The Irish Broadcasting 

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Brian was born in the UK in 1929 but moved to Ireland where he graduated from UCD. Parallelled with an academic career he was writing for a number of Irish newspaper and commentating on events of the day on Radio Eireann. He joined the television service when it opened in 1962 and until his retirement on 2004 he presented many news and analysis programmes including Newsbeat, 7 Days, Frontline and Primetime. He was the main anchor for the stations election and budgets coverage and was lead commentator on many of the State events including funerals and heads of state visits.


Eugene was born in County Sligo in 1928 and spent his life involved in puppetry entertainment. He is most famously associated with Wanderly Wagon, an RTE childrens programme that ran from 1967 until 1982. On the show Lambert played O'Brien with puppets such as Mr. Judge (pictured), Mr Crow and Snake. Lambert and Judge starred in a major road safety campaign in the 70's. In 1972 he founded the Lambert Theatre at the rear of his home in Monkstown County Dublin. In the 80's his family were involved with the ceation of another famous RTE puppet Bosco. Eugene died in February 2010.

Clips from Wanderly Wagon and Eugene Lambert


Known as the voice of the GAA for almost fifty years, Michael was born in Dublin in 1920. His first radio commentary was in August 1938 with his last in 1985 on television. He commentated for the BBC and ABC in the US on horse racing and was one of the main commentators for the Aintree Grand National. He was holidaying in the United States in 1963 when J.F. Kennedy was assassinated and commentated on RTE for the funeral. He passed away in 1996.

Michael O'Hehir commentates on the Aintree Grand National


Born in Cork in 1956, Mark always loved broadcasting and found a way in through pirate radio stations in Cork. This led to a chance at RTE's Cork Local Radio and in 1979 was one of the original DJs on RTE Radio 2. In 1989 he moved to commercial radio and Dublin's 98FM before joining Today FM in 1998. In September 1999 Mark and co host Amanda Byram launched independent TV3's Ireland AM breakfast show. Mark is still with the show today broadcasting three hours of live TV five days aweek. 

Mark Cagney interviews Irish singing group Crystal Swing on TV3's Breakfast show 'Ireland AM'


Born in Tipperary Vincent Hanley was known as 'Fab Vinnie' to his listeners on 2FM. After two years with the national pop channel he moved to Capital radio in London and then to New York where he began broadcasting a Music Television show for RTE known as MT USA. Hanley died in 1987 of an Aids related disease.

Clips from MT USA with Vincent Hanley in New York.


Bunny (Bernard Carr) will always be remembered for two shows, the game show Quicksilver and the programme dedicated to an aging population 'Going Strong'. Quicksilver was game show devised by the former bank official in 1965 and ran until 1981. Its catchphraze 'stop the lights' is still used in Ireland today. Going Strong an afternoon show was first broadcast in Septmeber 1975 and ran until 1983. Carr retired from RTE in 1984 to concentrate on his PR firm Carr Communications.


Born in Dublin in 1920 he attended Trinity College but did not graduate. After Trinity he joined the Gate Theatre as an actor. In 1961 he joined RTE and he was the first newscaster to appear on RTE television after its launch on December 31st 1961. He was the first RTE presenter to win a Jacobs Award in 1962. Mitchell read his final newscast in November 1984. He passed away in August 1996.


Frank was born in Newry, County Down in 1921 and started in the RTE News room in 1964 presenting a topical programme called 'Newsbeat' but is most famously remembered as host of the political satire show Halls Pictorial Weekly that also starred Eamon Morrissey and Frank Kelly. The show ran from 1971 until 1980 broadcasting almost 250 episodes. He was host for one season of the Late Late Show in 1964 when Gay Byrne briefly departed to broadcast in the UK. Frank Hall would later be appointed the Irish Censor. He passed away in September 1995.

Clips from Frank Hall's 'Pictorial Weekly' show.


Eamonn was born in Dublin in 1922 and excelled at boxing winning the Irish Junior Middleweight title in 1944. In 1946 he became a freelance sports broadcaster and in 1950 joined the expanding BBC Sports department commentating on boxing. From 1960 - 64 he was the Chairman of the first RTE Authority that over saw the launch of Irish television. He was one of the hosts of the opening gala night. He is best remembered as host of  What's My Line and long running host of This Is Your Life. Eamonn passed away in November 1987.

Tributes to Eamonn Andrews made on his passing.


Michael was a major force in the Irish Farmers Association. From 1962 until 1988 Michael presented Mart and Market, a round up show detailing the prices paid for livestock at the various marts around the country. His monotoned delivery meant he was one of the most recognisable voices on RTE Television.


For many years Pan was the senior researcher for Gay Byrne's Late Late Show and she was instrumental in the creation of the Toy Show annually broadcast at the start of December and is always in the Top Ten ratings each year. Pan joined RTE in 1961 and worked on the Late Late Show for 22 years. She won a Jacobs Award in 1972 for her role as researcher on the show. 


Born in Dublin in October 1913, Paddy will always be associated with 'School Around The Corner' when his radio programme and later a television series visited schools around the country interviewing the pupils of the school whose answers were the life blood of the show. Having got his break by writing scripts for the likes of Noel Purcell at the Theatre Royal, he joined Radio Eireann in the 1950's and his hot show began in 1953 with his old CBS school on Brunswick Street being the first to be featured. The show stayed on radio until 1966 while on television it began on January 2nd 1962, the second day of broadcasting for the new station. He presented the show until 1973 and it has been recreated by Ulster Television and RTE with Gerry Ryan as host. Paddy passed away suddenyl in September 1982 leaving behind a wife and seven children.

Paddy Crosbie's 'School Around the Corner'.


The Riordans was a rural/farming based soap opera launched on RTE television in 1965. Based in the fictional area of Leestown, County Kilkenny the show was unusual for its days as it was recorded entirely on location, a method copied by ITV when launching Emmerdale. The show dealt with many taboo issues of the day including sex outside marriage, travellers and divorce. It starred John Crowley as Tom Riordan, Moira Deady as his wife and Tom Hickey played the son Benji. Broadcast on Sunday nights the showed was axed in 1979 leading to a public outcry. The programme briefly transferred to radio as a fifteen minute show but it was Wesley Burrows creative writing that will remain as a window to a lost Ireland. A spin off from the show was 'Bracken' starring Gabriel Byrne and Niall Tobin while a spin off from that show went on to be the long running soap Glenroe.

Behind the scenes in the making of The Riordans