Broadcaster, Lecturer, Psychoanalyst and Author
Michael joined RTE as a Continuity Announcer on Radio in 1971. Shortly afterwards, he was appointed Newsreader, reading news in Irish and English on radio and television, for which he won the National Association of the Deaf award.
In 1980 he became a television Producer and Director, working in RTE’s Light Entertainment Department, where he produced such programmes as ‘S.B.B. on Tour’, ‘Access Community Drama’ and ‘Access Community Television’ for which he won the Prix Jeunesse International, and also a Jacob’s Award.
In 1990, he returned to the newsroom as a Senior Newscaster. In 1993, he left full-time employment with RTE, to work for Carr Communications as a consultant, and also to pursue his career as a Psychoanalyst. Michael has a Maitrise in Psychoanalysis from the University of Nancy, in France. He was awarded the Advanced Diploma in Clinical Psychotherapy from St. Vincent’s University Hospital, and received his M.Phil. in Psychoanalytic Studies from Trinity College. Michael now works full-time as a Psychoanalyst at his practice in Sandyford, where he is a director of Psychological Therapy Services. He also has an afternoon psychoanalytic residency on the RTE afternoon Today Show.
In 2009 Michael published a number one best-selling memoir “At Five in the Afternoon” dealing with his battle with prostate cancer. In 2013, he published a poetry collection “The Republic of Love”, the first poetry book to enter the top ten in eighteen years. His second book of prose “The House of Pure Being” was published in the autumn of 2013 and his second book of poetry, ‘A chaplet of Roses’ was published in 2015.
Michael now divides his time between, his work as a Psychoanalyst, his writing career, and lecturing in communications. Michael leads a number of Communication related programmes for T-Space clients in Public and Private sector organisations.