Mother Teresa Interview

Marie O'Riordan Mother Teresa

Marie O'Riordan was the last person to interview the late Nobel Peace Prize winner Mother Teresa, Saint Teresa of Calcutta, in her home in Calcutta, India, in 1997. She was making a radio documentary on the impact of the Irish on people's lives surviving the chronically overpopulated slums. The experience in the Third World left a lasting impression, inspiring her regular volunteer trips to developing countries.

Early Life

Marie O'Riordan baby

When Marie was ten months old, her family realised that she was problem-solving. As a preschooler, her Photographic Memory became apparent when the young girl memorised multiple collections of adult and children's encyclopedia sets, telephone books, and the golden pages. A University Professor at a leading School of Medicine took a keen interest in Marie's abilities. She was taken aback by the international expert's findings - "Massive Savant skills. I have never met anyone as talented as her before. The IQ is extremely high." Retrospectively, the Professor said she should have commenced university at five at a unit for gifted youths rather than starting primary school.

As the years passed, Marie was tired of being tested with extreme memory challenges that she always won. Marie disliked feeling her abilities were on show and stopped engaging in public memory challenges. However, she occasionally demonstrates her memory skills privately to Medical Researchers at major universities.

Media Career

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O'Riordan spent over fifteen years working full-time in media as a Broadcast News Journalist, Presenter and Senior Producer. She spent six years building up experience on national and local radio from the age of thirteen. At fourteen, Marie branched into national T.V. By fifteen, Marie had become a national award-winning Short Filmmaker. She graduated from a private college and Business School in her teens after qualifying in Media Techniques: Journalism and Radio and Public Administration. Twenty-five years later, in 2019, Marie completed a Journalism course at the University of Cambridge. Over the past thirty-four years, she has built up extensive media experience internationally.

Further Background

Marie is passionate about helping underdogs in society, especially Double Minorities and those who are part of the LGBT+ community, Neurodiverse individuals who are High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder Savants, people with rare personality types, especially an MBTI of INFJ and people living with chronic to acute Migraine since birth.

Volunteering and philanthropy have played a significant role in her life ever since two children died in the family when she was young. Marie first volunteered in a hospital in France as a teenager. Since then, she has embarked on humanitarian missions around the world. In 2006, she volunteered in an orphanage in Nairobi and Mombasa, Kenya. In December 2011, she was presented with an International Honorary Award for her philanthropic educational work through technology in Africa at a gala ball in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates, hosted by the Middle East Internet Awards. She dedicated the award to the two children who had died.

International Speaker

Marie has addressed audiences on Public Relations, Communications, Marketing, Media, Journalism, Investigative Journalism, Success Psychology, Diversity and Inclusion on stages around the world from the Dubai World Trade Centre to annual international conventions in Las Vegas as well as Guest Lecturer at University College London (UCL), The Tower Club Fort Lauderdale, Dharubaaruge Convention Centre The Maldives, L'Universite Paris Descartes (Paris V), Club Quarters Trafalgar Square, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Phoenix, Sedona, Denver, Boston, Clearwater, Calgary, Geneva, Dubrovnik, Ephesus, Venice, Bari, Athens, Beaumont Estate Windsor, Manchester, Birmingham, Wales, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Belfast, Dublin, Cork, Croke Park, Trinity College Dublin (TCD), RDS Longines Dublin International Horse Show, University of Limerick (UL) and the NSW Government's Department of Education in Sydney, Australia.

Over the years, as a natural negotiator and people person, governments invited Marie to accompany trade delegations on multi-country trade missions between nations in Asia and the European Union.

Career Milestones

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A segment of the Top 5 results from her 8+ years of Communications and Language Patterns research into Olympic athletes was featured by Entrepreneur magazine during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games by a multiple-olympian and T.V. presenter on The Olympics on NBC show.

Her entire career, Marie has been passionate about results. From 2009 to 2017, she consulted for FORTUNE 500s up to Chairman, President and CEO levels. In June and October 2016, she was in London for ten days of PR consulting for FTSE 250-listed companies regarding Brexit.


Marie O'Riordan is Global Director of Public Relations at EML Payments.

Story Samples

Read her life story on Arianna Huffington's Thrive Global


18 on the list of ''50 Exemplary PR Pros to Follow on Twitter''


Buzzfeed's (NBCUniversal-backed) ''14 Ideas from Prominent Marketers About How to Successfully Market Your Product''


The StartUp Growth's Expert Round-Up: ''How Do You Get Placements with Media''


Featured in Observe global magazine's "Rethinking Diversity"


Professor Lilia Stoyanov's Tranformify is backed by the University of Oxford and Richard Branson. Read her interview with Marie on Neurodiversity


Featured in "28 Entrepreneurs List Their Favorite Business Books" on Teach a CEO in the US


Image Magazine - "Marie's list of achievements in her life are intimidatingly impressive and she has continuously defied outdated assumptions about what it means to be autistic."


''10,334th Most Famous Person in the World'' (FameFlux Rankings)


Listed ''No.2 Irish Female Game Changer''


No.5 on "The Top 20 Press Releases of 2019" list compiled by Media HQ


International Business Awards Judge 2020, 2019 & 2018


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