Born in Dublin in 1946, he moved to Fermanagh when he was two. He studied English and Philosophy at Queen’s University Belfast, where he was one of the organisers of the civil rights march in October 1968 and played inter-provincial rugby for Ulster. He joined RTÉ in 1972, initially as a news reporter. He began co-presenting the magazine television programme ‘Last House’ with Áine O’Connor in 1975 – this later became ‘First House’.
In the early 1980s he moved to London, where he spent ten years working on programmes such as BBC Radio 4’s ‘Start the Week’. On his return to Ireland in 1990, he presented ‘The Sunday Show’ on RTÉ Radio and became the anchor of RTÉ Television’s rugby coverage. He wrote the RTÉ television drama ‘Dear Sarah’ (1990) about Giuseppe Conlon.