‘Warm, Tenacious And Fiercely Intelligent’


Keelin Shanley

This afternoon.

The death from cancer of journalist and broadcaster Keelin Shanley has been announced. She was 51.

Via RTE:

Keelin grew up in Monkstown, County. Dublin. Having graduated from Trinity College with a degree in biochemistry, Keelin worked as a researcher in the Department of Pharmacology in the University of Bologna. Keelin then returned to Ireland and started working with RTÉ, presenting a number of science and technology in the late 1990s.

Via Sinéad Crowley at RTÉ:

Over the years at RTÉ, Keelin earned the reputation of being an agile broadcaster, presenting TV programmes Crimecall and Morning Edition. She also worked on the station’s flagship radio shows Morning Ireland and Late Debate.

In January 2018 she took over the reins of Six One News on RTÉ television alongside Caitriona Perry. The pair became the first female duo to anchor the show.

However, her time on the programme was brought to a premature end when she faced cancer.

A warm, tenacious and fiercely intelligent journalist, Keelin Shanley was an exceptional broadcaster and a wonderful colleague.

She will be sorely missed by many, but most of all by her husband Conor, their children Lucy and Ben, her wider family and a large circle of friends.


RTÉ broadcaster Keelin Shanley dies following illness



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20 thoughts on “‘Warm, Tenacious And Fiercely Intelligent’

  1. Spaghetti Hoop

    Ah how sad. I was just wondering these last weeks why she wasn’t presenting the news anymore – as she was so competent at it and at her previous TV work in current affairs. Gosh, only 51 too. RIP.

  2. Liam Deliverance

    Aw no, that’s sad to hear, I always liked her, Godspeed Keelin, condolences to family and friends

    1. Daisy Chainsaw

      In its horrible, indiscriminate eye.

      RIP Keelin, a confident, interesting broadcaster taken far too young.

  3. millie vanilly strikes again

    Poor Keelin. RIP. Very sad and very sudden. I’ll be thinking of her family.

    Cancer is an absolute scourge.

  4. V

    And am disappointed with myself that I didn’t notice Keelin wasn’t on air

    Sincere condolences to all who will miss her
    And all those that were there for her and her family during this terrible illness

    Such news really makes you take stock

    1. Chuckenstein

      The same, to be honest. Work means that I normally miss the news at 6 so I wasn’t aware. I just assumed that she was still at the controls until I heard the news.

  5. GiggidyGoo

    RIP. Very young. Cancer doesn’t discriminate. She was a likeable and professional journalist and will be missed

  6. Jackdaw

    She was brilliant, talented but most importantly she was so fair and gave everyone a fair chance. She was outstanding at letting arseholes talk themselves into a deep hole. She will be missed. 51 is no age at all. Sleep well.

  7. Charger Salmons

    Oh dear, that’s awful.
    I thought her a very likeable and professional journalist.
    51 ? That’s no age.
    Cancer is a bastard.I’ve lost two old friends to it in the last year.

    1. millie vanilly strikes again

      Well said.

      I’m sorry to hear that Charger. Cancer is, as you say, a bastard.

    2. Charger Salmons

      Sadly but perhaps predictably RTE got the tone and measure of reporting her demise completely wrong.
      They opened tonight’s election coverage with an extended and frankly saccharine eulogy that went on far too long and was never the most important news of the day.
      Like the BBC Ireland’s national broadcaster is too full of its own importance.
      Keelin’s death is sad and she was a familiar face on the tellybox but she wasn’t Mother Theresa.

  8. Murtles

    Sad to hear, I followed her career in various media outlets as she was a great journalist and broadcaster. Taken far too young. May she rest in peace.

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