Rick O Shea has been a radio presenter with RTE 2FM since 2001. His weekday afternoon show includes music and interviews with One Direction, Russell Brand, The Manic Street Preachers, Daniel Radcliffe and Bill Bailey as well as live performances from the likes of Ed Sheeran, Bell X1 and Stereophonics. The show has twice won Bronze PPI Radio Awards.
He also presents the new Poetry Programme on RTE Radio 1 and is a regular contributor on books on RTE Radio1’s arts programme Arena. On TV he is a regular storyteller on RTE Jr’s Tell Me A Story TV series and in 2012 he won Celebrity Mastermind. Since 2014 he’s also been a columnist with the Irish Independent’s Insider Magazine.
Rick presents corporate events and launches on a regular basis for clients including Diageo, Samsung and Microsoft. He regularly introduces movie premieres and has conducted public interviews at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival for the last few years with Richard Dreyfus, Danny DeVito, Michael Madsen and Harry Shearer.
Rick hosts annual awards ceremonies including the Web Awards, Social Media Awards and Student Enterprise Awards as well as events as diverse as the Festival Of Curiosity, Pint Of Science Festival and the social media metrics business conference Measurement.ie.
He has been a panelist at the Lingo Spoken Word Festival, Bram Stoker Festival, for Dublin 1City 1Book . As well as performing spoken word pieces at European Literature Night and the Barnardo’s Under My Bed nights.
He is part of the voting academy for the 2014 BGE Irish Book Awards and next year will be a judge for the 2015 UK and Ireland Young Adult Book Prize run by The Bookseller magazine
He’s had epilepsy since he was 16 and has been the National Patron of Epilepsy Ireland since 2006 both fundraising for the organisation and raising awareness of the condition most recently on The Late Late Show as a guest with Joe Schmidt.
Rick has been a speaker at international conferences on epilepsy in Montreal, Malta and Marseille as well as at the European Parliament in Brussels and on the use of social media in radio at Radiodays Europe 2014
He is an ambassador for SEAT Ireland.