Robbie Irwin

Since I was a tiny bunny I wanted to work in radio and after spells with Dublin pirates Vanessa Ard and Big D, I was lucky to part of the start of Radio 2 as it was – cominatcha! Here I produced many big names including Gerry Ryan, Marty Whelan, Dave Fanning, Ian Dempsey and Mike Moloney.  Millenium Radio was my happiest period in RTE radio and after that I worked for Century, Radio Ireland and Today FM where I won ‘Sports Broadcaster Of The Year’.  I returned to RTE Sport and spent many happy years in both TV and radio sport, where I was producer/presenter on The Olympics, Sunday Game, Soccer World Cups, Champions League, 6 Nations Rugby, Cheltenham Racing Festival and many more events.  I’ve been responsible for several radio shows including Saturday and Sunday Sport on Radio 1 and more recently for Game On on 2FM.  But my favourite show was The Sportsbag which I presented and produced, proudly for 8 years on RTE.

I’m a huge Sports fan and in particular love GAA Racing and Rugby, but I remain loyal to Man Utd and travel over regularly to Old Trafford as we are season ticket holders (although there’s very little to cheer about at the moment!).  I’m currently studying Photography and hope to develop (get it) that interest further.  I’m a great fan of music in particular The Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, Anita Baker, Adele, Coldplay and many more and still love to collect vinyl and cd’s to top up my collection.

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Your role at Christmas FM
Presenter
Why Christmas FM
I've been a huge fan of Christmas FM since it started and was thrilled to be asked to present on it this year. It brings the spirit and soul of the season throughout the festive period and does so much for it's charity partner, this year Temple Street Children's Hospital and all of us parents have had some contact with that great institution...in my case one of my brats drinking detergent!! Another thinking he was a trapeze artist but failing to make it to the next tree! Christmas FM brings all the joy of the season in spades and I'm delighted to be playing a small part this year.
My Favourite Christmas Song
By a short head... Fairytale of New York The Pogues & Kirsty McColl with Same Auld Lang Syne by Dan Fogelberg a close second.
My Favourite Christmas Food
You can't beat the old reliables TURKEY and HAM and all the trimmings
My Favourite Christmas Movie
The Apartment - Jack Lemmon and stop calling me Shirley Mc Laine
My Favourite Christmas Tradition
Opening Xmas prezzies on Xmas morning with all the family
My Elf Name is:
PAPA Robbie
Where i'm from
Born in Dublin and spent all of my childhood and teenage years in Santry. Moved to Marino and returned almost to home, to Glasnevin where I've lived very happily for almost 25 years. I've 3 gorgeous sons Conor, Sean and Daragh and a beautiful Grandson Harry, who lights up our lives and our Christmas. I would love to lose some weight and I keep trying by walking and swimming regularly. I enjoy cooking for family & friends and relish debates over the dining table.