Aoife Dooley is a 5ft freelance illustrator, graphic designer, author and comedian from Coolock, Dublin. She studied in Colaiste Dhulaigh for 3 years before going on to achieve a first class honours degree in Visual Communication where she studied at Dublin Institute of Technology. Before she left college she was published and featured in Counter Prints book - Icon. Aoife is best known for her 'Your One Nikita' ( formally known as Dublin Hun ) Illustrations which chronicle the life of a 22 year old woman called Nikita, best friend Tanya and boyfriend Anto. She published her first book 'How to be massive' October 2016 with Gill books and her second in 2017 'How to deal with poxes on a daily basis' and is currently working on a Your One Nikita animated Tv series with RTE.
‘Razor-sharp observational humour … has the zeitgeisty quotability of a contemporary Roddy Doyle.’ The Irish Times
‘How to Be Massive is funny, affectionate and very, very sharp. Almost social history and always great fun, this book is, well, massive.’ Roddy Doyle
Aoife gigs regularly in Dublin along with performing at festivals such as the Vodafone Comedy Festival, Body & Soul, and Electric Picnic. She has gigged along side PJ Gallagher, David O’Doherty, Jason Byrne, Alison Spittle and american comedians Al Lubel and Chris Redd to name a few. She won U Magazines 30 under 30 award for best comedian in 2017 after only a month on the scene.
Aoife openly shares her experiences of being diagnosed as Autistic at the age of 27, neurodiversity and how a diagnosis helped her to truly understand herself. She believes she would not have achieved what she has to date if she was neurotypical. Aoife has helped dozens of women to seek and receive a diagnosis over the last few months as women in Ireland and across the globe are massively under diagnosed or misdiagnosed due to Autism previously looked upon as a male dominated disability and how it is portrayed in mainstream media. Aoife was shortlisted in two categories for U magazines 30 under 30 awards 2018 for social contribution and Activism.
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