Keelin Shanley Bio – Wiki
Keelin Shanley was an Irish journalist, newsreader, and presenter with Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ), Ireland’s national radio and television station, where she had presented the Six One News, alongside Caitríona Perry since January 2018.
She was born on 24 August 1968 in Indianapolis, Indiana, United States. She dies on 8 February 2020.
RTÉ broadcaster Keelin Shanley dies following illness https://t.co/G0qh9jhrWI
— RTÉ (@rte) February 8, 2020
Shanley was 51 years old.
She was the daughter of Derry Shanley and his wife Orna. Keelin Shanley grew up in Monkstown with her siblings.
Early Life & Education
Keelin grew up in Dublin and studied biochemistry at Trinity College, working for a while as a researcher before changing her focus to journalism.
Working as a reporter and presenter with RTÉ’s flagship current affairs television program, Prime Time for over 10 years, Shanley made a number of award-winning documentaries.
Shanley has previously presented special budget and election coverage, Crimecall, Morning Edition, The Consumer Show and documentary Hacked on RTÉ One, as well as Morning Ireland, Today with Seán O’Rourke and The Late Debate on RTÉ Radio 1. She has also worked as a news reporter for Radio France International and for CNN World Report.
Keelin was particularly interested in social justice issues and covered a number of stories in developing countries such as Uganda and Liberia.
Over the years at RTÉ, Keelin earned the reputation of being an agile broadcaster, presenting TV programs Crimecall and Morning Edition. She also worked on the station’s flagship radio show Morning Ireland and Late Debate.
In January 2018 she took over the reins of Six One News on RTÉ television alongside Caitriona Perry. The pair became the first female duo to anchor the show.
However, her time on the program was brought to a premature end when she faced cancer.
A warm, tenacious and fiercely intelligent journalist, Keelin Shanley was an exceptional broadcaster and a wonderful colleague.
Husband & Children
Her husband’s name is Conor Ferguson. The couple has 2 children.
Cause of Death
On 8 February 2020, it was announced by RTÉ that Shanley had died following a two year battle with cancer.
The death has been announced of RTÉ broadcaster Keelin Shanley following an illness. She passed away peacefully this afternoon, aged 51.
An award-winning journalist, she had most recently been the anchor of the Six One News on RTÉ One.
She will be sorely missed by many, but most of all by her husband Conor, their children Lucy and Ben, her wider family and a large circle of friends.