One of Donegal’s most recognisable voices has announced that he is starting a new life studying for the priesthood.
The iconic broadcaster Shaun Doherty has moved to Rome with the hope of pursuing a new path helping others doing what he does best – listening and supporting.
For 30 years, Doherty was a friendly voice and a companion for all on the airwaves at Highland Radio. He won multiple awards for his work.
In 2017 he shocked his listeners, live on air, with the news that he was leaving his job for “fresh challenges” and “new opportunities”.
This Easter, in an exclusive interview with radio host Colm Flynn, Doherty reveals that he has given up his career with the hope of finding fulfilment in the priesthood. He is due to be ordained a Deacon in June.
Speaking publicly about his new journey for the first time, he said life is a constant conversion. “I’ve come to a stage in my life where I feel God has brought me to this place and I think he has used all my good and bad experiences and mistakes I’ve made to help me to be a better person, and to be able to use the gifts that he has given me, which were communication, and being able to listen to people and empathise with people.
“I have a special interest in people who are suffering from addiction and people who have issues with anxiety, depression, loneliness, and all of these issues. I like to think maybe I will be helpful in the future to people who are in need of somebody to listen because that is what you do as a broadcaster.”
The interview will air on RTE Radio 1 this Easter Monday. Listen now on Spotify at: https://open.spotify.com/episode/2mjS28RyRkmk1I3xN1YTHY