Irene grew up in Cork, Ireland and began her acting career at a very young age. She trained with Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, Massachusetts and Drama& Theatre Studies UCC where she received a first class honours degree and Masters, specialising in Advance Performance Practice. She was awarded The Mace Actor of the Year Award in 2011 for her portrayal of Runt in 'Disco Pigs' and won many acting awards at her time spent with Kilmeen Drama Group. (Pegeen- Playboy of the Western World and Betty-A Whistle in the Dark). Read more... Belgrade Theatre, directed by Hamish Glen, was her UK debut in 2012. More recently she played a lead role in 'Desolate Heaven' and 'The Turn of the Screw' in both Cork and Dublin. She toured with Ian Wild's one woman show 'Mrs Shakespeare' which performed off Broadway at the Cherry Lane Theatre, NYC and Stratford Upon Avon at The Bear Pit Theatre. Other theatre credits include: Lovers, The Collector, Pied a Terre, Lipstick, The Maids, Hollander (Cork Midsummer Festival 2009), Our Day Out, A Woman Alone, Much Ado about Nothing, Shakers Restirred and The Glass Menagerie. Film & TV credits include: Game of Thrones (HBO) , Reign (CBS), Fair City (RTE) Outside the Box (Irene wrote and played the lead in this short that won 'Best Irish Short Film' Fastnet Film Festival, 2013) Hatch, Spellbound, The Trouble with Aoibhe, The Gingerbread Men and Dead Dogs.