Well known Leaving Certificate Irish poet Máirtín Ó Direáin chats to Aindreas Ó Gallchoir about his life and work.
In 1970 Máirtín Ó Direáin was the subject of a 'Writer in Profile' programme. In this extract, Ó Direáin speaks to Aindreas Ó Gallchoir about the poverty of his early years on Inis Mór.
Rugadh Máirtín Ó Direáin ar Inis Mór sa bhliain 1910. D'aistrigh sé go Gaillimh chun obair in oifig an phoist i 1928 agus ansin go Baile Átha Cliath chun obair sa Státseirbhís i 1938. D´fhoilsigh sé a chéad chnuasach filíochta, "Coinnle Geala", i 1942.
His poetry has been part of the Leaving Certificate Irish poetry curriculum for many years.
This episode of 'Writer in Profile' was broadcast on 18 March 1970.
To coincide with the broadcast of 'Writer in Profile', the RTÉ Guide published a feature profiling Máirtín Ó Díreáin.
RTÉ Guide 13 March 1970