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Ireland Tributes paid to RTE News presenter and mum-of-two Keelin Shanley who passes away aged 51 after brave cancer battle

20:50  08 february  2020
20:50  08 february  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Image copyright RTÉ . RTÉ broadcaster Keelin Shanley has died following an illness. She was 51 . Ms Shanley was an award-winning journalist, who spent Irish President Michael D Higgins is among those to pay tribute to Ms Shanley . He said people across Ireland would be saddened by her death.

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Caitriona Perry posing for a picture: (L-R) Keelin Shanley and Caitriona Perry RTÉ Six One News Presenters Annouced October 2017 - Starting January 2018 © Provided by Irish Mirror (L-R) Keelin Shanley and Caitriona Perry RTÉ Six One News Presenters Annouced October 2017 - Starting January 2018

Tributes have been pouring to RTE News presenter and mum-of-two Keelin Shanley who has passed away aged 51 after a brave cancer battle.

RTE managing Director Jon Williams posted on Twitter: "With heaviest of hearts, just announced that our friend Keelin Shanley died today.

"She fought cancer with same equanimity & good humour brought to everything else.

"Our hearts are breaking for Conor, Lucy & Ben. Keelin was the best of us.

"Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam.

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Shanley has been a stalwart of RTÉ news coverage since she joined the broadcaster, with stints on In January 2018, Keelin took up her role as a new presenter of the flagship RTÉ Six One News Managing Director of RTÉ News and Current Affairs Jon Williams paid tribute to Keelin saying she

The presenter , from Kingston-upon-Thames in Surrey, wrote: 'Just got back from my holiday popped into my 19 year old son's room.' Beltrao - who lives in Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey - faced a backlash from Twitter users - some of whom accused her of violating her son's privacy.

"When Keelin’s cancer first diagnosed in 2011, she worked through chemo & treatment.

"When it returned, she did so again - defying pain to present Six One.

"Determined to live life to the full, until no longer possible to do so.

"This how I’ll remember Keelin.

"Her smile could light up any room.

"Not a corner on RTE News untouched by Keelin’s fearless, generous & passionate journalism. For Keelin Shanley, story never about her - always about others."

Audrey Carville posted on Twitter: "It’s the worst possible news.

"Our beautiful friend and colleague Keelin Shanley has died.

"She was so smart and funny and brilliant at everything she did.

"We will miss you so much Keelin.

"Deepest sympathies to the family you adored. Rest In Peace."

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Orla O'Donnell posted: "The saddest news. Puts everything in perspective. RIP Keelin"

The award winning journalist had previously fought breast cancer.

Mum-of-two Keelin had been presenting the flagship Six One News on RTE One with Caitriona Perry.

RTE said in a statement: "It is with great sadness that we announce the death of RTÉ journalist and broadcaster Keelin Shanley.

"Keelin Shanley passed away peacefully this afternoon aged 51.

"She had been dealing with cancer for some time.

"With over 20 years experience as a journalist and broadcaster, Keelin was the much-loved and respected presenter of RTÉ’s  Six One News .

Caitriona Perry, Keelin Shanley are posing for a picture: RTÉ Six One News Presenters Caitriona Perry and Keelin ShanleyJanuary 2018 © Provided by Irish Mirror RTÉ Six One News Presenters Caitriona Perry and Keelin ShanleyJanuary 2018

"Keelin grew up in Monkstown, Co. Dublin.

"Having graduated from Trinity College with a degree in biochemistry, Keelin worked as a researcher in the Department of Pharmacology in the University of Bologna.

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"Keelin then returned to Ireland and started working with RTÉ, presenting a number of science and technology in the late 1990s.

"Keelin joined  Prime Time , RTÉ’s flagship current affairs television programme, in 1999 where she worked as a reporter and presenter.

"In her time there, she made a number of acclaimed documentaries, many of which focused on social issues and gave voice to people on the margins of Irish society.

"In 2002, she pioneered the  Prime Time Investigates  strand with  Saturday Night, Sunday Morning , an hour-long  Prime Time  special on binge-drinking culture.

Keelin Shanley, Caitriona Perry are posing for a picture: RTÉ Six One News Presenters Keelin Shanley and Caitriona Perry © RTÉ RTÉ Six One News Presenters Keelin Shanley and Caitriona Perry

"Keelin went on to make further  Prime Time Investigates  on health inequality, cocaine abuse, homelessness, people trafficking, deportations and teenage criminality among other subjects.

"Her work on  Prime Time  and  Prime Time Investigates  resulted in Keelin winning three IFTA awards, a National Media Award, a Radharc award and a Justice Media award.

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CELEBRITIES paid tribute last night to BBC presenter Dianne Oxberry who has died suddenly from cancer , aged 51 . She added: "She was a brilliant weather presenter and could do serious journalism and the lighter end of broadcasting brilliantly whenever it was needed."

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"Keelin also reported from a number of developing countries for the Far Away, Up Close strand, including documentaries on the plight of child soldiers in the Lord's Resistance Army in Uganda and the rebuilding of Liberia.

"In more recent times, Keelin presented  Morning Edition, The Consumer Show, Crimecall  and  The Irish Book Awards  on RTÉ One. She also worked as a radio presenter across several programmes on RTÉ Radio 1:  Morning Ireland; News at One; Today with Sean O'Rourke ; and  Late Debate

Caitriona Perry, Keelin Shanley are posing for a picture: RTÉ Six One News Presenters Caitriona Perry and Keelin Shanley © RTÉ RTÉ Six One News Presenters Caitriona Perry and Keelin Shanley

"She also corresponded for Radio France International and for CNN World Report.

"In January 2018, Keelin took up her role as a new presenter of the flagship RTÉ  Six One News .

"Keelin is survived by her husband Conor and their children Lucy and Ben.  "

Caitriona Perry, Keelin Shanley are posing for a picture: RTÉ Six One News Presenters Caitriona Perry and Keelin ShanleyJanuary 2018 © Provided by Irish Mirror RTÉ Six One News Presenters Caitriona Perry and Keelin ShanleyJanuary 2018

Dubliner Keelin native grew up in Monkstown, she underwent chemotherapy and a mastectomy within weeks of getting the grim news at St Vincent's Hospital in February 2011.

Caitriona Perry posing for a picture: (L-R) Keelin Shanley and Caitriona Perry RTÉ Six One News Presenters Annouced October 2017 - Starting January 2018 © Provided by Irish Mirror (L-R) Keelin Shanley and Caitriona Perry RTÉ Six One News Presenters Annouced October 2017 - Starting January 2018

Her mother died of ovarian cancer a year after she was diagnosed with the disease at the age of 59.

Keelin was a reporter and presenter with RTE Prime Time for ten years.

She made several award winning documentaries.

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Funeral of RTÉ broadcaster Keelin Shanley takes place in Dublin .
Funeral of RTÉ broadcaster Keelin Shanley takes place in Dublin © Brian Lawless PA Images The coffin is removed from the church following the funeral of journalist and broadcaster Keelin Shanley.

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