My old list of recommended readings in Irish – now with added comments and recommendations

I guess my old friends remember this list of recommended readings – books by native speakers, folklore and similar stuff. If you wonder what you should read in Irish to acquire a good command of the traditional language, this should help you. The list is somewhat dated now – there is a lot of good stuff that should be added. I am going to publish reviews of other good and interesting books.

TÍR CHONAILL – ULAIDH (Donegal – Ulster)

‘AC FHIONNLAOICH, Seán: Scéal Ghaoth Dobhair. Foilseacháin Náisiúnta Teoranta, Baile Átha Cliath 1981 (stair áitiúil) Gaoth Dobhair

(This is a history of the Gaoth Dobhair area in Donegal. The language is relatively standardized, although it still shows strong influence from local dialect.)

MAC A’ BHAIRD, Proinsias: Cogar san Fharraige. Scéim na Scol in Árainn Mhóir, 1937-1938. Coiscéim, Baile Átha Cliath 2002 (béaloideas) Árainn Mhór

(A small book of folklore.)

MAC CIONAOITH, Maeleachlainn: Seanchas Rann na Feirste – Is fann guth an éin a labhras leis féin. Coiscéim, Baile Átha Cliath 2005 (béaloideas) Rann na Feirste

(Folklore and other stuff, with CD’s to illustrate the dialectal pronunciation in Donegal.)

MAC CUMHAILL, Fionn (= Mánus): Na Rosa go Brách. An Gúm, Baile Átha Cliath 1997 (úrscéal) Na Rosa
Slán Leat, a Mhaicín. Úrscéal do Dhaoine Óga. An Gúm, Baile Átha Cliath 1998 (úrscéal) Na Rosa
Gura Slán le m’Óige. Oifig an tSoláthair, Baile Átha Cliath 1974 (úrscéal) Na Rosa

(Mánus “Fionn” Mac Cumhaill was a sentimental, religious writer of the kind they don’t make anymore. However, his Irish is beautiful Donegal dialect, and his books are warmly recommended as source of good language.)

MAC GABHANN, Micí: Rotha Mór an tSaoil. Seán Ó hEochaidh a scríobh, Proinsias Ó Conluain a chuir in eagar. Cló IarChonnachta, Indreabhán 1996/1997 (dírbheathaisnéis) Ulaidh

(This is a well-known book about an Irish migrant’s quest for the gold fields in Klondike. It is one of the most interesting and thrilling Gaeltacht autobiographies. Also the first ever Irish-language book to mention Finns, as far as I know.)

MAC GIOLLA DOMHNAIGH, Gearóid agus Gearóid STOCKMAN (Eag.): Athchló Uladh. Comhaltas Uladh, Béal Feirste 1991 (béaloideas) Oirthear Uladh: Aontroim, Reachrainn

(This one includes material both in Donegal Irish and in defunct East Ulster dialects. Interesting, but might be more for the scholar than the general learner.)

MAC GRIANNA, Seosamh: An Druma Mór. An Gúm, Baile Átha Cliath 1991 (úrscéal) Na Rosa
Pádraic Ó Conaire agus Aistí Eile. An Gúm, Baile Átha Cliath 1986 (aistí) Na Rosa
Dá mBíodh Ruball ar an Éan. An Gúm, Baile Átha Cliath 1992 (úrscéal gan chríochnú) Na Rosa
Mo Bhealach Féin. An Gúm, Baile Átha Cliath 1997 (dírbheathaisnéis) Na Rosa

(Seosamh Mac Grianna is the greatest modern writer of Ulster Irish, and his books are edited in a more reader-friendly way than his brother’s. Everybody should read him.)

MAC MEANMAN, Seán Bán: An Chéad Mhám. Coiscéim, Baile Átha Cliath 1990 (gearrscéalta) Lár Thír Chonaill
An Dara Mám. Coiscéim, Baile Átha Cliath 1991 (gearrscéalta) Lár Thír Chonaill
An Tríú Mám. Coiscéim, Baile Átha Cliath 1992 (aistí) Lár Thír Chonaill
Cnuasach Céad Conlach. Coiscéim, Baile Átha Cliath 1989 (béaloideas) Lár Thír Chonaill

(Seán – or Seaghán – Bán Mac Meanman writes mostly folklore-ish stories in a heavily dialectal Irish. I have derived both enjoyment and learning from his books, but he sometimes uses literary archaisms which do not feel natural in modern Ulster Irish, especially noting that some of his Anglicisms are rather unacceptable. This creates a somewhat untidy impression. However, his rich Ulster vocabulary should be duly noted.)

McGLINCHEY, CHARLES: An Fear Deireanach den tSloinneadh. Patrick Kavanagh a bhreac síos. Eag. Desmond Kavanagh agus Nollaig Mac Congáil. Arlen House, Gaillimh 2002 (dírbheathaisnéis) Inis Eoghain

(This is an abortive autobiography in a now-defunct dialect, but perfectly readable if you know Ulster Irish.)

NIC AODHÁIN, Medhbh Fionnuala (Eag.): Báitheadh iadsan agus tháinig mise. Coiscéim, Baile Átha Cliath 1993 (finscéalta) Tír Chonaill

(This is a nice book of folklore that I used and perused a lot as an intermediate learner. However, the spelling is somewhat untidy and inconsistent.)

NIC GIOLLA BHRÍDE, Cáit: Stairsheanchas Ghaoth Dobhair. Coiscéim, Baile Átha Cliath 1996/1997 (seanchas, béaloideas, cuimhní cinn) Na Rosa

(A compact collection of folklore stories from and personal memories of the Rosses in Donegal. The language is quite standard-friendly.)

