Daráine Mulvihill is a television Researcher, Presenter and Reporter, who has worked with RTÉ, BBC and Channel 4. At the age of 16, she lost both her legs below the knee and all of her fingers after contracting an aggressive strain of meningitis and septicaemia. After spending a full year recovering in hospital, Daráine learned how to walk again with prosthetic limbs and returned to school a few months later.
In 2001, Daráine received an Irish Person of the Year Award and in 2004 she was appointed to the Irish Council of State by President Mary McAleese. She graduated from DCU in 2005 with a BA in Communication Studies and obtained a Postgraduate Degree in Communications through Irish from NUIG the following year.
Daráine began working in RTÉ in 2006 as a tv researcher and reporter and in 2012 she presented Channel 4’s Paralympic Morning Show along with Olympian Jonathon Edwards. She has worked on a variety of Paralympic events for Channel 4, including their coverage of the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, World Athletic Championships and European Championships. In 2016 Daráine co-presented coverage of BBC’s Invictus Games from Orlando with Gabby Logan, and RTÉ ‘s coverage of the Rio Paralympic Games with Joanne Cantwell. She worked as a reporter on BBC NI’s Home Ground Programme and co-presented the 2017 Invictus Games from Toronto with Ade Adepitan. Daráine has always been a passionate advocate for meningitis and vaccination awareness and for normalising the conversation around disability. Daráine has most recently presented live coverage of the 2020 Paralympic Games for RTÉ.