Rick O'Shea

Last updated

Rick O'Shea
Rick O'Shea 2019.jpg
Broadcaster Rick O'Shea, 2019
Paul Crossan

(1973-05-07) 7 May 1973 (age 48)
Alma mater UCD
Employer RTÉ
Known forDaytime Radio Show; Books; Cinema
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, grew up in Crumlin, [1] and attended Drimnagh Castle Secondary School and later UCD. He has been a presenter on RTÉ 2fm since 2001. [2] [3] O'Shea has also presented The Poetry Programme on RTÉ Radio 1 in 2015 and 2016. [4] Since 2017 he has been presenting the morning show on RTÉ Gold. He is currently presenting The Book Show on RTÉ Radio 1 since 2019.



Before joining RTÉ 2fm in 2001, he had worked for East Coast Radio, [5] Atlantic 252, South East Radio and FM104. [6] O'Shea presented the weekday afternoon show on 2fm until 2015, when the show was moved to the weekend schedule. [7] [8]

He presented The Poetry Programme on RTÉ Radio 1 in 2015 and 2016. [9]

O'Shea was diagnosed with epilepsy at the age of 16. [10] and has been a patron of Epilepsy Ireland, formerly known as Brainwave, the Irish Epilepsy Association, since 2006. [11] He represented the charity in an Irish celebrity version of the quiz show Mastermind in 2012, winning the competition. [12] [13]

He runs The Rick O’Shea Book Club – Ireland's largest book club[ non-primary source needed ] with over 28,000 members and recommends the Eason Must Reads lists 4 times a year with author Sinéad Moriarty. He is currently presenting The Book Show on RTÉ Radio 1. [14] [15]

Awards and nominations

O'Shea has been nominated for Best Irish Radio DJ at the Meteor Music Awards on three occasions, in 2002, [16] 2008 [17] and 2009. [18] In 2009 he was winner of Entertainment.ie's "Sexiest Radio Voice" award. [19]

Related Research Articles

Ryan Tubridy Irish broadcaster and writer

Ryan Tubridy is an Irish broadcaster. The Ryan Tubridy Show.

RTÉ 2fm, or 2FM as it is more commonly referred to, is an Irish radio station operated by RTÉ. The station specialises in current popular music and chart hits and is the second national radio station in Ireland.

Ray DArcy Irish radio and television presenter

Raymond Michael D'Arcy is an Irish television and radio presenter currently on his second stint at state broadcaster Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ). He once presented a self-titled weekday morning radio programme on the Denis O'Brien-owned Today FM. His professional partner on that show, Jenny Kelly, became his wife on 24 August 2013 and they have two children: Tom and Kate.

Ian Dempsey

Ian Dempsey is an Irish presenter of television and breakfast radio. He is the long-running presenter of the breakfast show on Today FM, self-titled The Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show, which runs from 7-9 am each weekday. He has won several major awards for his programmes and was the Republic of Ireland's tenth most-listened-to broadcaster in 2007.

Dave Fanning disk jockey and journalist from Ireland

David Fanning is an Irish television and radio broadcaster, rock journalist, DJ, film critic and author. Fanning currently hosts weekend midday magazine/chat show The Dave Fanning Show on the Irish national radio station RTÉ 2fm and a number of RTÉ Radio 1 programmes. He regularly deputises on RTÉ Radio 1 across a range of primetime programmes and also presented his own Monday-Friday 9 am show Mornings With Dave Fanning in 2015.

Abie Philbin Bowman

Abie Philbin Bowman is an Irish comedian and journalist. His One Man Shows include Jesus: The Guantanamo Years, Eco-Friendly Jihad and Developing the Country as a Hole. He has worked on RTÉ programmes, including Arena, CAKE, Callan's Kicks and Irish Pictorial Weekly.

Tony Fenton was an Irish radio presenter and DJ. For 18 years until he left in 2003, he worked with RTÉ 2fm; then joined Today FM in 2004, where he worked until his death 11 years later.

