Des Cahill – High Profile Irish Sports Broadcaster, Journalist, After Dinner Speaker and Master of Ceremonies
A well-known and highly regarded sports broadcaster and media personality within Ireland; Des has been a prominent figure in the Irish Sports Broadcasting world since the mid 1980’s. A native of his countries Capital, Dublin, he spent his early years in Coláiste Mhuire before starting a career as a newspaper reporter. An early career in newspapers was followed by radio and television where Des forged his name as an enthusiastic and opinionated presenter on many sporting events. He is best known for his continued role in GAA broadcasting, a role which has seen him consistently bring the best opinions out of some of the biggest names in the sport.
Des currently presents daily radio programme Drivetime Sport on RTE Radio 1, a topical sports programme featuring guest opinions and phone-ins on the weeks sport.
His media credits also include television and radio broadcasting work with RTE, presenting programmes such as The Sunday Game, Sideline View, The Road to Croker, Up For The Match and sports news bulletins on Morning Ireland and The Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show.
In 2010, Des co-hosted the opening ceremony of the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games, Irish Heats, with Ian Dempsey at Thomond Park. He has presented programmes from many of the world’s top sporting events including the Tour De France, Ryder Cup, FIFA World Cup and Olympic Games.
Des has worked, in conjunction with JGA Sports Agency, on many projects including after dinner speaking and MC of Events.
Des presented his own much acclaimed television show with RTE titled Play It Again, Des, where he invited some of Irelands top sporting heroes to choose and discuss their favourite sporting moments from the archives. Guests included such names as Liam Brady, Ken Doherty, Mick O’Dwyer, Kevin Moran, Ted Walsh and Johnny Giles.
Des has also appeared on RTE celebrity programme The Restaurant, where he scored 5 stars for his efforts.
His enthusiasm and love for Irish sport makes him a natural at forming discussions on the topic. These skill sets also make him a distinguished and much revered after dinner speaker, captivating audiences up and down the country by recounting memories of his experiences in covering the heroic moments of Irish sport.
In 1993, Des was recognized for his contribution to sports broadcasting in Ireland with a Jacob’s Award. This was followed up in 2007, with a PPI Sports Presenter of the Year award.