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Paul Allen runs a successful Dublin-based PR and public affairs business - 'Paul Allen & Associates'. He began his broadcasting career working for a number of pirate radio stations during the 1980s, including ARD, Big D, Radio Dublin, Capital and the 'super pirates' such as Sunshine Radio.

He joined RTÉ in the late-1980s as a continuity announcer, working initially on Network 2, and later RTÉ One. He later moved to the RTÉ newsroom, working in the foreign news division.

Paul attended Rosmini College and the College of Commerce in Rathmines, where he studied marketing and journalism.

Paul is an addict of politics and antiquarian books, a patron of the arts, a flying enthusiast and a self-confessed John F Kennedy fanatic. He has advised three Irish prime ministers, has a lengthy business and personal relationship with Alastair Campbell, and has been involved with Bill Clinton’s visits to Ireland.

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Máire was an RTÉ continuity announcer and children's presenter in the 1970s and 1980s. She is also an actress.
Ursula joined RTÉ in 2007, working initially as a continuity announcer on RTÉ One. She later took on weather presenting duties.

Ursula worked as a secondary teacher for nine years before leaving the classroom to pursue a career in TV. She graduated from UCG Galway with a BA in French and English, an H Dip in Education and a Masters Degree in French. She returned to college ten years later to study Communications in NUI Maynooth.

Karina joined the RTÉ TV announcing team in the late-1990s, working mainly on RTÉ One. She also presents weather forecasts on both RTÉ TV channels.
Ronan joined RTÉ as a radio continuity announcer in 1977. He became a continuity announcer for RTÉ Two in the early-1980s.

Nuala joined RTÉ in 1999 as a full-time RTÉ weather presenter. She also regularly presents the National Lottery's 'Telly Bingo' and 'Lotto' draws. Nuala also acts as a relief continuity announcer on RTÉ One.
Anne's broadcasting career began in 1982 as a researcher and reporter, and later news presenter, on pirate station Radio Nova. She joined RTÉ as a continuity announcer in 1987 and became a newsreader and reporter in 1990. She has been the presenter of 'Capital D', an RTÉ magazine series for Dublin residents, since 2005. She also presents the monthly 'Crimecall' programme.
Michael was an announcer on RTÉ One and RTÉ Network 2 from 1994 to 1997. He subsequently moved to RTÉ Radio One as an announcer. In May 1999, Michael was the first voice to be heard on the newly launched RTÉ Lyric FM; he hosted the breakfast show there until May 2000. For the next three years, Michael presented the 'Weekend Supplement' on Dublin radio station 102.2 Lite FM.

Michael's voice can be heard on the DART and at Irish rail stations.

He is the manager of Comyn Communications Ltd and has been delivering courses in communications since 1986; he also presents in media skills, presentation skills and runs a popular life audit course.

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James joined the RTÉ Network 2 team in 1998. He also popped up on RTÉ One on a regular basis. James left the announcing role in early-2003.
Gemma has been announcing on RTÉ One since 2007.
Cath joined the RTÉ One announcing team in summer 2005. She can also be heard occasionally on RTÉ Two.
Sharon joined RTÉ in 1979. She was a continuity announcer on RTÉ Two from the early to mid-1980s.
(Formerly Helen Leonard; married in July 2005). Helen has a BA in Irish and Information Technology from UCD. During her university studies she also worked behind-the-scenes on various RTÉ shows including 'Don't Feed The Gondolas', 'The Den' and 'Podge And Rodge'.

In 1997, she became a continuity announcer on RTÉ Network 2, presenting many of her links in-vision. Her continuity links are now largely confined to RTÉ One.

In June 2003, Helen joined the station's team of weather presenters.

Aoife joined RTÉ in the late-1990s, working as a continuity announcer on both television channels, though mainly on RTÉ Network 2. She later went on to present RTÉ weather forecasts - on both channels - from 2002. She left RTÉ in summer 2003.
Bernadette was a relief continuity announcer at RTÉ in the late-1960s. She was also a teacher.
Irene was a relief continuity announcer at RTÉ in the late-1960s. She was also a teacher.
Barbara was an RTÉ continuity announcer in the early-1970s.
Marian started her broadcasting career at the age of 22, on a pirate radio station in Galway. She later joined RTÉ Radio 2 when it launched in 1979. Marian moved to Toronto, Canada in 1980 where she worked for the Ontario Lung Association.

