SEXY SINEAD SWAPS PUB LIFE FOR BIT OF A LAUGH.
The 23-year-old blonde, who played feisty barmaid Farrah, said she loved working on the popular soap and knew she was lucky to have a regular wage.
But she decided to quit rather than face the danger of being typecast.
And now Sinead believes she made the right decision - because tomorrow night she launches a new Irish sitcom, The Cassidys, and will shortly be seen on the big screen in a movie with Robbie Coltrane and Brenda Blethyn.
Dubliner Sinead said: "For a month after I left Fair City I would be watching it and thinking 'What have I done?'
"I was incredibly lucky to be working there in the first place. I was blessed.
"I had a ball and loved the people I was working with. But my agent was also looking for other things.
"I would have stayed but I did not want to get typecast.
"If I was 20 years older with a mortgage and kids I would have stayed in regular work but I was ready for the challenge."
After quitting last August, Sinead starred in a pilot for The Cassidys, which was filmed in front of a live audience at Dublin's Project Theatre.
"It was great fun and comes at a good time because Ireland hasn't had a sitcom since Upwardly Mobile."
Sinead plays Lisa, one of three twentysomething siblings who live together in their family home in suburban Dublin. Also in the cast is award-winning comedian Ed Byrne.
"If I was still in Fair City I would not have been able to make this or the film. I have been very lucky. Someone is looking after me," said Sinead.
Her film, On The Nose, comes out next month.
FAMILY FORTUNES: Sinead (far right) in RTE's The Cassidys