Seán Ó Murchú

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Seán Ó Murchú
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Caltragh, Belclare, County Galway
Died(1982-10-27)October 27, 1982
OccupationRadio presenter
  • Patrick Murphy (father)
  • Mary Moran (mother)

Seán Ó Murchú (born John Joe Murphy; 1922 - 27 October 1982) was an Irish radio presenter.

Early life

Born at Caltragh, Belclare, County Galway to Patrick Murphy and Mary Moran, Ó Murchú attended Castlehackett National School and St. Patrick's College, Tuam CBS before joining the national broadcaster Raidió Teilifís Éireann as a continuity announcer in 1953.[1] He founded the traditional Irish music programme Saturday Night Irish Dance Music shortly afterwards, which became Céilí House in 1957. The programme continues under this name today, now presented by Kieran Hanrahan. Before the availability of television in Irish households, the weekly Céilí House audience was estimated to be in excess of one million people.[2]

He presented the programme up until shortly before his death, and was succeeded by Breandán Ó Dúill. Ó Murchú was a member of the RTÉ Authority sacked by Taoiseach Jack Lynch in October 1972, after the station broadcasted an interview with Seán Mac Stíofáin, then chief of staff of the Provisional IRA.[3]

Ó Murchú died at St. Luke's Hospital, Rathgar in Dublin on 27 October 1982, and was buried in Donaghpatrick Cemetery, in his native parish, three days later.[4]

  1. "From 2RN to International Meta-Community: Irish National Radio and Traditional Music". The Journal of Music. 1 January 2005. Retrieved 2020-11-08.
  2. "Céilí House". Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann. Retrieved 2020-11-08.
  3. "November 25th, 1972 - From The Archives". The Irish Times. 25 November 2010. Retrieved 2020-11-08.
  4. Death Notice, The Irish Press, 29 October 1982.