Conductor and composer Eimear Noone faced plenty of adversity in her dream to enter a traditionally male career, but that wasn’t going to stop her.

Inspirefest 2017 speaker Eimear Noone has risen to prominence as a world-renowned conductor and composer, but she is perhaps best known for her work in the video game industry, which started all the way back in college with Metal Gear Solid.

Despite not even thinking at the time that she wanted to work on video games, that association led to an illustrious career that has seen her garner fame in a booming industry and sell out shows in some of the most famous theatres in the world.

However, this wasn’t always the case, as she explained on stage.

Words by Colm Gorey