Mícheál Ó Scannáil

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Mícheál Ó Scannáil presenting RTE's news2day
Born (1996-05-16) May 16, 1996 (age 27)
Newark, Maryland

Mícheál Ó Scannáil (born May 16, 1996) is an Irish journalist and television presenter. Only 24, Ó Scannáil is currently a presenter and reporter on RTÉ's flagship news programme for children news2day, having previously spent two years as a reporter for the Irish Independent. He is a regular user of twitter on @moscannail and instagram on @moscannail.

Personal life

Ó Scannáil was born in Newark, Maryland, USA, but moved to Ireland only weeks later where he was raised. He currently lives in Castletown, North Wexford and has spoken about the pride he has for his hometown as well as nearby towns Gorey and Arklow. He was raised by his mother from Wicklow and father from Cork City, and has adopted his father's love of Cork and Cork GAA as well as Munster rugby. The Wexford native has two brothers and two sister and has spoken about his love for his three nephews. He is a keen sportsman, playing hurling, gaelic football rugby and soccer and has spoken about a big interest in politics. He has also attested to being a nature lover and being extremely interested in animals and is "addicted" to travel.[1]


Ó Scannáil is a fluent Irish speaker having started his education in Gaelscoil an t-Inbhir Móir in Arklow. He then attended first year in Gaelcholáiste na Mara in Arklow before moving to Gorey Community School. He finished secondary school in 2015 and began a BA in Journalism in DCU. In college, he won the DCU iron stomach competition three years in a row, which saw him eating things such as dog and cat food, and surströmming, which is widely known as the smelliest edible thing known to man. Graduating from DCU in 2018, Ó Scannáil began working for Independent News & Media|Independent News and Media (INM) while undertaking a Master's degree in TV and Radio Journalism from Griffith College Dublin.


The broadcaster began his career while studying his undergraduate degree, working with Colm Parkinson researching for Joe (website)|Sportsjoe.ie's GAA podcast, 'The GAA Hour', and writing articles for their website. In 2018, he began an internship at Independent.ie Sport. He remained in INM but moved to Independent.ie news desk and began writing articles for them as well as the Irish Independent and the Evening Herald. After two years in INM, he moved to RTÉ where, in August 2020, he began his current job as presenter of news2day. His presenting job has seen him produce daily video packages which appear on news2day and several of which have also appeared on the RTÉ News: Six One|Six One news on RTÉ.[2]


The young man said in a recent interview that since beginning in RTÉ he has seen a path to a new dream of eventually presenting the Six One news. He did say however that it is his life's dream to make documentaries about the social issues facing developing countries and about the traditions and cultures of other countries. His inspiration is Anthony Bourdain.[3]


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