Alumni Award for Arts, Literature and Celtic Studies
Ray Burke, Journalist and former Chief News Editor at RTÉ

Ray Burke, from Oranmore, Co Galway, was conferred with a BA Degree in 1975. During his time at the University, he won Connacht Cup, Harding Cup and Collingwood Plate medals with the UCG soccer First XI and he was a contributor to Unity magazine.

He worked as a journalist in London from 1977-1984 and joined the Irish Press in Dublin in 1984, becoming News Editor in 1989. He was a News Editor at RTÉ News from 1995 and Chief News Editor from 2010 until his retirement in 2018.

He is the author of critically-acclaimed books on James Joyce and on the Irish Press and ghostwriter of the bestselling Charlie Bird memoir Time and Tide. He has contributed to books on Irish newspaper history, was keynote speaker at Gregory/Yeats Autumn Gathering, 2016, and has presented workshops on Nora Barnacle, James Joyce and Oliver St John Gogarty. He contributes An Irishman’s Diary and book reviews for The Irish Times and has written for the Connacht Tribune and the Century Ireland website.