Brian Farrell (broadcaster)
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|Born||Bernard Brendan Farrell
9 January 1929
|Died||10 November 2014
|Education||University College Dublin,
Bernard Brendan "Brian" Farrell (9 January 1929 – 10 November 2014) was an Irish author, journalist, academic and broadcaster. He presented programmes such as Today Tonight, and Prime Time on RTÉ.
Born in Manchester, England, Farrell moved to Dublin, Ireland during the Second World War. He was educated at Coláiste Mhuire, Dublin; University College Dublin and Harvard University. He married Marie-Thérèse Dillon in April 1955 while attending Harvard.
Two of his sons followed him into academia: David Farrell is Professor of Politics in the School of Politics and International Relations at University College Dublin, and Theo Farrell is Professor of War Studies at King's College London. Brian Farrell's wife, Marie-Thérèse, is the daughter of Dr. Theo Dillon, one of the sons of John Dillon the Irish nationalist politician. Her uncle was James Dillon, the Leader of the Fine Gael party from 1959 to 1965.
In 1955 he joined the administrative staff of University College Dublin became director of extramural studies and in 1957 assistant to the registrar. In 1966, he began lecturing in the Department of Ethics and Politics there and went on to become senior lecturer in politics. In the early 1980s, having run the Department of Ethics and Politics for a number of years since the death of the departmental head, Professor Rev Conor Martin, Farrell was controversially denied the post of department head and professor. The post instead was given to Professor John H. Whyte of Queens University Belfast (QUB). In 1985 in compensation he was made Associate Professor of Politics, where he became the senior lecturer in Irish government. He retired from academia in the mid 1990s.
Farrell also had a successful career as a media commentator. He wrote articles for The Irish Press and the Irish Independent. During the 1950s he worked with Radio Éireann and in 1962 he joined the newly established Irish television station, Telefís Éireann. He presented RTÉ's main programmes of comment and analysis - Broadsheet, Newsbeat, 7 Days, Today Tonight, and Prime Time - into the new millennium. He also continued to work on radio from time to time.
Farrell covered major events at home and abroad, starting with the visit of the American President John F. Kennedy to Ireland in 1963.
Farrell was honoured twice by the national press TV critics for his work in RTÉ current affairs programming. He received his first Jacob's Award in 1968 for his presentation of 7 Days. His second was awarded for his central role in RTÉ's coverage of the 1977 general election results.
In December 2000, he presented an Irish historical programme 100 Years, a retrospective of events in Ireland over the 20th century.
- Chairman or Chief? (Studies in Irish Political Culture), (1971), ISBN 0-7171-0535-0, Editor.
- Founding of Dáil Éireann, (1971), ISBN 0-7171-0536-9.
- Seán Lemass, (1983), ISBN 0-7171-1074-5.
- Communications and Community in Ireland, (1984), ISBN 0-85342-727-.
- Consensus in Ireland: Approaches and Recessions, (1988), ISBN 0-19-827545-5, Foreword.
- Child Poverty in Ireland, (2000), ISBN 1-86076-183-6.
- "Former RTÉ presenter Brian Farrell dies aged 85". The Irish Times. 10 November 2014.
- "Former RTE broadcaster Brian Farrell has died at 85". Irish Independent. 10 November 2014. Retrieved 12 November 2014.
- "‘A pioneering political broadcaster’: Former RTÉ broadcaster Brian Farrell has died". The Journal. 10 November 2014. Retrieved 12 November 2014.