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Beidh fáilte roimh an mbailiúchán d'altanna a scríobh Barra Ó Donnabháin (1941-2003) don nuachtán Gael-Mheirceánach, The Irish Echo; altanna atá anois in aon leabhar amháin, a bhuí san le Eibhlin Zurell agus Hilary Bean Mhic Suibhne a roghnaigh agus a dhéin eagarthóireacht ar an Deascán seo d'aistí. Bhí suim ar leith ag Barra ina theanga dhúchais ón a óige in Iarthair Corcaí; lean sé den staidéar agus é sna Stáit Aontaithe ón mbliain 1962 i leith. I Nua Eabhrac dó, bhí baint aige leis na h-eagraíochtaí Gaeilge abhus; bhíodh sé ag múineadh Gaeilge sna ranganna oíche. Ba le grá don teanga agus mar áis ag foghlaimeoirí a thosnaigh sé ag scríobh altanna as Gaeilge don Irish Echo. Thaitin an t-alt seachtainiúil seo, Macalla, leo san a raibh an teanga acu. Dar leis dá shimplí an scríbhinn 'sea dob fhearr. An dualgas seo a chuir Barra air féin, saothar inmholta e d'fhear a raibh cúraimí laethúla oibre óna a naoi go dtí a cúig air. Leirionn na h-altanna méid agus cineál staidéir a dheineadh sé. Bhíodh taighde ar siúl aige i gcónaí ar iliomad ábhar ? polaitíocht, cúrsaí sóisialta, litríocht, stair ? agus ní lia ábhar aige ná alt. Is léir ón díolaim seo nach ar phearsana móra na staire a scríobh sé ach ar na gnáth-dhaoine agus na h-eachtraí a bhain leo. Ba 'sna leabhair agus irisí béaloideasa a fuair sé scéala ar an gcosmhuintir. Is mar chuimhneachán ar Bharra Ó Donnabháin a cuireadh an díolaim seo le chéile ag súil go gcaithfeadh a chairde tamall ag méirínteacht trí leathanaigh a mhéadódh ar a stór eolais, nó a bheadh mar inspioráid nó spreaghadh meanman dóibh, agus a mhúsclódh caoinchuimhne iontu ar an té a chum. This collection of articles was written by Barra Donovan (1941 ? 2003) for the Irish American paper, The Irish Echo, published in New York, a selection of which articles is now under one cover in this book, thanks to Eileen Zurell and Hilary Sweeney who selected and edited the contents. From his earliest years in his native West Cork, Barry was a keen student of and lover of Gaeilge, his native language. After his arrival in the United States in 1962, he continued this interest and during his years in New York he cultivated the Gaelic societies there and taught the language in evening classes. It was this attachment to the language and the desire to help learners of Gaelic which inspired him to begin writing articles in the Gaelic language for the newspaper, The Irish Echo. The weekly article, Macalla, was appreciated by those who knew Irish. The simpler the language the better, Barry thought. Indeed it was a highly commendable activity for one who followed a nine to five routine in his business employment. The articles indicate the extent and variety of his studies. His research lay in many areas- politics, social studies, literature, history ? and as this compilation indicates his interest was centered not on what are considered important historical personages but on ordinary people and events in which they participated. In the books and journals devoted to folklore, he found stories and material to portray what might be described as the cosmhuintir (commonalty) To commemorate Barry and his writing was the intent which inspired this volume hoping that his many friends would thumb the pages to have their knowledge augmented, their minds stimulated and their memories of the author refreshed.

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  • Format: Book
  • Pages: 0
  • Publication: 3 February 2010
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  • ISBN: 9780615182964
  • ISBN (Ten digit): 615182964
  • Country of Publication: Ireland
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