Talk to Joe, the Liveline promo says. But later this year it will be Joe Duffy who will be doing the talking because the Liveline presenter has signed a deal with Transworld Ireland to write his life story. The book, which is at an advanced stage, will be out in October, in time for the Christmas market.
No details of the deal have been released but it is likely to involve a significant sum for the broadcaster who is already one of RTE's top earners. Confirming the deal at the weekend, Eoin McHugh, Transworld Publisher, said that the book promises to be a great read.
"From what I've seen, it will be very honest and direct. Joe wants to do it really well and is putting a lot of work into it," McHugh said. "It's a great story. . . it will cover all the stages of his life so far, his childhood in Ballyfermot, his school days, getting into Trinity, becoming head of the student's union in college and then president of the Union of Students in Ireland, his community work after college, the start of his media career, his time working with Gay Byrne and his more recent career on Liveline."
"Joe's life story is a fascinating journey. He is currently engrossed in the writing process and is determined to make this a really worthwhile book."
Born in Mountjoy Square in Dublin city centre in 1956, Joe was brought up in Ballyfermot and went to Trinity College in 1977 to study social science. Having been active as a student leader for several years and then as a community worker, he joined RTE Radio as a producer in 1989. He worked his way through several shows, first as a contributor on the Gay Byrne Show and then as presenter of other programmes.
Liveline was already an established show when Joe took it on in 1999. But he has taken it to a whole new level, making it one of the most important, and sometimes controversial, shows on the airwaves in recent years.