Rick O'Shea 1

Rick has been a radio presenter with RTE since 2001; prior to 2017 on RTE 2FM and since then presenting weekday mornings on RTE Gold.

He is also the current presenter of The Book Show on RTE Radio 1.

He is also a previous presenter of The Poetry Programme on RTÉ Radio 1 and regularly reviews books for Today with Sean O’Rourke, The Irish Times, RTE Culture, and Deutsche Welle’s Inside Europe.

He runs The Rick O’Shea Book Club – Ireland’s largest book club with over 28,000 members and recommends the Eason Must Reads lists 4 times a year with author Sinéad Moriarty.

In recent years he has conducted public interviews at festivals including Listowel Writers Week, Cúirt, Ennis Book Club Festival, International Literature Festival Dublin, Bloomsday, Hinterland Festival, Dalkey Book Festival, Bram Stoker Festival, Dublin Book Festival, UCD Festival and more.

He was the literary curator for Waterford’s Imagine Arts Festival in 2017 and 2018 and will be the literary curator for the UCD Festival 2020.

Rick has presented the International Dublin Literary Award ceremony, CBI Book Of The Year Awards, RTE Francis McManus Short Story Competition Ceremony and has co-presented the Irish Book Awards on RTE One TV.

Also, he is part of the voting academy for the An Post Irish Book Awards, was a judge for the Bookseller UK and Ireland Young Adult Book Prize in 2015 and the Costa Book Awards in 2018. He was one of the judges of the Dublin Fringe Festival and one of the ambassadors for Irish Book Week in 2019.

Outside the book world Rick presents awards ceremonies, corporate events and launches on a regular basis for clients as varied as Diageo, Samsung, Maximum Media, Alltech, and Microsoft.

He’s had epilepsy since he was 16 and has been the National Patron of Epilepsy Ireland since 2006 both fundraising for the organisation and raising awareness of the condition including on The Late Late Show as a guest with Joe Schmidt.

Rick has been a speaker at international conferences on epilepsy in Montreal, Malta and Marseille as well as at the European Parliament in Brussels and on the use of social media in radio at Radiodays Europe.

In 2012 he won the so far only ever Irish series of Celebrity Mastermind. It is the thing he is most proud of in his professional life and he doesn’t mind you knowing that.

You can contact him by mailing rick@rte.ie.