Irene is a composer who is active across many disciplines including choral, opera, orchestral, dance, theatre, film and electronics. In recent years she has focused on composing live scores for silent films. These include Dreyer's The Passion of Joan of Arc, Epstein's The Fall of the House of Usher and Murnau's Nosferatu (co-composed with Linda Buckley). These have had performances in venues such as Glasgow Cathedral for Glasgow Film Festival, Union Chapel, London for Organ Reframed Festival, St. Fin Barre's Cathedral for Cork International Film Festival and Brookfield place, New York for the Silent Films/Live Music Series curated by WNYC's New Sounds presenter John Schaefer. Irene’s music has been performed by many prestigious ensembles including the BBC Singers and the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. Her orchestral work ‘Stórr’ was shortlisted for the 8th International Competition of Musical Personalities Composers’ Competition in Poland and her film score for 'The Swing' was nominated for Best Original Music at the Festival International du Film d'Aubagne, France. She holds a PhD in Composition and a BMus from University College Cork and an MA in Music Technology from Queens University Belfast and has attended composition courses in the USA, Latvia and the Netherlands.