Frances Shanahan retires from RTE

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The retirement has taken place of Frances Shanahan, one of the best known RTE voices on the radio over the past 25 years.

Frances, from Killotteran, Waterford made her name during the Beef Tribunal where she reported on the intricacies of a very complicated subject but constantly made it understandable to a wide, non-agricultural audience.

She went onto become one of the premier agricultural journalists and broadcasters in the country, reporting into many RTE programmes, including most recently ‘Drivetime’ and ‘Countrywide’.

Her distinctive voice, perfect delivery and attention to detail will be missed, as RTE South East Correspondent Damien Tiernan said at a lunch for Frances held recently in The Athenaeum House Hotel in Ferrybank.

Frances Shanahan, second from left at front seated, with RTE friends and Glanbia representatives at her recent retirement lunch at Ferrybank's Athenaeum Hotel.

Frances Shanahan, second from left at front seated, with RTE friends and Glanbia representatives at her recent retirement lunch at Ferrybank's Athenaeum Hotel.

“Frances has been working out of the Waterford studio for the past few years,” said Damien, “after a stint in Galway and previously Dublin. She is a joy to work with and her professionalism and enthusiasm for the job is outstanding. She will be missed.”

Tom Donnelly, producer with Drivetime and other RTE radio programmes, echoed this words, as did Ian Wilson, senior producer, who both travelled from Dublin for the lunch.

Geraldine Kearney, Group Director of Sustainability with Glanbia plc attending the meal as did former PLC chairperson Liam Herlihy.

“Frances set the standards for others to follow,” said Liam, “and her ability to relate to a non-agricultural audience was simply superb. She will be sorely missed by the entire agricultural sector and beyond and I wish her the very, very best for the future.”

A number of presentations were made to Frances, including a beautiful painting of horses (Frances’s other love) by full time free-lance artist Maeve Doherty, who has been painting for over twenty years at her studio in Glenmore, County Kilkenny.

Her works have also been commissioned by both private and public collectors, as well as awarded to well known public figures such as former Irish President Mary McAleese, former American Ambassador to Ireland, Jean Kennedy Smith and former FBI Director Louis Freeh.

Frances spoke fondly of her years in RTE and thanked everyone for their friendship and support.

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