Tom McGurk

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Tom McGurk
Birth nameTom McGurk
Date of birth (1946-12-20) 20 December 1946 (age 71)
Place of birthCookstown, Northern Ireland[1]
SpouseMiriam O'Callaghan (1983–1996)

Tom McGurk (Irish: Tomás Mac Oric) (born 20 December 1946) is an Irish poet, journalist, radio presenter and sportscaster from Brockagh, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland.


Among his poems is "Big Ned" about a farmer from Brockagh, Co. Tyrone.[2] He attended Portadown College.[3] Currently[when?] he is a columnist with The Sunday Business Post. He has also guest presented Tonight with Vincent Browne. In 1972 he won a Jacob's Award for his RTÉ Radio documentaries on Ireland's islands.[4] He was the presenter of RTÉ Sport's coverage of the Six Nations. McGurk also spent time in the 1980s and 1990s as a presenter on the regional ITV station for the North West of England, Granada Television.

Personal life[edit]

While working for 4fm, the Director of the National Women's Council Susan McKay spoke out against an "uncouth and objectionable" interview McGurk conducted with her. The National Women's Council has since refrained from giving interviews to 4fm.[5]

From 1983 to 1996 he was married to the broadcaster Miriam O'Callaghan. In 2003 he married PR consultant Caroline Kennedy.[6]

On December 5, 2017 it was revealed he made a settlement of €76000 with the Irish Revenue Commissioners for the underpayment of income tax.[7]


  1. ^ Kennelly, Brendan, ed. (1970) The Penguin Book of Irish Verse. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books; p. 27
  2. ^ Kennelly, Brendan, ed. (1970) The Penguin Book of Irish Verse. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books; pp. 410-11]
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 2015-08-26.
  4. ^ The Irish Times, "Radio and TV awards presented", 31 January 1972
  5. ^ Murphy, Claire (10 August 2009). "Women's leader hits back over 'uncouth' McGurk's radio tirade". Evening Herald. Retrieved 10 August 2009.
  6. ^ "Marriage is now a la mode". 2003-05-25. Retrieved 2013-09-29.
  7. ^ "Tom McGurk makes €76,000 settlement with Revenue". 2017-12-05. Retrieved 2017-12-05.