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Motherfocloir :  Dispatches from a Not So Dead Language - Darach O' Seaghdha


Dispatches from a Not So Dead Language

Hardcover Published: 23rd October 2017
ISBN: 9781786691866
Number Of Pages: 240

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'Motherfocloir' [focloir means 'dictionary' and is pronounced like a rather more vulgar English epithet] is a book based on the popular Twitter account @theirishfor. As the title suggests, 'Motherfocloir' takes an irreverent, pun-friendly and contemporary approach to the Irish language. The translations are expanded on and arranged into broad categories that allow interesting connections to be made, and sprinkled with anecdotes and observations about Irish and Ireland itself, as well as language in general.

The author includes stories about his own relationship with Irish, and how it fits in with the most important events in his life. This is a book for all lovers of the quirks of language.

About the Author

Darach O'Seaghdha is the author of popular twitter account whose followers include Dara O'Briain, Ed Byrne, Marian Keyes, Colm Toibin, and Gerry Adams.

Industry Reviews

'A completely fresh take on the Irish language' Irish Examiner.
'Full of familiarity, of nostalgia, of humour and warmth. The author's voice really brings the book and the language to life - he somehow manages to remove all the boring aspects, and replaces them in with rich stories, with quirks, with colour and poignancy ... I'll be recommending it heartily' Sara Baume, author of Spill Simmer Falter Wither and A Line Made By Walking.
'O Seaghdha picked an opportune time for his gra for Gaeilge to flower among a receptive readership' Irish Examiner.
'A fun book on a great subject' Sunday Business Post.
'It's thought-provoking, irreverent and often laugh-out-loud hilarious' Irish Independent.
'A lot of fun if you're a bit of a nerd for etymology. It sneakily teaches you Irish in a big-hearted way' Irish Independent, Books of the Year.
'It takes an irreverent, pun friendly and contemporary approach to the Irish language and it's a book for all lovers of the quirks of the Irish language' Tullamore Tribune.

very pleased to get this brilliant book


did Irish at school but always felt i should have done more and kept at it. this book is a brilliant guide to some great and fascinating irish language.

Perth, WA



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ISBN: 9781786691866
ISBN-10: 1786691868
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 23rd October 2017
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.7 x 14.4  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.34

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