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Aoife Ní Thuairisg - Week 1
Aoife Ní Thuairisg was born in Inverin in Conamara and has two brothers and one sister. Before working in television, she ran her own business, a mobile sweet shop. Full Profile
Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh - Week 2
Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh was born and raised in the Gaoth Dobhair Gaeltacht in northwest Donegal. Full Profile
Cian Ó Cíobháin - Week 3
Cian Ó Ciabháin was born in Cork city in 1975, but grew up beside the village of Ballyferriter in the Kerry Gaeltacht. Full Profile
Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh - Week 4
Mícheál Ó Muircheataigh was born near Dingle in Co. Kerry but now lives in Dublin. He is renowned as a sports commentator and is regarded by many as one of the best in the business. Full Profile
Cathal Ó Searcaigh - Week 5
Cathal Ó Searcaigh was born near Gortahork in County Donegal, where he still lives. He has, over the past decade, emerged as one of Ireland's most distinguished modern day poets. Full Profile
Cynthia Ní Mhurchú - Week 6
Cynthia Ní Mhurchú is a qualified barrister who has been practising for six years now. She is a native of Carlow. Full Profile
Louis de Paor - Week 7
The poet, song-writer and scholar Louis de Paor was born in Cork in 1961. He remembers his father taking a very active interest in his children’s learning and encouraging them to acquire Irish. Full Profile
Antaine Ó Donnaile - Week 8
Antaine Ó Donnaile is originally from Armagh and works as a broadcaster and producer with BBC Northern Ireland’s Aonad na Gaeilge. Full Profile
Seán Ó Tarpaigh - Week 9
Seán Ó Tarpaigh was born in 1960 in Kilkelly, Co. Mayo. He went to Bolton Street College in Dublin where is got a degree in quantity surveying. Full Profile
Breandán de Gallaí - Week 10
Breandán de Gallaí was born and raised in the Gaoth Dobhair Gaeltacht in Donegal. As one of the principle dancers with Riverdance, he performed in front of thousands of people in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and China. Full Profile
Brian Ó Domhnaill - Week 11
Brian Ó Domhnaill is a well-known chef, who presents cookery programmes on TG4 and writes a regular column in the Irish weekly newspaper Foinse. Full Profile
Mairéad Ní Fhlátharta - Week 12
Mairéad Ní Fhlátharta is from Baile an tSléibhe in Spiddal, County Galway and is 23 years old. She has two sisters and four brothers. Full Profile
Máire Eilís Ní Fhlátharta - Week 13
Máire Eilís Ní Fhlátharta is an actress best known for her portrayal of Caitríona in TG4’s soap ‘Ros Na Rún’, a programme she has appeared in since it began in 1996. Full Profile
Mícheál Ó Domhnaill - Week 14
Mícheál Ó Domhnaill is originally from the Ring Gaeltacht in Waterford but now lives in Sligo. He is well-known as the voice of sport on TG4. Full Profile
Seán Mac Réamoinn - Week 15
Seán Mac Réamoinn was born in Kilkenny but has been living in Dublin for seven years now. Full Profile
Eoghan Ó Neachtain - Week 16
Eoghan Ó Neachtain, originally from the Conamara Gaeltacht, is well known as a rugby commentator and pundit on TG4. Full Profile
Alex Hijmans - Week 17
Alex Hijmans grew up in the town of Heemskerk in the north-west of Holland, but he has been living in Galway for the past nine years. He studied Celtic Language and Literature at the University of Utrecht and spent a year in University College Galway (now NUI Galway) on the Erasmus scheme. Full Profile
Aoife Ní Chonchúir - Week 18
Aoife Ní Chonchúir was born in 1975 in Cill Chúile, beside Baile na nGall in the west Kerry Gaeltacht. She attended secondary school in Dingle and then went to University College Galway (now NUI Galway) in 1993, graduating with a BA in Irish and Spanish in 1997. Full Profile
John Spillane - Week 19
John Spillane was born in Cork. He graduated from University College Cork with a degree in Irish and English. John spent two summers playing bass guitar with Johnny Crowley’s group, a job which enabled him to earn money from music for the first time. Full Profile
Cathal Mac Coille - Week 20
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). Full Profile