Rick O'Shea 1

Rick has been a radio presenter with RTE since 2001- until 2017 on RTE 2FM and since then on RTE Gold.

For 2 series in 2015 and 2016 he was also the presenter of The Poetry Programme on RTÉ Radio 1.

Rick presents corporate events and launches on a regular basis for clients as varied as Diageo, Samsung, Maximum Media (Joe.ie / Her.ie), Amazon, 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.

He also hosts author interviews at events and literary festivals with, amongst others, Liz Nugent, Alan Cumming, John Boyne, Anthony Horowitz, Lionel Shriver, Paul Beatty, Eoin Colfer, Jessie Burton, Hannah Kent, Tracy Chevalier, Donal Ryan, Michael Chabon, Chris Cleave and Graham Norton.

Rick presents annual awards ceremonies including the Web Awards, Social Media Awards, SME Awards and Student Enterprise Awards. He also hosts at other events as diverse as the Festival Of Curiosity, Pint Of Science Festival, CBI Book Of The Year Awards, and the social media metrics business conference Measurement.ie.

In 2015 he co-presented the Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards on RTE One TV.

He has been a panellist and event host at events including Listowel Writers Week, Cúirt, Ennis Book Club Festival, International Literature Festival Dublin, Bloomsday, Lingo Spoken Word Festival, Bram Stoker Festival, for Dublin 1City 1Book as well as performing spoken word pieces at European Literature Night and the Barnardo’s Under My Bed nights.

He was the literary curator for the Imagine Arts Festival 2017 and 2018.

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.

He is part of the voting academy for the BGE Irish Book Awards and was a judge for the 2015 UK and Ireland Young Adult Book Prize and the Costa Book Awards 2018.

He runs Ireland’s largest book club.

Not much, so.

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 life and he doesn’t mind you knowing that.

You can contact him at rick@rte.ie.