Aidan O'Hara

Writer | Broadcaster | Historian

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Aidan O'Hara passed away on Sunday 11 June 2023.  

Thank you for visiting and your interest in his work.  

All correspondence should go to his son Brian Ó hEadhra via email. Thank you/Go raibh maith agat.  

Donegal-born award-winning broadcaster and writer, Aidan O'Hara, has worked as a presenter and producer with RTÉ (Raidió Telefís Éireann – Irish National Broadcasting) and CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation). 

He is a graduate of St Mary's College (now Marino Institute of Education), and pursued post-graduate studies at the University of Ottawa and Memorial University of Newfoundland in Canada.

​Aidan has taught Communications and Media Studies in Dublin, Ireland: Communications Centre, Booterstown, the Tallaght Institute of Technology, and Dublin City University.

Through his company, Ashton Media Services, he taught Communication skills to school leavers, business executives, politicians, medical professionals and church leaders.

Today, Aidan is engaged in writing full-time and gives presentations to history and community groups throughout Ireland and abroad.

He stays in touch with broadcasting through contributions to Ireland's national broadcaster RTÉ (Raidió Teilifís Éireann).

Learn more about Aidan O'Hara on the About page.  Visit the Projects page for more on his past and present work.  

A Damn Yankee, Am I? Thanks!
Portraits of the Irish in the era of the civil war

The new acclaimed book by historian Aidan O'Hara

A Damn Yankee, Am I? Thanks! is available for purchase by print-on-demand and in e-format from the 10th of December 2022.  It is published by Anam Communications. An online launch will take place in mid January 2023.  More details soon.  For publishing queries please email Anam Communications. 

Anam Communications is pleased to announce the publication of A Damn Yankee, Am I? Thanks! – Portraits of the Irish in the era of the American Civil War, a new book by the award-winning Irish broadcaster and writer, Aidan O'Hara. The book, which is available in print-on-demand and e-format from December 10th, 2022, offers a unique perspective on the oppressed and poverty-stricken majority Catholic population in Ireland in the years before the Great Famine of the 1840s and later.

The era of the Civil War is assessed as being from the start of abolitionism in the 1830s,

through the war itself and its aftermath. A Damn Yankee, Am I? Thanks! deals with the arrival of the Irish immigrants in America and how they fared.

They met with  prolonged prejudice from native-born Americans who were mainly Protestant, anti-Catholic and  suspicious of all foreigners whom they regarded as coming from despotic regimes in Europe.

Learn more about this work here.