In this month’s programme, we will recommend a Christmas must-read list
New series: Tristan Rosenstock presents this new series of Léirmheas Leabhar.
In this month’s programme, we will recommend a Christmas must-read list. There will be a review of ‘Makaronik’ by Dave Duggan. Book Doctor, Gemma Bhreathnach will give children advice on what books they should read in Irish according to their interests.
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List of Books for Christmas Gifts:
Tuatha Dé Danainn
by Diarmuid Johnson
Published by Leabhar Breac, WINNER Love Leabhar Gaeilge Award / An Post Irish Book Awards 2018
Tuatha Dé Danann is a lively and highly-readable retelling of the Old-Irish epic Cath Maighe Tuiredh — or the Battle of Moytura — an account of the invasion and conquest of Ireland by the Tuatha Dé Danann by the popularly acclaimed prize-winning author of Conaire Mór. All the wonders of ancient literature are found in this book, from Lugh Lámhfhada’s warrior feats to his vanquishing of the Fomorian invaders. This is a story that concerns with the ‘Matter of Ireland’, essential reading for all who cherish the past.
Dialann mo Mháthar
by Pádraic Breathnach
Published by Cló Iar-Chonnacht, Shortlisted for Gradam Uí Shúilleabháin, 2018
This novel deals with a marital infidelity which happened between a young couple, Péarla and Sylvester. But the story is told through the eyes of their grown-up daughter, Éabha, who finds her mother’s old diary in the attic.
Calling Cards – Ten Younger Irish Poets
Edited by Peter Fallon and Aifric Mac Aodha
Published by Gallery Press / Poetry Ireland
In a novel partnership between Poetry Ireland and The Gallery Press Calling Cards introduces a new generation of Irish-language poets to a wider audience. This vibrant anthology includes prize-winning authors of several collections as well as three who have yet to publish a book. The translators include some of Ireland’s finest poets.
by Liam Ó Muirthile
Published by Cois Life, WINNER Gradam Uí Shúilleabháin / Book of the Year at the Oireachtas 2018
Liam Ó Muirthile walked the Camino Française, a total of 770 km, across the Pyrenees from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port to Santiago de Compostela in autumn 2015. He journeyed alone, carried a backpack and stayed in the pilgrim hostels along the route.
He shares with us his thoughts on the landscape and the people whom he met on his pen pilgrimage and personal journey. He recalls the work of other poets and the long-established links between Ireland and Spain.
Moira Sweeney’s inspired photographs illuminate the pilgrim path.
Lámh, Lámh Eile
by Alan Titley
Published by Cló Iar-Chonnacht, Shortlisted for the Love Leabhar Gaeilge Award / An Post Irish Book Awards, 2018
A hardboiled detective novel set in contemporary Ireland, a gripping journey taking the reader from Dublin to, in no particular order, Belfast, Kilkenny, County Meath, Cork, Galway, Derry and all other places in between.
by Dave Duggan
Published by Cló Iar-Chonnacht
A novel set in the year 2584, in a data subcentre in Derry, on the outskirts of the Empire. Duty and loyalty are valued above all else in the Empire. The word ‘choice’ does not exist in Empirish, the language of the Empire. Diarmuid and Gráinne, two middle-grade officers of the Empire, are sent to close the data subcentre and to bring the entry-level officer, Makaronik, back to the Centre. That’s their duty. They don’t have a choice. But Makaronik refuses to go with them. Does she have a choice?
Bliain na nAmhrán
Written by: Tadhg Mac Dhonnagáin & John Ryan
Singers: Caitlín Ní Chualáin /Gasúir Cois Fharraige/ Scoil Sailearna
Illustrated by: Tarsila Krüse, Jennifer Farley, Christina O Donovan and Brian Fitzgerald.
Published by Futa Fata, WINNER Réics Carló Award 2018
Stunning illustrations, a lavishly-produced music CD, songs about the four seasons that children and former children will love.
Published by Futa Fata
A lively range of books published by Futa Fata that looks at key events from history in an entertaining and informative way.
Greim na Vaimpíre
by Orna Ní Choileán
Marius, the vampire, is happy to stay under the radar as long as he has his fill of fig rolls. Despite Ailfí’s efforts, Marius doesn’t take much notice of what’s going on around him, until he notices a girl a little bit like himself.
