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John Creedon

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Nationality  Irish
Spouse(s)  None
Employer  RTE
Partner  Mairead Heffernan
Occupation  Broadcaster
Role  Host
Other names  "Creedo"
Name  John Creedon

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Known for  Broadcasting, music, sport and Irish language passions, television appearances

Residence  Cork, Republic of Ireland

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John Creedon, also known as "Creedo", is an Irish language enthusiast and veteran broadcaster with RTÉ Radio. Host of The John Creedon Show, evenings on RTÉ Radio 1, he has also filled in for Dave Fanning on The Dave Fanning Show.

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His profile in Ireland was raised by his participation in and eventual winning of the reality television series, Fáilte Towers in August 2008. Creedon has also served as a judge on The All Ireland Talent Show on RTÉ One and TG4's Glór Tíre.

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Career

Creedon's career began with an initial failed audition for a job on RTÉ 2fm, but he went on to twice top the Irish Singles Chart with his character, Terence the Cork hairdresser. Terence was a frequent contributor to The Gerry Ryan Show in the early 1990s. Creedon won a Jacob's Award in 1992 for his RTÉ Radio 1 morning show, Risin' Time.

Over the years, Creedon has hosted shows on RTÉ Radio One at various times of the day. The Creedon Show (15:30) was replaced by a programme hosted by Ronan Collins in 2006. This change followed new radio chief, Ana Leddy's decision to move him on as part of widespread alterations across the station. John also hosted Late Date on RTÉ Radio 1 for some time prior to his move to current 8 to 9.50PM slot.

In August 2008 Creedon partook in the reality television series, Fáilte Towers, a show that saw a group of well-known personalities attempt to run a hotel for a two-week period whilst earning money for charity. Creedon was proclaimed winner of the show on 17 August. Creedon selected Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin as his charity for the show due to heavy personal involvement with the hospital in the past. In 2007, his granddaughter Lucie was born prematurely to his daughter, Katie, who suffered from kidney problems as a child. Lucie died eight and a half weeks later. Commenting on the win, Creedon said: "The big fat guy never wins anything, this is great." After his victory, he presented a show for the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and partook in TG4 series Faoi Lan Cheoil where, alongside Oscar-winning actor Jeremy Irons and international and Premier League footballer Andy Reid, he learnt a new musical instrument over six months in preparation for a public performance. Creedon was then a judge on The All Ireland Talent Show, representing the south of the country alongside Michael Healy-Rae and Sinéad Sheppard. Judge Creedon warned fellow judge Dáithí Ó Sé to stop stealing acts from Munster, alleging that he invaded County Clare in series one and that he would be "answerable to me and to my gang" if he continued to persist. After a short stint presenting Late Date, he was given his own 20:30 weekday music show on RTÉ Radio 1 in 2009.

Critique

After his turn on Fáilte Towers, journalist and RTÉ colleague Joe O'Shea described Creedon's personality as being that of "somebody who gives space to others and is not intent on sucking up all of the available on-screen oxygen". In March 2008, it was to Creedon's radio show that befuddled Irish listeners turned when RTÉ shut down its 82-year-old medium wave service. Within hours of the shutdown, they were contacting John Creedon’s RTÉ radio show, "wondering how they could tune in to the newfangled VHF – or “VHI’’, as one gentleman insisted on calling it".

Personal life

Creedon was raised with eleven siblings. He claimed in a 2008 Late Late Show interview that he once worked in a Penneys branch. He previously lived in Goatstown, Dublin, but now resides in a quiet but cosmopolitan district of Cork, on a steep hill overlooking the city centre. He is known for his eclectic musical taste, from local band Fred to The Beatles, Nina Simone, Bruce Springsteen and Van Morrison. His record collection includes albums by Miles Davis and John Coltrane and selections from Americana, Eric Bibb, John Prine and the Handsome Family.

An avid Irish language speaker, Creedon appeared on the first series of No Béarla, broadcast in 2007. He has spoken to the BBC about his search for his nation's favorite Irish word. He supports his local football club, Cork City F.C., a League of Ireland Premier Division team.

One of Creedon's favourite memories is the visit of Pope John Paul II to Ireland in 1979. He described the Pope "landing that helicopter by himself in Phoenix Park in 1979" as "truly memorable".

References

John Creedon Wikipedia


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