Andreas Ó Gallchóir (1929 - 2011):
Andreas Ó Gallchóir enjoyed a broadcasting career over four decades, with Radio Telefís Éireann, in its English language sections on both television and radio, and also with the Irish language RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, being a complete Gaeilgoir (Irish speaker). He held senior positions in all three services.
Ó Gallchóir was from County Donegal, born in Doirí Beaga, Gaoth Dobhair (anglicised as Derrybeg, Gweedore). He earned a scholarship to Colaiste Einde, Galway and qualified as a teacher. He joined RTÉ in 1957 as a programme assistant (radio only as there was no television service until 1961) and was posted to the re-opened RTÉ Cork studio, where he eventually became Manager. In Cork he came to know Seán Ó Ríordáin, the great Irish language poet, about whom he later made a television programme. In 1962 he became a television producer at RTÉ and he was television executive producer 1964-1972. Although his interest was primarily literary, in 1966 he won a Jacob’s Award for a history-themed programme, On Behalf of the Provisional Government, about the leaders of the Easter Rising. He was acquainted with the novelist Máirtín Ó Cadhain, about whom he made a documentary. In 1972 he was appointed Ceannaire (Director) Raidió na Gaeltachta and in 1975 he returned to RTÉ television as Assistant Controller of Programmes.
As a print journalist, he contribued to the Irish-language publications Feasta and Comhar, and to the Irish Press (English-language newspaper). He also wrote a play, Clocha na Coigríche, about the effects of emigration on the Donegal farming community, which was produced at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, in 1950.
|Born:||1 February 1929|
|Died:||5 July 2011|
The Irish Times 23.7.2011; www.rte.ie
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