The Full Irish

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The Full Irish was a radio breakfast show on RTÉ 2fm. It ran for three years from 2002 - 2005 and was on air from 7 - 9 am. Ryan Tubridy presented, though he wasn't the only voice to be heard. Shane O'Donoghue read out the leading news in sport and Avril Hoare read out the news. The "holy moley mug" was the main prize given out in competitions. It was always a light hearted show which discussed random topics.

The Full Irish began on Monday 18 March 2002 as an attempt by RTÉ to halt the haemorrhaging of listeners who were desserting Damien McCaul's breakfast show.[1][2]


  1. ^ Killilea, Gayle (17 March 2002). "Would the real Ryan Tubridy please stand up?". Sunday Independent. Independent News & Media. Retrieved 17 March 2002. His new challenge is to boost up their "yoof" station 2FM with an exciting new breakfast show called The Full Irish which starts tomorrow [...] Tubridy's new show aims to pull in the 15 to 34-year-old listener. In the past, the breakfast show, which lost listeners under its last presenter Damien McCaul, has played second fiddle in Dublin to Today FM's Ian Dempsey and the FM104's Strawberry Alarm Clock. 
  2. ^ "RTÉ radio loses out on morning and drivetime shows to Today FM". The Irish Times. Irish Times Trust. 13 February 2002. Retrieved 13 February 2002. Ian Dempsey's morning show took listeners from Radio 1's Marian Finucane and 2FM's Damien McCaul. Eamon Dunphy's The Last Word ate into the listenership figures of RTÉ's flagship evening current affairs programme, Five Seven Live. 
Preceded by
Damien McCaul
RTÉ 2fm's breakfast show
2002 – 2005
Succeeded by
The Rick & Ruth Breakfast Show