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Morning Ireland - 25 years

Thursday, 5 November 2009

We celebrate the anniversary of morning Ireland with broadcaster Aine Lawlor and Cathal Mac Coille. Morning Ireland is the most popular radio programme in Ireland with a current average reach of almost half a million people listening in each weekday morning between 7.00 and 9.00am.

On Thursday 5 November, Morning Ireland is going to be 25 years of and they will be broadcasting in front of a live audience and will bring you top guests as well as voices from Morning Ireland's past. This is the first time that the flagship current affairs programme will be broadcast in its entirety in front of an audience. Almost a hundred regular listeners applied for tickets via the programme website, ranging in age from teenagers to those in their eighties.

the main emphasis of this 25 year anniversary broadcast will be on the state of the nation in 2009 and the question of 'where do we go from here' as the future of Ireland is debated with well-known experts and analysts from the business, economic, sports and political worlds.

Aine Lawlor and Cathal Mac Collie

Aine Lawlor

Aine Lawlor joined RTÉ in September 1984 as a trainee journalist, working on a number of radio and television programmes before becoming a reporter/presenter in January 1988. Before working in journalism she worked in arts administration, and is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin, where she was also President of the Students Union.
She has worked on The Pat Kenny Show, Today at 5, RTÉ 2fm News and a variety of television programmes, including The Nature of Things, Tuesday File and as narrator for the highly-acclaimed series on clerical sexual abuse in Irish institutions, States of Fear.

She currently co-presents Morning Ireland, the flagship morning news programme on RTÉ Radio One. She joined the team in 1996 is now one of RTÉ's most seasoned broadcasters as well as one of Ireland's most recognised voices.

Cathal Mac Coille
Cathal Mac Coille was educated at Coláiste Mhuire, Dublin and University College, Dublin (BA Graduate, History and winner of Atkins Medal for Irish History, 1971).He is currently one of the three presenters of RTÉ's flagship Radio News programme, Morning Ireland.He first joined RTÉ as a radio researcher in 1974 and was a journalist with RTÉ Nuacht from 1975 to 1978. He was a member of the RTÉ Northern Staff from 1978 to 1984 and from 1984 to 1986 presented This Week and other news programmes, before joining the Morning Ireland team.He is a former Political Correspondent for TG4 and worked as a journalist with the Sunday Tribune for five years between 1990 and 1995. He currently writes a political column for the Irish language weekly Foinse. In 1990 he won a Jacob's Radio Award in 1990 for his work on Morning Ireland. Cathal is married with four children.