RTE Eileen Dunne Is Retiring, Meet Her Husband Macdara Ó Fátharta And Family

RTE Eileen Dunne Is Retiring, Meet Her Husband Macdara Ó Fátharta And Family

Do you know about the actor husband of Eileen Dunne, Macdara Ó Fátharta? Scroll down to discover more about the duo. 

Reporter, newsreader, and presenter Eileen Dunne from Ireland currently works for Irish national TV and radio station Raidió Teilifís Éireann(RTE).

Even though the veteran journalist has become a familiar face on Irish people’s television, her personal life remains largely unknown.


Eileen Dunne And Husband Macdara Ó Fátharta Age Gap

Eileen Dunne has been married to her Husband Macdara Ó Fátharta for about three decades. The couple tied the knot in St John the Baptist Church, Clontarf, in August 1993

Eileen seems to be relatively younger than her husband. Born on 28 April 1958, she is currently 63 years old. 

While on the contrary, Macdara appears to be in his early 70s. So, the age difference between the couple could be around 8 to 10 years. 

Fátharta is a veteran actor who began acting in 1975 and is still active in the film industry today. He is best known for movies Far and Away, Leap Year, and Graveyard Clay. 

The couple met at a goat fair through mutual friends. It is unknown how long the couple dated before marrying. However, both were well-established in their respective fields at the time of their marriage.


Why Is Eileen Dunne Leaving RTE?

Eileen Dunne, a well-known journalist, newsreader, and presenter, will be leaving RTE. She announced her retirement date as well as the negative aspects of her job.

Eileen has worked for RTE for over four decades. The veteran newscaster has long been a presenter of the Nine O’Clock news.

According to reports, Dunne will retire in April of the following year. When she steps down, she will be 65 years old.


Eileen Dunne Family Details

Eileen Dunne grew up in a Dublin family. Mick Dunne, her father, was also a journalist and RTÉ presenter. Nothing is known about Dunne’s mother, Lilly Fox because she is rarely seen in public.

Dunne went to Raheny’s Manor House School, a secondary school. She went on to study Arts at University College Dublin after finishing her schooling. 

Eileen began working for RTE as a part-time employee in 1980. She was also working as a teacher at the time. In 1984, she transitioned from being a radio announcer to presenting news bulletins on television.

In addition to news work, Dunne hosts a religious affairs program called “The God Slot for RTÉ” on Friday nights.

Because of her prominence and long-standing presence in the media, Eileen was named International President of the Association of European Journalists.