I am Gráinne Hawkes, 26 years old and am delighted to represent the vibrant London-Irish community. I work as a solicitor in Linklaters, an international law firm in the City of London. I have a first class honours degree in Law from Trinity College Dublin, a masters in European Law from the College of Europe, Bruges and an Msc in Business and Law from the University of Law, London.
As a lifeguard in the National Aquatic Centre throughout school and university, I have been responsible for the lives of US Synchronised Swimming, New Zealand Rugby and Dublin Football teams. I spent my first three weeks as a qualified solicitor working in a refugee camp with European Lawyers in Lesvos. I enjoy spending time with my family and we travel to Lourdes as volunteers every year with my 98 year old grandmother.
I've been fortunate to represent Ireland as a facilitator for the European Youth Parliament at conferences across Europe and Africa. I love disco spinning classes, a day at the races and running a half marathon at least once a year. I like singing, baking and using my languages while travelling. I enjoy supporting my parents’ native Tipperary and Limerick and have played in the European GAA Championships and the Asian Gaelic Games.