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Paul Dermot Connolly is an Irish investigative journalist, radio personality and documentary maker, who currently works for Ireland's commercial television station TV3. He worked as a host for various famous Irish sports show and also is host to a series of investigative documentaries self-titled as Paul Connolly Investigates.

Career


Born in Dublin, Connolly studied Journalism and Media Communications, in Griffith College Dublin gaining a degree in that subject. He began his career as editor of "The Bike Buyers Guide", before moving into radio where he worked at Ireland's Newstalk 106-108.[1] He was a regular on-air contributor to Moncrieff, before establishing himself as a sports reporter. He has appeared on both for Off The Ball and The Weekend Sports Show, and was a host of 98FM's current affairs programme The Inbox for three years.

On television Connolly has appeared on Setanta Sports, providing coverage of the Pro14 both as a presenter and reporter, and first joined TV3 as host of The All Ireland County Quiz. His documentary series, Paul Connolly Investigates is aired on TV3 and has looked at a diverse range of topics, including benefit fraud, bogus marriages and the subcultures of Swinging and dogging in Ireland.[1][2][3][4][5] In 2015 he started hosting Undercover Benefits Cheat on Channel 5.[6]

In 2016, Connolly hosted Season 1 of the documentary series Inside the World's Toughest Prisons, which aired on Channel 5. As part of the documentary, he spent a few days in prisons in Honduras, Poland, Mexico, and the Philippines.[7][8]

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