Top accolade for Rachel

Rachel Quigley.

A FORMER Strabane Chronicle journalist says she is both “delighted” and “honoured” to pick up a prestigious new award in America.

Rachel Quigley, who works in New York as an entertainment editor for MailOnline scooped The Irish Echo 40 under 40 award at a gala event in Manhattan on Friday of last week. And at the same event, she was also named as a runner-up in the People’s Choice award.

“I am a board member of a New York non-profit called Digital Irish which promotes the expansion of Irish tech and digital start ups in America,” Rachel explained. “Through that, I’ve been involved in some work and events at the Irish Consulate and have also worked with Enterprise Ireland on advising digital media companies. The Irish community in New York is very small and close knit, and once you become involved with it, everyone helps each other out and you end up travelling in the same circles. I could have been on The Irish Echo’s radar from that.”

The 11th annual Irish 40 Under 40 features honourees from California to Connecticut and from Buffalo to the Bronx. Representing a new generation of inspirational young guns transforming Irish America, honourees come from all fields of endeavour including education, the law, finance, politics, sport, the arts and small business.

“I also recently returned to the Daily Mail as entertainment editor, and they now have a daily news show on TV,” Rachel continued. “I appear on that three times a week as a correspondent, usually talking about the top celebrity news of the day, so that may have been a factor in me getting the award. 

“They also had an extra People’s Choice award on the night which I came third in, so I have to thank everyone in Strabane who voted for that, as I know there were a lot and I’m eternally grateful!”

Rachel was previously named on the Irish Voice’s American Women of Influence list in 2015.

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