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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.

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