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“I’m going to miss him terribly…” Alan Hughes on Mark Cagney leaving Ireland AM

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Alan Hughes has spoken about about co-host Mark Cagney’s decision to leave Ireland AM after 20 years.

The on screen duo are well loved around the country, and following last week’s announcement, Alan says he is definitely going to miss his friend.

“Of course it came as a surprise but at the same time he was getting up so early for so many years,” Alan told RSVP Live.

“He’s the ultimate professional.  He’s been doing it for so long, he’s given his life to it. I wish him all the best and I’m going to miss him terribly.

“We’ve become great friends, it’s been 20 years together, he’s become like family. We clicked, we always had this connection and it’s going to be a very sad day on the 31st [of July] for me.

Alan and Mark


“We’ve never had a cross word in 20 years, it’s amazing. That to me is a testament to the man he is,” he told us.

“He’s always going on about his wives, but he’s had a husband for 20 years as well!” Alan joked.

Mark revealed the news earlier this week, thanking everyone for the love of support over the past 20 years.

 “It has been one of the great privileges of my life, professionally and personally, to be part of this thing we call Ireland AM,” he said in a statement.

“I will be stepping down as anchor and moving on from the 31st of July 2019. To everyone who ever worked on, contributed to, and especially watched AM over the years, my heartfelt thanks.”


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