My Kildare Life interview with Kildare broadcaster Shane Beatty

Shane recently started working with national station Newstalk

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My Kildare Life interview with Kildare broadcaster Shane Beatty

Shane Beatty

Shane is an award-winning broadcaster from Johnstown. He recently departed Kfm, after 11 years there, for Newstalk.

Shane is the son of Catherine (from Johnstown village) and Des, originally from Monaghan. He has one brother Mark, who lives in Sallins, and a sister Orla who lives in Caragh. He went to Kill National School and then on to Naas CBS.

WHAT IS YOUR FIRST KILDARE MEMORY?

My first real memories of growing up in Kildare are things like the Punchestown Races, the famous fountain in Dunnes, Newbridge and the Superquinn crèche where I spent most of my Fridays when Mam was shopping!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THE COUNTY?

It’s a cliche but the best thing about Kildare is the people. 

You see it most when it comes to Kildare GAA and just how die- hard the fans are on good and bad days. 

Also, working on the morning talk show for Kildare for the last few years, I was also struck by just how loyal and generous the Kildare listeners are.

WHAT WOULD BE YOUR IDEAL DAY SPENT IN KILDARE?

My ideal day would start off with a walk around the gorgeous Punchestown Racecourse, followed by tea on the K Club terrace and drinks in Naas that evening.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE RESTAURANT IN KILDARE?

That’s a tough one because we have some amazing restaurants in this county. 

My top three are Bouchon in Naas, Hartes in Kildare town  and the Ballymore Inn in Ballymore Eustace.

WHAT DO YOU THINK GIVES KILDARE ITS UNIQUENESS?

I think it’s the great urban/rural mix of the county. Within 30 mins of where I live I can be on the Curragh, walking along a canal, or in Dublin city centre (once the M7 is finally done!)

HOW DID YOU FIRST GET INTO RADIO? WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO MOST ABOUT YOUR NEW VENTURE WITH NEWSTALK?

I got into radio after a teacher of mine suggested I should be a news reader having heard me read out loud in class one day. I started doing work experience in KFM after school on Fridays and haven’t looked back since! I’m sad to be leaving the great staff and listeners at KFM but I’m looking forward to being at the heart of the action, covering the big breaking national stories of the day.