Mark Cagney

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Mark Cagney
Mark Anthony Cagney

(1956-06-11) 11 June 1956 (age 63)[1]
ResidenceBayside, Dublin, Ireland
Known forIreland AM
Ann Cagney
(m. 1978; died 1991)

Audrey Cagney (m. 1992)
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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] he hosted the breakfast show Ireland AM on TV3 since it started in 1999.[9] In July 2019, it was announced that Cagney would be leaving Ireland AM at the end of July after twenty years with the programme.[10]

On the 31st of July 2019 Cagney presented his last Ireland AM alongside Karen Koster and Alan Hughes. The show dedicated the last half hour of the show to him and aired a highlights reel. All the production crew, including Ciara Doherty who was on Maternity Leave at the time came in to wish Cagney good luck on his future endeavours.

Personal life[edit]

He lives in Bayside, Dublin 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.[11] Cagney was a heavy user of cocaine in the 1980s.[12][13]


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  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. ^ "Mark Cagney quits Ireland AM for 'a new media project'". Irish Independent. 10 July 2019. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  11. ^ "'I'm happy to wear a hearing aid'". 28 January 2008. Retrieved 28 December 2010.
  12. ^ "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.
  13. ^ Jackson, Joe (4 December 2005). "Cagney live and uncovered". Irish Independent. Retrieved 14 March 2013.