Ryan Tubridy is a Radio and Television Broadcaster. He presented a weekday morning show, The Ryan Tubridy Show, from 9-10am on RTÉ Radio 1 and The Late Late Show, Ireland's most popular, highest rating TV show and the world's longest running chat show on RTÉ One, for the past 14 years. In the UK, he began working with BBC Radio 2 in 2011 and since then he has covered for Graham Norton, Ken Bruce, Chris Evans’ Breakfast Show, Terry Wogan and Simon Mayo’s Drivetime Show. In 2018, Ryan released his fourth and second children's book called The First Christmas Jumper (and the sheep who changed everything). The book tells the story of Hillary, the multi-coloured sheep who loves Christmas and Santa and the quest to make a brand-new Christmas jumper.
Ryan was born in Blackrock, Dublin and is the nephew of former MEP Niall Andrews, and the former Cabinet Minister David Andrews. Ryan was educated at Blackrock College and University College Dublin, where he studied History and Greek and Roman Civilisation. Following university, Ryan joined RTÉ where he worked as a reporter for presenters Gerry Ryan and Pat Kenny, as well as occasionally presenting the radio show Five Seven Live. In the summer of 1999 Tubridy presented Morning Glory on RTÉ Radio 1 and in July of 2000 he moved to The Sunday Show, one of RTÉ Radio 1's premier Sunday morning shows. From 2002 until 2005 he presented RTÉ 2FM's hugely popular morning show, The Full Irish. He then moved to present The Tubridy Show, weekday mornings on RTÉ Radio 1, having taken over from Marian Finucane. Following this, Ryan presented a morning chat show on RTÉ 2FM for five years from 2010-2015.
On TV, Ryan presented the high-profile Rose of Tralee competition in 2003. The competition brings women of Irish descent from all over the world together to compete to be crowned 'The Rose of Tralee'. The programme runs over two nights and dominates the TV schedule in August every year. Summer 2004 saw Tubridy present his own game show, All Kinds of Everything. In October that same year, Tubridy hosted the newly created Tubridy Tonight, a live Saturday night chat show. The show proved so successful that in May 2009, Ryan was offered the role to become the host of The Late Late Show and since taking the big seat, viewership figures have been phenomenal with a 1.6 million reach. Ryan’s charismatic and warm personality has attracted a huge amount of Irish and international superstars since the show aired on September 4th 2009, including Vince Vaughan, Joan Collins, Jermaine Jackson, Kelly, Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, Jimmy Carr, Ant and Dec, Ricki Lake, Cilla Black, former Taoiseach’s Brian Cowen and Bertie Ahern.
Ryan has authored four books to date. His first book, JFK in Ireland, was a number one bestseller and sold in the region of 100,000 copies. It is a profile of U.S. President John F. Kennedy's 1963 visit to Ireland.
His intense passion for US politics is common knowledge. Having spent 18 months researching President Kennedy's historic visit to Ireland in 1963, Ryan worked on a documentary for RTÉ One, JFK A Homecoming, which was a remarkable behind the scenes look at this era-defining visit. His second book, The Irish Are Coming, was released in November 2013. Tubridy examines the relationship between Britain and Ireland – two countries separated by a small stretch of water but for so long divided politically, socially, culturally and emotionally.
Ryan's third book was his first children's book called Patrick and the President, a captivating read which tells the story through the eyes of a young boy, of John F. Kennedy's return to his ancestral home in 1963. Christmas 2018 saw Ryan release his fourth and second children’s book called ‘The First Christmas Jumper (and the sheep who changed everything)’.
Ryan has several wins and nominations at the Meteor Awards to his name, dating from his time as host of The Full Irish. He also won TV Now Awards for Best Male Presenter and Favourite Irish TV Show. Ryan was named one of ten "icons" of 21st century Ireland by the Sunday Tribune's Derek O'Connor in 2008. He was awarded Dubliner of the Year by The Dubliner Magazine in 2009.
Ryan has brushed shoulders with Royalty when he was chosen to show Queen Elizabeth around the Guinness Storehouse during her historic visit in May 2011. He also acted as Master of Ceremonies at the welcoming event for Barack and Michelle Obama in that same week.
Ryan gives up a huge amount of his free time and is involved with many charities. He actively works with St Vincent DePaul, the Down Syndrome Centre, St Michael’s Regeneration Board, UNICEF, ISPCC, Laura Lynn, Childline, Children in Hospital Ireland and is also an Ambassador for Crumlin Children’s Hospital.
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