Today with Pat Kenny

Today with Pat Kenny was a current affairs magazine broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1, presented by Pat Kenny. The programme was broadcast on weekdays, at 10:00 and ended at 12:00.[1] In 2008, the average audience for the show was 291,000.[2]

Today with Pat Kenny
GenreNews and Current Affairs
Running time2 hours
Country of originRepublic of Ireland
Home stationRTÉ Radio 1
Hosted byPat Kenny
Produced byKay Sheehy
Recording studioDonnybrook, Dublin
PodcastToday with Pat Kenny

Kenny's programme was a replacement of Gay Byrne's similar programme. It features current affairs topics with interviews from journalists, politicians, celebrities and human-interest guests.

The programme featured, news, sport and weather. The show's reporter was Valerie Cox.[3] Eoghan Corry does weekly travel broadcasts.

The programme won a PPI Radio Award for Current Affairs Programme in 2008[4] and 2009,[5] and was named Best National Radio Programme at the Plain English Campaign awards in 2005.[6]

In July 2013, Kenny announced his resignation from RTÉ with immediate effect in order to take up a new position presenting a new programme on the rival station Newstalk from September 2013 in the same time slot. [7] In August 2013 RTÉ announced that Sean O'Rourke would take over presenting the programme, renamed to Today with Seán O'Rourke, following Kenny's departure.[8]


In January 2012, Pat Kenny was accused of "insulting" residents of a Dublin north inner city community after he referred to "a hovel in Ballybough" during the programme. City councillor Nial Ring was "inundated with calls from annoyed constituents" and responded that there were no "hovels" in Ballybough. Pat Kenny defended his remarks.[9]


  1. "Today With Pat Kenny". RTÉ Radio 1. RTÉ. Archived from the original on 25 July 2009. Retrieved 10 August 2009.
  2. Cullen, Paul (22 August 2008). "RTÉ radio increases share of audience". The Irish Times. Irish Times Trust. Retrieved 9 April 2009.
  3. "Morning Ireland: Valerie Cox". RTÉ News and Current Affairs. Archived from the original on 25 October 2009. Retrieved 2 October 2009.
  4. "Empire strikes back in Radio 1 sweep". Irish Independent. Independent News & Media. 18 October 2009. Retrieved 15 April 2009.
  5. "RTÉ sweeps the board at PPI Awards". RTÉ News and Current Affairs. 3 October 2009. Retrieved 14 October 2009.
  6. Smith, Zoe (16 December 2005). "Plain English Prize for Rusbridger". Press Gazette. Archived from the original on 16 June 2011. Retrieved 15 April 2009.
  7. "Pat Kenny to leave RTÉ after 41 years". RTÉ News. 31 July 2013.
  8. "Sean O'Rourke to take over Pat Kenny's RTE radio slot". Irish Independent. 10 August 2013.
  9. O'Keeffe, Alan (28 January 2012). "Defiant Pat won't back down in 'Ballybough hovel' comments row". Evening Herald. Independent News & Media. Retrieved 28 January 2012.
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