Donegal Native Barry Gallagher announced as RTÉ news2day presenter

THIS autumn, first time television presenter Barry Gallagher aged 24 from Donegal is the newest addition to the news2day team. 

news2day is RTÉ’s news service designed specifically for children, featuring Irish and international news of interest to a young audience.

Following a call out by RTÉ to media and journalism graduates across the country, and a comprehensive audition process, Barry was chosen to join the team.


He begins broadcasting this coming Monday, September 4 live on RTÉ2, RTÉ News channel and available for schools to stream on the RTE Player.

Barry joins the news2day team from Gartan in the hills of Donegal.

He moved to Dublin for his undergraduate degree in journalism at DCU in 2019.

And after graduating in May 2022, Barry began working as a reporter with The Irish Sun, cementing his love for all things news.

There he worked on a variety of different stories ranging from breaking news and sport to investigative features, covering events across the country and beyond.

In his downtime, Barry enjoys music, film and Gaelic Football, which he played for many years with his local club, Termon GAA, and his secondary school, St Eunan’s College.
Growing up on a farm in rural Ireland, Barry also has a love for animals, which is sure to shine through during his time on news2day.

Despite cutting his teeth in print journalism, Barry has made a handful of appearances on radio and television before joining news2day – and can’t wait to get in front of the camera again.
Speaking about his new presenter role, Barry said:
Joining the news2day team is a dream come true for me, I still can’t believe I’m actually here. 


Watching the show every day as a kid after school, I was always inspired by the amazing group of reporters that came before me – it’s a privilege to now be following in their footsteps.

“RTÉ’s news2day is such an iconic and important resource for Irish children across the country, and I’m absolutely buzzing to put my stamp on it.

“Barry joins news2day presenter Molly O’Connor from Dublin. Molly has been with news2day since September 2022.

news2day is broadcast Monday-Friday at 4.20pm on RTÉ2 and RTÉ News channel.

In addition to young viewers tuning in at home, it is also watched online on the RTE Player in many classrooms throughout the country and used as a teaching tool.

Watch Barry and Molly on RTÉ news2day at:

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