Aengus Mac Grianna

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Aengus Mac Grianna
Born (1964-10-10) 10 October 1964 (age 49)
Raheny, Dublin
Nationality Irish
Occupation Journalist
Notable credit(s) RTÉ News: Nine O'Clock
RTÉ News and Current Affairs
Partner(s) Terry Gill (2004-)

Aengus Mac Grianna is an Irish newsreader on Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ). Mac Grianna was born in Raheny, a suburb in north Dublin to an Irish language speaking family. His father was a scientist and his mother was a teacher. Mac Grianna was educated solely through Irish. He broadcasts in both Irish and English. Mac Grianna has presented the Oireachtas Media Awards.[1][2] He lives on an alpaca farm in County Meath just outside Ashbourne with his husband Terry Gill.[3] His first job was in the Arnotts Sports Department where he earned £80 per week. He is a fan of Desperate Housewives and Coronation Street and supports Dublin and Manchester United.[4] Mac Grianna was considered a favourite to replace iconic newsreader Anne Doyle when she retired on 25 December 2011.[5]

On 9 January 2013, a video of Mac Grianna surfaced on YouTube showing him being caught unawares whilst applying some make-up to his face as he prepared for a live bulletin on RTÉ's digital news channel News Now. The presenter did not realise the cameras were rolling after a technical error meant that footage of Mac Grianna readying himself for the broadcast was shown instead of the title sequence. The incident quickly became an internet sensation with over one million YouTube hits in the first couple of days.[6] Aengus commented on it by saying ".. I saw the fun in it. You have to laugh at yourself as well, I think that’s important."[3]

In 2013 he came second in Celebrity MasterChef Ireland.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dáithí crowned as Gala Gael Star of the Year at the Oireachtas Media Awards". Oireachtas na Gaeilge. 
  2. ^ "Oireachtas Media Awards Winners Announced". IFTN (Irish Film and Television Network). 26 May 2010. Retrieved 26 May 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Quigley, Maeve (9 July 2013). "RTÉ newsreader Aengus MacGrianna set to wed". Retrieved 28 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "PAPER PROPHET Aengus MacGrianna". Sunday Independent. 16 October 2005. Retrieved 16 October 2005. 
  5. ^ "Goodbye: Anne Doyle’s last news bulletin to be on Christmas Day". The Journal. 7 December 2011. Retrieved 7 December 2011. 
  6. ^ "I'm not on... am I? Sorry, Aengus, but you are in fact live on the RTÉ News...". Daily Mail. 11 January 2013. Retrieved 11 January 2013.