Gráinne Seoige

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Gráinne Seoige
Born (1973-11-05) 5 November 1973 (age 43)
An Spidéal, County Galway, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Education NUI Galway
Occupation TV presenter
Agent Noel Kelly[1]
Notable credit(s) Seoige
People of the Year Awards
The All Ireland Talent Show
Up for the Match
Put 'Em Under Pressure Daybreak
Spouse(s) Stephen Cullinane
(m. 2002; div. 2010)
Partner(s) Leon Jordaan
Children 1
Relatives Síle Seoige (sister)

Gráinne Seoige (Irish pronunciation: [ˈɡɾˠaːnʲə ˈʃoːɟə], born 5 November 1973) is an Irish journalist, news anchor and documentary and entertainment television presenter.[2][3][4] A noted Irish language supporter, Seoige is the only television personality to have worked with all four Irish terrestrial television stations—TG4, TV3, RTÉ One and RTÉ2—and to have read the inaugural news bulletins on three separate channels—TG4, TV3, and Sky News Ireland.

Early Life[edit]

Seoige was born in Mayo to Phil and Mairtín Seoige, and has a sister, Síle, who is also a television presenter. She was raised in Galway and attended Mercy Convent, Spiddal, before studying at University College Galway (now NUI Galway) and graduating with a BA in English, Sociology, and Political Science. Seoige then went on to complete a Higher Diploma in Applied Communications for Television and Radio through Irish, also at NUI Galway.

Broadcasting career[edit]


Seoige began her broadcasting career on Halloween, 31 October 1996, with the launch of Teilifís na Gaeilge (now TG4) anchoring the 10pm news bulletin with Gillian Ní Cheallaigh.[5] She stayed at TG4 until 1998, when she was asked to be launch anchor with independent broadcaster TV3 and presented TV3's 5:30pm News (also known as First Edition) and 6:30pm News with Alan Cantwell. Seoige also hosted News Tonight, as well as producing, writing and presenting news updates throughout the day. She also presented occasionally, Ireland's only breakfast programme, TV3's breakfast show Ireland AM. Seoige was on air when the 9/11 terror attack happened and anchored over 7 hours of live news coverage alone that day.

Sky News[edit]

Seoige was head hunted to move to Sky News Ireland and presented its news bulletins from 10 May 2004. She presented bulletins at Sky News headquarters anchoring on every programme between 12 midnight and 12 noon.


Seoige joined Ireland's main national broadcaster, RTÉ, in 2006. From 2006-09, she co-presented an afternoon chat show, Seoige (also known as Seoige and O'Shea), with her sister Síle, while from 2011-16 she co-presented the series Crimecall. Other high-profile roles for her at RTÉ included hosting the People of the Year Awards (2008), co-presenting the Up for the Match sport specials (2008), and presenting The All Ireland Talent Show (2009) and the sports quiz show, Put 'Em Under Pressure.[6][7]

Seoige also fronted documentary series for RTÉ, including Gráinne Seoige's Modern Life (2011) and Great Irish Journeys, which explored Ireland during the Great Famine. A fluent Irish speaker, Seoige often appears on Tell Me a Story, a programme on the subsidiary children's channel RTÉjr, in which she tells stories in Irish.[8]


During 2010, Seoige appeared regularly on British channel ITV, as a presenter on breakfast programme GMTV and as features editor on ITV Breakfast's morning programme Daybreak.[9][10][11] She covered both national and international news.

BBC One[edit]

In 2011 she appeared on the BBC One series That's Britain[12] covering issues including train overcrowding and energy prices.

Personal life[edit]

Seoige has a son, Conall, who was born when she was 20.[13]

In 2002, Seoige married former TV3 colleague and long term partner Stephen Cullinane; they divorced in 2010.[4][14]

Seoige was honoured by NUI Galway in 2007 with an Alumni Award for her services to the Irish language.

Seoige announced her engagement to South African businessman and former rugby coach Leon Jordaan in 2014.[15][14]

In 2016, Seoige relocated to Pretoria, South Africa, and launched a bespoke diamond dealing business.[16]


  1. ^ Cummiskey, Gavin (24 April 2010). "Gloves off". The Irish Times. Retrieved 24 April 2010. Among others, [Bernard Dunne] is on to Noel Kelly of the celebrity management company, a stable Dunne shares with Ryan Tubridy, Gerry Ryan, Gráinne Seoige, Craig Doyle 
  2. ^ Horan, Niamh (26 April 2009). "It's 'only a matter of time' until Grainne reads the news on RTÉ". Sunday Independent. Retrieved 26 April 2009. A number of RTÉ staff have spoken of the likelihood that the gaelgeoir will return to a more serious broadcasting role on the evening news. 
  3. ^ McIntyre, Sarah (23 March 2010). "Interview with Gráinne Seoige". RTÉ. Archived from the original on 5 June 2011. Retrieved 23 March 2010. 
  4. ^ a b Caden, Sarah (6 September 2009). "Grainne Seoige: 'reports of my demise have been greatly exaggerated'". Sunday Independent. Retrieved 6 September 2009. "I couldn't do what I did last year again," says Grainne, intermittently eating her lunch between shots for this piece, hair half up for the Audrey Hepburn pictures. 
  5. ^ Nolan, Larissa (24 September 2006). "Nuacht a lae: Seoige goes back to TG4". Sunday Independent. Retrieved 24 September 2006. 
  6. ^ Seoige - Presenters RTÉ
  7. ^ "Gráinne Seoige to present new talent show". RTÉ. 6 November 2008. Retrieved 6 November 2008. 
  8. ^ RTÉjr webpage on Tell Me a Story
  9. ^ Hogan, Louise (19 April 2010). "Lady luck abandons us but Irish sweep fashion stakes". Irish Independent. Retrieved 19 April 2010. 
  10. ^ LN (21 April 2010). "Grounded Grainne to turn on style for new racing gig with GMTV". Evening Herald. Retrieved 21 April 2010. 
  11. ^ Daybreaking news! Archived 23 July 2010 at the Wayback Machine. GMTV, 20 July 2010
  12. ^ BBC (14 December 2011). "BBC One - That's Britain Episode Guide". BBC. Retrieved 14 December 2011. 
  13. ^ "Awww... a rare look at Grainne as a young mum -". Retrieved 2017-06-19. 
  14. ^ a b ""Grainne Seoige plans not one wedding, but two"". 23 July 2014. Archived from the original on 25 July 2014. Retrieved 7 October 2016. 
  15. ^ Pattison, Brynmor (27 April 2014). "TV beauty Grainne Seoige's happy news: Star announces engagement to Leon Jordaan". Irish Daily Mirror. Archived from the original on 7 October 2016. Retrieved 7 October 2016. 
  16. ^ "'Year of excitement' as Grainne Seoige's RTE contract ends -". Retrieved 2017-06-19. 

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