Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh will take over as the new face of RTÉ's Nationwide, the Sunday Independent can exclusively reveal.
The flame-haired presenter will replace Mary Kennedy, who left RTÉ last month after celebrating her 65th birthday.
Bláthnaid will now report from events around the country for one of the station's most popular shows, replacing Mary who has been the face of the programme for the past 15 years.
v's run will begin in the new season in January 2020. She will report alongside presenter Anne Cassin.
Recently Mary explained her future on air was up to RTÉ. She told the RTÉ Guide it is up to the broadcaster whether she stays on or not, but right now, after being asked if she is saying goodbye, she said: "Officially, yes."
"I'd love to stay but it's up to RTÉ if I go or not," she explained. "All I can say is that I love what I do and I would love it to continue."
In a separate interview she said: "I love Nationwide. I just love all of those occasions.
"I am a Dub but I have a great sense of the richness of life outside the Pale.