She came back to Ireland in 1988 and in 1990 returned to RTÉ as a continuity announcer on RTÉ One, with the occasional stint on RTÉ Network 2. She remained with the station until c. 1998.

Martin worked as an announcer on both RTÉ TV channels - although mainly on RTÉ Network 2 - from the late-1980s until the mid-1990s. He now works within television production at RTÉ.
John was an announcer on both RTÉ TV channels in the 1980s. In the early-1990s, he moved across to the newsroom to present TV and radio news bulletins. John has been one of the main presenters of the RTÉ One 'One o'Clock News' since 2005.
Marian was an RTÉ continuity announcer in the mid-1970s.
Pamela is a former Miss Ireland and was an in-vision announcer on RTÉ Network 2 from the late-1990s. She went on to present a late-night programme strand on RTÉ One in early-2000, appearing in-vision.

Pamela left RTÉ in early-2001 but returned c. 2003 to co-present RTÉ One's fashion show, 'Off the Rails'.

Noel was an announcer on RTÉ One and RTÉ Network 2 from 1988 until the mid-1990s. He also worked as a news reader on RTÉ 2FM during 1992.

In the mid-1990s, Noel spent a year fronting the in-vision junctions on RTÉ One's daytime service; these segments included interviews with studio guests on a wide range of topics. He also worked on the RTÉ daytime magazine programme 'Live at 3', filling in for Derek Davis once a week for one year.

In 1997, Noel moved to the Irish News Network, presenting radio news bulletins. In January 2005, he was appointed evening editor at INN.

One of the three original RTÉ Two announcers.
Brídín joined RTÉ as a continuity announcer in 1969.
Deirdre worked as an in-vision announcer on RTÉ Network 2 during 1997/1998.
Joined the RTÉ Network 2 announcing team in late-2000, initially in-vision. Later, she moved across to RTÉ One. Corina left RTÉ c. 2006.
Róisín joined RTÉ in 1972, working initially as a production assistant before becoming a member of the original team of continuity announcers on RTÉ Two in 1978.
A regular on the RTÉ One announcing rota from the early-1990s until c. 1995. Michael was also heard on RTÉ Network 2 occasionally during this period. He has been working as a presentation director since giving up the announcer's microphone.
Mary was born in 1956 in Clondalkin, Dublin. She was an announcer on RTÉ TV from 1978 until 1992, having worked on both of the station's TV channels. She moved to the news division, fronting news bulletins on TV and radio from 1992. In 1995 Mary presented the Eurovision Song Contest from Dublin. She went on to become involved in a number of TV productions, including her own Saturday night chat show, 'Kennedy' in 1997. From the late-1990s until 2004, Mary had been co-hosting the daytime TV programme, 'Open House'. She is now a presenter on the regional news programme, 'Nationwide'.
Lara worked as a continuity announcer on RTÉ One from 1998 to 2003. She also presented 'Den 2 Weekend' from 2000 to 2001. She is currently a voice-over artist, working for RTÉ Promotions (2003 - present) and on animations, television and radio commercials.
Joined the RTÉ TV continuity announcing staff c. 1994, working mainly on RTÉ One; this in addition to his 2FM radio shows. Aidan left the TV job within a year or so.
Richard joined the RTÉ announcing team in October 2002, working on both television channels.
Joined the RTÉ Network 2 announcing team in the early-1990s. Mary was also soon covering junctions on RTÉ One. Mary left her announcing role c. 2003.
Older sister of Mary. Teresa joined the announcing staff on RTÉ One in the late-1980s. She also worked on the new RTÉ Network 2 service. She went on to host the popular Sunday night quiz show 'Where In The World' in the early-1990s. Teresa left the announcing rota c. 1992.
Sinead's career in broadcasting began as a researcher on TV Three's 'Ireland AM' in 2003; she was also a reporter for the programme's lifestyle segment.

In 2005, she took up a researcher position on 'The Brendan Courtney Show', also for TV Three. During 2006, Sinead performed a similar role on RTÉ Two's popular 'Podge And Rodge Show'. Production work includes children's shows with Adare Productions and the entertainment show 'The Panel' with Happy Endings Productions; she was also assistant producer on 'I Want A Garden' - Vision Independent Productions for RTÉ, January 2007 - June 2007.

In addition to her various other roles, Sinead has been working as a continuity announcer on RTÉ One and RTÉ Two since summer 2005.

