RTE’s Brian O’Donovan unsure of new role when he returns to Ireland

RTE’s Brian O’Donovan unsure of new role when he returns to Ireland

Broadcaster Brian O’Donovan said he is unsure what his new role will be when he returns to Ireland next month after four years as Washington Correspondent.

But the dad-of-two from Cork is hoping it will be Dublin-based.

His wife Joanna will be returning to work as a primary school teacher in the capital and his kids, Lucy and Erin, will be starting a new school.

In the past, previous Washington Correspondent Caitríona Perry moved to news presenting while Charlie Bird retired two years after returning home.

Brian told RSVP Live: “I am still not 100 percent sure what I will be doing when I come back.

“The way it works is that I will continue being a journalist in the RTE newsroom when I come back.

“I will be assigned a new role but I don’t know what that role will be yet. In terms of time off, maybe, but that depends on what the job is.

“I have learned over the last four years to be prepared for the unexpected.

“I have an open mind over what I am doing next and my hope is that it will be Dublin based because the girls will be going to school there and that is where Joanna works.”

Brian O’Donovan is RTE’s Washington Correspondent.

After covering the American presidential election, Black Lives Matter protests, Joe Biden’s inauguration and the American Covid-19 lockdown, Brian is happy to be making the move back to Ireland and he is ready for the next chapter of his broadcasting career.

He said: “I don’t wrap up until December, the end of this year. I still have a few weeks to go. I had the most amazing four years, it was busy and exciting, it was a rollercoaster ride.

“But it was always going to be four years and it is over now. Professionally, it was a great adventure and a great experience.

“I am happy to be coming home and we need to resume our lives in Ireland. My wife is a primary school teacher so she paused her career for four years, she took a career break, and the girls need to begin Irish school.

“We will miss the friends that we made but we are happy to be moving on with the next chapter.”

Brian recently took a trip back to Ireland to promote his new book, Four Years in the Cauldron, and that marked the first time he got to see his friends and family at home in two and a half years.

However, his wife and daughters weren’t allowed to join him because of tight border restrictions in the US.

The Cork native said: “It was great to be back and to be home. I was very excited to see everyone.

“Unfortunately, Joanna and the girls couldn’t come with me. It would have been nice if everyone could have travelled but we will be home for good in the coming weeks anyway.”

Brian is planning to be back home in time for Christmas.

He said: “That would be my hope, absolutely. I am hoping for mid December, but I don’t have an exact date yet because it depends on what’s going on over here and what I am doing when I go back.”


Brian O’Donovans new book, ‘Four Years in the Cauldron’, will be released this autumn.

Four Years In The Cauldron by Brian O’Donovan is available in all good bookshops and online now

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