Marty Morrissey and Pascal Brooks cover a match
28 October 1958 |
Mallow, County Cork, Ireland
|Alma mater||University College Cork (UCC)|
|Employer||Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ)|
Martin "Marty" Morrissey (born 28 October 1958, Mallow, County Cork) is an Irish sports commentator and television presenter. He regularly presents high-profile sports events for RTÉ Sport, such as the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship and Olympic Games.
Morrissey was born in Mallow, County Cork (where his mother was from) but was raised in the Bronx, New York, where his parents worked. When he was aged 10, the family returned to Ireland to his father's native home of Clare. They settled in Mullagh. Later, Morrissey went on to study at St. Flannan's College in Ennis and then University College Cork (UCC) in Cork where he studied medicine for three years before switching to microbiology and physics. He then did a master’s in education at NUI Galway to become a teacher.
While still a student in UCC, he had coached teams of Kilmurry Ibrickane GAA to Clare U-16 and Minor Football titles. This took the attention of Sr. Cecilia, principal of St. Joseph's Secondary School, who needed a coach for their boys football team. Morrissey agreed, and made his entry at the school. He took charge of the Senior Football team in a period that the relationship between the neighbouring clubs Kilmurry Ibrickane GAA and Milltown Malbay GAA were at an all-time low and rivalry at an all-time high. By forming a school team consisting of players out of the parishes Kilmurry Ibrickane, Milltown Malbay, Doonbeg and Cree-Cooraclare, Morrissey defused most of the tensions. He managed the team to the Munster title in 1983.
Due to his involvement in the team, Morrissey was asked to teach PE for a month. It turned into a four-year stint, in which he taught, amongst others, Mathematics, Geography, Commerce and Religion.
Morrissey has been in a relationship with his girlfriend since 1995.
Morrisey was a dual player, playing as goalkeeper in Gaelic football and corner forward in hurling. He played his hurling with Ballyea GAA and later Clonbony GAA. Morrisey played his football with Kilmurry Ibrickane GAA, St. Flannan's College (runner up in the 1976 Munster Final), University College Cork and Clare GAA. With Clare GAA he played three years in the Minor team and acted as substitute in the Senior team.
Morrissey entered the world of broadcasting in 1988 on joining the (since defunct) local TV channel "Cork Multi-Channel". Shortly after that, he moved to London to work for WH Smith's Lifestyle Channel. In 1989 he joined the new Clare FM local radio station as News Editor. In 1990, he returned to Cork to work on RTÉ's (also since defunct) local radio service in Cork. He left Cork in 1994, to join RTÉ's TV Sports Department.
Morrissey has commentated on many sporting events but his bailiwick is Gaelic games. He also has a job as sports reporter and reader on RTÉ News. He also presents Saturday Sport on RTÉ Radio 1. He was a ring announcer and interviewer on Pro Box Live. His catchphrase is "Are you ready to rock".
In May 2011, he started presenting new RTÉ Two sports programme The Committee Room for the summer championship season. This was replaced with Championship Matters for the following summer season.
Morrissey has gained some notoriety for his colloquial turns of phrase while commentating on sports events, such as "the far over side of the pitch" and "leaving the ball into the square".
While in Beijing for the 2008 Summer Olympics, he came across supermodel Cindy Crawford and, in his own words, "took off with speed in pursuit of one of the most beautiful women in the world. I shouted as you do in these situations, 'Marty Morrissey RTÉ Sport Ireland'. (You just got to mention the Irish angle every time over here) 'What do you think of the Olympics?' She smiled but before the poor girl could answer she was whisked away by an army of bodyguards." He recounted his brief interview with Crawford on an RTÉ blog.
While in London for the 2012 Summer Olympics, his colourful commentary on the women's beach volleyball drew attention of journalist Pat Stacey as he "gurgled and burbled away over close-up shots of shapely bums in tiny bikini bottoms".
Morrissey was named as the The Clare Person of The Year in 2014.
- "Life after the Leaving: Marty Morrissey's 'circuitous route' into broadcasting". Irish Times. 15 August 2016. Retrieved 17 August 2016.
- Anne, Jones. Salty faces & Ferocious Appetites; A Tapestry of Stories from a Seaside School. Spanish Point, County Clare: St. Joseph's Secondary School. pp. 157–161. ISBN 978-0-9564548-2-9.
- Kilmurry-Ibrickane Millenium magazine 2000, compiled by David Dillon. p. 158-159
- "'I'm no ladies man, I'm devoted to my girlfriend of 20 years', says RTE's Marty Morrissey". Irish Independent. 26 May 2015. Retrieved 21 May 2015.
- "Me and My Money: Marty Morrissey". Irish Independent. Independent News & Media. 19 June 2007. Retrieved 19 November 2010.
- Keys, Colm (10 May 2011). "Morrissey to front new midweek show on RTE". Irish Independent. Retrieved 26 May 2011.
- "RTÉ Sport unveil 2012 GAA Championship coverage". RTÉ Sport. 12 May 2012. Retrieved 12 May 2012.
- Sweeney, Eamonn (15 August 2010). "Television's biggest turn-off". Sunday Independent. Retrieved 15 August 2010.
- O'Doherty, Ian (20 August 2008). "The might of Marty Morrissey". Irish Independent. Retrieved 19 November 2010.
- Stacey, Pat (4 August 2012). "Olympics on RTE is a medal winner". Evening Herald. Retrieved 4 August 2012.
- "Marty Morrissey named Clare Person of The Year". RTÉ News. 4 December 2014. Retrieved 17 August 2016.