Páidí Ó Lionáird

Páidí Ó Lionáird (born 17 August 1968[1]) is an Irish television presenter and columnist from Cúil Aodha, County Cork. Since 1997, Ó Lionáird has presented current affairs and entertainment shows on the Irish language channel TG4.

Páidí Ó Lionáird
Pádraig Ó Lionáird

(1968-08-17) 17 August 1968 (age 51)
EducationB.Ed, MA Irish Media, Dip. RE.
OccupationTV presenter
Notable credit(s)
7 Lá
Cleamhnas"Gradam Ceoil TG4" Tour de France Mobs Mheiriceá Luach Ár Linne An Tuath Nua
RelativesParents: Micheál & Maighréad
Brothers and Sisters: Risteard, Dónal, Bríd (deceased 2018), Peadar, Breandán, Seán, Micheál (deceased 1979), Tadhg, Iarla, Eibhlín & Eoghan

His older brother is Iarla Ó Lionáird, a singer and producer. Other brothers include Seán, judge on TG4's Feirm Factor, and Peadar, co-owner of Folláin, jam and chutney manufacturer.

Early lifeEdit

Páidí Ó Lionáird was born in Gort na Scairte, Baile Bhúirne in the Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking area of Co. Cork) Cúil Aodha,[2] part of the Muskerry Gaeltacht in County Cork. The youngest of twelve, his father was principal of the local secondary school and owner of a small holding of land.[1]

After leaving school, he initially studied Furniture Technology and Design at Dundalk Institute of Technology before using his carpentry skills in London. He eventually ended up working as doorman at such establishments as the Kensington Park Hotel and then as Concierge at the Gloucester Hotel. On his return to Ireland, he was appointed as development officer for Munster with the Irish Language Youth Organisation Ógras. He met his wife Karen in May 1990 at the AGM of Conradh na Gaeilge. They have one son named Naoise and live in South Connemara, Galway.[1]

Having initially studied public relations at University College Cork, Ó Lionáird then qualified as a primary school teacher at MIC Limerick.[3] His studies continued and he holds a master's degree in Irish Media Studies from MIC and UL. He has taught communications at GMIT and DCU.

Television careerEdit

Ó Lionáird's television career began with a successful screen test for TG4 in 1997. He soon became involved with a number of different shows, from the light-hearted Ardán to the hard-headed political and current affairs show 7 Lá.

Ó Lionáird chaired the Irish language debate held between the seven candidates in the 2011 Irish presidential election on 18 October 2011. The high-profile debate was another big ratings win for TG4 and Ó Lionáird's moderation was very well received in the national press. He joined the RTÉ newsroom based in Baile na hAbhann where he is currently Chief Sub-Editor, Nuacht RTÉ & TG4. He continues to anchor 7Lá and in 2016, chaired TG4's marathon General Election Count Coverage, for 15 successive hours and a further 3 of the following days continued count. [4]


  1. ^ a b c "The low-profile TV star - Celeb News, Independent Woman". Independent.ie. Retrieved 2012-06-01.
  2. ^ "Media Awards 2009 - Mary Immaculate College". Friends.mic.ie. Retrieved 2012-06-01.
  3. ^ "Páidí Ó Lionáird - Ireland | LinkedIn". Ie.linkedin.com. Archived from the original on 2012-07-11. Retrieved 2012-06-01.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-04-23. Retrieved 2012-05-13.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)