Claire Byrne

Broadcaster, Journalist, MC and award host

Claire Byrne is a radio and television broadcaster with the national service provider RTÉ where she specialises in current affairs programmes. She is also a regular host and MC at awards events and ceremonies throughout the year.

Claire Byrne

Claire Byrne presents her own show Claire Byrne Live on Monday nights on RTÉ One.  The hour-long current affairs programme features a live studio audience, along with a new set, graphics and some additional features.

Claire hosts her  current affairs programme on Saturday afternoon called Saturday with Claire on RTÉ Radio 1. The topical current affairs show questions agendas and dissects the week gone by along with debating the likely issues of the week to come.

A native of Mountrath in County Laois, Claire began her broadcasting career in radio and worked for the BBC in the Channel Islands as a broadcast journalist before becoming News Editor with a Channel 103FM.

Claire returned to Ireland from the USA and began working with TV3 as early morning News Anchor with the station's breakfast programme, Ireland AM. Following two and a half years of early starts, editing and producing her own bulletins, she moved to London to take up a position as News Anchor with Channel 5 and the ITN News Channel. It wasn't long before TV3 beckoned once again and Claire returned to Ireland to take up the job of Ireland AMpresenter. From there, she became the main evening News Anchor on TV3,winning the Irish Film and Television Academy's TV Personality of the Year Award and the TV Now Favourite News Anchor Award.

On Radio, Claire joined Newstalk 106-108 FM in 2006 when the station went national. She spent four years anchoring The Breakfast Show, a current affairs programme. On RTÉ Radio 1,  she was part of the Morning Ireland team  from 2013-2014. She has also presented The Marion Finucane Show for an extended period and anchored the political show, Late Debate in the run up to the election and also News at One.

In 2010, Claire joined RTÉ a presenter on television and radio. Along with presenting current affairs programmes on RTÉ Radio 1 she co-presented The Daily Show, which is a mix of topical discussion, consumer issues and entertainment, on RTÉ One television for two years. She also presented Ireland Search and Rescue on RTÉ One in 2012. She was part of RTÉ’s flagship current affairs programme Prime Time for two years before her own current affairs show Claire Byrne Livewhich started in 2015. Additionally, she presented the Entrepreneur of the Year in India where she accompanied the 24 finalists to a business trip in Mumbai and co-hosted the awards ceremony.

Claire's charitable involvements include Daisy House, Irish Hospice Foundation, Dublin Rape Crisis Centre and The Peter McVerry Trust.

"I’m just getting in touch in regard to Claire’s work at the ESB Innovation awards.  Would you please pass on my thanks and that of ESB also.  Claire very much added to the evening with her professionalism and her easy way which kept the audience engaged throughout.  There was, as everyone noted, a great buzz and atmosphere on the evening and we know that in such circumstances it can be all too easy to lose the crowd!" - Lyn Sheridan, Aiken PR

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