Sunday January 19, 2020

A broadcasting talent and style that were effectively unique

Marian Finucane’s career both symbolises real changes in the status of Irish women and helped to advance them

5th January, 2020
Marian Finucane on air after the death of Gerry Ryan had been announced in April 2010 Picture: Bryan Meade

Like many of her colleagues in RTE, I took the young Marian Finucane’s achievements almost for granted. Her broadcasting skills were underlined by a self-confidence that made us forget she was advancing in a broadcasting world that was dominated by male presenters. By being so good at her job, it was sometimes easy to ignore the fact that she was boldly going where no woman had gone before. Just as it’s easy to forget the...

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