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 75 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
- League Of Ireland
- National Hurling League
- National Football League (Ireland)
He has lectured in Radio Broadcasting at Colaiste Stiofan Naofa in Cork.
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- Watterson, Johnny (26 March 2012). "Ibrox was bouncing - and this time it wasn't the cheques". The Irish Times. Irish Times Trust. Retrieved 26 March 2012.