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03rd Jan 2020

RTÉ is planning special tributes to Marian Finucane this weekend

Alan Loughnane

Marian Finucane tribute

A tribute to a stellar career.

RTÉ is planning special tributes to Marian Finucane on both TV and radio this weekend.

The veteran RTÉ broadcaster passed away suddenly at her home on Thursday at the age of 69.

A regular on Irish airwaves for the last 50 years, Finucane most recently presented her own prime weekend slot on RTÉ Radio 1.

On Saturday morning, her regular slot for The Marian Finucane Show will be presented by Rachael English.

The two-hour programme will feature tributes from Ireland and around the world from colleagues and friends and will also be reflecting upon some of her best moments in broadcasting.

Brendan O’Connor will present the show on Sunday morning.

The Late Late Show on Friday night will also feature a segment paying tribute to Finucane and her contribution to Irish broadcasting and society.

It will contain a series of interviews with her friends and contemporaries.

“Marian was a broadcaster of immense capability; a household name, she was first and foremost a tenacious journalist with a zeal for breaking new ground,” RTÉ Director General Dee Forbes said on Thursday.

“From Women Today to Liveline to her weekday radio show on Radio 1 and, latterly, her enormously popular Saturday and Sunday radio programme, she tackled the big social issues of the day with command and insight.

“Multi-skilled, she forged a distinguished career on television, as well as undertaking significant charity work in Africa. Ireland has lost a unique voice. RTÉ has lost a beloved colleague. My sincere and heartfelt sympathies to her husband John and son Jack.”

Main image via RTÉ Archives

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