Aodán Mac Póilin

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Aodán Mac Póilin (died 29 December 2016) was an Irish language activist in Northern Ireland.

Mac Póilin was born in Belfast and lived 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 was an ex-teacher and has been Director of ULTACH Trust since 1990.[1]

Mac Póilin was 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.

Mac Póilin served 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.

Mac Póilin wrote and lectured extensively on various aspects of the Irish language, literature and culture.

Mac Póilin died on 29 December 2016.[2]


  • Styles of Belonging: the cultural identities of Ulster (1992) (editor)
  • Ruined Pages, New Selected Poems of Padraic Fiacc (1994) (co-editor with Gerald Dawe)[3]
  • The Irish Language in Northern Ireland (1997)
  • The Great Book of Gaelic (2002) (member of the editorial panel)