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


Shane O'Donoghue

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."