1 August 1951 |
|Residence||Tivoli, County Cork|
|Employer||Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ)|
Two years later in 1980 he joined the national broadcaster, Radio Telefís Éireann, as a member of the station's sports department. As a fluent Irish-speaker his first All-Ireland final commentary was on RTÉ 2 in 1981, because the station then had a policy of using the two channels for commentaries in both English and Irish. After Michael O'Hehir's retirement due to ill-health in 1985, Canning became the main Gaelic games commentator on RTÉ television. Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh took over O'Hehir's duties as a radio commentator. To date Canning has broadcast nearly 50 All-Ireland finals (including three in Irish).
Canning has worked on many sporting events for RTÉ, including:
- Soccer, including five World Cups
- Six Olympic Games
- International rules football
- Greyhound racing
- Olympic hockey qualifying
Canning played soccer for UCC and College Corinthians and played minor and junior football for St.Finbarrs.
He has lectured in Radio Broadcasting at Colaiste Stiofan Naofa in Cork.
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