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Gleeson is the youngest of nine children, she has seven brothers and one sister. She was born in Nenagh and spent her schoolyears there. She was brought up by her mother Anne ("with an e") and her father Liam.
Gleeson gained cult status for her slots on Tom Dunne's radio show Pet Sounds. Dunne would constantly include Gleeson, whom he would refer to as his "assistant Ann", with him, in his show and the two developed a nightly competition where she would hum an obscure track for the listeners to guess.
Later Gleeson did her "Ann Does Ireland!" feature on The Ray Foley Show. "Ann Does Ireland!" saw Gleeson travel Ireland on a weekly basis describing towns and cities in a humorous and satirical manner for Foley's lunchtime listeners. This led to her taking on an increasing role in the show, substituting for regular female co-host Adelle McDonnell and making contributions to the show's blog. Her involvement peaked when McDonnell married and took a five-week honeymoon, Gleeson filling in for her on twenty-five consecutive days only for Foley to jokingly claim on her departure that she only showered once every fortnight. She returned when Adelle went to Uganda on a pilgrimage.
Gleeson was also involved in the special edition of The Ray D'Arcy Show live from Vicar Street, presented The Essential Guns N' Roses on 23 November 2008 (her debut on that show) and is credited for her part in the making of Even Better Than the Disco Thing.
Ann Did Ireland!
Ann Did Ireland! on The Ray Foley Show.
- "Cancer-hit DJ Ann Gleeson is all clear". Daily Star. 8 February 2013. Retrieved 8 February 2013.
- Gleeson spoke of her family background on 2 March 2009.
- Carroll, Jim (20 August 2008). "All change at Today FM". The Irish Times. Irish Times Trust. Retrieved 26 November 2008.
- "Ann does Ireland!". Today FM. Retrieved 26 November 2008.
- Butler, Laura (17 July 2012). "Today FM's Ray asks listeners for their prayers as Ann reveals cancer battle". Evening Herald. Retrieved 17 July 2012.
- Gallagher, Teresa (18 July 2012). "Fans shower Today FM star Ann with support in her cancer battle". Evening Herald. Retrieved 18 July 2012.
- Martin, Roy (7 February 2013). "Ann Gleeson welcomed back to Today FM". Radio Today. Retrieved 7 February 2013.