Joe O'Shea

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Joe O'Shea
Born (1970-05-20) 20 May 1970 (age 46)
Nationality Irish
Occupation Journalist & Broadcaster
Employer Freelance journalist working for RTÉ, Newstalk, Today FM, The Irish Independent Newspaper, The Irish Daily Star
Spouse(s) Holly Carey

Joe O'Shea (Irish language: Seosáf/Seosamh Ó Sé - born May 20, 1970 in Barrack Street, Cork, Ireland) is an Irish broadcaster and journalist. He lives and works in London & Dublin and makes regular appearances on Irish TV & Radio.[1]


Joe O'Shea was educated at St Mary's of the Isle Convent, Sullivans Quay CBS, Cork and Deerpark CBS, Cork.[2] O'Shea began his career as a trainee with The Star newspaper covering 'bread and butter' stories in the 1980s. He would later cover stories on other food combinations such as fish and chips.[3] In 1991, he became a staff journalist and over the next few years he interviewed celebrities, including Bono, David Bowie and Colin Farrell. During the nineties he covered some of Ireland's biggest stories, such as the negotiation of the Good Friday Agreement. When he travelled to Rwanda in 1998 with aid agency Trocaire, he spent two weeks conducting interviews with the survivors of genocide and chronicling the devastating effects of the civil war.[4]

Towards the end of the decade O'Shea was assigned to follow the Republic of Ireland national football team on all away games in search of a news angle. His personal highlight came in Japan and Korea in 2002 when he spent three weeks on the road immersed in Roy Keane and ticket scams. O'Shea began writing more colour and feature pieces for The Star. He became a freelance journalist. He pursued his interest in classic cars by acting as Motoring Correspondent for The Sunday Business Post. He also penned the Newshound column for In Dublin magazine on media issues.[4]

After writing articles appearing in The Irish Independent and The Evening Herald, he was a frequent guest on radio for Newstalk 106 and TV with Setanta Sports.[4] O'Shea was offered a job co-presenting a new magazine/lifestyle programme - Seoige and O'Shea - with Grainne Seoige in October 2006. In 2007, he made numerous television appearances on other shows such as Charity You're A Star and The Late Late Show.[5] In June 2008, O'Shea left RTÉ and continued to work as a freelance journalist for various national news organisations.[6]

In August 2009. he appeared in the RTÉ programme, Charity Lords of the Ring.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Joe O'Shea lives and works in Dublin, is married to Holly Carey, and continues to work as a freelance journalist & broadcaster, enjoying regular appearances on radio shows such as The Marian Finucane Show and The Last Word With Matt Cooper.


  1. ^ No show like a Joe show
  2. ^ "[1]" The Irish Times. URL last accessed 2008-03-16
  3. ^ "[2]" Irish Independent. URL last accessed 2008-03-16
  4. ^ a b c "Joe O'Shea's Profile" RTÉ. URL last accessed 2007-03-16
  5. ^ "[3]" RNLI. URL last accessed 2007-12-29
  6. ^ "Seoige and O'Shea to go their separate ways" Irish Independent. URL last accessed 2008-06-24
  7. ^ "'Lords of the Ring' to be Produced by Screentime ShinAwil for RTÉ". Irish Film and Television Network. 27 July 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-11. 

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