Colm Hayes

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Colm Hayes
Born Colm Caffrey
Santry, Dublin, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Education Our Lady of Victories BNS, Ballymun
Occupation Presenter of radio and television
Employer Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ)
Known for The Strawberry Alarm Clock
The Colm & Jim-Jim Breakfast Show
Colm and Jim-Jim's Home Run
The Colm and Lucy Show
The Colm Hayes Show
Salary €213,954 (2009)[1]

Colm Caffrey (Irish: Colm Ó Cafraigh),[1] known professionally as Colm Hayes, is a former Irish radio broadcaster and sometime television presenter. He formerly presented weekend breakfasts on RTÉ 2fm.

Hayes had a 10-year radio partnership with James "Jim-Jim" Nugent, beginning on The Strawberry Alarm Clock on FM104 where the pair established themselves as the number one breakfast show in Dublin. The pair moved to national broadcaster RTÉ 2fm to host The Colm & Jim-Jim Breakfast Show.[2] While there they also did Colm and Jim-Jim's Home Run on RTÉ One. When Gerry Ryan died in 2010, Hayes split up with Jim-Jim Nugent and presented The Colm and Lucy Show with Lucy Kennedy for a time before breaking off on his own and moving to his current timeslot.

Private life[edit]

His real name is Colm Caffrey. He attended Our Lady of Victories BNS in Ballymun, and St. Aidan's C.B.S. in North Dublin, Ireland. He is the youngest of four siblings.[3] His wife is from Belfast.[4] His dog Rocky, born in July 2009, is a brother of the dog owned by Adrian Wreckler, Digital Editor of The Sunday Business Post.[5] Hayes smokes cigarettes.[6][citation needed]

Early career (1980s - 2000)[edit]

Born in Santry, Hayes began his radio career on pirate radio. He broadcast with KELO, Q102 and Energy 103 and the immensely popular Radio Nova during the 1980s. Following the pirate stations ultimate closure by regulators, he worked at the state broadcaster 2FM on the late night shifts. Colm then got the weekday lunchtime slot. He left 2FM during the summer of 1989 for the first licensed commercial radio station Dublin's Capital Radio (now called FM104 ). After its launch, Colm Hayes was Capital Radio's first weekday breakfast show presenter. In 1996, Colm became the second anchor presenter of The Strawberry Alarm Clock on FM104, after the departure of Timmy Ryan.

Partnership with Jim-Jim Nugent (2000 - 2010)[edit]

Following the addition of Nugent to The Strawberry Alarm Clock in 2000, the show would prosper with the pair dominating the timeslot in Dublin and winning several awards.

In 2007, the pair joined RTÉ 2fm to host the breakfast show reportedly at the behest of Gerry Ryan who was worried with the turbulent breakfast slot which preceded his show and had been marred by poor listenership.[7] It was reported in 2011 that RTÉ paid combined fees of nearly €500,000.[8] Their departure from FM104 was acrimonious with the pair escorted from the station's building and blocked from using the "Alarm Clock" reference in their new show, instead settling for The Colm & Jim-Jim Breakfast Show.[9]

Whilst initial listenership was healthy, an overall decline in figures for breakfast shows with Ireland's declining economic fortunes (and, as a result, there been less commuters), the pair did not enjoy the same success as previously. The pair did, however, enjoy a television debut with Colm and Jim-Jim's Home Run which was picked up for international distribution.[10]

Partnership with Lucy Kennedy (2010)[edit]

The 2010 death of Gerry Ryan led to the break-up of the 10-year relationship of Colm Hayes and Jim-Jim Nugent. Whilst initially a temporary move, Hayes went on to host The Colm and Lucy Show with Lucy Kennedy in Ryan's place until a revamp from RTÉ later in the year. Nugent departed the station before the revamp, declining a new time slot at the station and returned to FM104.

The Colm Hayes Show (2010 - present)[edit]

Hayes then hosted the 11-1 show, following on from Ryan Tubridy's Tubridy programme which replaced Ryan.[11]

In 2011, Hayes gained listeners in the JNLRs.[12] On 11 November 2011, RTÉ revealed that Hayes had earned €213,954 from RTÉ in 2009, the organisation's tenth highest earner.[1] Jim-Jim, paid less than half this figure before he departed RTÉ, was reported to have been "shocked" to learn of this, describing it as a "mystery", a "betrayal" and suggesting that "RTE is run like Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory".[13]

Hayes does do a singles night.[14] He penned a UEFA Euro 2012 single called "Put Your Green Cape On" for Jedward.[15]

It was announced in December 2016 he would spend three weeks covering for John Clarke on Radio Nova 100 that month.[16]


  1. ^ a b c "Pat Kenny highest paid RTÉ presenter in 2009". RTÉ. 11 November 2011. Retrieved 11 November 2011. 
  2. ^ "Friends for life". Sunday Tribune. 18 August 2010. Retrieved 7 September 2010. 
  3. ^ As described by Hayes on The Colm Hayes Show when discussing childhood memories with a listener, 1 December 2011.
  4. ^ As stated by Hayes on The Colm Hayes Show when a listener suggested he was biased against Northerners, 22 November 2011.
  5. ^ As discovered by Hayes on The Colm Hayes Show after he and Wreckler discussed gadgets, 23 November 2011.
  6. ^ As admitted by Hayes on The Colm Hayes Show after the price of cigarettes was increased in the 2012 budget, 7 December 2011.
  7. ^ O'Brien, Jason (13 January 2007). "'Alarmed' RTÉ radio axes Marty's show". Irish Independent. Retrieved 17 October 2008. 
  8. ^ Murphy, Claire (14 November 2011). "Did RTÉ splash out €428k to capture Colm and Jim-Jim?". Evening Herald. Retrieved 14 November 2011. 
  9. ^ "Don't move the dial . . . you might miss 2fm's next line-up change". Irish Independent. 1 March 2007. Retrieved 17 October 2008. 
  10. ^ "Colm and Jim Him score a horn". Sunday Tribune. 18 August 2010. Retrieved 7 September 2010. 
  11. ^ Sweeney, Ken (18 August 2010). "Tubridy and Hector in leap of faith for revamped 2fm". Irish Independent. Retrieved 7 September 2010. 
  12. ^ "Morning Ireland tops JNLRs once again". RTÉ. 28 October 2011. Retrieved 28 October 2011. 
  13. ^ Campos, Adelina (19 November 2011). "Colm got twice my pay, reveals angry Jim-Jim". Evening Herald. Retrieved 19 November 2011. 
  14. ^ "PColm Hayes takes singles party to Cork". RTÉ. 19 January 2012. Retrieved 19 January 2012. 
  15. ^ "Colm Hayes pens Euro 2012 single for Jedward". RTÉ. 1 February 2012. Retrieved 1 February 2012. 
  16. ^