Last May, Emma travelled around Ireland speaking to other victims of domestic violence in a very touching RTE documentary.

The 29-year-old originally from Ballymun, now living in Finglas, is the new presenter on Dublin City FM’s Good Morning Dublin every Monday with Louise Tighe from 10 to 11am.

She told Dublin Gazette she is really enjoying presenting.

“I’m delighted. Myself and the other presenter Louise Tighe, we really gel well together. We’re very similar and we have a bit of craic in the morning. Louise has been doing it 11 years, so I know I’m going to learn a lot from her. We have a good buzz.”

Emma is very passionate about people and their stories and is excited to be interviewing people who make a difference in society.

“I would like to interview people who are influential and making a difference in Ireland. I want to interview people who’s making a difference in society in a positive way,” said Emma.

The domestic abuse campaigner is still doing a lot for the cause. Last month she spoke in Tallaght IT with Dublin GAA footballer Philly McMahon for Mental Health Week, then travelled down to Limerick where she was invited to speak at the world premiere of a domestic violence movie. She also recently participated in a homeless sleepout with Saoirse Women’s Refuge.

Emma is certainly making waves on the air and hopes to use her career to highlight important issues in Ireland.

“TV and radio have always been a passion of mine. My uncle was [the late] Tony Dixon and he used to always say to me as a kid ‘you’ll be on the radio’ and I used just laugh and think it was a pipe dream.

“Then when my story came out, I was always the one being interviewed. When I filmed my [RTE] documentary I was looking at it criticising myself, and I realise my strength was listening to people and listening to their stories.

“That’s what I want to do. I want to talk about the real-life issues that we’re facing everyday whether its abuse, sexual violence, mental health or eating disorders.

“The only way of ever making any changes is continuing to have the conversation, and if I’m working on the radio or on the TV, what better platform is that.”

Emma will be turning 30 this month and the future is certainly looking bright for her.

“It’s nice to come to 30 and be seeing my life going in a positive direction.”

You can catch Emma on Good Morning Dublin on Dublin City FM 103.2 from 10 to 11am.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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