RTÉ's Sean O'Rourke announces his retirement 6 months ago

RTÉ's Sean O'Rourke announces his retirement

O'Rourke worked for 25 years as a presenter of daily news and current affairs on RTÉ Radio 1.

RTÉ's Sean O'Rourke has announced his retirement from his role as presenter on the radio show Today with Sean O'Rourke.

O'Rourke has presented the show since 2013, and has announced that he will officially step down from the show on 8 May.

Speaking of his retirement, O'Rourke said: "For nearly seven years now it’s been my great privilege to sit in the best current affairs chair in Irish broadcasting. But nothing is forever. I’m going to be 65 in May. And that’ll be as good a time as any to end the great adventure of Today SOR.

"I’ve had an absolute ball - daily interviews, debates, elections, referendums, a memorable encounter with the Donald in Doonbeg... some great music and song, and the odd bit of hand-to-hand studio combat.

"All of it with a light dusting of fun, as we promised you at the very start. And all made possible by really talented, hard-working and loyal colleagues, to whom I’ll be forever grateful."

Tom McGuire, Head of RTÉ Radio 1 said: "Sean O’Rourke has been at the core of the Radio 1 schedule throughout his broadcasting career. A peerless journalist, particularly in current affairs and news.

"To coin one of his own phrases, his move from News at One to Today with Sean O’Rourke proved that not only could he play ‘senior hurling’ but senior football as well. A true dual star."