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Nollaig Ó Gadhra: Cuimhní Cairde

By Cló Iar-Chonnacht, Máirín Ní Ghadhra

Tagairt: 9781784441630  

Iriseoir, léachtóir, staraí, díograiseoir — is iomaí focal a d'fhéadfaí a úsáid le cur síos a dhéanamh ar Nollaig Ó Gadhra. Is beag gné den saol nár chuir sé suim ann agus bhí sé de cháil air go raibh teagmháil aige le daoine i ngar agus i gcéin.

Tá cuid de na daoine seo, chomh maith le cairde agus gaolta, ag roinnt a gcuid cuimhní ar Nollaig linn sa leabhar seo. Ní iarracht ar bheathaisnéis atá ann ach blaiseadh de na rudaí ar fad ar chuir sé suim iontu. Tá idir dhiúltach agus dearfach ann agus léargas ar a ildánacht.

Nollaig Ó Gadhra

Stairí, iriseoir, múinteoir, údar … fear ildánach ab ea Nollaig Ó Gadhra a rugadh i gContae Luimnigh ach a chaith an chuid is mó dá shaol ag cur faoi i nGaeltacht na Gaillimhe. Chaith sé sealanna ag obair le RTÉ, an nuachtán Inniu, Fáilte an Iarthair agus Gaeltarra Éireann sula ndeachaigh sé ag obair mar léachtóir i gCeardcholáiste Réigiúnach na Gaillimhe.

I measc na saothair óna láimh bhí beathaisnéisí ar Mahatma Gandhi, Éamonn Iognáid Rís, John Boyle O’Reilly, agus Richard J. Daley. Bhí suim ar leith aige leis an stair a bhain le bunú an Stáit agus cúrsaí polaitíochta ó shin agus scríobh sé leithéid Ríocht Roinnte agus Guth an Phobail bunaithe ar an taighde sin. Foilsíodh iliomad alt, léacht agus paimphléad leis i rith a shaoil freisin.

Díograiseoir a  bhí ann freisin i leith na Gaeilge agus athbheochan na teanga agus chaith sé seal mar Uachtarán ar Chonradh na Gaeilge. Chaith sé go leor dá shaol ag strachailt le tinneas agus bhásaigh sé go tobann agus go hóg i mí Lúnasa 2008. Maireann a bhean agus triúr clainne.

 

Máirín Ní Ghadhra

As na Forbacha i gContae na Gaillimhe do Mháirín Ní Ghadhra. Is iníon í le Nollaig Ó Gadhra. Iriseoir í le RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta. Tá sí ina cónaí ar an gCeathrú Rua lena fear agus beirt iníonacha.

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Léirmheas

Cathal Póirtéir, Leabhair idir lámha, Books Ireland, Eanáir / Feabhra 2018

Nollaig Ó Gadhra was a journalist, lecturer and Irish-language activist who was a regular commentator on political and social events in Ireland, contributing much to debates on radio and television, while writing in Irish and English for the print media here and abroad. He was dedicated and energetic in his research, writing and work in language and cultural organisations.

This collection of 21 short essays is edited by one of Nollaig's daughter's, Máirín, a long-standing current affairs journalist with RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta. The book makes no attempt to be a biography but achieves its aim in being an entertaining collection of memories from friends, family, politicians and public figures who got to know Nollaig over the years.

Many of us referred to him simply and fondly as NÓG. After a live radio or television programme, it was no surprise to hear the office phone ring, knowing that it was likely to be Nollaig pointing out what he thought had been missed in the programme and promising to send you his own research to keep you better informed should you return to the subject. His criticism was often (but not always) helpful and constructive but, when he had let off steam, he would re-establish common ground before returning to his personal cuttings library to send you a bulging recycled envelope containing the promised research.

The short essay here can be dipped into read one after another, and all have fond memories of Nollaig from a range of perspectives. The contributors include Gearóid Ó Tuathaigh ('I gComhartha Cairdis'), Eoghan Harris ('Bliain i gCuideachta Nollaig Uí Ghadhra'), Maolsheachlainn Ó Caollaí ('Bhí Fudar Faoi'), Máire Geoghan-Quinn ('Fear Meabhrach Ildánach'), Cathal Goan ('Fear ann Féin'), Seán Ó Cuirreáin ('NÓG'), Eamon Ó Cuív ('Cuimhní Cinn') and many more. The variety of perspectives give an excellent overview of Nollaig's personality, interests and work and, all in all, form a fitting tribute that will be enjoyed even by those who only knew him through his media appearances.

There is also a list of the eleven books written by Nollaig Ó Gadhra, including works on Irish history, politics and language matters, as well as biographies of Gandhi, John Boyle O'Reilly, Éamann Íognáid Rís and Richard J. Daly, Méara Chicago: evidence of his wide-ranging interest in Ireland, the Irish and much more.