Just three weeks after he took his last bow on Ireland AM, Mark Cagney has returned to the world of breakfast shows.
The Cork broadcaster is filling on Newstalk Breakfast, while regulars hosts Shane Colman and Andrea Gilligan take their summer break, much to fans delight.
Cagney is no stranger to radio, joining the original line-up of RTÉ 2FM in 1977.
During his time with the station, he called himself "Mark Anthony" and presented a variety of shows, from the seminal Night Train to the Drivetime show.
In 1989 he joined the new 98FM, staying there for seven years. He joined Today FM in 1998 before spending 20 years presenting Ireland AM, with TV3/Virgin Media Ireland.
“Keep Mark Cagney please on Newstalk ...funny tetchy. Irreverent. Breath of fresh air,” one listener tweeted during Newstalk's breakfast slot this morning.
It was a really nice surprise to hear Mark Cagney on Newstalk this morning. Hopefully, he’ll become part of the schedule
“Great to hear Mark Cagney on the Breakfast show. Would a great addition to Newstalk”
Speaking at the time of his departure from Ireland Am, Cagney said he never expected the breakfast show to last as long as it has.
"In July 1999 I was approached by a friend and asked would I be interested in getting involved in a new media project. The project was the launch of commercial breakfast television in Ireland and ultimately became known to the public as Ireland AM.
"As we approach July 2019 twenty years later - which honestly, is nineteen years longer than any of us thought it would last”.