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Mary Kennedy

Mary Kennedy Rose of Tralee

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Quick Facts
Intro Rose of Tralee
Countries Ireland
Occupations Author Television presenter
Type Film, Television, Stage, and Radio Literature
Gender female
Birth 4 October 1956 (Clondalkin)
Education University College Dublin
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Mary Kennedy (Irish: Máire Ní Chinnéide; born 4 October 1954) is an Irish writer, television personality and former newscaster. She presented Eurovision Song Contest 1995 from the Point Theatre in Dublin. She has also presented her own Saturday night chat show called Kennedy, a precursor to Saturday Night with Miriam. Kennedy was co-presenter of the magazine programme Open House with Marty Whelan. She has previously presented Up for the Match and the People of the Year Awards. She is now co-presenter of Nationwide with Anne Cassin, having been so for a time with Michael Ryan.

Early life

Born in Clondalkin, Dublin, Kennedy was educated at Colaiste Bride in Clondalkin and University College Dublin, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts. She taught English in Brittany, France, before returning to her alma mater to teach Irish and English.


Kennedy's broadcasting career started in 1978 when she applied for a job as continuity announcer at RTÉ. She went on to join the RTÉ News team, becoming a newscaster. She has also presented Eurovision Song Contest 1995, a Saturday night chat show called Kennedy, and was co-presenter with Marty Whelan on the magazine programme Open House.

She used to present Up for the Match and the People of the Year Awards until RTÉ replaced her in both jobs with the younger Gráinne Seoige.

Kennedy began working as Michael Ryan's co-presenter on the RTÉ local affairs show Nationwide.

In April 2008, she commented on RTÉ television coverage of the state funeral of former President of Ireland Patrick Hillery.

In May 2011, she fronted RTÉ television coverage of Queen Elizabeth II's visit to Ireland.

She has read the news on RTÉ Radio 1.

She has been a judge at the Rose of Tralee.

She provided commentary at the inauguration of the ninth President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins.


In 2003, Kennedy published her memoirs, titled Paper Tigers.

Lines I Love was shortlisted for an Irish Book Award.

Lines for Living was published in 2011.

Personal life

Her niece, Clare, was the girlfriend of Garda Ciaran Jones, swept to his death in the River Liffey after he tried to help motorists during torrential rain in October 2011.


Kennedy was voted VIP magazine's "Most Stylish Woman in Ireland" in 2003.

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2003 Mary Kennedy "Most Stylish Woman in Ireland" (VIP) Won
 ???? Lines I Love Irish Book Award Nominated

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