Ó BAOIGHILL, Pádraig: An Coileach Troda agus scéalta eile. Coiscéim, Baile Átha Cliath 1993 (gearrscéalta) Na Rosa
Óglach na Rosann. Coiscéim, Baile Átha Cliath 1994 (beathaisnéis) Na Rosa
Cuimhní ar Dhochartaigh Ghleann Fhinne. Coiscéim, Baile Átha Cliath 1994 (aistí beathaisnéise) Na Rosa
Nally as Maigh Eo. Coiscéim, Baile Átha Cliath 1998 (beathaisnéis) Na Rosa
Gaeltacht Thír Chonaill – Ó Ghleann go Fánaid. Coiscéim, Baile Átha Cliath 2000 (seanchas áitiúil) Na Rosa
Srathóg Feamnaí agus Scéalta Eile. Coiscéim, Baile Átha Cliath 2001 (gearrscéalta) Na Rosa
Ceann Tìre/Earraghàidheal. Ár gComharsanaigh Ghaelacha. Coiscéim, Baile Átha Cliath 2003 (leabhar taistil)
Amhráin Hiúdaí Fheidhlimí agus Laoithe Fiannaíochta as Rann na Feirste. Pádraig Ó Baoighill a chuir in eagar, Mánus Ó Baoill a chóirigh an ceol. Preas Uladh, Muineachán 2001
Gasúr Beag Bhaile na gCreach. Coiscéim, Baile Átha Cliath 2004
– (Eag.) Faoi Scáth na Mucaise. Béaloideas Ghaeltachtaí Imeallacha Thír Chonaill. Coiscéim, Baile Átha Cliath 2005

(Pádraig Ó Baoighill is a contemporary writer from Donegal, who has been a huge influence on me. His Irish isn’t always free from somewhat unacceptable Anglicisms, but it is vintage Gaeltacht Irish and you could do worse than reading him. His books include biographies of nationalist heroes, folklore, travelogues, and short stories.)

Ó BAOILL, Dónall P. (Eag.):Amach as Ucht na Sliabh, Imleabhar 1. Cumann Staire agus Seanchais Ghaoth Dobhair i gcomhar le Comharchumann Forbartha Ghaoth Dobhair. Gaoth Dobhair 1992 (béaloideas) Gaoth Dobhair
…Imleabhar 2. Cumann Staire agus Seanchais Ghaoth Dobhair i gcomhar le Comharchumann Forbartha Gh. D. Gaoth Dobhair 1996 (béaloideas) Gaoth Dobhair

(These two folklore collections are in vintage Donegal Irish, although somewhat marred by misspellings. If you work your way through them, though – especially the first one, which consists mostly of stories – you will acquire a formidable command of the dialect.)

Ó COLM, Eoghan: Toraigh na dTonn. Cló IarChonnachta, Indreabhán 1995 (cuimhní cinn, stair áitiúil) Toraigh/Machaire an Rabhartaigh

(This is a book about Tory Island in Donegal. I kept reading and rereading my own copy until it was completely in tatters. I am still waiting for the publisher to issue a reprint, because the book is interesting, at times memorable and fun. There is some information about the local dialect, but the book is mostly in a rather standardized Irish.)

Ó DONAILL, Eoghan: Scéal Hiúdaí Sheáinín. An Gúm, Baile Átha Cliath 1997 (beathaisnéis agus béaloideas) Na Rosa

(This is – let it be admitted – not a particularly good book: it includes both autobiographical chapters and folklore stories, and you don’t always know which kind of stuff you are reading. In fact, it might feel somewhat surrealistic to think you are reading a Gaeltacht autobiography and then come across obviously supernatural folklore stuff! However, it is good Ulster Irish, so you are advised to read it and take comprehensive notes. But it might feel tedious.)

Ó DONAILL, Niall: Na Glúnta Rosannacha. Oifig an tSoláthair, Baile Átha Cliath 1974 (stair áitiúil) Na Rosa
Seanchas na Féinne. An Gúm, Baile Átha Cliath 1998 (miotaseolaíocht) Na Rosa

(Niall Ó Donaill is well known as lexicographer. Na Glúnta Rosannacha is a book of local history, printed in Gaelic characters but in the modern orthography. Seanchas na Féinne is a retelling of the Fenian tales in modern Irish, but the style is somewhat archaic and peppered with old-fashioned words. It is good for your Irish, but personally I prefer folklore versions of the myths.)

Ó GALLACHÓIR, Pádraig: Seachrán na Mic Uí gCorra. Coiscéim, Baile Átha Cliath 2008 (úrscéal)

(Pádraig Ó Gallachóir is a contemporary writer of tales with a mysterious atmosphere. I confess I still don’t know what to say about this book. But his Irish is quite good and you are advised to read him.)

Ó GALLCHÓIR, Tomás: Séimidh agus scéalta eile. Coiscéim, Baile Átha Cliath 1996 Na Rosa

(This is supposed to be a collection of humorous stories. They aren’t as fun as they should be, but they are written in a superb Irish and are good reading for the learner.)

Ó GRIANNA, Séamus (= “Máire”): Caisleáin Óir. Cló Mercier, Baile Átha Cliath 1994 (úrscéal) Na Rosa
Castar na Daoine ar a Chéile. Scríbhinní Mháire 1. Eagarthóir: Nollaig Mac Congáil. Coiscéim, Baile Átha Cliath 2002 (úrscéal, altanna) Na Rosa
Cith is Dealán. Cló Mercier, Baile Átha Cliath agus Corcaigh 1994 (gearrscéalta) Na Rosa
Cora Cinniúna 1-2. An Gúm, Baile Átha Cliath 1993 (gearrscéalta) Na Rosa
Cúl le Muir agus scéalta eile. Oifig an tSoláthair, Baile Átha Cliath 1961 (gearrscéalta) Na Rosa
Na Blianta Corracha. Scríbhinní Mháire 2. Eagarthóir: Nollaig Mac Congáil. Coiscéim, Baile Átha Cliath 2003 (altanna) Na Rosa
Nuair a Bhí Mé Óg. Cló Mercier, Baile Átha Cliath agus Corcaigh 1986 (dírbheathaisnéis) Na Rosa
An Sean-Teach. Oifig an tSoláthair, Baile Átha Cliath 1968 (úrscéal) Na Rosa
Tairngreacht Mhiseoige. An Gúm, Baile Átha Cliath 1995 (úrscéal) Na Rosa

(Séamus “Máire” Ó Grianna is the quintessential Gaeltacht writer, whose Irish is perfect. I’d recommend especially his book of childhood memories, Nuair a Bhí Mé Óg.)

Ó LAIGHIN, Donnchadh C.: An Bealach go Dún Ulún. Scéalta Seanchais agus Amhráin Nuachumtha as Cill Charthaigh. Cló Iar-Chonnachta, Indreabhán, Conamara 2004 Cill Charthaigh

(This is basically a collection of songs in Irish, such as Irish-language translations of well-known ballads, with some folklore stories added. The language is standard-friendly, but with obvious Ulster slant.)

Ó SEARCAIGH, Cathal: Seal i Neipeal. Cló Iar-Chonnachta, Indreabhán, Conamara 2004 (leabhar taistil) Gort an Choirce

(This is Cathal Ó Searcaigh’s beautifully illustrated book about his travels in Nepal. Interesting, and with a subject matter until recently not typical of Irish-language literature.)

