RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta has announced that renowned Donegal musician Ciarán Ó Maonaigh will present a new musical series on the station, starting April 28.
The programme, Ceol a’Ghleanna, airs every Thursday at 7.00pm, featuring Ciarán’s musical selection, including archive material from some of the lore giants, as well as contemporary albums, with a particular focus on Donegal.
Ciarán Ó Maonaigh said he was delighted.
“It is a great honor for me to present this new program from North West Donegal, especially in this special 50th year of broadcasting for Raidió na Gaeltachta. I look forward to sharing some of the music that has had the greatest impact on me since I started listening to the radio as a young boy many years ago.
Ó Maonaigh is an award-winning violin player and television director from Gaoth Dobhair.
He grew up immersed in a family of musicians, and was strongly influenced by his grandfather and teacher Francie Mooney, and Altan members Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh and Frankie Kennedy.
Recipient of TG4’s Young Musician of the Year award in 2003, Ciarán works as a solo performer and also performs in duets with his wife Caitlín Nic Gabhann, dancer and concertina, as Caitlín & Ciarán.
He is also a member of several bands including The High Seas, with Caitlín and Cathal Ó Curráin, and Fidil, alongside Aidan O’Donnell and Damien McGeehan, with whom he has released four albums. In the television industry, Ciarán mainly works in the field of musical documentaries.
He directed the last five series of ‘Sé Mo Laoch’ documentaries on the heroes of Irish traditional music for Aniar TV, Sibéal Teo & TG4. Among his other achievements is an acclaimed documentary about his late grandfather titled Francie Mooney – Áit i Mo Chroí.
Damien Ó Dónaill, Regional Manager in Donegal, said: “We are very pleased to add to the station’s output here in Donegal with this new music programme, and to have a musician of Ciarán’s caliber behind the mic is fantastic. .
“There has been a great resurgence of interest in music in this county in recent years. We see here on our doorstep the wonderful work of An Crann Óg for young people, and we have bands like Clannad, Altan, Clann Mhic Ruairí, The High Seas, and many more, maintaining and strengthening the tradition. We look forward to hearing more great tracks from Donegal and Ulster on Ciarán’s new programme.
Ceol a’Ghleanna will air every Thursday evening at 7 p.m. on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, starting April 28.
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