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Ó Conghaile, Micheál

Micheál Ó Conghaile, born in 1962 in Connemara, founded Cló Iar-Chonnacht in 1985. A respected writer, his accolades include The Butler Literary Award (1997) and the Hennessy Literary and Irish Writer of the Year Awards (1997). Elected to Aosdána in 1998, he was a writer in residence at Queen’s University and the University of Ulster (1999-2002). Notable works include "The Colours of Man" (2012) and "Colourful Irish Phrases" (2018). He received an honorary degree from NUI Galway in 2013

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An Island Christmas - Nollaig Oileánach

In 'An Island Christmas - Nollaig Oileánach', celebrated Irish author Micheál Ó Conghaile takes readers on a heartfelt journey through his childhood memories of Christmas on the now-abandoned island of Inis Treabhair in Connemara. Raised in the 1960s and 70s, Ó Conghaile reminisces about the unique traditions and customs of his island upbringing. This captivating memoir delves into the social history of Inis Treabhair, painting a vivid picture of family life, island culture, and an intimate portrait of a pre-electric era that will captivate readers of all ages. As a powerhouse behind the resurgence of Irish language writing and publishing, Ó Conghaile's journey from an eager young boy tapping away on a typewriter to the founder of renowned publishing house Cló Iar-Chonnacht offers an inspiring glimpse into the life of a passionate artist. 'An Island Christmas - Nollaig Oileánach' transcends the holiday season, weaving together tales of the simple joys of Christmas on the island with the broader tapestry of childhood memories, friendships, and the cherished personalities of the island community. Though the island is no longer inhabited, Ó Conghaile's recollections serve as a poignant reminder of the enduring importance of family, community, and the magic of childhood. Whether you are a fan of Ó Conghaile's previous works or new to his writing, 'An Island Christmas - Nollaig Oileánach', offers a heartfelt and enchanting glimpse into a bygone era, making it a delightful read for any time of the year. Translated from the Irish by Mícheál Ó hAodha.