Dundalk’s Dr Niamh Shaw appears on Tommy Tiernan show
Dr Niamh Shaw from Dundalk appeared on the Tommy Tiernan Show on RTE last night.
The scientist on a mission to space @Dr_Niamh_Shaw talks to @tommedian about her desire to go to space and ‘help people see where they live differently and kinda cherish it and take better care of it’. The #TommyTiernan Show is on now! pic.twitter.com/WxprNbuKqx— RTE One (@RTEOne) January 24, 2018
The renowned engineer, scientist and performer spoke about her dream to make it into space. She also spoke of the impact that seeing the world from afar had on the environmental movement, and how she would love to further that impact. “I would be absolutely privileged if I could help people see where they live differently and kind of cherish it and take better care of it,” she explains.
Niamh is a past pupil of St. Louis Dundalk and has expertise in many areas. She is an analog astronaut and has gone on space missions such as visiting the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre in Star City, Russia, and participating in a simulated Mars mission in January 2017 as the artist and journalist for Crew 173. She was also part of a team of six international analogue astronauts at the Mars Desert Research Station in the Utah desert. She experienced weightlessness and zero gravity flight while she was in Russia.
She is also a performer and artist. She is the artist in residence at CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory. Her newest show, Diary of a Martian Beekeeper, is being performed in the Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin March 13-16th as part of Engineers Week, and then touring around the UK in selected science and arts events, all funded by Culture Ireland. The project is described as “a highly visual exploration of future interplanetary human exploration… Shaw and her creative team have created a new world order, reminding us of the power of the collective, the fragility of the solitary human and the united will behind all major breakthroughs.”
Niamh aims to promote the idea of “STEAM”, a movement which aims to merge science, technology, engineering, arts and maths. Her second STEAM show, To Space, toured internationally in festivals such as the Edinburgh Fringe, Adelaide Fringe, Edinburgh International Science Festival, and Cheltenham Science Festival.
Niamh was also highly commended by President Michael D Higgins for her contribution to science in his St Patricks Day address in 2017. This Dundalk woman aims to explore space as a scientist and as an artist, and one day she will achieve this.