Stephen Kelly - Freelance sports journalist

Sports reporter at Irish Daily Star



Current location


Work category

Media and Design



I'm a freelance sports journalist/sub that spent three months working full-time with the Irish Daily Star this summer and still submits regular work to that paper.

I'm interested in both freelance opportunities as well as more fixed employment. I'm currently based in the Dublin area but am willing to travel.

I'm am passionate about most sports but gaelic games, soccer, tennis, mixed martial arts and boxing in particular.

If you need somebody to write,report or sub on sport, get in touch.

I've recently completed the MA in Journalism at UL.

Stephen Kelly's Professional Experience

2010 - Present

Irish Daily Star - Sports reporter

I initially started with the Irish Star on a four week paid placement after finishing my studies at the University of Limerick.

After the four week period ended was asked to extend my stay and I ended up working full time there for around three months.

The Star still employs me for various freelance gigs on a regular basis.

While there, I worked mostly on GAA, writing various news, features and match reports.

I was sent to report on several matches in the 2010 Championship including the All-Ireland quarter-final between Tyrone and Dublin at Croke Park,

During my stay in the office I built up an extensive list of contacts in Irish sport.

Key Skills
football GAA hurling Irish Star Reports soccer sports
2008 - 2009

Tennis Form - Match preview writer

Tennis form is an online company ( that at the time offered a subscription service to customers who wanted to receive detailed previews of upcoming matches (mostly professional gamblers)

Writing the previews required extensive knowledge of tennis as well as sports gambling. It also required an ability to utilise online research tools and to meet tight deadlines.

The specialist knowledge required to provide such match previews is rare and the research required and sheer volume of tennis matches taking place every week meant that providing a high quality service was very labour intensive.

The service was eventually disbanded when the company owner was unable to find additional writers.

Key Skills
gambling online reporter tennis tennis online writer reporter sports Writer

Stephen Kelly's Education and Qualifications


Masters/PostGrad - MA Journalism

University of Limerick


Bachelor/Degree - History and Politics

University College Dublin

Stephen Kelly's Additional Information


Playing sport, playing guitar, reading, watching sport etc etc


Vice-captain and PRO of Mullingar Tennis & Badminton Club (elected in 2008 and re-elected in 2009)

Class representative, MA Journalism class, University of Limerick, 2009/10.