Rick O'Shea

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This article is about the radio personality. For the comic strip, see Rick O'Shay.
Rick O'Shea
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Rick O'Shea in January 2009
Born Paul Crossan
(1973-05-07) 7 May 1973 (age 45)
Drimnagh, Dublin
Residence Ireland
Nationality Irish
Alma mater UCD
Occupation Broadcaster
Employer RTÉ
Known for Daytime Radio Show
Website Personal weblog

Paul Crossan (born 7 May 1973, also known as Rick O'Shea) is an Irish radio personality. He was born in Drimnagh, Dublin 12, and attended Drimnagh Castle CBS and later UCD. He has been a presenter on RTÉ 2fm since 2001.[1][2] O'Shea has also presented The Poetry Programme on RTÉ Radio 1 since January 2015.[3]


Before joining RTÉ 2fm in 2001, he had worked for East Coast Radio,[4] Atlantic 252, South East Radio and FM104.[5] O'Shea presented the weekday afternoon show on 2fm until 2015, when the show was moved to the weekend schedule.[6][7]

He began presenting The Poetry Programme on RTÉ Radio 1 in January 2015.[8]

O'Shea was diagnosed with epilepsy at the age of 16.[9] and has been a patron of Epilepsy Ireland, formerly known as Brainwave, the Irish Epilepsy Association, since 2006.[10] He represented the charity in an Irish celebrity version of the quiz show Mastermind in 2012, winning the competition.[11][12]

O' Shea also runs The Rick O'Shea Bookclub on Facebook, which has 16,000 members as of April 2018.

Awards and nominations[edit]

O'Shea has been nominated for Best Irish Radio DJ at the Meteor Music Awards on three occasions, in 2002,[13] 2008[citation needed] and 2009.[14] O'Shea has also been nominated for three PPI National Radio Awards, winning a bronze award in 2011.[citation needed] In 2009 he was winner of Entertainment.ie's "Sexiest Radio Voice" award[citation needed] and was quoted as saying "This is the first thing I've ever won in 16 years of being a broadcaster. I am thus very excited and hideously embarrassed at the same time. Thanks."[This quote needs a citation]


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