Ó SEARCAIGH, Séamus: Beatha Cholm Cille. An Gúm, Baile Átha Cliath 1997 Na Rosa
Laochas – Scéalta as an tSeanlitríocht. An Gúm, Baile Átha Cliath 1945/1984/1996 (miotaseolaíocht) Na Rosa

(Both books – the life of St Colm Cille and the retellings of old myths – are good Irish and should be studied as such. However, they – especially Laochas – are not of very high literary quality.)

ÓN tSEANAM ANALL – Scéalta Mhicí Bháin Uí Bheirn. Mícheál Mac Giolla Easbuic a chuir in eagar. Cló Iar-Chonnachta, Indreabhán, Conamara 2008. Cill Chárthaigh

(This is a collection of folklore stories, in a relatively standard-friendly Ulster Irish.)

SCIAN A CAITHEADH LE TOINN Scéalta agus amhráin as Inis Eoghain agus cuimhne ar Ghaeltacht Iorrais. Cosslett Ó Cuinn a bhailigh, Aodh Ó Canainn agus Seosamh Watson a chóirigh. Coiscéim, Baile Átha Cliath 1990 (béaloideas) Tír Eoghain

(These stories are in a defunct dialect, and the spelling does become a problem for a learner. However, the language is not particularly complicated – in fact, it is somewhat arid.)

UA CNÁIMHSÍ, Pádraig: Idir an Dá Ghaoth. Sáirséal Ó Marcaigh, Baile Átha Cliath 1997 (stair áitiúil) Na Rosa

(This is a modern-style history of Donegal Gaeltacht, in a relatively easy and standard-friendly Irish.)

CONAMARA, ÁRAINN, MAIGH EO – CONNACHTA (Connemara, Aran, Mayo – Connacht)

ÁR nOILEÁN – TUILE ‘S TRÁ. Bailiúchán Bhéaloideas Árann. Mná Fiontracha, gan dáta. ISBN 0-9546061-1-6

(This is a collection of material about Aran Islands. I found especially the information about Máirtín Ó Direáin, the modern poet, quite interesting.)

BECKER, Heinrich (Eag.): I mBéal na Farraige. I gComhar le hOllscoil Wuppertal (Bergische Universität) sa Ghearmáin agus le hOllscoil na hÉireann, Gaillimh. Cló IarChonnachta, Indreabhán 1997 (béaloideas) Conamara/Cois Fhairrge

(This is a collection of seaweed folklore (!). Believe it or not, but some of the stories are even fun.)

BREATHNACH, Pádraic: Buicéad Poitín agus scéalta eile. Clódhanna Teoranta, Baile Átha Cliath 1978/1986 (gearrscéalta) Maigh Cuilinn

Bean Aonair agus scéalta eile. Clódhanna Teoranta, Baile Átha Cliath 1984 (gearrscéalta) Maigh Cuilinn
Ar na Tamhnacha. Clódhanna Teoranta, Baile Átha Cliath 1987 (gearrscéalta) Maigh Cuilinn
Gróga Cloch. Cló IarChonnachta, Indreabhán 1990 (úrscéal) Maigh Cuilinn
An Pincín agus scéalta eile. Cló IarChonnachta, Indreabhán 1996 (gearrscéalta) Maigh Cuilinn
As na Cúlacha. Cló IarChonnachta, Indreabhán 1998 (úrscéal) Maigh Cuilinn
– (Eag.)Maigh Cuilinn – a Táisc is a Tuairisc. Cló Chonamara, Indreabhán 1986 (béaloideas) Maigh Cuilinn

(Pádraic Breathnach is a contemporary writer, whose Irish is mostly simple and easy to read. His own books are quite fine, but you should steer clear of his Irish translation of “Angela’s Ashes”, which is in my opinion a complete failure. I cannot understand that someone whose own books are so good – especially As na Cúlacha – could produce such bad Irish. But then, translating and writing are two different skills. I am better as a translator into Irish than as an original writer, and I guess it’s the other way round for Breathnach.)

DE BHALDRAITHE, Tomás (Eag.): Seanchas Thomáis Laighléis. An Clóchomhar Teoranta, Baile Átha Cliath 1977/1981 (béaloideas) Baile an Chláir

(This is a collection of folklore from Claregalway. Mostly straightforward Connacht Irish, but interestingly, in this dialect the word gúm – you remember An Gúm, the publishing house? – exists as a real word for “plan, scheme”.)

IDIR MNÁ – Scríbhneoirí Ban Ros Muc. Pléaráca Chonamara, Ros Muc 1995 (cuimhní cinn, seanchas, béaloideas) Ros Muc, Conamara

(A collection of various texts in Connacht Irish by and about women. Both memories and folklore.)

MAC AMHLAIGH, Dónall: Beoir Bhaile agus scéalta eile. An Clóchomhar Teoranta, Baile Átha Cliath 1981 Conamara
Dialann Deoraí. Réamhrá le Niall Ó Dónaill. An Clóchomhar Teoranta, 1960/1966/1970. (dírbheathaisnéis) Conamara

(Dónall Mac Amhlaigh was a pioneering journalist, whose style is, well, journalistic – easy to read and natural. He was not a native speaker, something I found out only recently. His Dialann Deoraí was one of the first books ever I could read and finish in Irish.)

MAC AN IOMAIRE, Séamas: Cladaí Chonamara. An Gúm, Baile Átha Cliath 1985 (seanchas) Conamara

(A Connemara fisherman reveals the secrets of his trade, as well as his own knowledge of local nature. I think this book could interest even a biologist. I remember having picked up a lot of fishing terms from it.)

MAC CON IOMAIRE, Liam: Breandán Ó hEithir – Iomramh Aonair. Cló IarChonnachta, Indreabhán 2000 (beathaisnéis) Conamara – Árainn

(A biography of Breandán Ó hEithir the writer.)

MAC LOCHLAINN, Alf: Fiáin na Bocs a Bhí ann an tAm Sin. Coiscéim, Baile Átha Cliath 1999 (stair áitiúil) Conamara

(An easy read about local history,)

MAG RUAIDHRÍ, Mícheál: Le Linn m’Óige. Coiscéim, Baile Átha Cliath 2001 (cuimhní cinn) Tuaisceart Mhaigh Eo

(The story of a Mayoman who knew Patrick Pearse, told in Northern Mayo dialect. Somewhat poorly edited – you sometimes come upon incomprehensible words in the old spelling.)

MAG UIDHIR, Séamas: Fánaíocht i gContae Mhaigh Eo. An Gúm, Baile Átha Cliath 1994 Tuaisceart Mhaigh Eo

(Another republished old book in Northern Mayo Irish. Two young men travelling in Mayo in the nineteen twenties and telling about local traditions. Beautiful Mayo dialect.)

