Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh has been announced as the successor to Mary Kennedy on long running RTE magazine show Nationwide.

Ní Chofaigh will be joining Nationwide in 2020 alongside presenter Anne Cassin, as Kennedy departs the team.

Nationwide is enjoyed by an average audience of 250,000 people every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 7.00pm on RTÉ One, with a unique blend of news and views from communities throughout Ireland.

With programmes featuring Irish tourism destinations, entrepreneurs throughout the land, craftspeople, food producers, fashion designers, farmer inventors, people recalling historic events and the extraordinary stories of ordinary people in different parts of Ireland, Nationwide is a celebration of the ingenuity of the people who call Ireland home.

Commenting on her new role Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh said: “I am really looking forward to joining the Nationwide team and can’t wait to meet the people that share their stories with RTÉ from all around the country. I’m so pleased to take on the role, following the wonderful Mary Kennedy, especially on a programme that is such a firm favourite with so many viewers and shares such positivity. Táim chomh bródúil bheith ar chlár telefíse atá chomh h-aitheanta.“

Bláthnaid is married to Ciarán and lives in Dublin with her four children. Her son Peadar was part of the Dublin Gaelic football team that won an historic fifth All Ireland title in September.

Born in Canada and brought up in the Ráth Chairn Gaeltacht in Meath, the native Irish speaker completed a MA in Women & Gender Studies in UCD in 2016.

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