Shay Byrne

Shay Byrne (born 19 August 1972) is an Irish Radio presenter. Since 2011 he has replaced Maxi as host on RTÉ Radio 1's Rising Time.

Shay Byrne
Born (1972-08-19) 19 August 1972
ResidenceDublin, Republic of Ireland
EmployerRaidió Teilifís Éireann
Known forPresenting on Rising Time on RTÉ Radio
Partner(s)Linda Nolan (2000-)
ChildrenHolly Byrne

Jack Byrne

Katie Byrne

Early life

Byrne grew up in Artane and originally studied accountancy in Carlow, but left the course early. He then went to work for a mobile phone company and video equipment company. He then went on to work for his father's painting and decorating business, ultimately taking it over, and he was joined there by his brother Maurice, a former chief inspector with the DSPCA.[1] In 2004, he began to work for events companies, dressing up for promotions, karaoke, DJing, playing Elvis in Christmas cabarets.[2]

Career at RTÉ

In 2005, Byrne joined the Irish public broadcaster Raidió Teilifís Éireann, after his wife spotted an advert for continuity announcers, he began working on shows with Ryan Tubridy and Derek Mooney.[1] After sometime working as a continuity announcer for RTÉ, he became a stand in presenter on RTÉ Radio 1, he subsequently hosted his own show Shay Byrne’s Friday Lounge on Friday evening's between 2006 and 2011.[2] It was announced on 4 March 2011, that Byrne would replace Maxi as presenter of Rising Time, following the latters illness, he currently presents Rising Time from 5.30am to 7am on week days.[3][4] Since 2011, he has replaced veteran broadcaster Larry Gogan as RTÉ radio commentator for the Eurovision Song Contest.[5]

Personal life

Byrne met his partner Linda Nolan in the Stillorgan Musical Society and married her in October of 2000, they have three children, Holly, Jack and Katie. They currently live in Dublin.[1]


  1. "Pair on the same wavelength".
  2. "DJ at Dawn". 8 May 2012 via Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  3. PM, Caitlin McBride-04 March 2011 03:00. "Maxi bows out of her am slot for new show".
  4. Sweeney, Tanya. "Soothing Shay Byrne strikes right tone for graveyard slot". The Irish Times. Retrieved 3 November 2019.
  5. "Eurovision on RTÉ Radio 1 tonight". 14 May 2013 via Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
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