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09th Dec 2021

Marty Morrissey to take a step back from RTÉ after tragic death of mum Peggy

Ellen Fitzpatrick


Marty Morrissey has revealed that he is taking a step back and some time away from RTÉ following the tragic death of his mother Peggy.

The broadcaster’s mum was killed in a single car collision in the early hours of the morning in Annagh in Miltown Malbay, Clare on Tuesday. She was in her 90s.

Since the tragedy, tributes have been rolling in for Peggy, with people reaching out to Marty who is said to be distraught over the loss of his mum.

In a statement released by the Irish Examiner, RTÉ has said they are in close contact with Marty and are giving him time to “come to terms with his tragic loss.”

It read: “We were shocked and saddened to learn of the sudden passing of our colleague, Marty Morrissey’s beloved mother, Peggy.

“We have been in touch with Marty to offer him our sincere condolences but also to offer him our support and to afford him the time and space to come to terms with his tragic loss.

“Our thoughts are with Marty and his family and close friends at this saddest of times.”

While the statement has been released, Marty has not yet publicly spoken out about the tragedy but his RTÉ co-workers have sent their best wishes to him at this difficult time.

On Rising Time, sports journalist Darren Frehill paid tribute to Peggy, and said that he knew Marty “meant the world” to her. He added that her passing was “desperately sad”, and shared that Peggy was “extremely popular” in her community.

Frehill’s colleague Shay Bryne shared that the programme received “hundreds of texts” in relation to Peggy.

Over on Twitter, Fianna Fáil Clare TD Cathal Crowe paid tribute to Peggy. He wrote: “Earlier this morning, it was confirmed that the lady who tragically lost her life in last night’s road accident near Milltown Malbay was Peggy Morrissey, mum of the much loved Marty Morrissey.”