Mary Kennedy set to return to our screens with exciting new show

Pic: Lili Forberg for VIP Magazine

Mary Kennedy is set to return to our tv screens in a matter of weeks with an exciting new series.

The broadcaster will be working with TG4 for a brand new show, which will delve into the world of Irish companies, looking at how they got to where they are today and the challenges they’ve faced over the last few months.

Announcing the news, Dundara Television and Media tweeted, “We’re delighted to announce that next week we begin production on a new series for TG4. Presented by the fabulous Mary Kennedy.”

Pic: Lili Forberg for VIP Magazine

Explaining the show, they continued, “‘Guaranteed Irish’ goes behind the scenes with 12 of Ireland’s big business success stories. Broadcasts late Nov and in association with Guaranteed Irish.”

Sharing her delight, Mary beamed, “I’m really looking forward to this.”

It’s wonderful to see Mary back in front of the camera after retiring from RTE last September.

She spent 40 years working for the national broadcaster, and recalling her first presenting gig, Mary reveals her nerves were astronomical.

Speaking to VIP Magazine, she said, “It was October 1978, so 41 years ago. That was when my first thing was with RTE. I was freelance and working as a teacher.

“I remember [my first job] well. I answered an ad in the paper which was the way you applied for jobs in RTE back then.”

Pic: Lili Forberg for VIP Magazine

She continued, “I was given a job as 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.

“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, she said, “Oh, I would love to find it. There are some of them in the archives, I am sure.

“We had such posh voices back then, let me tell you, that’s just the way it was.”


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