RTE broadcaster and journalist Sean O’Rourke will be making a lot more trips to Donegal after announcing he will retire from his morning radio show on May 8.
O’Rourke has presented the RTE Radio 1 Today programme since taking over back in 2013.
The popular RTE presenter and his family have a holiday home in Downings and he plays a lot of golf there.
He was the special guest of the 2015 Donegal Sports Star Awards at the Mount Errigal Hotel.
His departure will mark the end of over 25 years as a presenter of daily news and current affairs on RTE Radio 1.
The legendary broadcaster grew listeners to the flagship morning show to a high of 354,000 listeners each day.
O’Rourke said: “For nearly seven years now it’s been my great privilege to sit in the best current affairs chair in Irish broadcasting. But nothing is forever.
“I’m going to be 65 in May. And that’ll be as good a time as any to end the great adventure of Today SOR.
“I’ve had an absolute ball – daily interviews, debates, elections, referendums, a memorable encounter with the Donald in Doonbeg… some great music and song, and the odd bit of hand-to-hand studio combat.
“All of it with a light dusting of fun, as we promised you at the very start.
“And all made possible by really talented, hard-working and loyal colleagues, to whom I’ll be forever grateful.”
Dee Forbes, Director-General, RTE said: “Sean O’Rourke’s contribution to Irish journalism, and to RTE, is hugely significant.
“From his start at the Connacht Tribune in 1973 to his latest years at the helm of our key morning current affairs radio programme, Sean has navigated and dissected the stories of the day with a rigour, tenacity, clarity and drive that is unmatched.
“His love for radio and for news, his passion for sport and reading, meant that he was an enormously well-rounded presenter too; informed, interested, and interesting.”Tags: