Fifty years ago, on the 18th of October, 1970, Máirtín Ó Cadhain, one of the most powerful voices in contemporary Irish-language literature, passed away. A series of events were planned to commemorate his life and work throughout 2020. However, due to the events of 2020, many of these events were unable to go ahead.
There will be an opportunity to take part in commemorations of the author during a series of online reading discussions. A group of readers will come together on alternate Sundays, starting on Sunday 18 October at 7:30 p.m. for events that will each last an hour or so via Zoom.
A reader will chair each session and guide the discussion of different stories which will be announced ahead of time and and participants will be given the opportunity to take part in the discussion of stories from the collection Máirtín Ó Cadhain: Rogha Scéalta which Cló Iar-Chonnacht published in 2014.
The best celebration of a writers work is to read it and it is hoped that these sessions will inspire readers to revisit, or indeed visit for the first time, Ó Cadhain's short stories. These sessions will seek to remind us of the material in Ó Cadhain's work, to give us a greater knowledge of the community from which Ó Cadhain's was forged, to examine the thems and to luxuriate in the rich tapestry of language bequeathed to us in his literature.
In the first session, the story 'An Taoille Tuile' which was first published in the collection An Braon Broghach will be discussed under the guidance of Máire Ní Neachtain from An Spidéal and Máire Ní Chualáin from An Cheathrú Rua will discuss Bearna Mhíl ar Lá Samhna.
PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT WILL BE HELD IN THE IRISH-LANGUAGE