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RTÉ’s Sean O’Rourke steps in to fill Pat Kenny’s shoes

Sean O'Rourke
Sean O’Rourke

RTÉ veteran Sean O’Rourke has been named as Pat Kenny’s successor.

O‘Rourke will take over the popular RTÉ Radio One mid-morning slot on September 2, following Kenny’s departure to a rival station.

One of RTÉ’s main anchors, O’ Rourke has presented News at One since 1995 and will be a familiar face and voice to many viewers.

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Announcing the autumn schedule, Jim Jennings, Acting Managing Director of RTÉ Radio, confirmed that O’Rourke will present the key 10-noon slot. Jennings said Radio 1’s new daytime line-up was now better than ever.

A 54-year-old father of six, O’Rourke was born in Portlaoise and reared in Galway. He graduated from the National University of Ireland, Galway and began his career as a print journalist working as a reporter for The Connacht Tribune.

O’Rourke said the new show will break news, drive debate and analyse the stories of the day, adding: “I hope people will come for the news and stay for the craic.”

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