Aodán Mac Póilin

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Aodán Mac Póilin is an Irish language activist in Northern Ireland.

He was born in Belfast and lives in the Shaw's Road Irish-speaking community. He graduated from the New University of Ulster with a degree and M.Phil. in Irish studies. He is an ex-teacher and has been Director of ULTACH Trust since 1990.[1]

He has been active in the European Bureau for Lesser-Used Languages and the Community Relations Council, and was chairman of the first Irish-medium school in Northern Ireland.

He is currently on the boards of Cultures of Ireland, the Columba Initiative, Comhairle na Gaelscolaíochta (the Council for Irish-medium Education), the Broadcasting Council for Northern Ireland, Foras na Gaeilge (the cross-border Irish language implementation body), and the Seamus Heaney Centre, Queens University Belfast.

He has written and lectured extensively on various aspects of the Irish language, literature and culture.


  • Styles of Belonging: the cultural identities of Ulster (1992) (editor)
  • Ruined Pages, New Selected Poems of Padraic Fiacc (1994) (co-editor with Gerald Dawe)[2]
  • The Irish Language in Northern Ireland (1997)
  • The Great Book of Gaelic (2002) (member of the editorial panel)