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Is Maith an Scéalaí an Aimsir.: is the title of the most recent book from the pen of Brendan Ó Dufaigh and consists of two parts. Part 1 is a selected compilation of the stories, which Brendan wrote for his articles in the column, Scéilíní, printed in the Northern Standard beginning in 1992. Each article is based on an Interview, which he conducted with a personality of the age. Many of the pieces will take the reader back to times long gone and interesting happenings of the time. Part 2 consists of essays, mostly of historical themes and recalling our heritage. There is a total of 340 pages and 300 photographs going along with the articles, adding extra insights into the content. The book was launched by Minister of Education, Joe McHugh, on Thursday, January 31st in the Garage Theatre to over 100 Gaeilgóirí. There was an apology from Minister Heather Humphreys for her inability to attend. The author opened the Launch by giving its background and paying compliments to the former Managing Director of the Northern Standard, Paddy Smyth, for printing his articles as Gaeilge under the heading – ‘An tSeachtain Seo’ beginning in 1979 as well as his column as mentioned above. He then introduced six personalities, who would read passages from the book and all of them had a connection with the subject matter they were reading. Art Agnew’s article brought in Patrick Kavanagh; Pádraigín Uí Mhurchada read a passage relating to the Attack on Brookborough Barrack and the death of Sean South and her brother, Fergal O’Hanlon; Brian McDonald’s piece was about Lakeland Dairies, about which he himself had published a book; Senan McGee, grandson of the former Consultant Surgeon in Monaghan General Hospital, Michael Maloney, had an extract about the Monaghan Bombing in 1974; Moira Treanor’s piece spoke of the Clones Lace development; and David McCague’s excerpt was on the early days of the GAA in Monaghan. These gave a great flavour of the contents of the Book. It is now on sale in Easons costing €15. Muireann Ní Mhorán, CE of Comhairle um Oideachas Gaeltacha agus Gaelscolaíochta, congratulated Brendan on his production and spoke of the enormous contribution he has made to the Irish language and heritage and he continues to do so. The Minister praised the work of the author and told of his own journey back to the Irish language. He recommended the book and wished Brendan well. In reply Brendan thanked all those involved in the production and named them individually beginning with his own wife, Esther, and his family. He thanked Eilis Lavelle, who played two beautiful numbers on the Harp, and expressed his gratitude to Ceoltoirí Coláiste Oiriall for their musical contribution during the launch. All then enjoyed food and refreshments as the chatting went on. This book is a wonderful read and though in the Irish language it is very readable and there are English introductions and assistance with specialised words. The content itself is so interesting that it is difficult to leave the book down between articles. It would be an ideal book for those wishing to, like the Minister, get back into the language or indeed to progress their ability. It is also a book which will endure as the history and heritage is trapped within its pages. Our congratulations to Brendan and thank him for his outstanding service to our native tongue.
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Is Maith an Scéalaí an Aimsir.: is the title of the most recent book from the pen of Brendan Ó Dufaigh and consists of two parts. Part 1 is a selected compilation of the stories, which Brendan wrote for his articles in the column, Scéilíní, printed in the Northern Standard beginning in 1992. Each article is based on an Interview, which he conducted with a personality of the age. Many of the pieces will take the reader back to times long gone and interesting happenings of the time. Part 2 consists of essays, mostly of historical themes and recalling our heritage. There is a total of 340 pages and 300 photographs going along with the articles, adding extra insights into the content. The book was launched by Minister of Education, Joe McHugh, on Thursday, January 31st in the Garage Theatre to over 100 Gaeilgóirí. There was an apology from Minister Heather Humphreys for her inability to attend. The author opened the Launch by giving its background and paying compliments to the former Managing Director of the Northern Standard, Paddy Smyth, for printing his articles as Gaeilge under the heading – ‘An tSeachtain Seo’ beginning in 1979 as well as his column as mentioned above. He then introduced six personalities, who would read passages from the book and all of them had a connection with the subject matter they were reading. Art Agnew’s article brought in Patrick Kavanagh; Pádraigín Uí Mhurchada read a passage relating to the Attack on Brookborough Barrack and the death of Sean South and her brother, Fergal O’Hanlon; Brian McDonald’s piece was about Lakeland Dairies, about which he himself had published a book; Senan McGee, grandson of the former Consultant Surgeon in Monaghan General Hospital, Michael Maloney, had an extract about the Monaghan Bombing in 1974; Moira Treanor’s piece spoke of the Clones Lace development; and David McCague’s excerpt was on the early days of the GAA in Monaghan. These gave a great flavour of the contents of the Book. It is now on sale in Easons costing €15. Muireann Ní Mhorán, CE of Comhairle um Oideachas Gaeltacha agus Gaelscolaíochta, congratulated Brendan on his production and spoke of the enormous contribution he has made to the Irish language and heritage and he continues to do so. The Minister praised the work of the author and told of his own journey back to the Irish language. He recommended the book and wished Brendan well. In reply Brendan thanked all those involved in the production and named them individually beginning with his own wife, Esther, and his family. He thanked Eilis Lavelle, who played two beautiful numbers on the Harp, and expressed his gratitude to Ceoltoirí Coláiste Oiriall for their musical contribution during the launch. All then enjoyed food and refreshments as the chatting went on. This book is a wonderful read and though in the Irish language it is very readable and there are English introductions and assistance with specialised words. The content itself is so interesting that it is difficult to leave the book down between articles. It would be an ideal book for those wishing to, like the Minister, get back into the language or indeed to progress their ability. It is also a book which will endure as the history and heritage is trapped within its pages. Our congratulations to Brendan and thank him for his outstanding service to our native tongue.
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