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Léirmheas Leabhar


Róisín Ní Ghairbhí presents this new literary review show,
featuring newly published books in the Irish language.

Irish Language Publisher Websites

A new literary and book review show, ‘Léirmheas Leabhar’ sponsored by Foras na Gaeilge and presented by Dr. Róisín Ní Ghairbhí.  This new series which will broadcast once a month, will place emphasis on newly published works and reviews on all genres for young and old readers.  Róisín will be joined by a panel of reviewers on each show.  Róisín will also share information about upcoming literary festivals and book festivals.


The Authors

Katfish agus Scéalta Eile – Ógie Ó Céilleachair

Ógie Ó Céilleachair is a native of An Rinn Gaeltacht area in Co. Waterford. Katfish agus Scéalta Eile is his third publication. He has published a history text-book in Irish for Junior Cert students, An Cúrsa Iomlán Staire and a novel for teenagers, Cúpla (Cló Iar-Chonnacht, 2011).

Katfish agus Scéalta Eile
By Ógie Ó Céilleachair
Cló Iar-Chonnacht, 2017
Paperback, €8

This collection of short stories is connected by the thread of dealing with life’s most timeless challenges; love and hatred, growth and decay, falling and getting back up again. A shop-boy who dreams of escape, memories of a harsh Christmas, a husband who looks after his wife, even after she has passed away, the tragic death of a brother through neglect, two friends who have an exclusively online relationship and each of whom are hiding something from the other.

Rita series – Myra Zepf

There are three books in the new picture book series Rita which have been written by Myra Zepf, illustrated by Andrew Whitson and published by An tSnáthaid Mhór. Rita is a small girl with big ideas and she has big adventures using her very vivid imagination. In Rita agus an Róbat, her bedroom is in a big mess but Rita imagines that she has a robot which will clean the room for her. A fairy with a magic wand comes to her aid in Rita agus an Síog Mhaith and she has a big adventure with a fire-breathing friend in Rita agus an Dragún.

Rita series by Myra Zepf
Illustrated by Andrew Whitson
An tSnáthaid Mhór, 2017
Picture book, Hardback, €10

Recommendations for Christmas Books

Duan na Nollag
By Charles Dickens
Translated to Irish by Pádraig Ua Dinín
Adaptation by Maitiú Ó Coimín
Published by Leabhar Breac, 2017
Hardback, €16

A Chrismas Carol by Charles Dickens, first published in 1843, is one of the most popular Christmas stories ever written. The novel tells the story of Ebeneezer Scrooge, a cranky and greedy man who is forever changed following the visit he receives from the three Christmas ghosts. This is a new edition in Irish based on the original Irish-language translation by the well-known lexicographer Pádraig Ua Duinnín and adapted for modern-day readers by Maitiú Ó Coimín.

Síscéalta Lios Lurgain: An Nollaig Thuas
By Aoife Ní Dhufaigh
Published by Leabhar Breac, 2017
Paperback, €7.50

This is a novel for young people which tells the story of Luisne, a young fairy who under the fairy fort of Lios Lurgain in the fairy world. She is invited to spend Christmas in the ‘World Above’ where ordinary people live but is warned not to use any of her fairy magic while amongst the people. However, it becomes very difficult for her not to use magic when two girls start to bully Luisne and her friend and she would badly like to teach them a lesson!

An Nollaig Abú
By Brian Ó Baoill & Colm Ó hEartáin
Published by Coiscéim
Paperback, €7.50

A lively and entertaining adventure story for children which brings the reader on a brilliant and fun-filled adventure in which Father Christmas must be helped in order to save Christmas! The book features beautiful full-colour illustrations and a lively pace of storytelling which is full of imagination.

Dialann Dúradáin: Barr ar an Donas
By Jeff Kinney
Translated to Irish by Máirín Ní Mhárta
Published by Futa Fata, 2017
Paperback, €9.95

The third book in the Dialann Dúradáin / Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. In this title, it’s time to face facts, Greg Heffley will never change his wimpy ways. Somebody just needs to explain that to Greg’s father.You see, Frank Heffley actually thinks he can get his son to toughen up, and he enlists Greg in organized sports and other “manly” endeavors. Of course, Greg is able to easily sidestep his father’s efforts to change him. But when Greg’s dad threatens to send him to military academy, Greg realizes he has to shape up . . . or get shipped out.

