‘I told no one when I applied for a job with RTÉ because everyone would say ‘Who does she think she is? ‘ – Veteran broadcaster Mary Kennedy

RTÉ star Mary Kennedy never told anyone when she first applied for a job at the national broadcaster because she was afraid they would say “Who does she think she is?”

he is a former national presenter who worked full-time as a high school teacher before joining RTÉ, saying her late mother was also “worried” that she would receive get ideas.

In 2019, she left her job due to a mandatory company policy of retiring at age 65.

“I didn’t choose to retire,” she said.

Reflecting on her career while speaking at the Kennedy Summer School in Co Wexford this afternoon, the veteran broadcaster said she enjoys spending more time with her family.

“I don’t want to go to the end of my life and say ‘oh, I wish I had more time to see my grandchildren’.

“Gay Byrne once said that graveyards are full of people who think they are indispensable and I don’t want that.

“I am 68 years old now. I think there are stages in life for everything. There’s a stage where you build your career, a stage where you nurture your family, a stage for yourself, and this is a period where I want a little bit of excitement in my work but I want to be Free time for yourself. children, grandchildren, friends love and can travel. “

When she first started with RTÉ, she worked as a part-time broadcaster continuously. It wasn’t until 2004 that she became full-time after completing a nationwide gig.

During her decades-long career, she also presented the Eurovision song contest in 1995, her own Kennedy talk show, and the GAA show ‘Up for the Match’.

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She applied for a job with RTÉ the year after her father died of a heart attack while golfing with work. He’s only 59 years old.

“I didn’t tell anyone because people would say ‘Who does she think is applying for a job at RTÉ?’ That was the way for the young girls and women of the time.

“The nuns always had a saying: ‘Never pass your station’. Thankfully that has changed and young women are much more outgoing and need encouragement to be confident and self-aware.

“My mother was always worried about what I was doing at RTÉ…she worried that I would be confused. My father was able to boast like a punch. “

Ms. Kennedy grew up in Clondalkin, Dublin and worked as a freelancer while trying to raise her four children.

She said her mother has been extremely supportive of her throughout her career, always helping her children.

“She is outdated. She worked in the civil service and had to quit her job when she got married because there was a marriage bar at the time. She is of the opinion that if you get married and have children, your position is at home to take care of them.

“It wouldn’t be me,” she added.

She has also talked about how she was turned down for the role of presenting Eurovision a number of times before she was offered to do so by the director in 1995.

On the day of the contest, a newspaper ran a cartoon of her falling on her heels down a silken staircase that she had to descend in front of hundreds of millions of people.

Her colleagues tried to keep the newspaper for her, but she eventually saw it.

“That was all I could think of at first,” she said.

“But instead, I think about all the people I know in different countries who will be watching and how well they will wish me.”

Shortly after leaving RTÉ, she was a contestant on Dancing With the Stars 2020, making it to the final six before being eliminated in a dance with Grainne Gallanagh.

While she is continuing with some television and writing work, she said her plan now is to “enjoy life”.

“I firmly believe that life has different phases and this is mine. I am aware that I have lived more of my life than I have left to live and that I want to enjoy it. “

https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/television/i-told-nobody-when-i-applied-for-a-job-with-rte-as-people-would-be-saying-who-does-she-think-she-is-veteran-broadcaster-mary-kennedy-41974248.html ‘I told no one when I applied for a job with RTÉ because everyone would say ‘Who does she think she is? ‘ – Veteran broadcaster Mary Kennedy

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