Shortlisted for Gradam Uí Shúilleabháin, Book of the Year, 2019
Luíse Ghabhánach Ní Dhufaigh is known for co-founding the first Irish-language medium school, Scoil Bhríde, during the days of the hedge schools, in the year 1917. But it is amazing that this woman, who didn't even know of the existence of the Irish-language as a child. In this carefully researched biography, Celia de Fréine, brings this visionary woman to life.
The various aspects of her life are examined, from her unusual upbringing as a child in France to moving to Ireland following her father's death, her active role in the Easter Uprising and her pioneering work during her lifetime in the advancement of Irish-medium education.