Wednesday 22 November 2017

RTE's Mary Kennedy won't follow Dobbo into the classroom

Mary Kennedy
Mary Kennedy
RTE newsreader Bryan Dobson is to take up a position as a lecturer
Mary Kennedy at the Mrs Brown's Boys D'Movie premiere
Bryan Dobson and Sharon Ni Bheolain on the old RTE set.
Mary Kennedy at the VIP Style Awards

Lynne Kelleher

Presenter Mary Kennedy is thrilled that colleague Bryan Dobson has nabbed a top university job - but she said she won't ever be going back to school.

Stylish Mary worked as an English and French teacher before joining the State 
broadcaster but her teaching days, she said, are well and truly behind her.

Commenting on the announcement that Dobson is to lecture at Limerick University, Mary said: "It's absolutely fantastic news for Bryan, I'm really delighted for him."

But when asked if it was a career move she would consider for herself after decades working in Donnybrook, the Nationwide anchor was adamant that returning to the classroom was not on the cards.

RTE newsreader Bryan Dobson is to take up a position as a lecturer
RTE newsreader Bryan Dobson is to take up a position as a lecturer

"Nationwide suits me down to the ground, so I think I'll stay where I am for now," she said.

"I'm filming in Kerry this week on the Dingle Peninsula and that's the type of work that I enjoy," she told the Herald.

Mary Kennedy
Mary Kennedy

The presenter said she was much too outdoorsy to 
consider a teaching job.

"Being outdoors suits me much better," she laughed.

Clondalkin-native Mary travels all over the country filming Nationwide and she is thrilled with her hectic schedule and doesn't want to slow down just yet.

It was announced this week that Dobson secured a three-year tenure in Limerick as Adjunct Professor of Public Service Broadcast Journalism.

Veteran RTE reporter Bryan will 
instruct aspiring journalists in his new post, but won't be leaving the State broadcaster.

With a long and varied 
career in broadcasting, Mary would have just as much to offer media students.

She started as a continuity announcer for the broadcaster in the seventies and has worked on a range of programmes since then, 
including Open House with 
co-host Marty Whelan before going on to be the face of Nationwide.

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