Ronan Kelly Biography – Ronan Kelly Wiki
Ronan Kelly is an Irish broadcaster. He started his broadcasting career in Downtown Radio in 1980, and seven years later he was hosting Ulster Television’s flagship evening news programme.
“I started in Downtown in 1980 and stayed there for seven years presenting the traffic and travel programmes and other items,” Ronan said. “But I felt I needed a new challenge and moved to UTV in 1987 as a news reader. I co-hosted the main evening news programme with UTV Live with Kate Smith which was a great challenge for someone like me who was used to radio.”
“I hosted my first programme, Ronan On The Road, in 1989, and it was great fun because I got to travel around Northern Ireland and meet different people,” he added. “I also presented You’re On in 1989. This programme gave young people the chance to be presenters for the day.”
In 1993, the Larne-born broadcaster set up his independent company Kellyvision. It trains clients for TV and radio appearances, in presentation skills and develops media packages for corporate clients.
“The idea was to give people who were involved in the media, suitable radio and television media training,” he said. “I wasn’t teaching people how to be journalists, I was just coaching them on how to cope with the media.”
Ronan Kelly Age
Broadcaster Ronan Kelly’s age is unclear. He grew up in Larne, County Antrim, Northern Ireland.
Ronan Kelly Family
He is the son of Maureen and Billy. He was the youngest of five children. His father, who died in 1985, was the Deputy Lord Mayor of Larne when he was an Alliance councillor. Ronan previously said about his father: “He had a great influence on my life. I was totally devastated when he died in 1985 – he had been, and still is, a tremendous guiding force in my life.”
Ronan Kelly Wife
Broadcaster Ronan Kelly has been married to former BBC presenter Donna Traynor since 1992. He met Donna while she was completing her work experience at Downtown Radio in 1996.
“When I met Donna I was ready to settle down but I suppose I was just looking for the right woman. I was 34 when I married Donna so I had already had plenty of girlfriends and felt I had lived life to the full,” Ronan said. “We got married six years after we met in October 1992 and I have to say that it was the happiest day of my life. We got married in Dublin and spent our honeymoon in Singapore and Hong Kong.”
Ronan Kelly Cancer
Ronan Kelly was diagnosed with throat cancer in April 2008. He received 20 sessions of radiotherapy at the Belfast City Hospital to rid him of the malignant tumour. Half-way through his month long stint of radiotherapy, Ronan was hospitalised twice due to breathing difficulties.
It all began in February 2008 when Ronan became hoarse and put his loss of voice down to a cold. However, he sought medical advice a couple of weeks later when his weakened voice forced him to cancel work appointments. A return trip to his GP resulted in a referral to a top ear, nose and throat consultant for further investigations and he was subsequently diagnosed with a squamous cell carcinoma, or cancerous tumour, on his right vocal cord.
Broadcaster Ronan Kelly and his wife Donna Traynor shared their story with Belfast Telegraph to raise awareness about throat cancer and carrying out cancer checks.
“Early detection is crucial – it really can mean the difference between life or death. There are no prizes for ignoring the signs,” Ronan said. “Men tend not to talk about things if they have a problem and keep it all to themselves. But you shouldn’t ignore your body when it is trying to tell you something.”