Mark Cagney

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Mark Cagney
Mark Anthony Cagney

(1956-06-11) 11 June 1956 (age 62)[1]
ResidenceSutton, Dublin, Ireland
EmployerTV3 Ireland
Known forIreland AM
Ann Cagney
(m. 1978; died 1989)

Audrey Cagney (m. 1992)
  • Gerard
  • Daniel
  • Sophie
  • Mary

Mark Anthony Cagney (born 11 June 1956) is an Irish television presenter and journalist, best known for presenting Ireland AM, the breakfast show on TV3.

Early life[edit]

Born in Cork, Ireland,[3] Cagney was one of eight children in the family; he left home at age 15 because of difficulties with his father, who he described as a "remarkable man": an inventor, a musician, a welder, a mechanic, and a lecturer in electronics.[2]


Cagney learned how to take care of himself as a result of being on his own so early. He longed to have some musical ability, but settled for working with a variety of bands. He also learned about audio and audio studio processes; this got him a job as a shore-based radio operator.[2] He devoted quite a bit of his paycheck to visiting night clubs; when a disk jockey did not show up for work, Cagney was asked to fill in, doing well enough at it to become a regular at the pirate radio station and now had two jobs. Before long, he was at RTÉ Radio Cork.[2]

He joined RTÉ in 1977, and was part of the original line-up of 2FM, broadcasting on its first night on air. During his time with 2FM, he called himself "Mark Anthony" and presented a variety of shows, from the seminal Night Train to the Drivetime show.[2] In 1985 he won a Jacobs' Award for his midnight radio show.[4][5] In 1989 he joined the new 98FM, staying there for seven years. He joined Today FM in 1998 and then joined TV3 Ireland.[2][6] He won the TV Personality of the Year Award in 2005 at the 3rd Irish Film and Television Awards.[7][8] Today he hosts the breakfast show Ireland AM on TV3.[9]

Personal life[edit]

He lives in Sutton in north County Dublin with his second wife Audrey and their four children. His first wife, Ann, whom he met when he was 19, died of a brain haemorrhage; the couple had been married 11 years. When Ann died, Cagney was devastated; Audrey, who worked with him at 98 FM, provided emotional support which turned into love.[2] When Cagney discovered he was having difficulty hearing, he went for testing; the results showed he had a hearing loss. He was fitted with a hearing aid, and in 2008, chose to make the information public.[10] Cagney was a heavy user of cocaine in the 1980s.[11][12]


  1. ^ "A Little Bit TV: RTÉ Presspack". Retrieved 14 March 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g McCafferty, Erin (1 January 2006). "The Side He Doesn't Broadcast". Retrieved 28 December 2010.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ O'Connor, Brendan (27 December 2009). "'It's amazing that my kid, who can't say a sentence, can blow her nose. Next she'll have learned the Charleston". Retrieved 28 December 2010.
  4. ^ Fanning, Dave (6 May 2010). "I know there'll never be another like Gerry Ryan". Retrieved 28 December 2010.
  5. ^ Sweeney, Ken (12 May 2010). "The Ryan early years: from cult DJ to confidant of a nation". Retrieved 28 December 2010.
  6. ^ Lynch, Declan (11 November 2009). "TV3's strange new programming policy". Retrieved 28 December 2010.
  7. ^ "Winners-2005". Irish Film and Television Awards. Retrieved 28 December 2010.
  8. ^ Byrne, Claire (18 February 2007). "'WhenRyanTubridy slagged off Mark Cagney, it made it easy to argue this was an RTA in-house job'". Retrieved 28 December 2010.[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ Lynch, Declan (17 May 2009). "Weird experience of dawn chorus". Retrieved 28 December 2010.
  10. ^ "'I'm happy to wear a hearing aid'". 28 January 2008. Retrieved 28 December 2010.
  11. ^ "HE'S A MARKED MAN; Ireland AM star Cagney tells of his anguish at losing wife and fears for his kids". Retrieved 14 March 2013.
  12. ^ Jackson, Joe (4 December 2005). "Cagney live and uncovered". Irish Independent. Retrieved 14 March 2013.