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Brian Jennings
Morning Ireland broadcast.jpg
Jennings (left) with Aine Lawlor and Nicola Hudson
Occupation Journalist, newscaster
Domestic partner Michael Dwyer
Nationality Irish
Notable credit(s) RTÉ Radio and News

Brian Jennings is an Irish journalist and newscaster. He has worked on Irish pirate radio and Millennium 88FM. From 1989 onwards, he has worked for RTÉ. His good pronunciation of words has been recognised by Gay Byrne.[1]



Jennings began broadcasting on the pirate radio station Q102 in 1985.[2] When the station closed down in 1988, he was part of the final broadcast.[3] When Millennium 88FM opened to celebrated the first millennium in Dublin in 1988, he was a member of the news team.[2]

When the station closed down in 1989 he moved to Millennium 88FM's parent RTÉ Radio. Jennings worked as journalist and newscaster for RTÉ 2fm. He then moved formally in to RTÉ News and Current Affairs.[2] He is presently the morning newscaster on RTÉ Radio 1, beginning at 5:30 am on RTÉ Radio, [4] and on Morning Ireland.

Former RTÉ Radio 1 broadcaster Gay Byrne praised Jennings' pronunciation of words. Writing in The Irish Times in 2004 he named Jennings along with three other RTÉ journalists who do not mispronounce words.[1] He was present at the 25th anniversary celebrations for Morning Ireland in November 2009.[5]

Personal life

The Irish Times journalist Michael Dwyer was Jennings' partner for 24 years. Dwyer died in 2010. At the funeral fellow RTÉ journalist Aengus Mac Grianna read out a personal tribute from Jennings. Jennings' father also spoke at the funeral.[6]

After Dwyer's death, Jennings presented an award at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival in his honour in March 2010. The first "Michael Dwyer Discovery Award" was given to Kate McCullough.[7]


  1. ^ a b Gay Byrne (18 December 2004). "Time for T". The Irish Times (The Irish Times Trust). Retrieved 1 March 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c "Morning Ireland: Brian Jennings". RTÉ.ie. RTÉ Publishing. Retrieved 1 March 2010. 
  3. ^ "Q10 WHO?". Retrieved 1 March 2010. 
  4. ^ Catherine Foley (13 February 2001). "Gala world of make-believe celebrates the winners". The Irish Times (The Irish Times Trust). Retrieved 1 March 2010. "Pity then RTE radio newscaster Brian Jennings, who had to go home early, like Cinderella, to be up at 5.30 a.m. yesterday." 
  5. ^ Rosita Boland (6 November 2009). "Hanly makes Morning Ireland's day". The Irish Times (The Irish Times Trust). Retrieved 1 March 2010. 
  6. ^ Fiona McCann (6 January 2010). "Actors, writers and friends attend funeral of 'rare gentleman'". The Irish Times (The Irish Times Trust). Retrieved 1 March 2010. 
  7. ^ Donald Clarke (1 March 2010). "Fading light on film festival". The Irish Times (The Irish Times Trust). Retrieved 2 March 2010. 

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