Mary Wilson (broadcaster)

Mary Wilson is an Irish broadcaster and journalist. She currently presents the RTÉ radio programme Drivetime on RTÉ Radio 1 during weekday evenings.[1] In 2006, she was described as "one of Ireland’s leading journalists".[2]

Mary Wilson
OccupationJournalist, broadcaster
Notable credit(s)
Spouse(s)Tony O'Donoghue (–2005)


Wilson joined RTÉ in 1990. Originally from Tipperary, she began her career at RTÉ’s local radio service in Cork before moving to Dublin.[2] Whilst there she worked across a wide range of areas in the RTÉ Newsroom.[2] Before presenting Drivetime, she was the legal affairs correspondent for RTÉ News and Current Affairs between 1996 and 2002.[2] She won the "ESB National Media Awards Journalist of the Year" in 2000.[3] In 2002, she was promoted to the post of legal affairs editor.[2] She spent 10 years in the job overall before moving on in 2006. She has covered many high-profile court cases.[4] When Wilson grew weary with the nationwide escapades of then Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, prior to the Irish general election in 2002, she described herself as "being left a little short of information".[5]

In 2006, when Rachael English finished up Five Seven Live, Wilson was promoted to presenter of Drivetime.[6] Her programme airs Monday to Friday from 16:30 until 19:00. Her programme has 229,000 listeners.[7] Joseph O'Connor's radio diary is commissioned by Wilson on this show each Wednesday.[8][9]

Wilson has also appeared on the cover of Village.[10]

Personal life

Wilson was married to RTÉ Sport editor Tony O'Donoghue until 2005. She has a daughter, Aoife, born in 1997.[6][11]


  1. "RTÉ News: Drivetime". RTÉ. Retrieved 7 June 2009.
  2. "Mary Wilson lands drivetime radio slot". 26 May 2006. Archived from the original on 10 April 2009. Retrieved 7 June 2009.
  3. "RTÉ Annual Report" (PDF). RTÉ. 2000.
  4. Vincent Browne (12 July 2006). "Village Magazine". Village Magazine. Retrieved 7 June 2009.
  5. "FF hunker in bunker, again". Irish Independent. 25 May 2009. Retrieved 7 June 2009.
  6. "Court reporter Mary Wilson to fill new radio drivetime slot". The Sunday Tribune. 2006. Retrieved 7 June 2009.
  7. "Sally, your country needs you yet again". Irish Independent. 7 June 2009. Retrieved 7 June 2009.
  8. "To walk Manhattan is to walk the world". Irish Independent. 24 May 2009. Retrieved 7 June 2009.
  9. "RTE's Mary Wilson on leaving the Four Courts". Village. Retrieved 7 June 2009.
  10. Sinead Ryan (19 November 2007). "Golden rules for children in a marriage break-up. Last week, RTÉ's Mary Wilson spoke words of wisdom about her relationship split". The Irish Independent. Retrieved 7 June 2009.
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