David Monaghan

David Monaghan is a journalist, critic, editor and radio host who writes about arts, culture, Film, tech, and LGBTQ+ and community issues for HeadStuff, GCN, Dublin Inquirer, Business & Finance, and others.

They are a two-time arts graduate, having completed a BA International in English with Film, and an MA in Film Studies.

In 2017, they were shortlisted for 'Journalist of the Year' at the National Student Media Awards in Ireland.

David is also a frequent writer of short fiction and has been published in the literary journal Storgy. They are also one third of the queer theatre collective 'Rock Bottom Saloon'. The group's inaugural production, Clyde Inside, debuted at the Scene + Heard Festival of New Work in February 2024.

David also releases music under the moniker of Chapel Lizard. Inspired by shoegaze, dream pop and post-punk, Chapel Lizard's music contains soaring, ethereal guitars, rich, bassy synths and gentle, dreamy vocals. Their first single, 'Summer Sun' is available to pre-save on Spotify. 

In all of their work, they are driven by a passion for storytelling and uplifting marginalised voices.

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The Climate Activist Who Could Not Change His Heart: Tony Lowes

Tony Lowes: a climate champion who took the Irish government to court and won. From rebelling against his upper-class upbringing to fighting for Ireland's environmental wellbeing, his story is one of rebellion, art, and activism. I interviewed Lowes in March 2023 at his 'eco-chalet' in west Cork. He spoke about his storied life, from getting kicked out of school, to meeting Eleanor Roosevelet, to fighting for baby choughs. Lowes’ life is filled with battles against systems of oppression and repression. I pitched this around to limited success (a 7000 word piece on a climate activist is a hard sell), so published it on Medium. I'm really proud of it.

"Kindness is something that is seen and makes an impact on people" - An interview with Golden Globe winner Gabriel Byrne

Gabriel Byrne has starred in more than 100 feature films, and on Broadway he has received 3 Tony Award nominations. A prolific career with much praise for his abilities as an actor, he was the perfect choice for 2023 TK Whitaker accolade at the Business & Finance Awards, hosted in December, 2023. Here he discusses his career, the importance of the arts, Irish identity and culture, and what it means to be a leader with David Monaghan, Deputy Editor of Business & Finance.

"I emailed 629 individual recruitment companies, and not one was digitally accessible" - In conversation with Kyran O'Mahoney, CEO and founder, IA Labs

Kyran O’Mahoney is an IT professional with over twenty years of experience in developing complex technical projects for a host of sectors across Ireland, the UK, and the United States. He is CEO and founder of Inclusion and Accessibility Labs (IA Labs), a start-up established in 2021 to bridge the gap faced by people with disabilities in the digital revolution.

Digital transformation: Technologically tenuous?

Digital transformation is a term that appears with frequent regularity in the business sphere, especially in a post-COVID world. It has become an inescapable truth that for businesses to thrive into the future, advancements in technology will have to be the driving force behind their success. But what is digital transformation? What does being a digital-forward company entail? And what are the drawbacks of digitalisation on employers and employees?

Diversity in Tech celebrates the Future of Diversity with a headline award for Nuritas founder Nora Khaldi

Dr Nora Khaldi, founder and chief executive of Dublin-based Nuritas, has been honoured with the Grace Hopper Award at the recent Diversity in Tech Awards, in partnership with JP Morgan in Dublin’s RDS Concert Hall. Khaldi was among 17 recipients at the inspirational ceremony, which shone a light on individuals and organisations striving to create a more diverse and inclusive workplace.

Leveraging Technology for the Good of All: An Interview with Nikki Lasley, Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Amplitude

Nikki Lasley is the Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Amplitude, a company dedicated to optimising the business value of digital product innovation. She spoke to Business & Finance Deputy Editor David Monaghan to discuss Amplitude, her role at the company, and how she strives to use technology for good in her day-to-day work. Note: This piece was originally published in Business & Finance magazine, vol. 59, no. 3, available to read, with compliments, here. Nikki Lasley is the first ev
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