Philip Boucher-Hayes replaces Damien O’Reilly as host of RTÉ Countrywide

RTÉ journalist Philip Boucher-Hayes has been announced as the new host of Countrywide on Radio 1.

His announcement comes after yesterday’s announcement that Damien O’Reilly will be leaving the station to take on a new role in Brussels.

Mr. O’Reilly began his radio career 24 years ago on RTÉ Radio 1 presenting the Farm News, a segment of Five Seven Live.

“I believe now is the perfect time for me to move on to a new challenge in my career and I’m delighted to be able to do so on a high note and happy to leave Countrywide in great form.” I said.

Mr. Boucher-Hayes has reported and presented RTÉ Radio 1 programs since the early 1990s.

He is currently the host of the climate action series Hot Mess on RTÉ Radio 1 and is also frequently heard on the Today programme.

He has produced and presented award-winning radio and podcast series such as Treasure Island: The Hunt For The Falcon Blanco and Boom Bust Broke.

Mr. Boucher-Hayes will also be familiar to RTÉ TV audiences as the host of documentaries such as Hot Air: Ireland’s Climate Crisis, The Du Plantier Affair, What’s Ireland eat and Future Shock: The Last Drop, and with the lifestyle and consumer series What Are You Eating? and Buyer beware.

“I’m looking forward to the challenge and can’t wait to get started on Countrywide,” he said.

RTÉ 1 chief Peter Woods said: “As a journalist, Philip has always emphasized the importance of story. We are delighted that he has joined Countrywide and its outstanding production team led by Eileen Heron. .”

Philip will start Nationwide on RTÉ Radio 1 on Saturday, November 12. Philip Boucher-Hayes replaces Damien O’Reilly as host of RTÉ Countrywide

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