Brendan Courtney

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One of Ireland’s best known and well-loved TV presenters, broadcasters and designers,

Brendan has established himself as an intelligent, insightful and kind host, on “Keys to my Life”, his original format for RTE that sees him taking celebrities  back through the halls of their lives by visiting the homes they have lived in.  At the same time he is one of Ireland’s most trusted, empathetic and safe pair of hands in LIVE studio series -  RTE’s ‘Ireland on Call’ 

Brendan has hosted countless TV series in Ireland and the UK including his own terrestrial TV talk show.

Brendan Courtney is a  tv presenter for 20 years,  a hugely engaging MC and an inspirational speaker.

Brendan also runs his own successful women’s wear fashion label ‘Lennon Courtney’ with his business partner Sonya Lennon.

Brendan uses his profile to advocate for equality in the areas of health, housing, age and gender.  This year he was appointed to the board of Health Care by the Minister for Health and sits on the advisory board of Irish Film and Televison Awards. 

The author of two hit books on confidence and style with Sonya, Brendan started his career as a TV researcher.  In 2001, he sold his first TV format ‘Wanderlust” to 19 countries. He started, ran and successfully exited his own UK TV production company, Giant film and TV.

Brendan was one of the public faces of the ‘yes equality’ marriage referendum and is often called on by corporate clients to speak about equality inclusion and diversity to audiences nation-wide. His unique approach, engaging voice and personal story has made Brendan a much sought-after speaker who inspires awareness and makes an impact for positive change. 

Brendan’s documentaries have fueled legal reform in Ireland. His most recent TV series “This Crowded House” examined the housing crisis and both of his recent documentaries ‘We need to talk about Dad” and ‘We need to talk about Mam’ dealt with aging, housing, health care and the family.  This year he is taking on an exciting new RTE1 prime time series. 

Along with his many TV shows speaking engagements, keynotes and media requests, Brendan’s multi-platform digital presence allows him to consistently drive a story of courage, tenacity and an authentic belief in the value of an inclusive society. 

A serial entrepreneur, Brendan has founded businesses, sold, licensed and failed, learning through hard experience, the tips, tricks and must do’s for business and personal management and development.  Brendan regularly mentors others in the business world.

At the core of Brendan’s ventures has been innovation, creative thinking and brilliant story telling as tools for growth. Brendan’s personal and professional journey has led him to become an inspirational advocate for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.  

Irelands first openly Gay TV presenter, he has always crusaded for equality across gender, LGBT, age and housing.

From the Oscars red carpet to the BBC Arts awards Brendan is a very experienced and entertaining LIVE host and MC.  

Brendan lives between his homes in London and Dublin, his Dog Nancy Drew minds the Dublin home when he and Adam his partner are away. A Transandental Meditation practitioner Brendan is also a qualified animal flow instructor.