NÍ MHAINNÍN, Cáit: Cuimhní Cinn Cháit Ní Mhainnín. Cló IarChonnachta, Indreabhán 2000 (dírbheathaisnéis) Conamara

(A traditional-style Gaeltacht autobiography in beautiful Connacht Irish.)

Ó BAOILL, Pádraig (Eag.): Glórtha ár Sinsear. Béaloideas Oirdheisceart na Gaillimhe. I gcomhar le Loughrea History Project. Coiscéim, Baile Átha Cliath 2005. (béaloideas) (Oirthear na Gaillimhe)

(This is a collection of folklore stories, which I found interesting and at times even kind of scary.)

Ó CADHAIN, Máirtín: Athnuachan. Coiscéim. Baile Átha Cliath 1995 (úrscéal) Conamara
An Braon Broghach. An Gúm, Baile Átha Cliath 1991 (gearrscéalta) Conamara
Barbed Wire. Arna cur in eagar ag Cathal Ó hÁinle. Coiscéim, Baile Átha Cliath 2002 (úrscéal) Conamara
Caiscín. Altanna san Irish Times 1953/56. Arna gcur in eagar ag Aindrias Ó Cathasaigh. Coiscéim, Baile Átha Cliath 1998 (iriseoireacht) Conamara
Cois Caoláire. Sáirséal – Ó Marcaigh, Baile Átha Cliath 2004 (géarrscéalta) Conamara
Cré na Cille. Sáirséal agus Dill, Baile Átha Cliath 1949/1965 (úrscéal) Conamara
Idir Shúgradh agus Dáiríre. Oifig an tSoláthair, Baile Átha Cliath 1975 (gearrscéalta) Conamara
Tone Inné agus Inniu. Coiscéim, Baile Átha Cliath 1999 (stair, polaitíocht) Conamara
An tSraith dhá Tógáil. Sáirséal agus Dill, Baile Átha Cliath 1970/1981 (gearrscéalta) Conamara
An tSraith Tógtha. Sáirséal agus Dill, Baile Átha Cliath 1977 (gearrscéalta) Conamara
An tSraith ar Lár. Sáirséal Ó Marcaigh, Baile Átha Cliath 1986 (gearrscéalta) Conamara
Ó Cadhain i bhFeasta. Eag. Seán Ó Laighin. Clódhanna Teoranta, Baile Átha Cliath 1990 (aistí, iriseoireacht, stair, polaitíocht, ábhar ilghnéitheach) Conamara
An Ghaeilge Bheo – Destined to Pass. Eagarthóir: Seán Ó Laighin. Coiscéim, Baile Átha Cliath 2002. (taighde agus tuairimí) Conamara (Partly written in English.)
Caithfear Éisteacht! Aistí Mháirtín Uí Chadhain in Comhar. Eagarthóir: Liam Prút. Comhar Teoranta, Baile Átha Cliath 1999 (aistí) Conamara

(Máirtín Ó Cadhain is the quintessential European intellectual among Irish writers. Linguistically though he was very ambitious and difficult, and it takes some time to get accustomed to his rich language – basically he seems to have attempted to turn his Connemara dialect into a literary medium in itself, jazzing it up with occasional borrowings from other dialects and older literary Irish. He is worth reading, but don’t despair if you find him unreadable to start with.)

Ó CAITHLÍN, Antoine (“Tony Catherine Antoine William”): A Chomhairle Féin do Mhac Anna. Cló IarChonnachta, Indreabhán 1999 (béaloideas) Oileán Acla
Seanfhocail as Acaill. Cló IarChonnachta, Indreabhán 1995 (béaloideas) Oileán Acla

(Small folklore books, easy short texts for the learner, as well as proverbs.)

Ó CATHÁIN, Séamas agus Caitlín Uí Sheighin (Eag): A Mhuintir Dhú Chaocháin, Labhraigí Feasta! Cló Chonamara, Indreabhán 1987 (béaloideas) Tuaisceart Mhaigh Eo
– (Eag): Le Gradam is le Spraoi. Cló IarChonnachta, Indreabhán 1996 (béaloideas) Tuaisceart Mhaigh Eo

(Two important collections of folklore in Northern Mayo Irish, for those who want to learn this interesting and, sadly, almost extinct dialect.)

Ó CEALLAIGH, Colm: Brídín. Cló Iar-Chonnachta, Indreabhán 1995 (úrscéal) Conamara
Meilt Mhuilte Dé. Coiscéim, Baile Átha Cliath 2002 (úrscéal) Conamara
Clann na Feannóige. Coiscéim, Baile Átha Cliath 2004 (gearrscéalta) Conamara

(Colm Ó Ceallaigh is a contemporary writer of riveting stories, who should be read because of his, well, readability. Unfortunately, Meilt Mhuilte Dé is poorly edited.)

Ó CEANNABHÁIN, Peadar (Eag.): Éamon a Búrc – Scéalta. Leabhar Thaighde, an dóú himleabhar is dhá scór. An Clóchomhar, Baile Átha Cliath 1983/2000 (béaloideas) Conamara

(This is a comprehensive collection of folklore, not always that easy to read.)

Ó COINCHEANAINN, Peadar: Inis Meáin – seanchas agus scéalta. Bill Doyle a mhaisigh, Pádraig Ó Siadhail a chóirigh an t-eagrán seo. An Gúm, Baile Átha Cliath 1993 (srair áitiúil) Oileáin Árann

(A reissued old book about Inishmaan, in beautiful Irish.)

Ó CONAOLA, Dara: Amuigh Liom Féin. Ceardshiopa Inis Oírr Teoranta, Inis Oírr 1988 (scéal) Oileáin Árann
Cor in Aghaidh an Chaim. Ceardshiopa Inis Oírr Teoranta, Inis Oírr 1983 (scéal) Oileáin Árann

(Small, easy reads for learners.)

Ó CONGHAILE, Mícheál: Mac an tSagairt. Cló Iar-Chonnachta, Béal an Daingin 1986 (gearrscéalta) Conamara
Seachrán Jeaic Sheáin Johnny. Cló Iar-Chonnachta, Indreabhán 2002 (úrscéal) Conamara

(Mícheál Ó Conghaile writes beautiful contemporary Irish, but some of his themes might be disturbing. Seachrán Jeaic Sheáin Johnny is a short novel about an old man’s infatuation with a young girl, told in an unreal, even surrealistic style.)

