Aoife Whelan

I am a Guidance Counsellor in a lovely secondary school in South County Dublin. Previously I was a chef and I was very fortunate to work in many places all over the world and build my career over the course of eight years within the culinary industry. My career then moved in a different direction as I wanted to work helping people so I decided to study to become a Guidance Counsellor and I started a food blog ‘Sweff-The-Chef’ as a platform to share my passion and recipes for healthy food, living and general wellness. This is how my journey with Christmas FM started and I began working with this station in 2016, sharing my healthier take on festive recipes and I’m delighted that it has evolved from there! I couldn’t be happier to be part of the team.

Your role at Christmas FM
Food and Drink - Recipe Creator
Why Christmas FM
I wanted to work with Christmas FM as the idea of being involved in bringing the magic of Christmas to so many homes whilst helping a charity was an opportunity that I couldn't miss. I cannot think of anything better or more worthwhile! The other thing that you will need to know about me is that I love everything about Christmas!! I genuinely believe that I may have been a Christmas elf in a past life and anyone who knows me would agree. I'd give Buddy the Elf a run for his money!
My Favourite Christmas Song
Bing Crosby - White Christmas
My Favourite Christmas Food
My Favourite Christmas Movie
The Grinch Who Stole Christmas
My Favourite Christmas Tradition
Getting new pyjamas on Christmas Eve!
My Elf Name is:
Sweffaleana Trixybell ( Sweff for short)
Where i'm from
I live in Stepaside and work in as a Guidance Counsellor in Rathgar, South Dublin. I grew up in Monkstown, County Dublin and have lived in California, New York and Newport Rhode Island in the USA. In the past I have played Soccer for the DIT Girls football team and was also a part of the DIT Handball team. I have a health food blog called Sweff The Chef which can be found at: Through my food blog I have contributed recipes for Lovin Dublin as well as Recipe Guru online.