27 May 2011 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The well-known RTE broadcaster Sean Rocks, a native of Monaghan Town, was accorded the prestigious honour of being Master of Ceremonies for the State Banquet in Dublin Castle held last Tuesday night as part of the visit of British Queen Elizabeth II to Ireland.
Mr Rocks, who hosts the Arena arts programme on RTE radio one, was asked by Áras an Uachtaráin to perform the formal introductions for the State occasion.
Mr Rocks described the banquet as “an extraordinary night to be part of”, and said that the invitation to patriciate in the ceremonials was “a huge personal honour”.
The Monaghan man, a former actor, has become one of the most distinctive voices on the national airwaves, through his fronting of RTE’s flagship week-night arts and entertainment programme.
Previously a guest presenter of The Arts Show, and the arts-related programmes Spirit Moves and Rattlebag, Sean produced, wrote and presented several previous series for RTE Radio one, having previously been a well-known voice on Lyric FM.
He is much in demand as a host of classical music concerts and arts events at major venues throughout the country. His officiating at the Dublin Castle banquet is probably the peak of a facet of his career that has seen him present and announce at venues such as the National Concert Hall, Aras an Uachtaráin, Cork City Hall and the University of Limerick.
Prior to broadcasting Seán worked extensively as an actor both at home and abroad, appearing at the Abbey, Peacock and Gate Theatres and with many important independent companies including Rough Magic, Druid and Field Day.
He has worked at the Royal Court, National, Donmar Warehouse and Tricycle theatres in London and received high acclaim for his performance in Frank Pig Says Hello, Pat McCabe’s adaptation of his novel The Butcher Boy which toured nationally and to New York, Melbourne and throughout the UK.
On TV he has worked for RTÉ, BBC, Screen 2 and Thames TV.

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