Niamh Ni Longain

I grew up in Donegal in the north west of Ireland and went to university in Belfast to study medicine. Having graduated, I worked in Northern Ireland, then travelled and worked in New Zealand journeying back slowly through South East Asia. I then moved to and settled in North East London where I feel totally at home.

I work as a consultant in adult and paediatric emergency medicine in Hackney and have a special interest in adolescents and young people – it’s a fun, challenging and fulfilling role. In my working life I see the effects of social inequality and the effects of violence amongst young people on a day to day basis and hence was delighted when the opportunity to work with Streetdoctors arose. Their clarity of purpose, the mission to have a world free from youth violence, the efficacy of the training delivered and the enthusiasm of the volunteers who give so selflessly really moves and encourages me.

When I’m off I’m usually found running on the river with my lovely dog trying hard to stop him catching squirrels, training for half marathons, doing yoga, travelling and exploring London with friends.