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Jacqui Hurley (born 15 January 1984, in County Cork) is a sports broadcaster and chat show host employed by Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ), Ireland's national radio and television station, where she is a regular sports news presenter on RTÉ News and has co-presented Sunday Sport on RTÉ Radio 1 since February 2009.[1] Hurley has played at the highest Irish level in the sports of basketball and camogie and currently manages the Irish under-16 girls basketball team.

Jacqui Hurley
Born
Jacqueline Hurley

(1984-01-15) 15 January 1984 (age 38)
County Cork, Ireland
NationalityIrish
EducationMedia and Communications
Alma materMary Immaculate College, Limerick
OccupationSports broadcaster
EmployerRaidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ)
SpouseShane McMahon
Children2
WebsiteJackie Sports Blog

Early years


Hurley grew up in Australia in the 1980s.[2] She is the daughter of David and Mairead Hurley and sister of Catriona and Sean.[3] She played basketball for Ireland and camogie for Cork and has since taken on a management role with the Irish under-16 female basketball team.[2] She is a sports enthusiast.[1] She graduated from Mary Immaculate College (MIC) in 2006 with a degree in Media and Communication Studies.[4] She has webbed toes, a feature of her anatomy which she has openly discussed on radio.[5] She was paralysed for several days when she was 17 due to a sports accident after she and another player crashed into each other.[6]


Career



Television


Hurley initially spent some time as an intern with CBS Television in Mississippi, United States.[2] She also worked in local radio before joining RTÉ in 2006.[1][2] She was only supposed to stay with CBS for eight months but she remained for a year, developing her love of sports broadcasting.[2]

Hurley's RTÉ television work includes reports for the sports magazine OB Sport,[7] a Friday preview slot on the daytime chat show Seoige,[8] the weekly "60 Sixty" segment on the League of Ireland magazine programme Monday Night Soccer aired on RTÉ Two, where she questions a different footballer each week for sixty seconds.[9]

Hurley has presented the sports quiz show Know The Score on RTE since November 2016.


Radio


Hurley started working for Limerick's Live 95fm in Limerick after her time in college, where she covered Munster's 2006 Heineken Cup win for the station. On 18 October 2018 while speaking on Limericks Live 95 FM, Joe Nash asked Des Cahill how Jacqui Hurley was getting on. Joe Nash made reference to the fact Jacqui Hurley has a soft spot for Limerick. Joe Nash is owner/presenter of Limericks Live 95FM, the station where Jacqui Hurley worked in the early 2000s.[1]

She often appeared on The Colm & Jim-Jim Breakfast Show on RTÉ 2fm where her sports blog was a regular feature.[1]

In early 2009, Hurley took over as the co-presenter of Sunday Sport alongside Con Murphy on RTÉ Radio 1.[2] In doing so she made history as the first ever female presenter in the 40-year history of Sunday Sport at the age of 25.[1] She writes the "Jacqui's Week" column for Sunday Sport.[10]


Writing


Hurley's first book, Girls Play Too: Inspiring Stories of Irish Sportswomen, was published by Merrion Press in September 2020. An illustrated children's book, Girls Play Too celebrates some of Ireland's top contemporary female athletes.[11]


Personal life


She lives in Dublin with her husband, Shane McMahon. They have two children, Luke and Lily.[12][13] In August 2011, she and Dublin footballers Eamonn Fennell and Eoghan O'Gara launched the Tomás Mulligan Memorial Cycle, an annual event held in aid of suicide crisis centre Pieta House.[14] Her brother Seán was killed in a car crash at the age of 25 on 30 November 2011.[15][16]


References


  1. Murphy, Claire (29 January 2009). "Good news on Sunday Sport as Jacqui join the team". Evening Herald. Archived from the original on 3 August 2012. Retrieved 29 January 2009.
  2. "Jacqui Hurley Interview". RTÉ. Archived from the original on 5 February 2009. Retrieved 4 February 2009.
  3. "RTÉ star's grief as brother dies in road tragedy". Evening Herald. 2 December 2011. Retrieved 2 December 2011.
  4. Blog entry. Retrieved 26 November 2008.
  5. Tubridy, Ryan (31 August 2011). "Here's what happened on today's show..." Tubridy. RTÉ 2fm. Archived from the original on 6 April 2012. RTÉ's sports presenter Jacqui Hurley called in to tell Ryan that she also as webbed toes! Jacqui has two webbed toes on each foot. When Jacqui was younger she tried to cut them to make 'normal toes'! Now Jacqui has come to love her toes! Her Brother and Dad also have webbed feet.
  6. McMahon, Cathal (22 September 2006). "Jacqui will be the voice of sport on RTE2 programme". Limerick Leader.
  7. "Baton Twirling". RTÉ. Retrieved 6 August 2007.
  8. "Ireland must show their true worth". Irish Independent. 8 November 2008. Archived from the original on 3 August 2012. Retrieved 26 November 2008.
  9. "MNS: 60 Sixty". RTÉ. Archived from the original on 2 January 2009. Retrieved 26 November 2008.
  10. "Jacqui's Week". Sunday Sport. Archived from the original on 24 November 2011.
  11. "Girls Play Too: Inspiring Stories of Irish Sportswomen". Irish Academic Press. Retrieved 3 August 2021.
  12. Brummell, Conor (13 June 2021). "Inside the family life of RTE star Jacqui Hurley - husband, kids and career highlights". Irish Mirror. Retrieved 11 April 2022.
  13. "Radio host loves to splash out on nights out and is happy to own a home despite its depreciation". Irish Independent. 17 February 2009.
  14. "Charity cycle coming through Laois". Leinster Express. 3 August 2011. Archived from the original on 25 May 2012.
  15. Ó Gruagáin, Gearóid (1 December 2011). "Motor Bike Racer Sean Hurley killed in Car crash". Sports News Ireland.
  16. Riegel, Ralph (2 December 2011). "Brother of RTÉ sports presenter Jacqui Hurley is killed in crash". Irish Independent. Retrieved 2 December 2011.





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