RTÉ will mark the centenary of the birth of acclaimed Irish writer Máirtín Ó Cadhain with specially commissioned programmes and archive footage on television, radio and on RTÉ.ie this autumn and winter.

Born in Connemara 100 years ago, novelist and short story writer Ó Cadhain is often described as the "James Joyce of the Irish language".

In his public life he was involved in most of the political campaigns and controversies which have shaped Irish life over the past few generations.

His novel 'Cré na Cille', written in 1949, is probably the most renowned book in modern Irish writing.

He died in 1970, leaving behind many unpublished manuscripts which have gradually became known to the public.

'Máirtín Ó Cadhain: Rí an Fhocail' (King of Words), a new specially commissioned documentary under the 'Arts Lives' strand for RTÉ One, examines how the writer captured the speech of the people around him in the Connemara Gaeltacht, where he worked as a teacher.

The programme, which features interviews with Gearóid Denvir, Mícheál Ó Conghaile and Louis de Paor, will be screened on Tuesday 26 September at 10.15pm on RTÉ One.

RTÉ One will also be re-showing a biographical documentary about the writer, made in 1980, entitled 'There Goes Cré na Cille', produced by Seán Ó Mórdha. This will be aired at 11.50pm on Thursday 28 September.

Cathal Goan, Director-General RTÉ said: "Máirtín Ó Cadhain's contribution to Irish literature was enormous and his legacy profound.  RTÉ is honoured to celebrate that contribution and legacy across its services and to heighten awareness of his unique artistry in the centenary year of his birth."

Details of these and other programmes, along with excerpts from an interview with Ó Cadhain from the 'Writers in Profile' series (1968), are available online at www.rte.ie/tv/rianfhocail