Muiris Mac Conghail
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Mac Conghail was born in Dublin, son of artists Maurice MacGonigal and Aida Kelly. His father, a cousin of Harry Clarke, had been a republican activist during the Irish War of Independence before studying, and then teaching, at the RHA schools.
He joined Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ) in the 1960s, one of a group of young broadcasters which included Andreas Ó Gallchóir, Breandán Ó hEithir, James Plunkett Kelly, Donal Farmer and Seán Mac Réamoinn. He became producer and editor of the current affairs programme 7 Days, which started broadcasting in 1966. He won a Jacob's Television Award in 1967 and 1985.
He was RTÉ Controller of Programmes, television, 1977–1980 and 1983–1986.
In 2001 he delivered the Thomas Davis Lecture to mark the 75th anniversary of Radio Éireann -'Politics by Wireless'.
Mac Conghail married Doran and they have five children, including Fiach,former Director of the Abbey Theatre, and Cuan, TV editor and film-maker, Somhairle Mac Conghail, Marcus Mac Conghail and Etáin Mac Conghail. They separated in the 1990s, and divorced in 2007.
Mac Conghail married Mary Malone in 2008: they had lived together for the previous 15 years.
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