Gareth O’Connor actually started his radio career on Christmas Eve 1987 as a music presenter with K.I.T.S 101 in Monaghan Town. He later became the country’s youngest news editor and programme controller at the dawn of commercial radio in Ireland with Northern Sound Radio. Gareth worked as a news and programme presenter with LMFM Radio in the North-East, before joining national independent station Century Radio as a newsreader in 1991. After Century’s closure Gareth spent two years at Dublin’s 98FM as a news presenter with the station and its national news network, Ireland Radio News.

Gareth joined RTE in 1994 and spent nearly twenty years with the national broadcaster, where he became a mainstream news reporter and presenter on radio and television. He regularly read the news on RTE Television, RTE Radio 1, 2FM and Lyric FM. For a decade Gareth was the special TV reporter assigned to cover Santa’s departure from the North Pole for RTE television.

In 2012 Gareth left RTE to join Mark Little’s social media news agency Storyful and later became Managing Editor of News with Ireland’s national commercial radio station, Today FM. Gareth first presented on Christmas FM in 2014 when he was a regular contributor to the breakfast show. He also presented a number of overnights and early breakfast music shows. In 2015

Gareth will be back on the early breakfast beat and finding those all-important Christmas stories.

Gareth’s favourite Christmas songs are:

Fairytale of New York by the
Pogues and Kirsty Mc Coll (one of the first songs he ever played on the radio the year it was released)

John & Yoko: So This is Christmas. (War is Over)

Wham’s Last Christmas.

His guilty pleasure is:

We All Stand Together by Paul Mc Cartney and the Frog Chorus.

Gareth’s Elf Name is:

Goodwill Gareth