Ciarán Mullooly has had a long RTÉ career
RTÉ is to bid farewell to its Midlands correspondent Ciarán Mullooly when hangs up his microphone with the national broadcaster this month.
The Longford man began his journalistic career in 1985 when the late Eugene McGee took him on as a junior reporter for the Longford Leader, our sister paper.
“I’m a great believer in local papers and still have a great admiration for local papers," says Mullooly.
It was more than 35 years ago that Ciarán Mullooly walked into the Longford Leader newsroom and began a career that has kept him on the road and made him one of the most recognisable faces in the Irish media industry.
He broke into television in 1993 when he took on a role with RTE One’s Ear to the Ground before becoming RTE’s Midlands Correspondent in 1995. Since then he has covered the highways and byways of Laois and other counties covering everything that's news along the way.
The Lanesboro man will work his final day as RTE’s Midlands Correspondent on Sunday, June 27, before moving on to what he has called “an exciting new chapter”.
“Over the course of the last 36 years, I have worked with terrific colleagues and great journalists in both local and national media,” said Mr Mullooly.
“I have enjoyed many great days during that time, experienced the highs and lows of news coverage, reported on some of the happiest and the saddest of occasions and made many great friends.”
Earlier this year, Mr Mullooly decided that, after three and a half decades in the media game, it was time for a change.
“The last 15 months have been very, very difficult both professionally and personally,” he said.
“Covid was an ordeal for everyone but first and foremost for the families who lost loved ones. It’s also been difficult for the people recovering from Covid.
“I find myself somewhat scarred after it because of the difficult nature of reporting on it. When people lose loved ones in such numbers, it leaves an indelible mark.
“It won’t always be that way. But I thought about leaving and when the opportunity came up I said I’d go for it.”
In April, he made a formal application and accepted an offer from RTÉ News to avail of the latest VER scheme as he embarks on his next venture.
“I am pleased to say that, in the coming weeks and months, my life will focus more and more on supporting new projects in community development and social enterprise as I move to a new position.
“I wish to thank everyone who has helped me in any way over the last 36 years. This is not goodbye. An exciting new chapter awaits,” he concluded.
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