Fiach Mac Conghail

Fiach Mac Conghail
In office
May 2011  April 2016
Constituency Nominated by the Taoiseach
Personal details
Born (1964-08-04) 4 August 1964
Dublin, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Political party Independent
Spouse(s) Bríd Ní Neachtain
Children 2
Alma mater Trinity College, Dublin

Fiach Mac Conghail (born 4 August 1964) is the Director of the Abbey Theatre.[1] In May 2011, he was appointed as a Senator by the Taoiseach Enda Kenny.[2][3]

Early life

Mac Conghail's father, Muiris Mac Conghail, is a filmmaker and broadcaster who served as Government Press Secretary and was Controller of Programmes at RTÉ; his mother is a noted genealogist. Mac Conghail was raised in the Dublin suburb of Rathgar and attended Coláiste Eoin and later Trinity College, Dublin, where he studied Economics and Politics.[1][4][5]

Career in the arts

Mac Conghail was the artistic director at the Project Arts Centre from 1992 to 1999.[6][7] He was the Director of Ireland's participation at the Expo 2000 world fair and acted as Cultural Programme Commissioner during the Irish Presidency of the European Union in 2004.[8] With his brother Cuan, he established the production company Brother Films in 1996.[4]

Mac Conghail was a special adviser to the Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism John O'Donoghue from 2002 to 2005. In 2005, he was appointed as Director of the Abbey Theatre.[9]

Public life

He was appointed to Seanad Éireann in May 2011 and sits as an Independent. He was the chairman of the We the Citizens, an initiative that aims to encourage the participation of the public in political affairs.[10][11]

Personal life

Mac Conghail is married to the actress Bríd Ní Neachtain and they have two daughters.[12][13]


  1. 1 2 Fiona Looney (6 February 2005). "Steadying the boards". Sunday Tribune. Retrieved 3 June 2011.
  2. Michael Brennan (21 May 2011). "Kenny hands Seanad seat to the President's husband". Irish Independent. Retrieved 3 June 2011.
  3. "Mr. Fiach Mac Conghail". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 3 June 2011.
  4. 1 2 "FIACH & CUAN MAC CONGHAIL THE CV". Irish Independent. 19 March 2006. Retrieved 3 June 2011.
  5. Collins, Stephen (2011). Nealon's Guide to the 31st Dáil and 24th Seanad. Dublin: Gill & Macmillan. p. 212. ISBN 9780717150595.
  6. "Abbey's new director spells out vision". 1 February 2005. Retrieved 3 June 2011.
  7. "Theatre Forum Ireland -Who's Who". Theatre Forum Ireland. Retrieved 3 June 2011.
  8. "MacConghail takes charge at Abbey Theatre". The Stage. 15 February 2005. Retrieved 3 June 2011.
  9. Brian Lavery (25 March 2006). "The Abbey Theater's Fiach Mac Conghail Takes a Cue From Yeats". New York Times. Retrieved 3 June 2011.
  10. Jack Horgan-Jones (11 May 2011). "Grassroots can renew Irish politics, meeting told". The Irish Times. Retrieved 3 June 2011.
  11. Genevieve Carbery (1 June 2011). "Reform group praises public's positive views". The Irish Times. Retrieved 3 June 2011.
  12. Michael Ross (8 January 2006). "Theatre: Fiach MacConghail". The Sunday Times. London. Retrieved 3 June 2011.
  13. Sinead Gleeson (28 May 2011). "True characters". The Irish Times. Retrieved 3 June 2011.
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