(born January 1961) is a television current affairs
broadcaster and chat show host on Raidió Teilifís Éireann
(RTÉ) in Ireland. She has presented the leading current affairs show, Prime Time
, since 1996, and her own chat show Saturday Night with Miriam
since 2005. In the summer of 2009, she began a radio show, 'Miriam Meets...
'. She is one of Ireland's most popular television presenters. She received an honorary D.Litt from the University of Ulster in 2011.
O'Callaghan was born in Foxrock
, Dublin, the second child in a family of five. Her father, Jerry, a senior civil servant in the Department of Energy, came from Currans, a small village outside Castleisland
in County Kerry
. He grew up on a small farm at Callaghan's Cross, where the young Miriam spent her childhood summer holidays. Her mother, also Miriam, was born in Ballylinan
, a village in County Laois
where her father was the local garda
sergeant. Miriam Snr. became a primary school principal and taught her daughters at the local St. Brigid's National School in Foxrock.
O'Callaghan attended secondary school at the Sisters of Charity School in Milltown
. She did her Leaving Certificate
exams at the age of 16 and then studied law
at University College Dublin
, where she also completed a post-graduate diploma in European Law. She studied to be a solicitor at Blackhall Place, while articled to a solicitor's practice in Merrion Square. As a student,... Read More