Ó CONGHAILE, Seán: Cois Fharraige le mo Linnse. Clódhanna Teoranta, Baile Átha Cliath 1974/1984 (seanchas) Conamara

(This is  an eminently readable book about old Connemara life, but it is linguistically quite demanding. I was already an old hand when I read it, but found it sometimes difficult and had to browse old Ó Donaill a lot.)

Ó CORBÁIN, Seán: Daoine Dathúla an Iarthair. Cló Chaisil, Baile Átha Cliath 2005. Oirthear na Gaillimhe

(Another autobiographical Gaeltacht book, somewhat marred by its depressing cultural pessimism.)

Ó CURRAOIN, Seán (Eag.): Iascairín Chloch na Cora – Scéalta agus Seanchas ó Bhearna agus na Forbacha. Coiscéim, Baile Átha Cliath 2000 Bearna – Na Forbacha

(Another typical collection of folklore. Relatively easy read, on the other hand linguistically interesting, I seem to recall.)

Ó DUINNSHLÉIBHE, Tomás: Taidhgín. Cló IarChonnachta, Indreabhán 1995 (úrscéal) Tuar Mhic Éadaigh

(A novel in Tourmakeady Irish, somewhat old-fashioned in style, but the language is very beautiful.)

Ó FINNEADHA, Cóil Learaí: Tórramh an Bhardail agus Scéalta Eile. An Gúm, Baile Átha Cliath 1995. (gearrscéalta) Conamara

(A collection of funny stories in natural Gaeltacht Irish. Quite delightful!)

Ó FLAITHEARTA, Liam: Dúil. Sáirséal agus Dill, Baile Átha Cliath 1970 (gearrscéalta) Oileáin Árann

(Liam O’Flaherty wrote mostly in English. His Irish short stories are difficult and linguistically demanding.)

Ó GIOLLAGÁIN, Conchúir (Eag.): Stairsheanchas Mhicil Chonraí – Ón Máimín go Ráth Cairn. Cló IarChonnachta, Indreabhán 1999 (béaloideas, cuimhní cinn, dírbheathaisnéis) Ráth Cairn

(An Irish-speaking man’s autobiography in a conversational style showing strong English influence, but nevertheless interesting.)

Ó GRÁINNE, Diarmuid (Eag.): Máire Phatch Mhóir Uí Churraoin – A Scéal Féin. Coiscéim, Baile Átha Cliath 1995/1997 (dírbheathaisnéis) Conamara

(A small, traditional Gaeltacht autobiography.)

Ó hEITHIR, Breandán: An Chaint sa tSráidbhaile. Eagarthóir: Caoilfhionn Nic Pháidín. Comhar Teoranta, Baile Átha Cliath 1991 (iriseoireacht) Oileáin Árann
Lig Sinn i gCathú. Sáirséal Ó Marcaigh, Baile Átha Cliath 1983 (úrscéal) Oileáin Árann
Sionnach ar mo Dhuán. Sáirséal Ó Marcaigh, Baile Átha Cliath 1988 (úrscéal) Oileáin Árann

(Breandán Ó hEithir was an Aran islander and a journalist with an easy style comparable to Dónall Mac Amhlaidh. His journalism and novels are eminently readable.)

Ó LAIGHIN, Pádraig G.: Bánú Phartraí agus Thuar Mhic Éadaigh. Coiscéim, Baile Átha Cliath 1997 (stair áitiúil) Deisceart Mhaigh Eo

(This is a small book of local history, written in a very standard Irish.)

Ó MÁILLE, Tomás: An Béal Beo. An Gúm, Baile Átha Cliath 2002 (teanga)
An tIomaire Rua. Cogadh na Saoirse i dTuaisceart Chonamara. Máirtín Ó Cadhain a chóirigh an t-eagrán nua seo. An Gúm, Baile Atha Cliath 2007. (stair)

(An Béal Beo is a guide to Gaeltacht Irish, which should be studied and memorized by every advanced learner. An tIomaire Rua describes the Anglo-Irish war in Connemara, but regrettably the book was never finished. It is superb Irish, but uses some unnecessary and unintelligible archaisms.)

Ó NEACHTAIN, Joe Steve: Clochmhóin. Cló IarChonnachta, Indreabhán 1998 (gearrscéalta) Conamara
Scread Mhaidine. Cló IarChonnachta, Indreabhán 2003 (úrscéal)
Lámh Láidir. Cló IarChonnachta, Indreabhán 2005 (úrscéal)

(Joe Steve’s short stories are somewhat too ambitious, but his novels are Maeve Binchy-esque page-turners.)

Ó RÁIGHNE, Mícheál: Bóithrín na hAille Báine. Cló IarChonnachta, Indreabhán, Conamara 1994 (úrscéal) Conamara
Deoir ón tSúil. Cló IarChonnachta, Indreabhán, Conamara 1993 (úrscéal) Conamara
Nach Iomaí Cor sa Saol. Cló IarChonnachta, Indreabhán, Conamara 2002 (úrscéal) Conamara

(The other two books aren’t very special, but Bóithrín na hAille Báine is unadulterated, hysterical fun in Connemara Irish.)

Ó RUADHÁIN, Seán: Pádhraic Mháire Bhán. An Gúm, Baile Átha Cliath 1994 Tuaisceart Mhaigh Eo

(The description of a Mayo boy growing up. While the book as a whole is too fragmentary, it is packed with interesting, even thrilling scenes. The language is great and should be studied by every advanced learner.)

RIDIRE AN GHÁIRE DHUIBH agus scéalta eile. Mícheál Mac Ruairí a d’inis. Coiscéim, Baile Átha Cliath 1993 Tuaisceart Mhaigh Eo

(Three folklore stories in a beautiful, but at times quirky and difficult Mayo dialect.)

SCÉALTA MHÁIRTÍN NEILE, bailiúchán scéalta ó Árainn. Holger Pedersen a thóg síos, Ole Munch-Pedersen a chuir in eagar. Comhairle Bhéaloideasa Éireann, An Coláiste Ollscoile, Baile Átha Cliath 1994 (béaloideas) Oileáin Árann

(These are folklore stories from Aran Islands. However, there are unacceptable Anglicisms, and for a native speaker’s Irish, the style is not very good.)

CIARRAÍ, CO. CHORCAÍ, CLÉIRE, AN RINN – AN MHUMHAIN (Kerry, Cork, Cape Clear, Ring of Waterford – Munster)

BREATNACH, Nioclás: Ar Bóthar Dom. Coláiste na Rinne, Rinn Ó gCuanach 1998 (béaloideas) Gaeltacht na Rinne

(This is a collection of folklore from Ring of Waterford. The language is dialectal and somewhat difficult. However, there is a good vocabulary list which you will doubtlessly need.)

