Proinsias Mac Aonghusa

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Proinsias Mac Aonghusa
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Born 1933
Galway, Ireland
Died 2003
Dublin, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Education St. Ignatius College, Galway
Occupation President of Conradh na Gaeilge, Member of the Arts Council of Ireland, Journalist, Writer, Television Presenter, United Nations Special Representative
Spouse(s) Catherine McGuinness
Children Caitríona, Donal, Diarmaid
Parent(s) Criostóir Mac Aonghusa, Mairead DeLappe

Proinsias Mac Aonghusa (23 June 1933 – 28 September 2003) was a vice-chairman of Ireland's Labour Party. He edited and wrote an introduction to Corish Speaks, a collection of speeches by Brendan Corish, who was then Leader of the party. He was expelled from the Labour Party on 12 January 1967 for "activities injurious" to the party.[1] He was a broadcaster for Radio Éireann (1952), and for RTÉ, UTV and the BBC (1960s). In 1962, he won a Jacob's Award for his Irish language broadcasting on RTÉ television.

Mac Aonghusa was chairman of Bord na Gaeilge, and president of Conradh na Gaeilge between 1989 and 1994.

He encouraged the formation of the Young Labour League.

During 1974 and 1975, he worked as a United Nations Special Representative to southern Africa with Seán MacBride. He wrote several books, most in the Irish Language and was a member of the Arts Council of Ireland for many years.

He was an admirer of Charles Haughey whom he regularly praised in his column in the Sunday Press written under the pseudonym "Gulliver".[2]

He was married to Mrs Justice Catherine McGuinness.


  • Súil Tharam (An Clóchomhar, 2001)
  • Oireachtas na Gaeilge 1897-1997 (Conradh na Gaeilge, 1997)
  • Daithí Ó hUaithne: Cuimhní Cairde (An Clóchomhar 1994)(edited with Tomás de Bhaldraithe)
  • Ar Son na Gaeilge – Conradh na Gaeilge 1893-1993 (Conradh na Gaeilge, 1993)
  • Ros Muc agus Cogadh na Saoirse (Conradh na Gaeilge, 1992)
  • Ón gCrannóg (An Clóchomhar, 1991)
  • Gaillimh agus Aistí Eile (An Clóchomhar, 1983)
  • Éamon de Valera – Na Blianta Réabhlóideacha (An Clóchomhar, 1982)
  • Aeriris (An Clóchomhar, 1976)
  • What Connolly Said (1995)
  • The Best of Tone (1976)
  • The Best of Pearse (1972)
  • The Best of Connolly (1967) (edited with Liam Ó Réagáin)
  • Corish Speaks (1967) (a collection of speeches by Brendan Corish, edited and introduced by Proinsias Mac Aonghusa
  • Proportional Representation in Ireland (1959).


  1. ^ pp.13 Report of the Administrative Council and of the Parliamentary Labour Party for the Year 1966-67 (Irish Labour Party, 20 Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin, 1967)
  2. ^ Irish Tribune