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Cathal Mac Coille
Cathal Mac Coille grew up in the Dublin suburb of Clondalkin and was educated at Coláiste Mhuire in the city centre and University College, Dublin (BA Graduate, History and winner of Atkins Medal for Irish History, 1971). He is currently one of the three presenters of RTÉ's flagship Radio News programme, ‘Morning Ireland’.

Cathal first joined RTÉ as a radio researcher in 1974, having previously edited the Irish language magazine Comhar and was a journalist with RTÉ Nuacht from 1975 to 1978. 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, before joining the ‘Morning Ireland’ team.

He is a former Political Correspondent with TG4 and worked as a journalist with the Sunday Tribune for five years, between 1990 and 1995. He currently writes a political column for the Irish language weekly Foinse. In 1990 he won a Jacob's Radio Award for his work on ‘Morning Ireland’.

Cathal is married with four children. He lives in Dublin.


Tógadh Cathal Mac Coille i mbruachbhaile Chluain Dolcáin in aice le Baile Átha Cliath. Fuair sé a chuid meánscolaíochta i gColáiste Mhuire i lár na cathrach agus rinne sé céim sa Stair sa Choláiste Ollscoile, Baile Átha Cliath ina dhiaidh sin. Le linn a thréimhse mar mhac léinn, bhuaigh sé Bonn Atkins do Stair na hÉireann (1971). Faoi láthair, tá sé ar dhuine den triúr láithreoirí atá ag obair ar an gclár mór-rachairte nuachta ar RTÉ, ‘Morning Ireland’.

Bhí Cathal ina eagarthóir ar an iris mhíosúil Comhar ar feadh tamaill, sula bhfuair sé post mar thaighdeoir raidió in RTÉ i 1974. D’oibir sé ansin mar iriseoir le Nuacht RTÉ idir 1975 agus 1978. Bhí sé ar fhoireann Thuaisceart Éireann RTÉ idir 1978 agus 1984, agus idir 1984 agus 1986 chuir sé cláracha éagsúla nuachta i láthair, sular ceapadh é ar fhoireann ‘Morning Ireland’.

Is iar-Chomhfhreagraí Polaitiúil é le TG4 agus d’oibir sé mar iriseoir leis an Sunday Tribune ar feadh cúig bliana, idir 1990 agus 1995. Scríobhann sé alt polaitiúil gach seachtain anois don nuachtán Gaeilge Foinse. I 1990, bronnadh Gradam Jacob air de bharr a chuid oibre ar ‘Morning Ireland’.

Tá Cathal pósta agus tá ceathrar páistí aige. Tá cónaí air i mBaile Átha Cliath.