Meet Doireann Ní Bhriain, the voice of the Luas.
We’re all familiar with her voice, but Snapchat celebrity James Kavanagh was filming a piece for RTÉ in Ranelagh and gave us a few snippets of his chat with the person behind the announcements.
They even hitched a lift on the Luas too…
Ní Bhriain has enjoyed an interesting career prior to her Luas fame. She was a TV presenter with RTÉ for many years, and presented the Eurovision Song Contest in 1981.
She talked about her career and voiceover work in an Irish Examiner interview in 2011: “I began my career as a radio and television journalist and worked on a whole range of programmes.
“After 20 years in RTÉ, it was time to go freelance. I still have plenty of good friends and connections in the station but I couldn’t have remained working for a large organisation.
“I started out in radio and still love the power and intimacy of the medium. These days, I also do a lot of voice training and voice-overs.
“When it comes to voice-overs, I was delighted to be asked to record the Luas announcements recently in English and Irish.”
She also had some advice to help us all enunciate our words better…
“I train a lot of broadcasters and the most common problem is that people don’t open their mouths enough when they speak — they don’t use all of the equipment they’ve been given, such as the jaws and the tongue. Doing so helps you to speak more clearly and slowly.”