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 past 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 his LIVE studio series, RTE1’s ‘Ireland on Call’
Brendan started his career as a TV researcher, and has been a TV presenter for 20 years. He has hosted countless TV series in Ireland and the UK including his own terrestrial TV talk show. 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 also runs his own successful women’s wear fashion label ‘Lennon Courtney’ with his business partner Sonya Lennon, whom with he has written two no1 books on confidence and style.
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 Television Awards.
His 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, and fuelled legal reform in Ireland.
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.
As Irelands first openly Gay TV presenter, he has always crusaded for equality across gender, LGBT, age and housing.
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.
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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 Transcendental Meditation practitioner Brendan is also a qualified Animal Flow instructor.
Brendan hosts Ireland’s first forum on Human Rights and Equality
With the proposed referendum to remove article 41.2 from the constitution, Brendan has been invited by the Irish Human Rights and Equality commission to front the movement for greater recognition and protection of unpaid carers, he recently addressed the Irish Government asking for a commitment to consider the future for un-paid workers.
Brendan to open new heart unit in Tallaght Hospital in his role as Ambassador for Charity CRY.
Brendan has been an ambassador for the charity CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) for 5 years and this September he has the honour and great pleasure of officially opening their new cardiac-check unit alongside the Minister for health.
IFTA award nominee
Brendan’s ground breaking documentary “We need to talk about Dad” is nominated for an IFTA (Irish Film and TV Awards).
Apppointed by the Minister for Health to the Health care Advisory Board “Slainte Care”
This year Brendan has been invited to sit on the board of advisors to the healthcare executive with a particular focus on patient advocacy.
Ambassador for loneliness charity - ALONE
Brendan has worked with ALONE (the charity that supports older people to stay in their homes) - for many years, he regularly hosts events and talks to support their work.
Qualified as an Animal Flow instructor last July
He’s going for his level 2 certification next year!