RTE newscaster Aengus Mac Grianna can see the funny side after being caught on camera topping up his make-up and fixing his tie.
On Tuesday's 'RTE News Now' bulletin, he was also captured dusting down his suit jacket seconds before reading the news.
The embarrassing slip-up has since gone viral, clocking up over 10,000 views on YouTube.
Mr Mac Grianna insisted it was simply a "hazard" of the job.
"It was a technical problem and simply one of the hazards of the trade. I can't believe it's been of such interest, but I am delighted that so many people are watching our digital channel, RTE News Now," he said.
An RTE spokesperson said: "He dealt with it well because he was completely innocent and has taken it in such good humour and grace."
The national broadcaster subsequently removed the bulletin from its online player.
Mr Mac Grianna also featured on the website last month with him struggling to read a report on the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission also proving a massive hit with viewers.