AND IT'S goodnight from her. Presenter Rachael English bid an emotional farewell to her loyal listeners last night as she signed off for the last time on RTE Radio 1's '5-7 Live' programme.
Her voice trembling with emotion, the long-time host of the programme thanked her colleagues and listeners, especially those who wrote in to say farewell, and asked to be forgiven for going slightly over time as she signed off for the last time.
"I'd like to thank all of the people I've worked with on '5-7 Live' over the past six years. They've genuinely been fantastic and they made the decision to move on and try something different all the more difficult," she said before personally thanking her production team.
Ms English will return to the airwaves in the autumn when she will present a new radio programme on Saturdays that will look at the candidates and issues in all Dail constituencies ahead of next year's general election.
In her place in the interim will be Leo Enright, who will begin presenting the news and current affairs programme until the end of this month.
The new host of the programme, which is to be called 'Drivetime', will be RTE's former legal affairs editor Mary Wilson.
Before signing off, Ms English said she had enjoyed her tenure on the programme but it was time to do something different. "It's been a privilege to present '5-7 Live', but I feel the time is right to move on and try new things. Over the past six years, with the help of a fantastic team, I've covered a huge number of stories and enjoyed record listenership figures.
"I think now is a great time to get out of the office and get to the heart of the stories which will define next year's election. I'd like to thank all of the people who have written to me with their good wishes for the future."
And she promised she would ask her father to continue providing Cheltenham tips for her successor on the show.