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Breakfast Republic was the Irish national broadcaster RTÉ 2fm's breakfast radio show. It was presented by Keith Walsh and comedians Jennifer Zamparelli and Bernard O'Shea, from 6–10am weekdays. It first aired on 17 February 2014.[1] Regular features include Jen's Bits, where Zamparelli offers dry or caustic views on members of the celebrity world, and Smarty Pants, where Bernard regularly pretends to be less intelligent than he actually is.

Breakfast Republic
GenreComedy, talk, music
Running time240 minutes (6:00 am-10:00 am)
Country of originIreland
Home stationRTÉ 2fm
Hosted byKeith Walsh
Jennifer Maguire
Bernard O'Shea
Lottie Ryan
Recording studioRTÉ Radio Centre, Donnybrook, Dublin 4
Original release17 February 2014 – 9 May 2019
Audio formatFM and Digital radio
WebsiteOfficial website

O'Shea and Zamparelli have wide experience in television, notably as part of the similarly toned "Republic of Telly".[2] 2015 polls indicate the show's popularity with a rise in listenership of 10,000,[3] bringing the average to 109,000.[4]


  1. ^ O'Reilly, Brian (12 February 2014). "Will you tune in? 2FM's new breakfast show to begin on Monday". Irish Independent. Retrieved 1 March 2014.
  2. ^ Egan Barry. "Jennifer Maguire... The Taming of The Shrew". Irish Independent, 21 September 2015
  3. ^ "D'Arcy gets set to front new TV show and admits his return to RTE was shock to the system[permanent dead link]. Irish Times, 25 September 2015
  4. ^ Kelly, Aoife. "RTE 2fm celebrating listenership growth across all shows in latest JNLR ratings". Irish Independent, 30 April 2015
Preceded by
Breakfast with Hector
RTÉ 2fm's breakfast show
2014 – 2019
Succeeded by