The vampire becomes daring in his attempts to show her his superior vampiric traits. Marius’ antics cause long-suffering Ailfí a lot of stress. And he’s right to be concerned! Not everyone wants vampires around, even the vegetarian kind.
Suitable for ages 10–13.
Thar an Trasnáin
by Áine Ní Ghlinn
Illustrated by Paul Bolger
It’s a football game for sixth class, boys against the girls. The teachers say that it’s only fun! According to Eoghan, however, there’s a lot more than ‘fun’ at stake! Pride! Honour! The boys’ standing!
by Roald Dahl
Translated to Irish by Niamh Ní Argáin
Published by Leabhar Breac
Roald Dahl’s popular children’s classic The Witches is now available in a brilliant Irish translation.
Witches absolutely detest children. To a witch, a child smells like dogs’ droppings. And now the Grand High Witch is planning to get rid of every child in the country — can anybody stop them?
Roald Dahl’s The Witches tells the story of a brave young boy and his Norwegian grandmother as they battle the country’s witches.
An Nollaig Thuas
by Aoife Ní Dhufaigh
Published by Leabhar Breac
Luisne is a young fairy who lives in the fairy fort of Lios Lurgain in the World of the Sí. As she learns about the World of the Sí and the World of People, she has many adventures with her friends.
Luisne and Deirdre have been invited by their Aunt Gormlaith to spend Christmas in the ‘World Above’ amongst the People. ‘Please don’t use your Fairy Tricks here,’ Gormalith warned them. ‘We musn’t attract attention to ourselves. But when the neighbour’s girls begin to bully the two fairies, they find it very hard not to teach them a good lesson!
by Alan MacDonald
Illustrated by David Roberts
Translated to Irish by Marion Ní Shúilleabháin
Published by Cló Iar-Chonnacht
Meet Dirty Bertie – a boy with nose-pickingly disgusting habits! He’s full to bursting with madcap plans and crazy ideas, and if it’s trouble you’re after, look no further – Bertie’s sure to be up to his neck in it! Three books in the Dirty Bertie series, which was originally published in English and written by Alan MacDonald and illustrated by David Roberts are now available for the first time in Irish,. Published by Cló Iar-Chonnacht and translated by Marion Ní Shúilleabháin, the titles that are available in Irish in 2018, are Bertie Brocach: Bréantas, Bertie Brocach: Puiteach and Bertie Brocach: Pian!
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by Jo O’Donoghue
Published by Cois Life, 2018, €10
Transition Year work experience. Exciting and enthralling for some, daunting and nerve-wrecking for others. Ciara, Eoin and Jeaic have the world at their feet, with grand visions of what their futures will hold: the thrill of the big stage, the glamour of hairdressing, or the hustle and bustle of New York City. These three friends commence on different paths in a hope to find out what direction life will take them. But one thing is for sure: it’s an experience they won’t forget.
An Chuid Eile Díom Féin, Aistí le Máirtín Ó Direáin
Edited by Síobhra Aiken
Published by Cló Iar-Chonnacht, 2018, €15
Though best known as a poet, Máirtín Ó Direáin contributed prose essays and articles to a wide range of magazines and newspapers. An Chuid Eile Díom Féin: Aistí Próis collects the very best of these, covering themes of island life, childhood and literary criticism.
I dTír Strainséartha
by Liam Mac Cóil
Published by Leabhar Breac, €15
THE SECOND BOOK IN THE ‘LÚCÁS Ó BRIAIN’ SERIES (An Litir). The Atlantic port of Galway 1612, Lucás, a young student and a gifted swordsman, is entrusted by a shady Jesuit priest with an important letter to be delivered into the hands of Aodh Mór Ó Néill, Earl of Tyrone (leader of the Irish chieftains in Rome seeking the help of Philip of Spain to retake Ireland from the English).
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Camino de Santiago: Dánta, Poems, Poemas
by Liam Ó Muirthile
Published by Cois Life, Poetry, €10
LÉIRMHEAS NA N-ÓG
Bláithín ar an bPota & Oisín ar an bPota
Written by Bairbre Ní Chuanaigh
Illustrated by Sheena Dempsey
Picture book for the age group from 2 – 4 years of age