Colm Hayes moves to weekends on RTÉ 2fm

Drive By presenter Colm Hayes is moving to weekend breakfast on 2fm so he can pursue other projects.

RTÉ announced the news today saying Weekend Breakfast with Colm Hayes will air from 7am -10am and will bring listeners the latest news from the worlds of comedy, showbiz, entertainment, music and sport, with the best weekend tunes all the way.

Eoghan McDermott, most recently on weekends at the station, will take over the slot. Eoghan is best-known as Kathryn Thomas’s co-host on RTÉ One’s The Voice of Ireland while also presenting Xfm Drivetime in the UK.

Colm said: “Now is the time for me to pursue other areas of my career and develop my media company, ‘Colm Hayes Media’, while also being able to fulfil my love of radio. The last 18 months on RTÉ 2fm’s DriveBy have been amazing. Radio always throws up new and exciting challenges and I’m about to take the next challenge. Moving to weekend breakfast sort of feels like moving home having done Breakfast for nearly 20 years. It also gives me a great opportunity to pursue other projects with my media company in conjunction with RTÉ.”

Colm Hayes started out in pirate radio, and went on to present a weekend show on 2fm. He presented the lunchtime show after Gerry Ryan’s slot, and created a number of characters for Gerry’s show. Later, Colm headed into the world of commercial radio and worked on Capital 104.4FM, Rock104 and then FM104. In the summer of 1995, Colm became programme director of FM104 and creator and presenter on The Strawberry Alarm Clock.

When the phone call came late in 2006 from 2fm Colm returned to RTÉ. The Colm and Jim Jim Breakfast Show began on 5 March 2006. Colm has presented The Colm Hayes Show on 2fm since 2010.

Commenting on his new role, Eoghan McDermott said: “To be given a national platform with Ireland’s most iconic station is a genuine honour. It’s also a privilege to be handed the baton by the legendary Colm Hayes, one of the most recognizable voice in the country. I look forward to wooing the audience with my original beat poetry. Failing that, a socially reflective, big tune pumping, mischief-making hotpot is order of the day.”

Head of 2fm, Dan Healy said: “Colm Hayes is one of Ireland’s most experienced radio presenters and he’s been at the forefront of developing so many innovative radio sounds, from a new way to approach breakfast radio to the now familiar dynamic of co-presenters. I look forward to Colm getting stuck into weekends on 2fm – I think we can look forward to a very different weekend wake-up. I look forward to continuing working closely with Colm and his team.”

On the addition of Eoghan to the weekday schedule, Dan added: “Eoghan McDermott is one of the country’s up and coming radio presenters; he has presented on 2fm across many parts of the schedule – our listeners reaction towards him was hugely positive and I feel that he will be a real asset to the 2fm team. Eoghan has proven himself both here and in the UK both on radio and TV. He is a dynamic and creative presenter and will build on the significant growth that Colm has already created within that slot.”



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14 Comments
  1. John Norris on Facebook says

    Who was doing weekend brekkie until now on 2fm?

    1. EoinKoenigBaio says

      Stephen Byrne

  2. Eddie Joyce on Facebook says

    How long before Tubridy gets the chop?

  3. EoinKoenigBaio says

    Three different drive time hosts in just under two years – Leahy, Hayes, McDermott.

    What’s happening to Stephen Byrne?

  4. Gavin Clerkin on Facebook says

    This a case of 2fm replacing a shite presenter with an equally shite presenter . Bring back Will Leahy , simple as that

    1. EoinKoenigBaio says

      What, you want Will to move to Dublin?

  5. Eddie Joyce on Facebook says

    Will Leahy is doing a fine job on RTE Gold. 2FM only interested in clearing the decks of any presenter with a past with the station.

  6. Eddie Joyce on Facebook says

    Best radio between 5pm and 7pm is to found on BBC Radio 2 with Simon Mayo

  7. Mike Wilsom on Facebook says

    Could see him back at 104 soon with his friend jim !!

  8. Tidder Cassidy says

    Why do RTÉ keep hanging on to this guy? His show is abysmal and he’s rather old hat.
    I can see why they tried to poach (and did, successfully) Colm and JimJim, but after the split, why did they hang on to Hayes. He’s not a particularly good presenter.

    RTÉ are trying to make it different bringing Al Porter in, but it is still that old stale drivetime show. They really should kill it off now. Dan Healy is not doing a very good job.

    ‘Wacky’ Zoo breakfast, into a filler slot for Tubridy (who is far more accomplished than what he is working on), then a show with a professional Dance DJ, Jenny Greene, being sidelined for a former big name, sliding into an awkward show of a man who relies on reading Reddit and Twitter as a key component of his act in order to make things look modern and ‘connected’. It’s so dysfunctional and bland. It really does try too hard.

    Look at the other stations: there is a consistent flow. 98FM go from Foley to Kennedy (for the talky bit), into the accomplished Barry Dunne, but (sadly) into the nasally (and quite silly, really) ‘yoof’ element of Quilty. It is a damn sight better than Healy’s mess.

    2FM need a reality check. I’d go so far as to slash everything, including the name, and start fresh.

  9. Betty Flanagan says

    I think you’re brilliant Colm. Good man, some ignorant people on here!

  10. Justin McKenna says

    Not to be pedantic but a small point of fact. Colm was not the creator of The Strawberry Alarm Clock nor was he programme director at the time. It was created by myself, Joan Lea and Timmy Ryan with the creative input of the Power of 7 agency. The director at the time was Dermot Hanrahan who suggested the name. Colm joined some time later after Timmy went back home to Waterford.

  11. Seamus Martin says

    He still.has not started his weekend breakfast shoe

  12. Paudie buck says

    I think the new line up is great young only station that plays music in the morning

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