Irene was born and lived abroad up to the age of 21, attending English schools and an English University. In 1982 she graduated from Trinity College, Dublin with a B.A in Modern Languages. In 1992 she graduated from the Catholic University in Brescia with a ‘Laurea in Lingue e Letterature Straniere’. She has been teaching full time in a senior secondary school in Orzinuovi since 2001. In the past few months she has started her revision work for this magazine, on Italian to English translations, finding the job a stimulating and useful language activity.