Henry McDonald’s journalism has taken him from Belfast to Beirut, from the borderlands of South Armagh to the frontier zone between Israel and Lebanon. Henry has written for a number of international magazines such as ‘The Spectator’ and ‘GQ’ as well as feature articles for Observer Life. He has worked for a variety of newspapers from The Irish News, to the Evening Press in Dublin, The Sunday Times, The Belfast Telegraph, Irish Echo in New York and latterly as a staff correspondent for The Observer and The Guardian where he spent 23 years.
In broadcasting, Henry has a depth of experience in both television and radio. He was Security Correspondent for BBC Northern Ireland during the vital period leading to the IRA and loyalist paramilitary ceasefires in 1994. He also produced news reports for the BBC’s national television network. In addition, Henry worked on two health programmes for Ulster Television as an on-line reporter/producer.
Between 1996 to 2000 Henry was a television correspondent for Channel 5 News. Radio was the medium where Henry made his breakthrough reporting for BBC Youth programmes radio show ‘The Bottom Line’ in the mid to late 1980s. Henry was also fronted and co-produced an award-winning radio documentary on the future of sectarianism in Scotland one year after the ceasefires in Northern Ireland for Radio Five Live.
Having worked at The Guardian for over two decades Henry was at the centre of the digital journalism revolution. He produced an online internet documentary on an upsurge of paramilitary violence in Derry for The Guardian’s website. Henry has used all the digital tools of journalism including his own photography, video and social media spreading the story.
Peter Finn is a builder on the hit Irish TV Construction themed shows: Room to Improve, Home Rescue & Great House Revival.
He is the Managing Director of Building Contracting Company from Dublin - MDS Construction and has over 25 years of Building experience.
Peter's portfolio includes a vast range of projects from highly sensitive public & private conservation projects, the relocation of the Fair City (Irish EastEnders) TV filming set, numerous high-end private homes (New Build & restoration) & various commercial fit-out projects
As well as being all of the above and the proud Dad of three beautiful daughters, Peter is a sports enthusiast. He plays for Dublin Masters GAA (Irish football) team & is a former semi-pro soccer player.