Sean Ban Breathnach
SBB, the well known radio and television personality, is from Cathair, Coill Rua, Indreabhán in the Connemara Gaeltacht.
He presented the first Irish language pop music programme on Raidió Éireann in 1969 when he was 19 years old and his first television show Imeall - a bilingual folk music show - soon followed.
He hosted the show SBB ina Shuí with Gráinne Gleoite between 1976 - 1982. This was the highest rated Irish language television programme of all times, coming first in TAM ratings in 1979.
Other work in television includes the community based programme Eadrainn Féin (1984 - 1986) and Scaoil Amach an Bobailín with Cynthia Ní Mhurchú (1990 - 1993) which attracted a viewership of over 600,000 in 1992.
Since the arrival of TG4, SBB has been involved in many programmes, including the very popular Cleamhnas (blind date with a difference, where parents choose partners for their children!) and a soccer programme, mapping the history of the influence of Celts on the modern game. Interviewed by SBB in this series were Alex Ferguson, Roy Keane, Denis Irwin, Steve Highway, Jim Beglin, Tom Finney, Norman Whiteside, Paddy Crerand and many others.
In 1978 he was appointed to RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta staff. He works mainly with the Sports Department and presents the station’s flagship sports programme, Spórt an tSathairn, every Saturday between 2pm - 5pm. This programme features reports, interviews, previews, horse racing results here and in England as well as the fastest premiership results in the country, and enjoys a loyal listenership.
SBB’s many talents have resulted in his involvement in all kinds of radio and television programmes, ranging from music and entertainment to interviews, young people’s programmes, documentaries and sports.
Since February 2007 SBB presents a new hour long music documentary Siar agus Aniar, on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, Saturday nights at midnight as part of RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta’s ANOCHT fm slot. The programme features music greats of the past thirty years or so, Irish and otherwise, including The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, Credence Clearwater Revival, The Stone Roses, Motown and much more.