Jacqui Hurley

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Jacqui Hurley
Born Jacqueline Hurley
15 January 1984
County Cork, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Education Media and Communications
Alma mater Mary Immaculate College, Limerick
Occupation Sports broadcaster
Employer Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ)
Website Jackie Sports Blog

Jacqui Hurley (born 1984, in County Cork) is an Irish athlete, sports manager, sports broadcaster and chat show host employed by Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ). She is the co-presenter of Sunday Sport on RTÉ Radio 1 and presents the sports news on RTÉ television news each day. Hurley has played at the highest level in the sports of basketball and camogie and currently manages the Irish under-16 women's basketball team. On 1 February 2009, she became the first female to present a sports show on RTÉ Radio when she began working on Sunday Sport.[1]

Early years[edit]

Hurley grew up in Australia in the 1980s.[2] She is the daughter of David and Mairead Hurley and sister of Catriona and Sean.[3] She played basketball for Ireland and camogie for Cork and has since taken on a management role with the Irish under-16 female basketball team.[2] She is a sports enthusiast.[1] She graduated from Mary Immaculate College (MIC) with a degree in Media and Communication Studies in 2006.[4] [5] She has webbed toes, a feature of her anatomy which she has openly discussed on radio.[6] She was paralysed for several days when she was 17 due to a sports accident after she and another player crashed into each other.[7]



Hurley initially spent some time as an intern with CBS Television in Mississippi, United States.[2] She also worked in local radio before joining RTÉ in 2006.[1][2] She was only supposed to stay with CBS for eight months but she remained for a year, developing her love of sports broadcasting.[2]

Hurley's RTÉ television work includes reports for the sports magazine OB Sport,[8] a Friday preview slot on the daytime chat show Seoige,[9] the weekly "60 Sixty" segment on the League of Ireland magazine programme Monday Night Soccer aired on RTÉ Two, where she questions a different footballer each week for sixty seconds.[10]


Hurrley started working for Limerick's Live 95fm in Limerick after her time in college, where she covered Munster's 2006 Heineken Cup win for the station.[1]

She often appeared on The Colm & Jim-Jim Breakfast Show on RTÉ 2fm where her sports blog was a regular feature.[1]

In early 2009, Hurley took over as the co-presenter of Sunday Sport alongside Con Murphy on RTÉ Radio 1.[2] In doing so she made history as the first ever female presenter in the 40-year history of Sunday Sport at the age of 25.[1] She writes the "Jacqui's Week" column for Sunday Sport.[11]

Personal life[edit]

She lives in Dublin with her boyfriend Shane.[12] In August 2011, she and Dublin footballers Eamonn Fennell and Eoghan O'Gara launched the Tomás Mulligan Memorial Cycle, an annual event held in aid of suicide crisis centre Pieta House.[13] Her brother Sean was killed in a car crash at the age of 25 on 30 November 2011.[14][15]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Murphy, Claire (29 January 2009). "Good news on Sunday Sport as Jacqui join the team". Evening Herald. Retrieved 29 January 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Jacqui Hurley Interview". RTÉ. Retrieved 4 February 2009. 
  3. ^ "RTÉ star's grief as brother dies in road tragedy". Evening Herald. 2 December 2011. Retrieved 2 December 2011. 
  4. ^ http://friends.mic.ie/?jacqui>
  5. ^ Blog entry. Retrieved 26 November 2008.
  6. ^ Tubridy, Ryan (31 August 2011). "Here's what happened on today's show...". Tubridy (RTÉ 2fm). RTÉ's sports presenter Jacqui Hurley called in to tell Ryan that she also as webbed toes! Jacqui has two webbed toes on each foot. When Jacqui was younger she tried to cut them to make 'normal toes'! Now Jacqui has come to love her toes! Her Brother and Dad also have webbed feet. 
  7. ^ McMahon, Cathal (22 September 2006). "Jacqui will be the voice of sport on RTE2 programme". Limerick Leader. 
  8. ^ "Baton Twirling". RTÉ. Retrieved 6 August 2007. 
  9. ^ "Ireland must show their true worth". Irish Independent. 8 November 2008. Retrieved 26 November 2008. 
  10. ^ "MNS: 60 Sixty". RTÉ. Retrieved 26 November 2008. 
  11. ^ "Jacqui's Week". Sunday Sport. 
  12. ^ "Radio host loves to splash out on nights out and is happy to own a home despite its depreciation". Irish Independent. 17 February 2009. 
  13. ^ "Charity cycle coming through Laois". Leinster Express. 3 August 2011. 
  14. ^ Ó Gruagáin, Gearóid (1 December 2011). "Motor Bike Racer Sean Hurley killed in Car crash". Sports News Ireland. 
  15. ^ Riegel, Ralph (2 December 2011). "Brother of RTÉ sports presenter Jacqui Hurley is killed in crash". Irish Independent. Retrieved 2 December 2011. 

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