Sunday 17 December 2017

US TV sports presenter Shane O'Donoghue: 'I thought I was going to be a stockbroker'

Shane O'Donoghue
Shane O'Donoghue

He's one of Ireland's most successful broadcasting exports, but sports presenter Shane O'Donoghue has admitted his career path wasn't always so clear.

The Tipperary man - who is joining Fox Sports' US Open broadcast team - initially trained to be a stockbroker.

"I've been very unhappy in different jobs before my media career really set sail," the golf presenter told the Herald.

"I was in London working in a bank for a couple of years, training to be a stockbroker after leaving school.


"Then I came home and worked in retail for a short time before I joined Galway Bay FM in 1993."

Shane - who also presents CNN series Living Golf - worked with RTE and BBC before making it in the States.

Despite his brief career in banking, the former 2FM presenter admits broadcasting was his dream from a young age.

"In October I'll be 30 years in the business - I started out when I was 14 on a pirate radio station called CBC in Clonmel," he said.

"Since I was eight or nine it's always been something I've wanted to do. I've always had an obsession with microphones."

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