From Sunday one of RTÉ Sport’s newer faces and voices, Jacqui Hurley, will co-host Sunday Sport on RTÉ Radio 1 along with one of the show’s former anchors, Con Murphy. This is the first time in the show’s almost 40 year history that it will be co-hosted and the first time ever that it will have a female host.
Jacqui says: “I’m looking forward to this new challenge. Con and I are planning a fast-paced show with plenty of listener interaction and opinion, some laughs and of course, some serious sports news, commentaries and updates!”
The revamped show will be a fast-moving live sports programme, with commentators and reporters at all the main sports events of the day, including Gaelic Football and Hurling Championship and League games, Rugby internationals and provincial matches, football from home and abroad, and interviews with all the top sportsmen and women in the news.
Jacqui joined RTÉ Sport in 2006. She now appears as a weekly sports contributor on Seoige and is the voice of sport on RTÉ 2FM’s Breakfast Show with Colm & Jim-Jim on weekday mornings.
Originally from Ballinahassig in Cork, Jacqui started her media career as an intern with CBS television station in Mississippi in the United States where she learned all the nuts and bolts of television reporting and more specifically sports reporting. After college she went on to work for local Limerick radio station Live 95FM and was given her first big sporting opportunity working at Munster’s 2006 Heineken Cup success.
Con Murphy’s career in broadcasting began in the late 1980s with Century Radio, where he worked as a sports producer and presenter. Following the closure of Century, Con became sports editor at Dublin station FM104, before joining RTÉ Radio’s Sports team in 1992. He has hosted RTÉ Radio’s coverage of the 1996 Atlanta, 2000 Sydney, 2004 Athens, and 2008 Beijing Olympic Games coverage. He has reported from the World Cup finals in Japan and Korea in 2002, and counts RTÉ Radio’s coverage of the 2006 Ryder Cup from the K Club as one of his favourite commentating experiences.
Con has presented all of RTÉ Radio’s main sports programmes at various times through the years and has also shown his versatility by standing in for Ryan Tubridy, Marian Finucane, and Rachel English on RTÉ on different occasions. Con has presented a wide range of sports programmes on RTÉ Television including Monday Night Soccer, Against the Head, Premiership and World Cup soccer and The Irish Open Golf and many more sports. He also co-presents the monthly programme, Crimecall on RTÉ Television along with Anne Cassin.
Sunday Sport has been on air since 1971 and was first presented by Paddy O’Brien. Other presenters throughout the past four decades have included Liam Nolan, Bill O’Herlihy, Eamonn Ó’Muirí, Jimmy Magee, Des Cahill and Adrian Eames.