CEILIÚRADH AN BHLASCAOID 1: BLÁITHÍN – FLOWER. In eagar ag Mícheál de Mórdha. An Sagart, An Daingean 1998 Ciarraí

CEILIÚRADH AN BHLASCAOID 2: TOMÁS Ó CRIOMHTHAIN 1855-1937. In eagar ag Máire Ní Chéilleachair. An Sagart, An Daingean 1998 Ciarraí

CEILIÚRADH AN BHLASCAOID 3: PEIG SAYERS SCÉALAÍ 1873-1958. Coiscéim, Baile Átha Cliath 1999 Ciarraí

CEILIÚRADH AN BHLASCAOID 4: SEOIRSE MAC THOMÁIS 1903-1987. Coiscéim, Baile Átha Cliath 2000 Ciarraí

CEILIÚRADH AN BHLASCAOID 5: MUIRIS Ó SÚILLEABHÁIN 1904-1950. In eagar ag Máire Ní Chéilleachair. Coiscéim, Baile Átha Cliath 2000 Ciarraí

CEILIÚRADH AN BHLASCAOID 6: OIDEACHAS AGUS OILIÚINT AR AN mBLASCAOD MÓR. In eagar ag Máire Ní Chéilleachair. Coiscéim, Baile Átha Cliath 2001. Ciarraí

CEILIÚRADH AN BHLASCAOID 7: FÓMHAR NA MARA. In eagar ag Máire Ní Chéilleachair. Coiscéim, Baile Átha Cliath 2004. Ciarraí.

CEILIÚRADH AN BHLASCAOID 8: TRÉIGEAN AN OILEÁIN. In eagar ag Máire Ní Chéilleachair. Coiscéim, Baile Átha Cliath 2005. Ciarraí

(Ceiliúradh an Bhlascaoid is a collection of articles published annually, which includes material both in English and Irish about the history and culture of the Blasket Island, the home of Peig Sayers and Tomás Ó Criomhthain.)

de RÓISTE, Proinsias: Binsín Luachra. Curtha in eagar ag Dáithí Ó hÓgáin. An Clóchomhar, Baile Átha Cliath 2001 Contae Luimnigh (gearrscéalta agus seanchas)

(This book is fine Irish, but as far as I remember, the stories in it are not authentic Irish-language folklore, but back-translated from English.)

GUNN, Marion (Eag.): Céad Fáilte go Cléire. An Clóchomhar Teoranta, Baile Átha Cliath 1990 (seanchas, béaloideas) Oileán Cléire

(This is a collection of folklore material from Cape Clear Island/Cléire, and should be studied by everybody interested in the dialect, or just in good Irish.)

MAC AN tSÍTHIGH, Domhnall: An Baile i bhFad Siar. Coiscéim, Baile Átha Cliath 2000 (stair áitiúil, seanchas, dinnseanchas, cuimhní cinn) Corca Dhuibhne

(This is a typical autobiographical book from the Gaeltacht, interesting for linguistic reasons. I seem to recall that there is good concrete language in this one.)

MAC SÍTHIGH, Domhnall: Fan Inti. Coiscéim, Baile Átha Cliatj 2003/2004 (seanchas bádóireachta) Corca Dhuibhne

(Fan Inti is a useful book about boating and boatmaking in the Gaeltacht, but the writer has one linguistic quirk that is more typical of non-Gaeltacht Irish.)

NÍ CHÉILEACHAIR, Síle, agus Donncha Ó CÉILEACHAIR: Bullaí Mhártain. Sáirséal agus Dill, Baile Átha Cliath 1955/1969 (gearrscéalta) Cúil Aodha

(An uneven collection of short stories. The title story I have always liked, those, because of its strong language and realistic portrayal of Gaeltacht people.)

NÍ FHAOLÁIN, Áine Máire (Eag.): Scéalta agus Seanchas Phádraig Uí Ghrífín. Dán agus Tallann 4. An Sagart, An Daingean 1995 (béaloideas) Ciarraí

(This is a good collection of folklore, but its spelling is so dialect-based that it’ll drive you nuts. It almost did me, too.)

NÍ GHUITHÍN, Máire: Bean an Oileáin. Coiscéim, Baile Átha Cliath 1986 (seanchas, dírbheathaisnéis) Ciarraí/Na Blascaoidí

(A small collection of memories from Kerry, as a woman saw it. Quite good if Peig is still too heavy for you.)

NÍ SHÚILLEABHÁIN, Eibhlín: Cín Lae Eibhlín Ní Shúilleabháin. Eagarthóir: Máiréad Ní Longsigh. Coiscéim, Baile Átha Cliath 2000 Ciarraí/Na Blascaoidí

(A young woman’s diary from the Blasket Island. Very different from Peig in atmosphere and content.)

Ó CAOIMH, Séamas: An Sléibhteánach. In eagar ag Éamon Ó Connchúir, cóirithe don chló ag Pádraig Ó Fiannachta. An Sagart, Maigh Nuad 1989. (dírbheathaisnéis) Tiobraid Árann

(A Gaeltacht autobiography by one of the last speakers of Tipperary dialect, which is very similar to Waterford Irish. At times quite interesting.)

Ó CEARNAIGH, Seán Sheáin (= Seán Sheáin Í Chearnaigh): An tOileán a Tréigeadh. Sáirséal agus Dill, Baile Átha Cliath 1974 (dírbheathaisnéis) Ciarraí/Na Blascaoidí

(A requiem to the Blasket Island, full of melancholy. Necessary reading if you are into Blaskets literature.)

Ó CINNÉIDE, Tomás: Ar Seachrán. An Sagart, Maigh Nuad 1996 (dírbheathaisnéis) Ciarraí

(This is a Gaeltacht autobiography that mentions the arrival of the hippies to Haight-Ashbury. Seriously!)

Ó CÍOBHÁIN, Ger: An Giorria san Aer. In eagar ag Tadhg Ó Dúshláine. An Sagart, Maigh Nuad 1992 (béaloideas agus cuimhní cinn) Ciarraí/Corca Dhuibhne

(One of the first ever books I have read in Irish, so I am probably not very good at assessing its literary or other value. The language is easy enough if you are familiar with Kerry Irish.)

