Dave O’Connell is Group Editor of the Connacht Tribune, a role he has held for the past twelve years. A graduate of journalism at the College of Commerce in 1983, he started with the Connacht Tribune that year before moving to the then-Cork Examiner in 1989. He became Deputy Editor and News Editor of the Evening Echo before joining the Irish Daily Star in 1995. He was News Editor there before becoming editor at the Westmeath Independent in 2001 – a role subsequently expanded to Group Editor with the Westmeath Examiner Group, covering the Westmeath Examiner, Westmeath Independent and Offaly Independent. A regular presenter and contributor with RTE, he currently shares the weekly regional newspaper review slot on Drivetime with John O’Connor. A native of Oughterard, Co Galway, he is married to RTE journalist Teresa Mannion and they have two sons, Cian and Tom.