A killer is loose! The victims, sean-nós singers! Why, is anybody’s guess. The only clue is a strange connection with Cathal Buí Mac Giolla Ghunna, poet and composer of the famous song ‘An Bonnán Buí’. A secret long lost in the mists of time has devastating consequences for today. How long will it remain hidden and to what lengths will some go to protect the secret of the Bonnán?
In 2003 Alan Desmond headed for Poland. He had a year contract to teach Irish in the Catholic University of Lublin, in the east of the country. Little did he think at the time that he’d stay there for four years.
Migration, wandering and, occasionally, return have always played a central role in Irish language literature. Many authors, from Máirtín Ó Díreáin to Pádraic Ó Conaire to Myles na gCopaleen have written about the importance of home and the link between self identity and place of origin.
This collection of short essays looks ar the life of the Irish speaker abroad and contains reflections on the identity of the language in an international context. The contributors include students, teachers journalists and language activists who present their thoughts on the importance of the language and the advantages it gives in places like New York, Canada, Brazil and Russia. This fascinating book looks into the connection between language and country and the possibilities for the future.