With an artist for a mother and an actor for a father, cinematography seemed like the natural path.
Ruairí went to film school in Ireland. A scholarship in Japan got him working in Tokyo as a sound recordist and an editor, but driven to pursue a career as a cameraman he concentrated on shooting in Dublin. After some time shooting factual TV and short films, director Colm McCarthy hired him to shoot Murphy's Law for the BBC. He quickly established himself in TV drama. He also has shot numerous feature films, including the recent Sea Fever, Dating Amber and Jericho Ridge.
He is also a member of the Irish Society of Cinematographers and has been twice nominated for the Irish Film and Television Awards for his work on Five Minutes Of Heaven and The Fall.