Sunday 25 September 2016

TV3’s Ireland AM host Mark Cagney dismisses suggestions that he is set to retire

Published 05/09/2016 | 14:16

Mark Cagney
Mark Cagney
Mark Cagney. Photo: Patrick Bolger
Sinead Desmond and Mark Cagney at TV3's Autumn 2016 launch at The National Concert Hall, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Mark Cagney holding a picture of his younger self. Photo: Naomi Gaffey
Mark Cagney and wife Audrey in 2011

TV3’s Ireland AM host Mark Cagney has laughed off suggestions that he is set to retire.

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The presenter, who turns 60 this month, says he is “in better shape” than ever.

In 2013, Cagney was rushed to hospital after suffering chest pains on Ireland AM. 

“Thankfully I was never hired for my looks so that’s not an issue. Actually I believe the older you get, the more you have to offer.”

“I’ve never gone in for the big celeb parties. It’s just not my way of doing things,” Cagney told the Irish Sun.

“I’ve already got the best present I could ever get – my health. I have never been in better shape.”

Cagney has been arriving at work at 4.30am every morning for the past 17 years.

Last May, Cagney told independent.ie that he hopes to be a mentor to his successor, and remain part of the Ireland AM team when he hands over the presenter baton in two years time.

"I have a wealth of experience. My job for the next couple of years will be to keep this going, hopefully develop and evolve it, but also be part of the team that hands over the baton, possibly even identify who my successor is, take him in, bring him under my wing and get him ready to take it on.

"That's what I'd see my function as. I've got two more years. It is the semblance of an escape route and acceptance of what's coming," he added.

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