RTÉ’s Sean O’Rourke steps in to fill Pat Kenny’s shoes
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RTÉ’s Sean O’Rourke steps in to fill Pat Kenny’s shoes

RTÉ veteran Sean O’Rourke has been named as Pat Kenny’s successor.

O‘Rourke will take over the popular RTÉ Radio One mid-morning slot on September 2, following Kenny’s departure to a rival station.

One of RTÉ’s main anchors, O’ Rourke has presented News at One since 1995 and will be a familiar face and voice to many viewers.

Announcing the autumn schedule, Jim Jennings, Acting Managing Director of RTÉ Radio, confirmed that O’Rourke will present the key 10-noon slot. Jennings said Radio 1’s new daytime line-up was now better than ever.

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A 54-year-old father of six, O’Rourke was born in Portlaoise and reared in Galway. He graduated from the National University of Ireland, Galway and began his career as a print journalist working as a reporter for The Connacht Tribune.

O’Rourke said the new show will break news, drive debate and analyse the stories of the day, adding: "I hope people will come for the news and stay for the craic."