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Friday 29 August 2014

Good news on Sunday Sport as Jacqui join the team

A 25-year-old woman has broken the glass ceiling in RTE Radio by becoming the first ever female presenter of the Sunday Sport show.

Sports fanatic Jacqui Hurley is set to make history on the show this weekend.

The university graduate will join veteran broadcaster Con Murphy and this is the first time in the show's almost 40-year history that it will be co-hosted.

"While there are women sports reporters, such as Joanne Cantwell and Evanne Ni Chuilinn, making their mark in RTE, this is the first time a woman has been given the chance to host a sports show.

Talent

"It's certainly changing. More than anything RTE has really nurtured fresh female talent.

"I suppose it's about time but it's definitely a positive development," Jacqui said.

"To be honest, I didn't even think about being the first female presenter. It's hard to believe that it's been so long before a female has gotten such a job but obviously it's great."

The DJ carved a career in sports journalism after completing a Degree in Media and Communications in the University of Limerick.

Sports-mad Jacqui has represented Ireland in basketball and has also played camogie for her home country.

She joined RTÉ Sport's ranks in 2006 and now appears as a weekly sports contributor on Seoige as well as presenting a regular sports blog on the Colm & Jim Jim Breakfast Show.

Flabbergasted

The young star said that she was flabbergasted by the opportunity to present a sports show.

"I only finished college in 2006 so to be given this opportunity so soon is really great," she said.

The Corkonian started her media career as an intern with a TV station in Mississippi in the United States. After college she went on to work for local Limerick radio station Live 95fm and was given her first big sporting opportunity working at Munster's 2006 Heineken Cup success.

But it's a busy life for the young blonde.

Jacqui continues to play basketball, camogie and ladies football with clubs in Dublin and this year she will manage the Irish U16 basketball team.

clairemurphy@herald.ie

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