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Ardán (pronounced awrd-awn and meaning "platform") has been on the TG4 (Gaelic Public Sector Broadcaster) schedule since 2000. This series concept was initially created to provide a "platform" for those in the Gaelic speaking areas of Ireland (Gaeltacht) to engage with its own public and to act as a conduit between national and local broadcasting, in which national issues could be engaged with on a local basis. It still fulfills an element of this function, albeit more often than not stationary and studio based in RTÉ Dublin, from where it is produced. Formerly a live studio show, the show is now pre-recorded; thus allowing for English subtitling and possibly extending the broadcaster's target audience.
Originally from County Cork (but now residing in Galway) Ó Lionáird began with the fledgling TG4 in 1997 on a similar studio-based chat show: Seó Bóthair.
He is educated to master's degree level having studied Media At Mary I & UL. He also holds an Honours Degree in Education, holds Diplomas in both Religious Studies and Public Relations, is a member of the Irish Academy of Public Relations and of the National Union of Journalists. He has been awarded the TV Personality Of The Year twice by Oireachtas na Gaeilge in 2003 and again in 2012 and has also been nominated for the same accolade by the Irish Film and Television Awards. He is credited for many programs including: "The Pure Drop", "Seó Bóthair", "Cleamhnas", "An Tuath Nua", "Míle Fáilte Míle Slan", "Showband Show", "Ceol Tíre", "Gradam Ceoil TG4", and "7Lá". 7Lá hosted TG4's Irish Presidential Debate in 2011 from which President Michael D Higgins emerged victorious.
Ó Lionáird also lectures in Communications and Irish to degree level at GMIT.