Galway radio stalwart Seán Bán Breathnach will become one of the first inductees to the new PPI Hall of Fame later today at a special ceremony in Kilkenny.
It was announced recently that this year’s PPI Awards will include a Hall of Fame for the first time and Seán Bán Breathnach of RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta will be one of three additions presenting with the honour today at the Lyrath Estate.
Seán Bán Breathnach has been working as a radio broadcaster for over 40 years after starting his career with Radio Éireann in 1969 presenting the first Irish-language pop music show ‘Popseó na Máirte’.
He started working with Raidió na Gaeltachta part-time in 1972 and has been working with the service ever since. Séan has worked on a variety of programmes including magazine and music shows, but is particularly well known for his work on sports programmes.
His commentary on boxer Katie Taylor’s Olympic victory in August went viral, and has been heard by now by hundreds of thousands of people. Seán Bán has also been presenting sports programme ‘Spórt an tSathairn’ on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta for nineteen years, and he can also be heard on western magazine programme ‘Iris Aniar’.
Ceannaire of RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta Edel Ní Chuireáin, congratulated Seán on his award, saying it was a “great honour” and a “fitting tribute” to his excellent work in radio for over 40 years.
The late Gerry Ryan of 2FM and Candy Devine of Downtown Radio in Northern Ireland are the other two broadcasters who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame this year.