Former broadcaster Ciarán MacMathúna dies


The death has occurred of former RTÉ broadcaster Ciarán MacMathúna.

Born in 1925, he was a recognised authority on Irish music.

A native of Limerick, he joined Radio Éireann as a radio producer in 1954.

He won two Jacob's awards for his radio programmes promoting traditional Irish music.

His Sunday morning radio series Mo Cheol Thúran from 1970 to 2005, when he retired from broadcasting.

Taoiseach Mr Brian Cowen tonight expressed sadness on the news of the death.

Mr Cowen said: “He was encyclopaedic in his knowledge of Irish traditional music and its artists and for many many decades, wherever good Irish music was played and enjoyed, Ciarán was to be found in its midst”.