Keelin Shanley

Caoilfhionn Shanley-Ferguson[1] (24 August 1968 – 8 February 2020), also as Keelin Shanley, was an Irish journalist, newsreader and presenter with RTÉ, Ireland's national radio and television station, where she had presented the Six One News, alongside Caitríona Perry from January 2018 until her death in February 2020.[2]

Keelin Shanley
Caoilfhionn Shanley

(1968-08-24)24 August 1968
Died8 February 2020(2020-02-08) (aged 51)
Alma materTrinity College Dublin
OccupationNews presenter
Notable credit(s)
Spouse(s)Conor Ferguson

Early lifeEdit

The daughter of Derry Shanley and his wife Orna, Keelin Shanley grew up in Monkstown with her siblings. She studied biochemistry at Trinity College Dublin.[3]


Shanley worked as a reporter and presenter with RTÉ’s flagship current affairs television programme, Prime Time for over 10 years, Shanley made a number of award-winning documentaries.

Shanley presented special budget and election coverage, Crimecall, Morning Edition, The Consumer Show and documentary Hacked on RTÉ One, as well as Morning Ireland, Today with Seán O'Rourke and The Late Debate on RTÉ Radio 1. She has also worked as a news reporter for Radio France International and for CNN World Report.

Personal lifeEdit

Shanley lived in Dún Laoghaire.[1]

On 8 February 2020, RTÉ announced that Shanley had died following a two-year battle with cancer, aged 51.[3][4] She was survived by her husband Conor, their son and their daughter.[1] Shanley, who died on the same day as the 2020 Irish general election, had first been diagnosed during the 2011 Irish general election and spoke of her experience on The Late Late Show in 2013.[5]


  1. ^ a b c "The death has occurred of Caoilfhionn (Keelin) Shanley-Ferguson". 10 February 2020. Retrieved 10 February 2020.
  2. ^ O'Shea, Cormac (26 October 2017). "Who is Keelin Shanley? All you need to know about the new Six One News presenter". Dublin Live. Retrieved 6 January 2018.
  3. ^ a b Crowley, Sinéad (8 February 2020). "RTÉ broadcaster Keelin Shanley dies following illness". Raidió Teilifís Éireann. Retrieved 8 February 2020.
  4. ^ Carswell, Simon (12 February 2020). "'I have had a wonderful life': Keelin Shanley remembered at funeral". The Irish Times. Retrieved 20 February 2020.
  5. ^ "RTE'S Keelin Shanley opens up about cancer diagnosis in moving interview". 8 February 2020. Retrieved 8 February 2020.

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