Choice Music Prize Award

The Choice Music Prize, known for sponsorship reasons as the RTÉ Choice Music Prize is an annual music prize awarded to the best album from a band or solo musician who is born in the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland or holds an Irish passport. For bands, the majority of members must have been born in the island of Ireland or hold an Irish passport.

Jenny Huston is a Canadian presenter of radio and television in Ireland. She was disc jockey on RTÉ 2fm, an occasional presenter on RTÉ Radio 1 and a television presenter with channels operated by Raidió Teilifís Éireann.; Huston presents an indie rock and pop music show on Friday nights and a rock anthems show which is broadcast on Sunday nights. A highlight of her television career was co-hosting RTÉ's Electric Picnic coverage with Tom Dunne in 2006.

Lorcan Gogan, known as Larry Gogan, was an Irish broadcaster working for RTÉ. He was a disc jockey on RTÉ Gold having previously worked on RTÉ 2fm. His show was The Golden Hour, during which he played old favourites and classic songs from yesteryear. Gogan spun the first disc on Radio 2, "Like Clockwork" by The Boomtown Rats. Louis Walsh has described him as one of "the kings of Irish broadcasting".

RTÉ Gold is an Irish radio station broadcasting on Saorview, online, and via Virgin Media TV.

news2day is an Irish children's television news programme, broadcast weekdays at 4:00pm on RTÉ Two. It is 30 minutes long, and is similar in format to the BBC's Newsround. It is currently presented by Aisling Moloney and Mícheál Ó Scannáil.

The Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show is an Irish breakfast radio show broadcast on weekday mornings from 07:00 – 09:00 on Today FM. Presented by Ian Dempsey, it is noted for its Gift Grub feature, performed by Mario Rosenstock. It is the tenth most popular radio programme in Ireland and was named best breakfast programme at the 2007 PPI Radio Awards.

2009 Meteor Awards

The 2009 Meteor Music Awards ceremony took place on 17 March 2009 in the RDS, Dublin. It was the ninth edition of Ireland's national music awards. The event was recorded and it aired on RTÉ Two on 18 March 2009. The awards show was hosted by television presenter Amanda Byram.

2008 Meteor Awards

The 2008 Meteor Music Awards ceremony was held in the RDS, Dublin, on Friday, 15 February 2008. Nineteen awards were presented. It was the eighth edition of the Republic of Ireland's national music awards. The event was later broadcast on RTÉ Two on Saturday, 16 February at 21:00. The comedian Dara Ó Briain hosted the awards for the first time since 2004 Duke Special and Cathy Davey won the Best Irish Male and Best Irish Female Awards respectively, whilst veteran rockers Aslan won the Best Irish Band Award and Paddy Casey's Addicted to Company won Best Irish Album. For the eighth consecutive year Westlife won the Best Irish Pop Act accolade. Ham Sandwich were presented with the Hope for 2008 Meteor Award by RTÉ 2fm DJ Rick O'Shea. The Blizzards won Best Irish Live Performance for their Main Stage appearance at Oxegen 2007, whilst Muse picked up the award for Best International Live Performance, which also occurred at Oxegen the previous year. The award for the Most Downloaded Song was given to Mundy and Sharon Shannon's chart hit "Galway Girl". The Saw Doctors were presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award and were also amongst the performers at the event.

Raymond Foley is an Irish TV host, and radio presenter. Having worked at Dublin's 98FM and SPIN 1038 early in his career, Foley moved to Today FM in 2004. In 2006, he moved to midday and presented The Ray Foley Show, with sidekick JP Gilbourne and Adelle McDonnell. He hosted the breakfast slot on 98FM from October 2012 until December 2015. He also hosts TV dating show Take Me Out on [[TV3 (Ireland)|TV3]. On Friday 12 October 2012, Foley and JP announced on the show that both of them would be transferring to Today FM's sister station 98FM to present the breakfast show. They both have expressed how difficult the decision was for them, due to their fondness of their workmates and friends in Today FM.