Ó CÍOBHÁIN, Pádraig: Le Gealaigh. Coiscéim, Baile Átha Cliath 1991 (gearrscéalta) Ciarraí/Corca Dhuibhne
An Gealas i Lár na Léithe. Coiscéim, Baile Átha Cliath 1992 (úrscéal) Ciarraí/Corca Dhuibhne
An Grá faoi Cheilt. Coiscéim, Baile Átha Cliath 1992 (gearrscéalta)Ciarraí/Corca Dhuibhne
Desiderius a Dó. Coiscéim, Baile Átha Cliath 1995 (úrscéal)Ciarraí/Corca Dhuibhne
Ar Gach Maoilinn Tá Síocháin. Coiscéim, Baile Átha Cliath 1998 (úrscéal)Ciarraí/Corca Dhuibhne
Tá Solas ná hÉagann Choíche. Coiscéim, Baile Átha Cliath 1999 (gearrscéalta)Ciarraí/Corca Dhuibhne

(Pádraig Ó Cíobháin is a man of very high literary ambitions, who writes Kerry Irish. I must admit much of his work is rather highbrow even for me. The book I have really enjoyed is the novel An Gealas i Lár na Léithe.)

Ó CRIOMHTHAIN, Seán: Lá Dár Saol. An Gúm, Baile Átha Cliath 1991 (cuimhní cinn) Ciarraí/Na Blascaoidí
…agus Tomás: Cleití Gé ón mBlascaod Mór. In eagar ag Pádraig Ó Fiannachta. An Sagart, An Daingean 1997. (seanchas) Ciarraí/Na Blascaoidí

(Seán Ó Criomhthain was the son of Tomás; his autobiographical book Lá dár Saol is in atmosphere very different from Tomas’s. I found it a relatively easy read, but that might be just me.)

Ó CRIOMHTHAIN, Tomás: Allagar na hInise. An Gúm, Baile Átha Cliath 1997 (dírbheathaisnéis) Ciarraí/Na Blascaoidí
An tOileánach. Pádraig Ua Maoileoin a chuir in eagar. Helicon Teoranta/An Comhlacht Oideachais, Baile Átha Cliath 1980 (dírbheathaisnéis) Ciarraí/Na Blascaoidí
Bloghanna ón mBlascaod. Coiscéim, Baile Átha Cliath 1997Ciarraí/Na Blascaoidí

(Tomás the Islandman’s Irish is rich and he writes about tangible things, so reading his books is good for your Irish. Obviously, it is Kerry Irish with all the verb endings.)

Ó CRÓINÍN, Seán agus Donncha: Seanachas ó Chairbre 1. Comhairle Bhéaloideas Éireann, An Coláiste Ollscoile, Baile Átha Cliath 1985 (seanchas) Cairbre, Co. na Corcaí

(This is a collection of maritime folklore in Irish, minimally edited. Also the orthography attempts to reproduce the dialectal pronunciation minutely. Nothing for learners, I am afraid. There never was a second volume, as far as I know.)

Ó hEOGHUSA, Tomás: Solas san Fhuinneog. Coiscéim, Baile Átha Cliath 2001 (cuimhní cinn) Ciarraí

(A collection of some sort of newspaper columns about “good old” Gaeltacht life. Some of them are interesting because of the folklore-esque content.)

Ó LAOGHAIRE, An tAthair Peadar: Eisirt. Leagan Caighdeánaithe. Longmans, Brún agus Ó Nualláin Teoranta, Baile Átha Cliath, gan dáta. (Miotaseolaíocht) Muscraí/Cúl Aodha
An Cleasaí. Leagan Caighdeánaithe. Longmans, Brún agus Ó Nualláin Teoranta, Baile Átha Cliath, gan dáta. (Miotaseolaíocht) Muscraí/Cúl Aodha
Mo Scéal Féin. Sraith na gClasaiceach, Cló Thalbóid, Baile Átha Cliath 1999 (dírbheathaisnéis) Muscraí/Cúl Aodha
(= UA LAOGHAIRE, Peadar): Séadna. Liam Mac Mathúna a chuir in eagar, Brian Ó Cuív a scríobh an brollach. Carbad, Baile Átha Cliath 1987/1995 (úrscéal/béaloideas) Muscraí/Cúil Aodha

(Peadar Ó Laoghaire is obviously a classic and has had a formative influence upon modern Irish. I found his autobiography quite interesting not just for linguistic reasons; as a programmatically nationalistic book, it is markedly different from a run-of-the-mill Gaeltacht autobiography.)

Ó MURCHÚ, Pádraig: Gort Broc. Scéalta agus Seanchas ó Bhéarra. Máirtín Verling a chóirigh is a chuir in eagar. Coiscéim, Baile Átha Cliath 1996 (béaloideas, seanchas) Uíbh Ráthach

(This is a comprehensive collection of folklore from Béarra. You should be warned, though, that it incorporates some features typical of terminal speakers’ Irish, i.e. native speakers who haven’t used the language for a long time and who are already forgetting it. Thus, the book should preferably be studied only by very advanced learners.)

Ó MURCHÚ, Tadhg (Eag.): Béarrach Mná ag Caint. Seanchas Mhairéad Ní Mhionacháin. Cló IarChonnachta, Indreabhán 1999 Uíbh Ráthach

(More folklore from the same area. This one is a smaller book, and in better Irish.)

Ó SÉ, Maidhc Dainín:
A Thig Ná Tit orm. Eagrán Nua. C.J. Fallon, Baile Átha Cliath 1995 (cuimhní cinn) Ciarraí
Corcán na dTrí gCos. Coiscéim, Baile Átha Cliath 1988 (gearrscéalta) Ciarraí
Dochtúir na bPiast. Coiscéim, Baile Átha Cliath 1993/2000 (úrscéal) Ciarraí
Lilí Frainc. Coiscéim, Baile Átha Cliath 2001 (úrscéal) Ciarraí
Madraí na nOcht gCos. Coiscéim, Baile Átha Cliath 1998
Mair, a Chapaill. Coiscéim, Baile Átha Cliath 1999
Mura mBuafam – Suathfam. Coiscéim, Baile Átha Cliath 2003 (cuimhní cinn) Ciarraí
Tae le Tae. Coiscéim, Baile Átha Cliath 1990 (úrscéal) Ciarraí
Idir Dhá Lios. Coiscém, Baile Átha Cliath 2005 (úrscéal) Ciarraí

(Maidhc Dainín Ó Sé is a linguistically and otherwise uneven writer. Much of what he has written is too heavily laced with English – not just English loanwords, but sometimes even unacceptable Anglicisms in syntax – to be a good model for learners. Besides, the gratuitous violence of some of his novels might be too much for you. However, Tae le Tae, Idir dhá Lios, and his reminiscences are quite readable.)

