Sean O'Rourke

Sean O'Rourke (born 1955) is an Irish journalist and broadcaster who works for the Irish public broadcaster, Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ). He currently presents the Today with Seán O'Rourke show every weekday morning on RTÉ Radio 1.

Sean O'Rourke
Born1955 (age 6364)
Alma materUniversity College Galway
OccupationJournalist, broadcaster
EmployerRaidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ)
Notable credit(s)
RTÉ News at One
The Week in Politics
Spouse(s)Caroline Murphy


An arts graduate from University College Galway, O'Rourke has previously worked for the Connacht Tribune, The Sunday Press and The Irish Press. In 1989 he joined RTÉ News and Current Affairs. For RTÉ he has presented Morning Ireland and This Week. In 1995 he moved to the News at One. On television he has presented Today Tonight, Prime Time and The Week in Politics.[1]

He is chair of his university's Alumni Association.[2]


O'Rourke has won ESB National Media Awards: Radio Broadcaster of the Year 1997, NUI Galway Alumni Award for Arts, Media & Communications 2007 and 2008 PPI News Broadcaster of the Year.[3] In June 2011 he was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Laws by his alma mater, NUI Galway.[4]

Personal life

O'Rourke was born in Portlaoise, one of eight children of local school principal and hurling enthusiast Kevin O’Rourke.[5] The family later moved to Galway. He is married to Caroline Murphy and has six children, one of whom is Dr Maeve O'Rourke [6]. He is a practising Catholic.[7]


  1. "RTÉ News at One Profile: Sean O'Rourke". RTÉ. 2009. Retrieved 10 June 2009.
  2. "Sean O'Rourke, Chair of NUI Galway Alumni Association". 30 July 2013.
  3. "PPI Radio Awards 2008". PPI Radio Awards. 2008. Retrieved 10 June 2009.
  4. "NUI Galway Honours Four Outstanding Individuals with Honorary Degrees". National University of Ireland, Galway. 2011. Retrieved 17 December 2019.
  5. "Laois Nationalist — Laois man takes top radio spot". Retrieved 30 November 2016.
  6. "I don't like admitting this, but I was starting to question my enthusiasm". Irish Examiner. 2 September 2018. Archived from the original on 4 September 2018. One of the highlights of the summer was going to my daughter Maeve's conferring
  7. "This much I know: Seán O'Rourke, Broadcaster". Irish Examiner. 13 February 2015. Archived from the original on 4 June 2015. I’m a practicing Catholic. I feel I need to practice a lot more because I’m a long way from being perfect.
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