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Hector Ó hEochagáin : biography

17 August 1969 -

Shane Hector Ó hEochagáin () (born 17 August 1969) is an Irish television and radio presenter from Navan in Ireland. He presents Breakfast with Hector on weekday mornings on RTÉ 2fm.


Born in Navan, County Meath, Ó hEochagáin attended St. Patrick's Classical School at the same time as Tommy Tiernan and Dylan Moran. He first came to the attention of Irish viewers with his travelogue programme Amú on TG4, the Irish language television station.

After a few series with TG4, he created and hosted two primetime series: Only Fools Buy Horses, which took a satirical look at the world of race-horse ownership; and Hanging with Hector, which featured Ó hEochagáin spending time with Irish celebrities. One episode featured Ó hEochagáin with Taoiseach Bertie Ahern. Others included a penalty shootout with goalkeeper Shay Given at Newcastle United; taking on Ken Doherty in snooker; and, most recently, spending time with Aidan O'Brien, one of the world's most successful race horse trainers.

He has won multiple Irish Film and Television Awards (IFTAS) for his shows, and presented a radio show on i102-104FM and RTÉ 2FM with close friend Tommy Tiernan.

Ó hEochagáin worked as a mechanical effects assistant on films such as "The Haunting of Hell House" and "Knocking On Death's Door". He has also appeared in advertisements for Paddy Whiskey and Horse Racing Ireland.

Ó hEochagain has filmed multiple series for TG4 and his latest saw him travelling throughout Britain and Ireland. He also presented two popular satirical documentaries on rugby, Chasing the Lions, a TV3 documentary featuring Après Match star Risteárd Cooper that saw both men follow the British and Irish Lions rugby team on their tour of New Zealand; and Chasing the Blues, following the misfortunes of the Irish rugby team at the World Cup in France.

In the 2010 autumn schedule of RTÉ 2fm, Ó hEochagain was selected as the new presenter of the breakfast show, from 7 to 9am, starting on 4 October 2010, and broadcast from the RTÉ studios in Galway.

In January 2013 he presented a new four part series called Hector Goes on RTE 1. In Part One of the series, ‘Hector Goes Holy’, sees him discussing the role of the Catholic Church in contemporary Ireland. Part Two called ‘Hector Goes Traveller’, has him discovering the Traveller lifestyle today in Ireland. Part Three, ‘Hector Goes Country’, sees him in the company of Mike Denver, and discovering the world of Country and Western music in Ireland. The final episode in the series, ‘Hector Goes Hunting’ sees him in the world of hunting and shooting in Ireland.

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