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Pól Ó Murchú

Pól Ó Murchú started the first ever American radio show that was entirely in Irish, “Blas Meiriceánach”, in 1988. The show was on WFDU (89.1 FM) and was broadcast throughout the entire New York metropolitan area for two years.

He was the first columnist, in their history as a newspaper, to write in Irish for the New York based Irish Echo in 1991. The name of the weekly article was called “Thall agus Abhus”.

In 2003, the Irish Times published three of his Irish articles.

From 2004 to 2009, he edited the computer version of Ó Dónaill’s Irish dictionary Foclóir Gaeilge-Béarla. An abridged version of it – Wingléacht – has been out since 2007.

From 2009 to 2013, he wrote A Grammar of Modern Irish (An annotated guide to Graiméar Gaeilge na mBráithre Críostaí), which was published March 15th, 2013.

Stories about his radio show and Irish classes have been featured in USAToday, and the New Jersey newspapers: The Star Ledger and The Bergen Record. He’s also been interviewed on CBC (Canadian Broadcast Company), KIRO, NBC TV (NY), and Raidió na Gaeltachta (a radio station based in Casla, Ireland, that broadcasts only in Irish).

From 1980 to the present day, he’s been teaching Irish to beginners and advanced groups. From 1998–2010, he also gave tutorials (grinds) to teachers and students in Ireland whom he helped to pass proficiency
To hear an interview done this past Good Friday, go to http://

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