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PJ Coogan

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PJ Coogan

Broadcaster, Journalist & MC

After over 30 years on radio in Cork as a journalist, presenter and analyst, PJ’s voice is instantly familiar across the City & County. Since 2014 he has been the presenter of the successful “Opinion Line” show on Cork’s 96FM.

A Leeside native, PJ is also a popular and outspoken contributor to talkshows in Limerick, Galway, Waterford & Dublin, and an occasional panelist on Tonight with Vincent Browne on TV3.



PJ has been compére for the Cork Rose of Tralee, the Cork Association for Autism Gala Ball, Strictly Come Dancing, the CABAS fundraising ball & a range of concerts & shows at Corks Everyman & Opera House.

PJ has also worked with the Special Olympics Ireland Polar Challenge and recently chaired the inaugural conference of First Light Ireland. He hosted a number of business & social events during Cork Rebel Week in 2014.

A member of the Lions Club, he regularly hosts events for the organisation.

As a public speaker, PJ is particularly passionate about education, parenting and advocacy for children & teenagers with a disability. His son, James has ASD, and PJ is an active patron of the Cork Association for Autism.

PJ is also a founder member of Know My Own, the Cork based support & lobby organisation for adopted people & their families, and as a journalist, worked for many years on the Mother & Baby Home issue.



Cork Association for Autism

“PJ has been the MC for our annual gala ball for the last five years 

and is always a true professional on the night. 

He is personable and entertaining and ties the night together so well. The event would not be the same without him.” 

First Light – National Bereavement Conference, 2016 

“Your empathy and intelligence enabled the best from the speakers, your wonderful way with words and your very personable approach managed to neatly link each speaker and the story of the FirstLight services to keep the audience thoroughly engaged You made everyone feel welcome, relaxed and connected. Thank you.”

Louise O’Sullivan, First Light, April 2016


To book PJ Coogan for your event, contact Front Row Speakers on +353 1 485 3991 or email
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