Cló Iar-Chonnacht are delighted to be involved in two events during the Cúirt festival this year. The first event is an evening of Irish-language literature and traditional music with the author and poet, Jackie Mac Donncha agus the author and musician, Maidhc Dainín Ó Sé. The second is the Cúirt Literary Brunch where the author, Micheál Ó Conghaile will feature in a line-up including Celeste Augé and Martin Dyar. Ó Conghaile will read from the collection The Colours of Man which is a selection of his short stories translated to English from the original works in Irish.
Cúirt Literary Brunch with Micheál Ó Conghaile, Celeste Augé, and Martin Dyar
Date: Sunday, 28 April @ 12 noon.Venue: Vina Mara Restaurant, Middle Street.
Tickets: €15, available from the Town Hall Theatre, www.tht.ie, 091 569777.
Micheál Ó Conghaile is one of the foremost exponents of the short story in Irish. This collection, encompassing seventeen stories from a twenty-six year period of writing, demonstrates not only a variety of styles, both literary and linguistic, but a deftness of style that characterises Ó Conghaile’s writing and marks him among the most accomplished and distinctive short story writers of his generation.
A Night of Music & Irish-language literature with Jackie Mac Donncha and Maidhc Dainín Ó Sé
Date: Thursday, 25 April @ 6.30pm Venue: Kelly’s, Bridge Street
Tickets: €8/€6 available at the door or from The Town Hall Theatre, www.tht.ie and by phone 091 569777.
Jackie Mac Donncha and Maidhc Dainín Ó Sé are two award-winning Gaeltacht writers. Though each write with a unique style they often draw from the same well in terms of subject matter.
In his novella, Aileach (CIC2010), Jackie explores the story of a woman who was forced to emigrate to the US in the 1930s to escape the shame of having a child outside wedlock. He gives a voice in this book to the thousands of women who were kept on the fringes of society in Ireland for generations. He returns to the dispossessed in his latest collection of short stories, Bróga Johnny Thomáis (CIC2012), which opens with a touching and poignant story of an aging emigrant who spent his life working on the building sites in England.
The experience on the fringes informs much of Maidhc Dainín Ó Sé’s writing also. His most well-known work is the autobiography, A Thig Ná Tit Orm, which is featured on the Irish Leaving Certificate curriculum. This book follows his life from his childhood in Corkaguiny, Co. Kerry through to his experience as an immigrant in England and the U.S. He is also well-known as a musician and box-player.