Marty morrissey


Marty Morrissey
Marty Morrissey and Pascal Brooks cover a match
Born Mallow, County Cork, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Alma mater University College Cork (UCC)
Occupation Commentator
Employer Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ)
Known for

"Are you ready to rock"

"Oh, Holy Moses!"

Martin Morrissey (born 29 April 1958) is an Irish sports commentator and television presenter. He regularly presents high-profile sports events for RTÉ Sport, such as the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship and Olympic Games.

Early life

Morrissey was born in Mallow, County Cork (where his mother hailed from) but the family returned to their then home of the Bronx, New York shortly afterwards. When he was aged 11, the family returned to Ireland to his father's native home of Clare. They settled in Mullagh. Later, Morrissey went on to study at University College Cork (UCC) in Cork.[1]

While still a student in UCC, he had coached teams of Kilmurry Ibrickane GAA to Clare U-16 and Minor Football titles. This took the attention of Sr. Cecilia, principal of St. Joseph's Secondary School, who needed a coach for their boys football team. Morrissey agreed, and made his entry at the school. He took charge of the Senior Football team in a period that the relationship between the neighbouring clubs Kilmurry Ibrickane GAA and Milltown Malbay GAA were at an all time low and rivalry at an all time high. By forming a school team consisting of players out of the parishes Kilmurry Ibrickane, Milltown Malbay, Doonbeg and Cree-Cooraclare, Morrissey defused most of the tensions. He managed the team to the Munster title 1983.[1]

Due to his involvement in the team, Morrissey was asked to teach PE for a month. It turned into a four-year stint, in which he taught, amongst others, Mathematics, Geography, Commerce and Religion.[1]

Broadcasting career

Morrissey entered the world of broadcasting in 1988 on joining the (since defunct) local TV channel "Cork Multi-Channel". Shortly after that, he moved to London to work for WH Smith's Lifestyle Channel. In 1989 he joined the new Clare FM local radio station as News Editor. In 1990, he returned to Cork to work on RTÉ's (also since defunct) local radio service in Cork. He left Cork in 1994, to join RTÉ's TV Sports Department.[1]

Morrissey has commentated on many sporting events but his bailiwick is Gaelic games.[2] He also has a job as sports reporter and reader on RTÉ News. He also presents Saturday Sport on RTÉ Radio 1. He was a ring announcer and interviewer on Pro Box Live. His catchphrase is "Are you ready to rock".

In May 2011, he started presenting new RTÉ Two sports programme The Committee Room for the summer Gaelic Athletic Association season.[3] In May 2012, it was announced that Morrissey would present a new GAA programme called Championship Matters for the Gaelic Athletic Association season.[4]

Presenting style

Morrissey has gained some notoriety for his colloquial turns of phrase while commentating on sports events, such as "the far over side of the pitch" and "leaving the ball into the square".[5]

While in Beijing for the 2008 Summer Olympics, he came across supermodel Cindy Crawford and, in his own words, "took off with speed in pursuit of one of the most beautiful women in the world. I shouted as you do in these situations, 'Marty Morrissey RTE Sport Ireland'. (You just got to mention the Irish angle every time over here) 'What do you think of the Olympics?' She smiled but before the poor girl could answer she was whisked away by an army of bodyguards." He recounted his brief interview with Crawford on an RTÉ blog.[6]

While in London for the 2012 Summer Olympics, his colourful commentary on the women's beach volleyball drew attention of journalist Pat Stacey as he "gurgled and burbled away over close-up shots of shapely bums in tiny bikini bottoms".[7]


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