Seán Mac Fhionnghaile

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Seán Mac Fhionnghaile
Born Seán McGinley
c. 1952
Gweedore, County Donegal
Died 1 November 2009
Occupation Actor
Spouse(s) Theresa McGinley (19??-2009; his death); 4 children

Seán McGinley (c. 1952 – 1 November 2009), known as Seán Mac Fhionnghaile, was an Irish actor from County Donegal. He was known primarily for his comic roles, particularly for his leading roles in the TG4 sitcoms C.U. Burn and Gleann Ceo, as well as RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta comedy series Cois Cuan. He was executive producer for the 12-part series, FFC, and was a member of Aisteoiri Ghaoth Dobhair, an actors' group.

Early life[edit]

He was born Seán McGinley in Gweedore, County Donegal. His mother, Grainne, would survive him.[1]


Best known for his leading roles in television shows such as CU Burn and Gleann Ceo, he was executive producer for a further 12-part series, FFC, for TG4.[1][2] He was involved in the RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta comedy programme Cois Cuan.[3] He also established Cul a Tigh, a television production company.[1] He transformed a run-down factory near his home into a training school and production centre.[3]

Personal life[edit]

He and his wife Theresa had two daughters and two sons together.[3] He died from cancer at the age of 57 on 1 November 2009.[1] He had battled the disease for two years. His funeral took place at Saint Columba's Church in Brinalack, Gaoth Dobhair two days later.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Actor dies after battle with cancer". Irish Independent. 2 November 2009. Retrieved 4 November 2009. 
  2. ^ "Irish Film & TV Research Online". Trinity College, Dublin. Retrieved 7 November 2009. 
  3. ^ a b c "Donegal actor dies after battle with cancer". The Belfast Telegraph. 3 November 2009. Retrieved 7 November 2009.