Maria Ní Mhurchú

Poet / Scriptwriter / Playwright at Cleití

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Maria Ní Mhurchú's Overview

  • Poet / Scriptwriter / Playwright at Cleití
  • Playwright at Playwright
  • Script Writer at Dingle
  • Poet / Writer at Cleití
  • Cultural Officer at An Díseart
  • Script Writer at Cleití
  • NUIG Galway

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Maria Ní Mhurchú's Summary

I am a free-lance writer for television, stage and radio. I also write poetry.

My 3 books to date are :

Tomás na bPúcaí: Coiscéim [Available from Coiscéim]
Duilleoga Draíochta: AN SAGART [Available on Amazon]
Caite le Chéile: AN SAGART [Available from AN SAGART]

My next book hopefully will be a collection of poems/ prayers / inspirations in English as an E-Book and self-published Hardback for children.

Maria Ní Mhurchú's Experience

Poet / Scriptwriter / Playwright


June 2013Present (1 year 4 months) Dingle, Co. Kerry

I'm working on a children's poetry / prayer / inspirational book.



January 1999Present (15 years 9 months) Dingle, Co. Kerry. Ireland.

I was awarded Gradam na hAmharclainne - a major national award for theatre - for my new play Imithe le Gealaigh. The prize included 2000 euro and a producer to stage my one-hour play which stars Michelle Beamish with performances in Díseart, Dingle, Feothanach Hall, West Cork, Nenagh and The Granary Theatre, Cork as part of the Festival of The Colleges.

The play Imithe le Gealaigh - an hour long play with one character has been recorded by
RTE Radio 1 - Ireland's national radio station and was broadcast in December 2005.

Script Writer


September 1993Present (21 years 1 month) Dingle

My first venture into television...I wrote and produced a drama named “An Turas” which was produced by Dovinia and broadcast on TnaG on the 21st January 1997 and again on the 26th January 1997.

I developed and wrote a comedy series of 6 episodes in Irish called “Boghaisíní”, directed by Art Ó Briain and produced by Gerry McGolgan [Crimson Films] and Magma - a Galway based production company - which was commissioned and televised by TG4.

I’ve written episodes for Ros na Rún – a soap-opera on TG4.

Poet / Writer


January 1993Present (21 years 9 months) Dingle, Co. Kerry. Ireland

My radio play Na Blípeanna [The Bleeps – based on the lyrics of the rapper 50 Cent] which was commissioned by Radió na Gaeltachta was broadcast in September 2008 in association with AnnOg, a teenage theatre group. We had the first reading of this play in the Dingle Library on March 15th 2008 for Seachtain na Gaeilge.

I was commissioned to write a play in December 2006 site specific to a supermarket in Dingle, my hometown, which I called An Préachán Bán [The White Crow] The play was performed in the supermarket, by AnnOg. I wrote the actual butcher into the play which amazed onlookers and even thought the poor guy was…for the birds…:)

Cultural Officer

An Díseart

January 2002December 2004 (3 years) Dingle, Co. Kerry Ireland

I worked in Díseart 2002-2004 organising festivals and cultural events such as Nuala Ní Dhómhnaill’s launch of her work as Writer in Residence of Díseart and Mons. Pádraig Ó Fiannachta’s book launches. Other events organized by me include art exhibitions and graduation ceremonies. I also succeeded in finding funds for these events and was involved in applying for grants for the upkeep of Díseart through Heritage Grant Aid. I'm still involved with An Díseart.

Script Writer


January 2000May 2001 (1 year 5 months) Dingle / Galway

I wrote a 6 part series - a comedy - a dating agency set in a rural community - for TG4. It was called Boghaisíní which means "Rainbows" in English. The 6 eps. were broadcast on TG4 Ireland in 2002, 2003, 2004.

Maria Ní Mhurchú's Publications

  • Focloirín Línte & Snaidhmeanna - Words, Lines & Knots

    • Púca Press
    • June 2008
    Authors: Maria Ní Mhurchú, Bob Ó Cathail, Joanne B. Kaar, Domhnall Mac Síthigh, Liam Holden, Deirdre Mc Kenna, Dómhnal Ó Bric, Aogán Ó Muircheartaigh, Timothy O'Neill, Dominique Lieb, Eduard Hasselberg

    ln 2009 Puca Press published a trilingual hand-printed
    book in conjunction with nineteen artists and others from
    the Gaeltacht and from abroad, a collection of ideas
    around knots and interlaced lines, inspired by the Book of

Maria Ní Mhurchú's Languages

  • Irish

    (Native or bilingual proficiency)
  • English

    (Native or bilingual proficiency)

Maria Ní Mhurchú's Skills & Expertise

  1. Creative Writing
  2. Screenwriter
  3. Poet
  4. Playwriting
  5. Screenwriting
  6. Poetry
  7. Theatre
  8. Short Films
  9. Television
  10. Publishing
  11. Comedy
  12. Drama
  13. Short Stories
  14. Speech Writing
  15. Novels
  16. Literature
  17. Web Content
  18. Documentaries
  19. Editorial
  20. Copy Editing
  21. Film
  22. Entertainment
  23. Film Production
  24. Published Author
  25. Books
  26. Voice Over
  27. Proofreading
  28. Voice Acting
  29. Freelance Writing
  30. Feature Articles
  31. Copywriting
  32. Directing
  33. Publicity
  34. Press Releases
  35. Magazines
  36. Online Journalism
  37. Book Reviews
  38. News Writing
  39. Broadcast
  40. Art
  41. Festivals
  42. Fiction
  43. Newsletters
  44. Newspapers
  45. Non-fiction
  46. Storytelling
  47. WordPress
  48. Fiction Writing
  49. Prose
  50. Memoir

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Maria Ní Mhurchú's Education

NUIG Galway

B.A; Diploma, Education


Grade: 2.2 Honours

Céard Teastas i nGaeilge

Activities and Societies: Music, writing, a good cup of coffee :)

Maria Ní Mhurchú's Additional Information


I’m a founding member of IFTA – Irish Film & Television Academy. I am a member of The Irish Screenwriters and Playwrights Guild. I am a member of The Irish Writers Centre I’m the Film Officer for Féile na Bealtaine festival in Dingle. I have a great love for popular music and I LOVE my coffee :)

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