Ó SÍOCHÁIN, Conchúr: Seanchas Chléire. Ciarán Ó Síocháin agus Mícheál Ó Síocháin a chuir i scríbhinn. Oifig an tSoláthair, Baile Átha Cliath 1977 (Dírbheathaisnéis) Oileán Cléire

(A traditional Gaeltacht autobiography. The language is beautiful and rich.)

Ó SÚILLEABHÁIN, Muiris: Fiche Bliain ag Fás. An Sagart, An Daingean 1998 (dírbheathaisnéis) Ciarraí/Na Blascaoidí
Ó Oileán go Cuilleán Eagarthóir: Nuala Uí Aimhirgín. Coiscéim, Baile Átha Cliath 2000(aistí) Ciarraí/Na Blascaoidí

(Muiris Ó Súilleabháin is a Gaeltacht classic. The collection Ó Oileán go Cuilleán is linguistically interesting, showing how Connemara dialect influences the writer’s original Kerry Irish. Consisting of shorter texts, it is probably less intimidating for the learner than his autobiography.)

Ó SÚILLEABHÁIN, Páid: Ag Coimeád na Síochána. Coiscéim, Baile Átha Cliath 1995 (cuimhní cinn) Ciarraí

(A Garda’s memories in unadulterated Kerry Irish.)

SAYERS, Peig: Machnamh Seanmhná. An Gúm, Baile Átha Cliath 1992 (dírbheathaisnéis) Ciarraí/Na Blascaoidí
Peig. Tuairisc a thug Peig Sayers ar imeachtaí a beatha féin. Comhlacht Oideachais na hÉireann, Baile Átha Cliath, gan dáta (dírbheathaisnéis) Ciarraí/Na Blascaoidí

(Peig needs no introduction. Personally, I find Machnamh Seanmhná easier to read than his autobiography – Machnamh Seanmhná consists of shorter texts, and some of them I found interesting even as a young learner, such as the portrait of an Irish-speaker from Mexico.)

TYERS, Pádraig: Leoithne Aniar. Cló Dhuibhne, Baile an Fhirtéaraigh 1982 (béaloideas) Ciarraí/Na Blascaoidí
Malairt Beatha. Inné Teoranta, Dún Chaoin 1992 Ciarraí
An tAthair Tadhg. An Sagart, an Daingean 2000 (beathaisnéis) Ciarraí
Abair Leat Joe Daly. An Sagart, an Daingean 1999 (seanchas) Ciarraí
Sliabh gCua m’Óige. An Sagart, an Daingean 2003 (dírbheathaisnéis)

(Pádraig Tyers, as I found out only recently, was not a native speaker. This I found surprising, because his Irish is native-like Munster dialect with a literary polish. He was a folklore collector, and Leoithne Aniar and Malairt Beatha are among the results of this occupation; An tAthair Tadhg is the biography of a priest who promoted Irish; Abair Leat Joe Daly is an interview with a folklore collector; Sliabh gCua m’Óige is Tyers’s autobiography.)

UA CIARMHAIC, Mícheál: Iníon Keevack. An Gúm, Baile Átha Cliath 1996 (úrscéal) Ciarraí
Ríocht na dTonn. Coiscéim, Baile Átha Cliath 1989 (seanchas) Ciarraí
Guth ón Sceilg. Coiscéim, Baile Átha Cliath 2000 (gearrscéalta) Ciarraí
An Gabhar sa Teampall. Coiscéim, Baile Átha Cliath 1986 (creideamh is cráifeacht) Ciarraí

(Mícheál Ua Ciarmhaic was a Gaeltacht writer of a philosophical bent. Iníon Keevack is a Wild West adventure and quite delighful.)

UA MAOILEOIN, Pádraig: Ár Leithéidí Arís. Cnuasach de Shaothar Ilchineálach. Clódhanna Teoranta, Baile Átha Cliath 1978 Ciarraí/Corca Dhuibhne
Bríd Bhán. Sairséal agus Dill, Baile Átha Cliath 1968/1972 (úrscéal)Ciarraí/Corca Dhuibhne
De Réir Uimhreacha. Muintir an Dúna, Baile Átha Cliath 1969 (dírbheathaisnéis)Ciarraí/Corca Dhuibhne
Na hAird ó Thuaidh. Sáirséal agus Dill, Baile Átha Cliath 1960 (stair áitiúil) Ciarraí/Corca Dhuibhne
Ó Thuaidh! Sáirséal Ó Marcaigh, Baile Átha Cliath 1983 (úrscéal)Ciarraí/Corca Dhuibhne
An Stát versus Dugdale. Coiscéim, Baile Átha Cliath 2001 (tuairisc) Ciarraí/Corca Dhuibhne

(Pádraig Ua Maoileoin was a Garda and a Gaeltacht man. His novel about the life of the Garda, De Réir Uimhreacha, is both fun and good Irish – not “good Irish” in the traditional seanchas style, but the good Irish of a Gaeltacht man who knows when it is better not to use the traditional seanchas style. Bríd Bhán is a partly funny, partly haunting Gaeltacht novel. Ua Maoileoin’s books about the Gaeltacht are both insightful and subversive, and should be read as an antidote to Peig.)

VERLING, Máirtín (eag.): Leabhar Mhadhc Dháith. Scéalta agus Seanchas ón Rinn. Seosamh Ó Dálaigh, Nioclás Breatnach, Úna Parks agus daoine eile a bhailigh. An Sagart, an Daingean 2007. An Rinn, Co. Phort Láirge

(If you ever wanted to be able to speak about God, the universe and everything in Waterford Irish, this book is for you. It is quite an impressive piece of work. Basically, it is a very comprehensive collection of linguistic and folkloristic material in that particular dialect.)

ILCHANÚNACH – IN SEVERAL DIALECTS

Ó TUATHAIGH, Gearóid, Liam Lillis Ó LAOIRE agus Seán UA SÚILLEABHÁIN a chuir in eagar: Pobal na Gaeltachta – a Scéal agus a Dhán. Raidió na Gaeltachta i gcomhar le Cló IarChonnachta, Indreabhán 2000

(This is a book about all the Gaeltacht districts, with articles written by natives or longtime residents of those districts. Thus, you can observe how the language changes when you move along the west coast.)

PÓIRTÉIR, Cathal (Eag.): Glórtha ón Ghorta. Béaloideas agus an Gorta Mór. Coiscéim, Baile Átha Cliath 1996

(This is a collection of folklore about the Great Hunger: short fragments in the different dialects, which you can compare and draw your own conclusions.)

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