Broadcaster Gareth O’Callaghan returns to radio for the first time since his health diagnosis


Broadcaster Gareth O’Callaghan has announced plans to return to a regular slot on Irish radio four years after retiring after being diagnosed with a serious neurodegenerative disease.

The DJ joins Classic Hits to present a four-hour program every Saturday morning from 10am.

O’Callaghan spent 15 years with RTE presenting an afternoon show on 2FM which at its peak had nearly 300,000 listeners. He was instrumental in launching Brendan O’Carroll’s radio play Mrs Brown’s Boys before moving to Classic Hits in 2009.

The broadcaster is also a qualified psychotherapist and author of seven books.

He announced his retirement from broadcasting in 2018, following his diagnosis of the neurodegenerative disease, “multiple system atrophy” (MSA). It is a progressive, degenerative and ultimately fatal neurological disease for which there is no known cure.

However, nearly four years later, the ever-popular DJ is back.

“I can’t wait to get back to the studio and get back on air,” he said.

“I am invigorated, I feel good and I have a positive outlook for the future. I want to share this positivity with all the listeners and I can’t wait to be behind the mic again”.

Classic Hits Managing Director Kevin Branigan has described O’Callaghan as one of “the most influential voices in modern Irish radio and it will be a pleasure to hear his voice grace our airwaves once again.” His enthusiasm is contagious and we look forward to welcoming him back.”

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