We'll miss you Aengus Mac Grianna - RTE news anchor's most memorable moments
Aengus Mac Grianna is packing up his powder and heading for pastures new after 30 years at RTE.
For those of us who have grown up with the RTE news reader delivering the daily headlines with those dulcet tones after school, then college, then work, then as parents, it truly is the end of an era.
A professional to a fault, he has proven unflappable in the face of the occasional blooper, most famously when he went viral after footage of him touching up his make-up and fixing his tie was accidentally aired on RTE's digital news channel in 2013.
He's not retiring, he told the Sunday Independent, but feels it's "time for a change".
“It’s a bit like that book The Alchemist. I re-read it again recently and I am following my personal legend, as the book would say. I haven’t fully mapped out where I want to go but I know that I’ll eventually get wherever that is meant to be,” he said.
“My ultimate dream is to keep learning and to explore and discover new things. I am open to the idea of going back to university and I will keep all my options open — from architecture to archaeology.”
He reportedly won't be leaving until March next year, however, so perhaps we'll see a few more memorable moments between now and then.
Here are some of his best:
This clip of Aengus powdering his nose and adjusting his tie before realising he was live on air and exclaiming, 'What?' is probably one of the funniest bloopers in RTE history. It's not surprising it went viral. He proved he can laugh at himself when he spoke about it afterwards. “I saw the fun in it. You have to laugh at yourself as well, I think that’s important.” The clip ended up on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and was even used on a recent eBay advertisement. Long after Aengus leaves RTE this clip will live on, and on, and on...
And the eBay ad:
That time he casually sauntered into shot
Aengus can be seen casually walking into shot when he's not supposed to at about 1:15:
The one where technology fails him
Aengus was reading the 9 o'clock News on RTE One recently when he found himself trying to read his script while a report played over him. His face says everything, but he continues like the consummate pro he is.
That time he started reading Eamon Horan's lines
Aengus was on the Six One News when he was supposed to pass over to sports presenter Eamon Horan. However, he started reading Eamon's sports script instead. When he realised his mistake he simply quipped, "Well actually that's sport, that's your job Eamon" before they both burst into laugher.
Someone left the "throw to Eamonn" bit out of Aengus' script. pic.twitter.com/IZskRjxYTu— David Sheehan (@DavidSSport) August 7, 2017
And finally, a very funny compilation of his finer moments
We will miss you Aengus!