It’s no distance from south Finglas to the Met Eireann building in Glasnevin, Dublin. A couple of kilometres, if even. But for Joanna Donnelly, a precocious and bolshy kid growing up in Finglas in the
‘80s the odds of her ending up as a meteorologist there were slim to none. She’d already had a share of heartache, losing her dad at just three years of age. Her Mam was struggling to rear four kids on her own in a tough estate. For this smart, driven kid the library was her escape – that and her mother’s determination to push her only daughter to a better life. Education was her liberation. The ever pragmatic Joanna talks to Donal O’Donoghue about the life that shaped her.