Conor McNamara

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Conor McNamara
Residence Limerick, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Education BA (hons) TV & Radio, Post-graduate diploma in Business Studies
Alma mater University of Salford
University College Dublin (UCD)
Occupation Sports commentator

Conor McNamara is an Irish sports commentator who lives in Manchester, United Kingdom. He works for BBC Radio 5 Live, Match of the Day and BBC Television’s Rugby Union coverage.

McNamara was born in Limerick Ireland, where he attended the Jesuit Rugby School – Crescent College – whose alumni include Terry Wogan, Richard Harris, Bill Whelan (Riverdance Composer) as well as rugby internationals David Wallace and Peter Clohessy.

Mc Namara studied at the University of Salford in Manchester where he holds a Degree in Television and Radio. He also attended the Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School at University College Dublin where he received a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Studies.

Early career in Ireland[edit]

While still at University, McNamara did his first football commentary for Irish national radio station Today FM - the 1997 FA Cup Final.

He joined the Irish TV station TV3 in Dublin at its launch in 1998 as Sports Presenter/Commentator. His first commentary for national television was the Republic of Ireland versus Yugoslavia in 1998. He became TV3's UEFA Champions League commentator in 1999, before joining the BBC in 2002.

Career at the BBC[edit]

While McNamara regularly commentates for BBC Radio 5 Live and Match of the Day. Away from sport, he voices the character of 'Squawk The Parrot' on CBeebies show "Swashbuckle".[1]

Football commentary[edit]

McNamara's first national radio commentary for BBC Radio 5 Live was Bolton v Tottenham in April 2002. His first Match of the Day commentary for BBC television was Everton versus Aston Villa in October 2004.

McNamara regularly commentates on the Premier League, the UEFA Champions League and internationals. He has worked at the 2006 FIFA World Cup, the 2010 FIFA World Cup as well as UEFA Euro 2004, UEFA Euro 2008 and UEFA Euro 2012.

Rugby commentary[edit]

McNamara commentates on rugby union for BBC television and radio. He regularly covers Ireland's games for BBC radio. McNamara's first live TV commentary game for the BBC was Scotland versus Italy in the Six Nations Championship in 2011.

Golf commentary[edit]

McNamara is part of the BBC’s golf commentary team and has worked at every The Open Championship since 2006. He has also worked at 2008 PGA Championship, 2012 Players Championship, 2012 PGA Championship, 2013 PGA Championship, 2013 Solheim Cup. In September 2012 McNamara worked at his first Ryder Cup - 2012 Ryder Cup in Chicago.[2]

Other BBC appearances[edit]

In 2011, McNamara's commentary featured prominently on the BBC's "Let it Live" campaign to promote digital radio.[3]

In 2012, his commentary was used on a similar campaign entitled "Don't miss a thing this summer".[4]

McNamara appears on Phil Williams’ Team Talk on Wednesday nights on BBC Radio Five Live with fellow BBC Sport broadcaster Dan Walker.[5]

In 2013, the video broadcasting website Vizibee ranked McNamara second in its list of top publishers.[6]


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