Bilingual Interview

Monday July 1st, 5pm

For the 2019 Bilingual Interview, RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta’s Áine Hensey interviews Aodán Ó Dubhghaill about his career in music and Irish culture. This lecture is open to the public and takes place in the Tower Theatre, Irish World Academy Building. Admission is free (saor in aisce). This event is supported by funding from Foras na Gaeilge.


Aodán Ó Dubhghaill

Aodán Ó Dubhghaill has been involved in the Irish Music scene since the 1970s. After studying music for 10+ years his main early source of work was as a musician and later as a Producer / Sound engineer. He has made documentaries, audio features, commercial CDs and Tapes for several artists.

He joined R.T.É. in 1979 as a “disc man” and over the early years, he worked in the newsroom and the Dáil studios as well as on day-time live radio programmes. Later he joined the Senior Sound Engineering staff where he worked in multi-microphone situations (Orchestras, Rock Bands, Ensemble Groups, String Quartets, Traditional/ Folk Bands, etc.) as well as in the Drama Suite and on Outside Broadcasts. He recorded many international as well as Irish musicians and worked with well-known conductors and soloists. He published a book titled ‘Ceirníní – a guide to Traditional Irish Music on LP Records’ in 1986.

In 1998 Aodán was involved with the setting up of a new National Music & Arts Radio Channel, Lyric FM, and worked there as Producer of the popular daily programme ‘Lyric Lunchtime Choice’ as well as a World Music programme called ‘Reels to Ragas’. In 2002 he took over as Head of the station.

Aodán has served on a variety of arts and culture boards over the years and was Vice-chair of the European Broadcasting Union Music Group. In 2013/14 Aodán was seconded to look after RTÉ’s Orchestras, Quartet and Choirs {The RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, the RTÉ Contempo Quartet, the Philharmonic Choir and Cór na nÓg, the children’s choir}. In 2016 he was appointed Managing Director of the Orchestras, RTÉ lyric fm, the Quartet and Choirs and started a new Youth Choir in September 2018 called Cór Linn. Aodán has won many awards over the years from Prix Italia, PPI Radio awards (including National Station of the Year, Music Station of the Year, Station Sound, Best Overall Station of the Year), New York Festivals awards, etc.



Áine Hensey

Áine Hensey is one of Ireland’s best-known traditional music broadcasters. She began her career with RTÉ 2FM and Radio 1 and was involved in the setting up of Clare FM, where she had special responsibility for the central role of traditional music in the new station. She has worked as a presenter/producer with RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta since 1995.

Áine has more than 30 years’ experience of organising and administering arts events, having spent 20 years working in various roles with Slógadh, Gael-Linn’s national youth festival and, more recently, with Siansa Gael-Linn. From 1996 to 2001, she was musical director of Éigse Mrs Crotty, the Kilrush festival that celebrated the music of the concertina. She has been involved, in various capacities, with the organisation and production of TG4’s annual Gradaim Ceoil and wrote and produced a commemorative booklet for the 10th anniversary of the awards. From 2012 to 2013, she spent twelve months as Cultural Projects Animator with Oidhreacht an Chláir, considerably raising the profile, both locally and nationally, of the west Clare music and culture archive.

Áine is currently chairman of the board of directors of Gael-Linn and is a former board member of the Irish Traditional Music Archive. She was awarded a PhD in early modern history from NUI Maynooth in 2012.






2018 – Cathal Goan
2017 – Gearoidín Breathnach
2016 – Nóirín Ní Riain
2015 – Nicholas Carolan
2014 – Maighréad Ní Dhomhnaill
2013 – Prof. Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin (Inaugural Event)