Cathal Mac Coille

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Cathal Mac Coille
Aine Lawlor and Cathal Mac Coille.jpg
Cathal Mac Coille (right) with Aine Lawlor
Born Clondalkin, Dublin, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Alma mater University College Dublin
Occupation Journalist, broadcaster
Notable credit(s) Morning Ireland

Cathal Mac Coille is an Irish broadcaster, researcher and journalist. He is a co-presenter of Morning Ireland on RTÉ Radio 1. He has been used by Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ) in numerous political broadcasts and has interviewed several prominent politicians.

He has also presented other shows on radio and television, including This Week and One to One. His journalism work has included stints with Comhar and the Sunday Tribune and he has also spent time as a reporter with TG4.


Mac Coille started his career as editor of the Irish language magazine, Comhar. He then went on to get a Bachelor of Arts in History from University College Dublin. He first joined RTÉ as a radio researcher in 1974. In 1974, he worked at the Nuacht desk for five years. He was a member of the RTÉ Northern Staff from 1978 to 1984 and from 1984 to 1986 presented This Week and other news programmes.[1] He worked as political correspondent with Irish language television channel, TG4. He also worked as a journalist with the Sunday Tribune newspaper in 1990, for five years.[2]

Mac Coille presents Morning Ireland on RTÉ Radio 1, which is Ireland's most listened to radio programme and has been on air since 1984.[3] In 1990, Mac Coille won a Jacob's Award for his work as presenter of Morning Ireland. Mac Coille regularly interviews politicians such as Gerry Adams[4] and Eoin Ryan, Jnr,[5] and breakfasted politically with CNN broadcaster Larry King on Super Tuesday in February 2008.[6]

He has also worked on One to One, a television interview series broadcast on RTÉ One.[7] In radio he worked on the Good Friday Agreement and the 2008 United States presidential election.[1][8] Mac Coille was part of a crew of RTÉ employees who travelled to the United States to cover the Super Tuesday election event, a move which was later criticised when the true cost emerged.[8]

In September 2010 on Morning Ireland he received a controversial nine-minute live interview from Taoiseach Brian Cowen at a Fianna Fáil think-in in Galway; the interview received international attention and led to increased pressure on Cowen to resign in the days that followed.[9][10][11][12]

Personal life[edit]

Mac Coille grew up in Clondalkin, attended school at Coláiste Mhuire in the city centre,[2] before moving to Phibsborough in Dublin. He is married with four children.


  1. ^ a b "Morning Ireland Profile: Cathal Mac Coille". RTÉ. 2009. Archived from the original on 8 November 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-10. 
  2. ^ a b "Turas Teanga Profile" (in English and Irish). RTÉ. Retrieved 2009-06-10. 
  3. ^ "Good Morning". Irish Examiner. 26 November 2004. Archived from the original on 22 September 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-10. 
  4. ^ "Frightening men haven't gone away". Irish Independent. 2008-09-07. Retrieved 2009-06-10. 
  5. ^ Harris, Eoghan (2007-12-09). "Reaching out for a few raw nerves in the Irish Republic". Sunday Independent. Retrieved 2009-06-10. 
  6. ^ Harris, Eoghan (2008-02-10). "Fairytale ending so sad and predictable". Sunday Independent. Retrieved 2009-06-10. 
  7. ^ "One to One – Brian Cody". RTÉ. 2009-02-16. Archived from the original on 7 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-04. 
  8. ^ a b Kenny, Colum (2008-05-25). "Super expensive: RTÉ's US election costs just keep on growing". The Irish Independent. Retrieved 2009-06-10. 
  9. ^ Minihan, Mary (2010-09-14). "Taoiseach transcript…". The Irish Times. Retrieved 2009-09-14. 
  10. ^ Bray, Allison (2010-09-15). "Radio listeners blast Brian Cowen radio 'disgrace'". The Belfast Telegraph. Retrieved 2009-09-15. [permanent dead link]
  11. ^ McCarthy, John-Paul (2010-09-19). "The secret to a long life is knowing when it's time to go". Sunday Independent. Retrieved 2009-09-19. 
  12. ^ McDonald, Henry (2010-09-20). "Irish PM Brian Cowen under pressure after 'drunk' radio interview". London, UK: The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-09-20. 

External links[edit]

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