John Murray is an Irish journalist and broadcaster. Currently heard on Weekend Sport, he presented The John Murray Show on RTÉ Radio 1, "focus[ing] on lifestyle and entertainment items", filling the slot from 09:00 to 10:00 previously occupied by Ryan Tubridy, who moved to RTÉ 2fm. Murray was one of the presenters of Morning Ireland, Ireland's most popular radio show, before going on to host his own weekly programme, The Business.

Stephen Byrne is an Irish vlogger and television personality. He currently presents TwoTube on RTÉ Two and Weekenders on RTÉ 2fm, which he took over from Ruth Scott in 2017.

Breakfast with Hector was a breakfast radio programme on RTÉ 2fm in Ireland, presented by Hector Ó hEochagáin from 4 October 2010. It was broadcast at 7:00–9:00 am each weekday from Galway. It was confirmed on 18 December 2013 that Ó hEochagáin would be leaving the show and returning to TV work. The last show was broadcast on Friday, 20 December 2013. The last show ended with I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For by U2.

<i>Chris and Ciara</i>

Chris and Ciara, formerly titled Bottom of the Barrel, is an Irish radio show on RTÉ 2fm hosted by Chris Greene and Ciara King. It is broadcast on Saturday and Sunday starting at 11am, and consists of contemporary hits and comedic pop culture-focused talk segments. The show features film and celebrity news quizzes and a "Rap Off" in which Greene and King compete, as well as interviews and guests such as 2fm's Emma Power and DJ Mo K, Brian M. Lloyd from entertainment.ie, Blindboy Boatclub of The Rubberbandits, and the self-styled dating expert the Galway Player. King reads from her teenage diary every Wednesday, and the presenters often read text messages and tweets sent by listeners.


  1. Saturday; November 02; Pm, 2019-02:40 (2 November 2019). "Booked and busy: Here's what's next for Rick O'Shea". www.irishexaminer.com. Retrieved 13 June 2020.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  2. Una Mullally (17 January 2013). "PopLives #29: Rick O'Shea". Irish Times .
  3. Jonathan deBurca Butler (22 January 2015). "Rick O'Shea gets well-versed in poetry for new programme". Irish Examiner .
  4. Rosita Boland (22 January 2015). "Rick O'Shea: an unversed choice for RTÉ's new poetry show". Irish Times .
  5. "PAPER PROPHET Rick O'Shea". Irish Independent . 20 August 2006.
  6. Melanie Finn (4 February 2009). "We're still friends says 2fm's Rick as he splits from wife". Herald.ie .
  7. "Rick O'Shea's 2FM radio show is moving to the weekend". TheJournal.ie . 28 August 2015.
  8. "Rick O'Shea moves to 2fm weekends with Cormac Battle". Hot Press . 28 August 2015.
  9. Aoife Kelly (12 January 2015). "2FM DJ Rick O'Shea to present new Poetry Programme on RTE Radio 1". Irish Independent .
  10. "DJ Rick O'Shea reveals his battle with epilepsy and says he won't be beaten by it". Irish Independent . 3 July 2012.
  11. Hilary Fennell (10 August 2014). "This much I know: Rick O'Shea". Irish Examiner .
  12. "O'Shea wins Celebrity Mastermind". Breakingnews.ie. 23 July 2012.
  13. "How would you do in the Mastermind chair? Take the test". The Daily Edge. 23 July 2012.
  14. "The Rick O'Shea Book Club".
  15. "Facebook Group - The Rick O'Shea Book Club".
  16. "2FM DJs up for Meteor Awards". RTÉ. 1 March 2002.
  17. "Meteor Music Award nominees announced". RTÉ Entertainment. 30 November 2007. Retrieved 5 March 2021.
  18. "Meteor Music Awards nominees revealed". RTÉ. 29 January 2009.
  19. Lloyd, Brian (2009). "Entertainment.ie Annual Awards 2009 - The Winners..." Entertainment.ie.