Mary Kennedy reflects on retirement

Picture: Brian McEvoy

Three years since “officially” retiring, Mary Kennedy is looking back at her one-of-a-kind career.

It was in 2019 when the Irish TV presenter was forced to retire after she turned 65.

However, that didn’t stop our Mary from doing what she does best as she continued to explore other projects, participating in shows such as Dancing with the Stars and presenting Into the West on TG4.

Now, Mary can’t help but reflect on her time in the industry as she took to Instagram to share some throwback pictures of her retirement party.

Pic: Instagram/Mary Kennedy

Writing: “This night three years ago!! My retirement party in Studio 1.”

“A wonderful night of friendship, fun and laughter and the opening of the door to a whole new world of opportunity and fresh beginnings.”

“Thank you RTÉ One for hosting such a lovely gathering. Thank you Marty Whelan for MC’ing so graciously and thank you to my family, friends and colleagues for being there,” she continued.

Mary celebrated the night in style with family and friends alike, including close pals Neven Maguire and Marty Morrissey.

Pic: Instagram/Mary Kennedy

Recalling her first-ever presenting gig, Mary previously told VIP Magazine that it was in October 1978 and that she was given a part-time continuity announcer.

“My very first day was a Saturday and I did a tea-time slot introducing children’s programmes because the station only opened at 5pm back then,” she explained.

“I can remember making my first announcement and being so nervous. When it was finished, I threw my eyes up to heaven and the camera was still rolling.”

Speaking of the clip Mary admitted: “I would love to find it. There are some of them in the archives, I am sure.”

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