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Kerry journalist Donie praised for his cool riot reporting

Tributes for incisive coverage of Capitol storming


CNN’s Donie O’Sullivan

CNN’s Donie O’Sullivan

CNN’s Donie O’Sullivan

The family of an Irish CNN journalist have told of their pride after he was praised for his cool coverage of the violence in Washington DC.

Donie O'Sullivan reported from outside the US Capitol as it was stormed by supporters of Donald Trump.

O'Sullivan, from Cahersi- veen, Co Kerry, also offered live updates from the streets as the clashes between Trump supporters, including far right groups, and police continued.

Four people died in the violence.

O'Sullivan's calm, informed coverage, often while being barracked by noisy protesters, earned him praise across the US, Ireland and other countries.

His mother, Noreen, admitted she feared for his safety as the scenes around the Capitol grew more violent.

She said she was relieved when the protests finally ended and her son escaped unscathed.

"We were watching it and my husband said it was great that Donie was keeping such a cool head," she said.

"But I was worried. I was off the wall a bit with fright. Watching it back afterwards at 3am, I thought he had done incredibly well to be so cool under pressure.

"He was very calm and level-headed throughout it all."


Mrs O'Sullivan, who is a US citizen, lives with her husband, Donal, in Cahersiveen.

She said she was proud of her son's work in Washington and admitted he was fulfilling a dream.

"Donie said he always wanted to be a journalist, we're very proud of him," she said.

Among those who praised his coverage were CervicalCheck campaigner Vicky Phelan and CNN anchor John King.

His reporting of the violence on CNN attracted such a following that his name trended on Twitter.

His sister, Sinéad O'Sull- ivan, a Cork-based law student, said the family were overwhelmed by the reaction.

"Everyone seems to know my brother now," she said.

"So proud of you Donie."

Ms O'Sullivan is no stranger to covering news events, having worked for University Express.

Her brother has worked in the US for a nearly decade and has been with CNN for five years.

He worked previously with CNN's investigations team, which has covered stories ranging from the rise of far right groups to the social media contro- versies arising from the 2016 US presidential election.

He also worked as part of CNN's Social Discovery team.