Top 10 iconic game show hosts from Ireland

Today we're counting down ten of the most iconic game show hosts from Ireland.

We don’t know about you, but we can think of no better way to spend a rainy Friday evening in Ireland than cosiest up on the sofa with our nearest and dearest catching the latest episode of our favourite game show.

There’s something so thrilling about seeing whether the hopefuls will manage to get to the final and bag themselves that big cash prize – and even testing our own knowledge to see if we’d manage to win the prize ourselves. 

So, if you’re as much of a game show fanatic as we are, you may recognise some of the names and faces listed below. Here are ten iconic game show hosts from Ireland you should know about.

10. Terry Wogan – remembered for his incredible TV and radio career

Terry Wogan is remembered for his incredible career across the TV and radio.
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Born in Limerick, Terry started his career with RTÉ, where he hosted Jackpot among other shows. 

He rose to fame with his massively popular Radio 2 show and introduced many TV viewers to his brand of gentle humour when he hosted the first series of Blankety Blank in 1979, before being replaced by Les Dawson.

9. Gay Byrne – one of the most recognisable game show hosts from Ireland

Gay Byrne is one of the most recognisable and iconic game show hosts from Ireland.
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Despite a massively varied career with RTÉ, many viewers know him best as the presenter of Winning Streak. This show ran between 1990 and 2020, showing the Irish love of game shows. 

The genre can also be seen in this branded Paddy Power game show called Paddy’s Mansion Heist. It involves a host spinning a big wheel with prize segments on it. Four bonus rounds keep the action varied while giving different ways of winning.

8. Amanda Byram – an icon from the Irish capital

Amanda Byram hosted Total Wipeout and Grand Slam, making her one of the most iconic game show hosts from Ireland.
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The next host is from Dublin, a city that has produced great presenters over the years. Amanda presented the BBC’s Total Wipeout as well as the Game Show Network’s Grand Slam as part of a highly varied acting and presenting career. 

She’s perhaps best known in Ireland for the two seasons she spent on the Irish version of Dancing with the Stars.

7. Graham Norton – one of the most recognisable Irish names in TV

Graham Norton is set to be taking part in eight episodes of Wheel of Fortune this year.
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With a list of TV appearances and awards as long as your arm, it’s no wonder the Irish comedian has tried his hand at game show hosting along the way. 

Earlier this year, the Clondalkin-born host confirmed he would be taking part in eight episodes of Wheel of Fortune, stating that it was a game show that gave him his first TV job.

6. Henry Kelly – he’s going for gold

Henry Kelly, sitting on the right, is one of the most iconic game show hosts from Ireland.
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Henry was a highly respected journalist before moving into the TV industry as part of the Game for a Laugh team. 

He then presented Going for Gold for almost a decade as part of a highly varied career that also included radio presenting.

5. Eamon Andrews – boasting a career spanning over two decades

Born in Dublin, Eamon was an excellent boxer before finding fame as the presenter of What’s My Line?

He’s best remembered for his 20+ years presenting This Is Your Life. However, his role as part of the Radio Éireann Authority in introducing state television to Ireland shouldn’t be forgotten.

4. Derek Mooney – one of the most iconic game show hosts from Ireland

Derek Mooney is a recognisable face from Irish TV.
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Think of a popular Irish game show and there’s a chance Derek presented it. From Winning Streak to Gridlock and the Big Money Game, he’s a safe pair of hands in this type of show.

Even the Cabin Fever disaster in 2003 wasn’t enough to sink his career.

3. Sinead Kennedy – a TV personality with a varied career

Sinead Kennedy is one of the most iconic game show hosts from Ireland.
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Another Irish TV personality with a varied career, Sinead has enjoyed success on several TV shows. 

Among them, she was one of the many presenters to appear on Winning Streak, starting on the show in 2013.

2. Nicky Byrne – known for his time on The Million Euro Challenge

Nicky Byrne is known for his time on The Million Euro Challenge.
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Born in Dublin, Nicky has mixed music, sport, and TV to great success in his career. His game show credentials are largely based on his spell hosting The Million Euro Challenge. 

However, he has also impressed in talent shows in the past, so don’t rule out more game shows in the future.

1. Marty Whelan – a varied career across a number of shows

Marty Whelan is one of the most iconic game show hosts from Ireland.
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Dublin-born Marty has game shows like Millionaire and Where in the World? on his CV. He mainly focuses on radio work now and is a regular host of the Eurovision Song Contest.

These ten iconic game show hosts from Ireland have helped make the genre incredibly popular across the island, with no sign of losing its appeal anytime soon.

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