Orla graduated in 2007 with a B.A. in Biblical and Theological Studies from Trinity College, Dublin. Having made the decision to pursue a career in Archives Orla completed the M.A. in Archives and Records Management in University College, Dublin, graduating in 2009. Prior to and since qualification as a professional Archivist Orla has worked on a myriad of projects as a contract Archivist for Eneclann including the Irish Land Commission, Heritage Council and more recently the Military Service Pensions Archive in Cathal Brugha Barracks.
Orla has also worked abroad in the Diageo Archive in Scotland and for a year in Uganda as a University Records Advisor. Upon her return from Uganda Orla worked as the project Archivist on a digitisation and cataloguing project in the Guinness Archive. This project raised her interest in the field of archives digitisation and as a result joined the company in September 2015 as a member of the Publications and Digitisation team.