‘Babaí Beag’ series
Ainmhithe and Focail

Created by Roger Priddy
Illustrated by Holly Jackman
Published by An Gúm, 2017
Full-colour board book, €5

The high contrast pictures and colours in these beautifully illustrated books will captivate babies’ attention and stimulate their developing senses as they interact with the world about them.

Idir Dhá Thír
by Alex Hijmans
Published by Cois Life, 2017
Paperback, €12

A new collection of short stories from Alex Hijmans.
‘A person leaves a trail in their wake like a boat in the sea or as a comet in the sky. Sápmi left its mark on me and – however small – I left my mark on Sápmi.’
In this collection, Alex Hijmans traces the tracks left by migration on different characters – in London, in Lisbon, in Galway, in Belfast, in Washington D.C. and elsewhere.

Oilithreacht Pinn
by Liam Ó Muirthile
Published by Cois Life, 2017
Paperback, €12

Liam Ó Muirthile walked the Camino Française, a total of 770 km, across the Pyrenees from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port to Santiago de Compostela in autumn 2015. He journeyed alone, carried a backpack and stayed in the pilgrim hostels along the route.
He shares with us his thoughts on the landscape and the people whom he met on his pen pilgrimage and personal journey. He recalls the work of other poets and the long-established links between Ireland and Spain.

Leabhar Nua na nAmhrán
Edited by Micheál Ó Conghaile
Published by Cló Iar-Chonnacht, 2017
Paperback, €12

This collection Leabhar Nua na nAmhrán (The New Book of Songs) gathers close to one hundred new Irish-language compositions together in one volume for the first time. The goal of the collection of songs in this book is to bring the songs to a wider audience. These songs feature a wealth of beautiful writing ranging from the comedic to the sublime and to read the collection and sing the songs is a richly rewarding experience.

File an tSiáin Rua
Poems & Compositions by Beartla Sheáin Ó Cualáin
Collected by Mike P. Ó Conaola
Published by Ó Conaola
Paperback, €10

Beartla Sheáin Ó Cualáin from Sián Rua near Spiddal in Connemara who was born in 1906 and he was a community poet. The writer and actor Mike P. Ó Conaola transcribed the poems in this collection based on a programme that Ó Conaola did with Beartla Sheáin in the seventies and which was broadcast on Raidió na Gaeltachta. These poems were never written down, but Ó Cualáin would recite the poetry and had all of the poems committed to memory. Mike P. Ó Conaola published this book in the hope that a new generation would be introduced to Beartla Sheáin’s poetry and that it would live on for the coming generations.

Mise Áine: An Bhean Istigh
Poetry by Áine Durkin
Published by Cló Iar-Chonnacht
Paperback, €8

Award-winning blogger Áine Durkin has been writing poetry for years, but this is her first published collection and it was awarded the first prize for a debut book in the 2017 Oireachtas na Gaeilge literary awards, 2017. This collection of poetry is part memoir and part observation over a number of years. Some poems deal with personal events in the poet’s life and others look outwards to the world and events around her.


Launch of new Táin Bó Cuailgne in modern Irish
Professor Gearóid Denvir will launch the book Táin Bó Cuailgne published by Leabhar Breac in Tigh Mholly in Inverin on Friday, 15 December at 8.00 p.m. Táin Bó Cuailgne was written in the 11th century and is one of the greatest epics ever written. Darach Ó Scolaí translated the epic to modern Irish for this book. For more information, visit www.leabharbreac.com

Launch & reading tour with Alex Hijmans
The writer Alex Hijmans will be on a reading tour during December with his latest collection of short stories Idir Dhá Thír (Cois Life, 2017). He will visit Connemara, Dublin and Belfast and give readings and questions and answers sessions at each event. To read an excerpt from Idir Dhá Thír visit www.coislife.ie

● Cló Iar-Chonnacht Book-Shop, An Spidéal, Co. Galway: Saturday, 16 December at 5.00 p.m.
● An Siopa Leabhar, 6 Harcourt Street, Dublin 2, (official launch), Wednesday, 20 December, 7.00 p.m.
● An Chultúrlann, 216 Falls Road, Belfast. Lunch-time reading, Thursday, 21 December, at 1.00 i.n.

The Cumann Merriman Winter School
The Cumann Merriman Winter School will be held in Ennis, Co. Clare from Friday, 26 January until Sunday, 28 January, 2018 in association with An Clár as Gaeilge. Most of the events will be held in the Old Ground hotel. For more information, visit www.merriman.ie


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