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Friday 15 December 2017

Keelin 'mortified' by flowers on last ever Morning Edition

Keelin Shanley on the set of RTE's Morning Edition earlier this year
Keelin Shanley on the set of RTE's Morning Edition earlier this year

KEELIN Shanley said she was "mortified" after receiving praise and a bouquet of flowers from colleagues at the end of the last broadcast of her show Morning Edition.

Earlier this month RTE announced it was scrapping the morning news show because of "ongoing financial pressures".

Shanley Tweeted ahead of this morning's broadcast saying it has been "a great two years" and promising it would feature some of the highs and lows of its period on the air.

Notable guests included Microsoft CEO Bill Gates, motivational speaker Mark Pollock and English film director Ken Loach.

The show also looked back at some of its breaking stories, including the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI and the death of former South African president Nelson Mandela.

A surprise was also in store for Keelin Shanley, as while she was saying a final farewell to viewers the camera cut to Morning Edition editor Anthony Murnane in the RTE gallery.

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"We can't just let you finish yet," Murnane interjected. "Keelin Shanley, we'd like to thank you for the last two years, from all of us here in the gallery."

The editor then proceeded to enter the RTE recording studio with a bouquet for the shocked presenter.

Shanley, was clearly "taken aback" and "mortified" as she put it.

"Thank you for being with us, we've enjoyed it all. Thank you, and have a good weekend. Bye," she said, signing off at the end of the show.

After Christmas, she will move to present RTE Radio 1's late night news and current affairs programme The Late Debate.

She will also continue to front RTE One's The Consumer Show.

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