Mary Kennedy ( Irish: ; born 4 October 1956) is an Irish writer, television personality and former newscaster. She presented Máire Ní Chinnéide Eurovision Song Contest 1995 from the Point Theatre in Dublin. She has also presented her own Saturday night chat show called , a precursor to Kennedy . Kennedy was co-presenter of the magazine programme Saturday Night with Miriam with Open House Marty Whelan. She has previously presented and the Up for the Match People of the Year Awards. She is now co-presenter of with Nationwide Anne Cassin, having been so for a time with Michael Ryan.
Early life [ edit ]
Clondalkin, Dublin, Kennedy was educated at Colaiste Bride in Clondalkin and University College Dublin, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts. She taught English in Brittany, France, before returning to her to teach Irish and French. alma mater
Broadcasting [ edit ]
Kennedy's broadcasting career started in 1978 when she applied for a job as
continuity announcer at RTÉ. She went on to join the RTÉ News team, becoming a newscaster. She has also presented Eurovision Song Contest 1995, a Saturday night chat show called , and was co-presenter with Kennedy Marty Whelan on the magazine programme . Open House [1 ]
She used to present
and the Up for the Match People of the Year Awards until RTÉ replaced her in both jobs with the younger Gráinne Seoige. [2 ]
Kennedy began working as
Michael Ryan's co-presenter on the RTÉ local affairs show . Nationwide [1 ]
In April 2008, she commented on RTÉ television coverage of the state funeral of former
President of Ireland Patrick Hillery. [3 ]
In May 2011, she fronted RTÉ television coverage of
Queen Elizabeth II's visit to the Republic of Ireland. [4 ]
She has read the news on
RTÉ Radio 1. [5 ]
She has been a judge at the
Rose of Tralee. [6 ]
She provided commentary at the inauguration of the ninth
President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins. [7 ]
Writing [ edit ]
In 2003, Kennedy published her memoirs, titled
Paper Tigers. [8 ]
Lines I Love was shortlisted for an Irish Book Award. [7 ]
Lines for Living was published in 2011. [7 ]
Personal life [ edit ]
Her niece, Clare, was the girlfriend of
Garda Ciaran Jones, swept to his death in the River Liffey after he tried to help motorists during torrential rain in October 2011. [9 ]
Kennedy was voted
magazine's "Most Stylish Woman in Ireland" in 2003. VIP [10 ]
See also [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
^ a b "Mary Kennedy to Join Nationwide". . 5 April 2004 Irish Film and Television Network . Retrieved 13 July 2010.
^ "Seoige sisters have far to fall after their meteoric RTE rise". Irish Independent. 25 April 2009 . Retrieved 25 April 2009. "But the ice maiden thaw just didn't happen, despite RTE's attempts to turn Grainne into the girl next door. Her diary filled up impressively but at Mary Kennedy's expense who lost two prestigious gigs, 'Up for the Match' and 'People of the Year', to her."
^ "Coverage of the State Funeral of former President Dr. Patrick J. Hillery on Wednesday, 16th April". RTÉ. 15 April 2008 . Retrieved 15 April 2008.
^ Keane, Kevin (14 May 2011). "Broadcasters roll out big guns for visit". Irish Independent . Retrieved 14 May 2011.
^ Kearns, Martha (9 April 2004). "Half three will never be the same again . . . Open House RIP". Irish Independent . Retrieved 9 April 2004.
^ "Daithi's smitten, says star pal Mary as rose Rita meets his mum". Evening Herald. 24 August 2010 . Retrieved 24 August 2010.
^ a b c O'Connell, Edel (21 October 2011). "Martin joins Mary to get last word on the good life". Irish Independent . Retrieved 21 October 2011.
^ "Mary shows that she has the write stuff at launch". Irish Independent. 25 October 2003 . Retrieved 13 July 2010.
^ Dunne, Stephen (29 October 2011). "I'll go on loving him - hero garda's girl". Evening Herald . Retrieved 29 October 2011.
^ Cunningham, Grainne; Hegarty, Joanne (5 March 2004). "Marty and Mary seek new TV doors after RTE slams shut 'Open House'". Irish Independent . Retrieved 5 March 2004.