Marian Finucane Bio
Marian Finucane was an Irish broadcaster with Raidió Teilifís Éireann. She began working with the national broadcaster in 1976, starting as a continuity announcer. She was the first presenter of Liveline and presented The Marian Finucane Show at weekend lunchtimes on RTÉ Radio 1 until her death in January 2020
On 2 January 2020, Finucane died suddenly at her home in Naas, County Kildare at the age of 69.
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Marian Finucane Education
Finucane being born and raised in Dublin, she managed to enroll at Scoil Chaitríona, and later joined the College of Technology, Bolton Street, Dublin.
Marian Finucane Career
She joined RTÉ as a continuity announcer, having been recruited by Eoghan Harris. In 1976 she became a programme presenter working mainly on programs concerned with contemporary social issues, especially those concerning women, in particular, Women Today.
Finucane in 1979 was the recipient of a Jacobs’ Award for Women Today. Her Liveline programme on radio, was a combined interview and phone-in chat show on weekday afternoons. In 1980 Finucane won the Prix Italia for a documentary on abortion: she interviewed a woman who was about to have an abortion, had traveled with her to England, been with her in the hospital and talked to her afterward. The Radio Journalist of the Year Award followed in 1988.
Her television work included information programming on RTÉ such as “Consumer Choice” and the Garda investigation program Crime Line.
On Gay Byrne’s retirement in 1999, she took over his early morning radio slot to present The Marian Finucane Show. Another broadcaster, Joe Duffy, took over her Liveline program. On 24 June 2005, she presented her final Marian Finucane Show in that time-slot. Later that afternoon she received an honorary degree from NUI Galway. Apart from her media work, this degree was in recognition of her work raising funds along with Clarke, towards the building of an AIDS hospice and orphanage in Cape Town, South Africa. In June 2005 she was replaced in her radio timeslot by Ryan Tubridy and took over morning slots on Saturday and Sunday.
Marian Finucane Awards
In 1980–she won the Prix Italia for a documentary on abortion: she interviewed a woman who was about to have an abortion, had traveled with her to England, been with her in the hospital and talked to her afterward.
The Radio Journalist of the Year Award followed in 1988.
On 24 June 2005–she received an honorary degree from NUI Galway. Aside from her media work, this degree was in recognition of her work raising funds along with Clarke, towards the building of an AIDS hospice and orphanage in Cape Town, South Africa.
Marian Finucane Marriage and Children
Finucane got married to John Clarke in January 2015 in front of close family and friends at a Dublin Registry Office.
Before she was married to Clarke, she was married to her estranged husband but it ended in separation.
The couple shared two children, Sinead and Jack, unfortunately, their daughter, Sinead, developed leukemia and died, in 1990, aged eight.
Marian Finucane Death
Finucane died suddenly at her home in Naas, County Kildare on 2 January 2020 at the age of 69–Her death was announced on Thursday by the Irish broadcaster, where she worked since the 1970s.
RTÉ Director-General Dee Forbes described her as “a broadcaster of immense capability.”
Taoiseach (Irish prime minister) Leo Varadkar said he was “stunned and deeply saddened” to hear of Ms. Finucane’s death.
“I spent many hours in the studio with Marian. She was thorough, courteous and professional. I’m very sad to think that we won’t hear her voice again on the radio,” he said.
He added that “weekend mornings will never be quite the same again”.
Irish President Michael D Higgins said Ms. Finucane was “one of the very early exemplars to those who sought a proper representation of women in broadcasting”.
RTÉ chairman Moya Doherty described also described the presenter as “a pioneer in women’s broadcasting”.
“RTÉ has lost another great champion and another great talent, but we are the richer for having known and heard her work,” she added.
Marian Finucane Twitter
Finucane used to post most of her work on Twitter.
— Marian Finucane (@MarianRTE) December 29, 2019