RTÉ One continuity announcer from 2001 until 2002. Lorcan's was the voice that interrupted Oprah Winfrey to go to a newsflash reporting the tragic events of September 11 2001. Prior to joining RTÉ One, Lorcan was a presenter on Lyric FM during its first year. He now works as a new media journalist for UTV's website www.u.tv and is also a web administrator and news reader for the UTV-owned Cork radio station 96FM.
Joined the RTÉ Network 2 announcing team in late-1997. Moved on to front Children's TV junctions - on 'Den 2' - in 1998.
Thelma was one of the early RTÉ TV announcers. She was a TV announcer from 1964 until the mid-1980s when she moved into daytime television presenting, with the popular afternoon show, 'Live at Three', which ran until c. 1998. Thelma's voice was subsequently heard on RTÉ One programme promotions until c. 2003.
Domhnall was an RTÉ continuity announcer in the late-1960s. He was also a teacher.
Announcer/news reader with UTV from the late-1960s. Later moved to RTÉ in Dublin, where he was one of the announcers appearing during the opening night of RTÉ Two.
Deirdre joined RTÉ in the early-1990s. She has been one of the main announcers on RTÉ One ever since. Also heard occasionally on RTÉ Two. Deirdre is currently senior announcer at the station.
Geraldine was an RTÉ continuity announcer in the early-1970s. She went on to became the first woman to read the news on RTÉ Television in October 1975.
Joined the RTÉ Network 2 announcing team in late-1997; departed 1999.
Angie was an announcer on RTÉ Network 2 from the early-1990s until c. mid-1997. She then moved on to newsroom and became a news presenter, fronting programmes on RTÉ One. Angie now runs Ocarina - a digital media company specialising in the production of high quality DVD, CD and print media content.
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Caitriona was an announcer on RTÉ One and later also RTÉ Network 2, from the early-1990s until c. 1995. Also an actress, Caitríona won a talent contest on 'The Late Late Show' in 1992.
Margaret was a continuity announcer in the 1960s. She went on to become RTÉ Radio assistant head of presentation.
Brendan joined RTÉ as a continuity announcer in 1961. Previously the Irish high jump champion, he went on to present 'Sports Stadium', RTÉ's Saturday afternoon sports magazine, from the 1970s to the 1990s.
RTÉ Network 2 announcer from early-1990s until c. 1996.
Máire was a continuity announcer in the mid-1960s.
A familiar face on RTÉ One from the early to late-1990s. Lucy's voice was also heard occasionally on RTÉ Network 2.
RTÉ Two announcer from mid to late-1980s. Also co-presented the 1988 Eurovision Song Contest from Dublin, with Pat Kenny.
Jim was an RTÉ continuity announcer in the early-1970s.
One of the original team of announcers on the relaunched RTÉ Network 2 in late-1997. By 2000, Jon moved had moved to RTÉ One also by this stage voicing many RTÉ One and RTÉ Network 2 programme promotions.

Jon currently provides voice-overs for many UK TV networks but still maintains a presence on RTÉ One programme promotions.

Patricia was an RTÉ continuity announcer in the early-1980s.
Clair joined RTÉ in 1979. She was a continuity announcer on RTÉ One in the early-1980s.
Veronica was a continuity announcer in the early-1970s.
David was an RTÉ newsreader and announcer from the early-1960s to the mid-1970s.
Kathleen was the first continuity announcer to appear on Teilifís Eireann on December 31 1961. She also presented programmes for Radio Éireann in the early-1960s. Kathleen is married to Gay Byrne.
Eoin was a continuity announcer on RTÉ One and RTÉ Two in the early-1980s. He was also an actor.
Gerry turned up as a continuity announcer on both RTÉ One and RTÉ Network 2 around 1994; he continued with his show on 2FM during his brief TV stint. Gerry retired from his TV role c. 1997.
Terry joined Radio Éireann as an announcer in 1961. He was a presenter and newsreader on RTÉ television until joining the BBC in 1969.
Laura joined RTÉ in March 2000, working as an announcer on both RTÉ TV channels, although primarily on RTÉ Network 2. In Autumn 2002, she started into a new presenting role on the newly launched youth strand 'ID Two' on RTÉ Two. Since January 2006, Laura has also been presenting RTÉ One's popular lottery game show, 'Winning Streak'.