Broadcaster and publishing entrepreneur was formerly a Dragon in the popular television series Dragons’ den and is a well-known radio and television personality. She presented a weekly show, MindFeed, on Newstalk until recently and her new television series, Norah’s Traveller Academy was aired on RTÉ in Spring 2015. She presented 13 episodes of The Takeover with RTÉ 2 – transforming business through staff mentorship. Her documentary exploring issues around death and the Irish titled Way to Go was aired on RTÉ 1 in July 2014.
She is owner and Chairwoman of Harmonia, Ireland’s largest magazine publishing company, printing over four million magazines annually for the Irish, British and USA market and selling on average 2.6 million in the Irish market annually. She founded the company and was CEO until October 2013. Harmonia publishes the top three best-selling women’s magazines in Ireland – Irish Tatler, U magazine and Woman’s Way – along with a range of lifestyle and consumer titles such as FOOD&WINE, CookBook, Irish Tatler Man, Eat Out, Auto Ireland and Ireland of the Welcomes.
She was anchor of the successful daily radio Breakfast Show on Newstalk until July 2013 and co-hosted the Today show on RTÉ 1 every Friday during the 2012/2013 season. She decided to leave Dragons’ Den the successful business entrepreneur show in 2013 to pursue a full time career in radio and television. Her investment portfolio is diverse and includes online and traditional media businesses.
Having run many successful publishing companies in London, Norah bought her own business, Harmonia, in 2004 with a strong portfolio of brands and events.
A journalist and former nurse, Norah has been Ireland’s Publisher of the Year no fewer than four times. She has served on numerous boards and is currently a member of the Press Council of Ireland, the London-based Women’s Irish Network and The International Women’s Forum. She is a former Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of the Year.
Current: Chairwoman Harmonia and Broadcaster, Presenter (RTÉ); Speaker, and Author.
Norah’s Traveller Academy, RTÉ 2 Spring 2015; the landmark four part documentary series saw Norah mentoring young women from the Traveller Community to help develop their business skills.
The Takeover, RTÉ 2 13 episodes 2012 – 2014; 13 episodes of this popular programme which saw the boss moved aside for two weeks while Norah transformed the business through staff mentorship. The Takeover format is now being shown on Channel 4 in the UK.
Her documentary exploring issues around death and the Irish titled Way to Go was aired on RTÉ 1 in July 2014.
Way to Go, RTÉ One, July 2014; a one hour documentary exploring issues around death and the Irish presented by Norah Casey and featuring a range of well-known contributors including Gabriel Byrne, Marian Finucane, George Hook and Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh.
The Today Show, RTÉ One, 2012 – 2013; Co-anchor of RTE’s afternoon show on Friday’s with Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh.
Dragons’ Den, RTÉ One 2011 – 2013 (three seasons); one of the Dragons on the successful business entrepreneur show which saw her build on her investment portfolio in diverse areas including online and traditional media businesses.
Harmonia, Owner and Chairwoman; Ireland’s largest magazine publishing company, printing over four million magazines annually for the Irish, British and USA market and selling on average 2.6 million in the Irish market annually. She founded the company and was CEO until October 2013.
Harmonia publishes the top three best-selling women’s magazines in Ireland – Irish Tatler, U magazine and Woman’s Way – along with a range of lifestyle and consumer titles such as Food&Wine, CookBook, Irish Tatler Man, Eat Out, Auto Ireland and Ireland of the Welcomes.
The Breakfast Show, Newstalk, 7am-10am Weekdays; 2012 – 2013; co-anchored Newstalk’s popular daily breakfast show offering a mix of news, current affairs, politics and human interest stories
MindFeed with Norah Casey; Newstalk, Sundays 2013-2014; presenter of her own weekly radio programme offering in-depth profile interviews and big-brain, thought provoking conversations.
Spark! By Norah Casey, Penguin Publishing 2014; semi-biographical real life account of Norah’s experience following the death of her husband Richard in 2011 and her journey back to a fulfilling life.
Norah currently chairs and speaks at many events throughout Ireland and internationally. Her main subject areas are business – particularly start-ups; SMEs and corporate progression. She has a keen interest in women in business. Other areas include inspirational speaking, personal fulfilment, leadership and communications and the media. She hosts and presents the Irish Tatler Business Academy at Dublin’s Convention Centre annually and a series of seminars based on her book Spark! with other inspirational speakers.
Norah is currently in training to climb Kilimanjaro and has already climbed Ireland’s highest mountain, Carrantuohill in Kerry and other peaks in Ireland and abroad. In between programme making she is an avid travel writer and is a member of the International Association of Travel Writers. In the past year she has reviewed and written on South Africa, Tanzania, New York, Miami, Rome, Portugal, Thailand and Key West. Her charity work is mainly in the areas of cancer (particularly breast cancer and cancer research); the hospice movement, suicide prevention and a range of women’s charities.
She has a 16 year old son Dara and her husband Richard Hannaford, who was a BBC correspondent for 18 years, passed away after a short and aggressive illness with cancer in October 2011.