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Gareth O'Callaghan

Gareth O'Callaghan
4fm studio
Nationality Irish
Occupation Radio presenter, author
Employer 4fm
Known for Radio work, literary work, depression, suicide awareness
Children Three

Gareth O'Callaghan is an Irish author, radio presenter and former television presenter. He can currently be heard on 4fm, having presented shows on RTÉ 2fm for much of his career until 2005 and then a show on Galway Bay FM.

O'Callaghan is an outspoken supporter of suicide and depression-related topics,[1] having had previous personal experience of these throughout his adult life.[2] He has written books dealing with such topics,[3] and is a supporter of the Irish suicide charity Console,[4] representing them in Dáil Éireann debates on at least one occasion.[5] O'Callaghan is a qualified clinical psychotherapist.[6]

In 2010, O'Callaghan spoke out against cocaine use following the death of Gerry Ryan, a former colleague and friend.[6][7] He acknowledged that he had known of Ryan's cocaine use for 16 years[8] and received criticism and intimidation after speaking about this in public.[9]

Career

Radio

O'Callaghan started with small pirates such as Radio Dublin. He then was a presenter on "superpirate" Radio Nova in the early 1980s, followed by Sunshine Radio (briefly), later Energy 103FM and Q102 (briefly). He spent a few years on UK radio, after his spell with Sunshine Radio in 1983, starting with offshore pirate Radio Caroline. After Q102, Gareth joined legal Irish radio with Millennium Radio and then in 1989 he moved to the newly relaunched "2fm" - an attempt by RTÉ to steal some of the thunder of the recently departed Superpirates. Gareth then presented the very popular "Gareth O'Callaghan in the afternoon" show which was similar in theme, tone and content to The Steve Wright in the afternoon show on BBC Radio 1 of the late '80s and early '90s.This show was a huge success gaining O'Callaghan widespread popularity all over Ireland by offering a brand and style of commercial radio that was more reminiscent of Radio Nova in Dublin at the very height of its popularity.

He developed a great raport with John Kenny who was the sports presenter on the show and the pair regularly did inserts together on his afternoon show

O'Callaghan left RTÉ 2fm's afternoon show, having previously presented the breakfast show on the station (replacing Ian Dempsey). His afternoon slot is now occupied by Rick O'Shea's eponymously named show. After leaving 2fm, Gareth took some time out from radio to pursue a career in psychology before being named presenter of the breakfast show on Galway Bay FM. On 27 February 2009 Gareth launched Ireland's newest commercial independent Quasi-national radio station 4fm where he was the morning show host before moving to the afternoon slot.

Before Gay Byrne's retirement from The Gay Byrne Show in 1998, he was helped a bit by O'Callaghan but O'Callaghan left him after getting fed up and went to RTÉ 2fm instead. Des Cahill had to help Byrne after that.[10]

Television

O'Callaghan did the TV series Video File in the 1990s.[6]

Writing

O'Callaghan has been writing since 1995. To date, he is the author of six bestselling works - five novels and a memoir. He has contributed two stories to the It became one of the biggest-selling books in Ireland in 2003, and continues to sell in huge numbers. It has been published in 15 countries, and translated into 10 languages.

O'Callaghan is a regular contributor to many of the national newspapers in Ireland, having written regularly for The Irish Times, the Sunday Independent and the Evening Herald. He is currently writing a sequel to A Day Called Hope, and is also said to be working on a new novel.

Personal life

He lives in Dublin, dividing his time between Dublin and London. He has three daughters called Kerri O' Callaghan, Katie O' Callaghan and Aibhín O' Callaghan.

References

External links

  • 4fm

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