Aengus Mac Grianna

Aengus Mac Grianna (born 9 July 1964) is a former Irish newsreader for Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ). Mac Grianna was born in Raheny, a suburb in north Dublin, to an Irish language speaking family. His father was a scientist and his mother was a teacher. Mac Grianna was educated solely through Irish. He broadcast in both Irish and English. Mac Grianna has presented the Oireachtas Media Awards.[1][2] He lives on an alpaca farm in County Meath just outside Ashbourne with his husband Terry Gill whom he married in June 2014.[3] His first job was in the Arnotts Sports Department where he earned £80 per week. He is a fan of Desperate Housewives and Coronation Street and supports Dublin and Manchester United.[4] Mac Grianna was considered a favourite to replace iconic newsreader Anne Doyle when she retired on 25 December 2011.[5]

Aengus Mac Grianna
Born (1964-07-09) 9 July 1964
Raheny, Dublin, Ireland
Notable credit(s)
RTÉ News: Nine O'Clock
RTÉ News and Current Affairs
Terry Gill (m. 2014)

On 9 January 2013, a video of Mac Grianna surfaced on YouTube showing him being caught unaware whilst applying some make-up to his face as he prepared for a live bulletin on RTÉ's digital news channel News Now. The presenter did not realise the cameras were rolling after a technical error meant that footage of Mac Grianna readying himself for the broadcast was shown instead of the title sequence. The incident quickly became an internet sensation with over one million YouTube hits in the first couple of days.[6] Aengus commented on it by saying ".. I saw the fun in it. You have to laugh at yourself as well, I think that’s important."[7] Prior to this incident, Mac Grianna has had several previous incidents on air.

In August 2013, he came second in Celebrity MasterChef Ireland.[8]

Aengus Mac Grianna presented his last Six-One News on St. Patrick's Day 2018, he was a dearly liked newscaster at RTÉ News.


  1. "Dáithí crowned as Gala Gael Star of the Year at the Oireachtas Media Awards". Oireachtas na Gaeilge. Archived from the original on 5 April 2012. Retrieved 19 July 2016.
  2. "Oireachtas Media Awards Winners Announced". IFTN. Irish Film and Television Network. 26 May 2010. Archived from the original on 11 September 2013. Retrieved 26 May 2010.
  3. "Anne reveals she 'shed a tear' walking Aengus Mac Grianna up the aisle". Irish Independent. 23 June 2014. Retrieved 19 July 2016.
  4. "PAPER PROPHET Aengus MacGrianna". Irish Independent. 16 October 2005. Retrieved 16 October 2005.
  5. "Goodbye: Anne Doyle's last news bulletin to be on Christmas Day". 7 December 2011. Retrieved 7 December 2011.
  6. "I'm not on... am I? Sorry, Aengus, but you are in fact live on the RTÉ News..." Daily Mail. 11 January 2013. Retrieved 11 January 2013.
  7. "RTÉ newsreader Aengus MacGrianna set to wed". Irish Mirror. 9 July 2013. Retrieved 28 July 2013.
  8. "David Gillick wins gold on Ireland's first Celebrity Masterchef". Irish Independent. 19 August 2013. Retrieved 19 July 2016.
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