Book Launch – 14th August 2021
To mark Heritage Week 2021, the Heritage Officer of Galway County Council, Ms Marie Mannion accepted an invitation from Abbey Heritage to launch the revised edition and translation by Dr Nollaig Ó Muraíle, of Mícheál Ó Conaill’s book first published in 1932.
Mícheál Ó Conaill was Principal Teacher in Duniry National School and he wrote and published the original book ‘Cinéal Féichín agus Síol Anmachadha’ in old Irish. The book deals with the history of south-east Galway from pre-Christian times to the early 19th century but when the Irish language was revised in the early 1960s the book became obsolete and was no longer of interest to a wide section of the population. When this old book came to the notice of Abbey Heritage, we were very anxious to have it translated so as to make its contents available to a wide readership.
We were fortunate that Dr Nollaig Ó Muraíle was interested in doing this work and his suggestion to rewrite the Irish text in the Cló Rómhánach (modern Irish) in addition to doing the English translation has given us this delightful bilingual book.
In line with COVID restrictions, attendance at the launch in Abbey Community Centre was restricted and people attending were asked to adhere to all HSE guidelines.
Speakers at the Book Launch in Abbey were L to R: Dr Christy Cunniffe, Frances Holohan, Abbey Heritage, Marie Mannion Heritage Officer Galway Co Council who launched the book. Photo courtesy Jim Hynes, Portumna.