Mayo writers win Oireachtas na Gaeilge Literary Awards

Posted in Connect on October 29, 2015.

at the Oireachtas na Samhna. Photo - Clive Wasson
(from L to R) Lord Mayor of Dublin, Críonna Ní Dhálaigh, Ray Mac Mánais, President of Oireachtais na Gaeilge, Róisín Uí Chógáin, Castlebar, Co. Mayo and Máirín De Brún, Chairperson of Oireachtas na Gaeilge

Mayo writer and publisher Tadhg Mac Dhonnagáin has won the Gradam Uí Shúilleabháin publishers award for his book Mise Raiftearaí – An Fíodóir Focal at the Oireachtas na Samhna festival in the Citywest Hotel, Dublin on October 28th 2015. Róisín Uí Chógáin, Turlough, Castlebar, Co. Mayo also won in the drama category with Cruach Phádraig.

Tadhg Mac Dhonnagáin, who hails from  Aghamore in East Mayo is an Irish language television personality and an award winner screenwriter and songwriter, having previously worked with TG4 on Irish language shows such as ‘Aifirc’, his book Mise Raiftearaí an Fíodóir Focal  is the first cradle to grave biography of the poet, songwriter and political activist widely known as Raiftearaí an File, born in a weaver’s cottage near Kiltimagh, County Mayo in 1779, who died, destitute, in a barn near Craughwell, East Galway on Christmas Eve, 1835.

mise raiftearaiThe Oireachtas na Gaeilge Literary Competitions, in their 118th year, are the most prestigious Irish language literary competitions in the country. Previous winners include some of Ireland’s most celebrated authors including Pádraig Mac Piarais, Máirtín Ó Cadhain and Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill. Congratualtions is due to both authors from all in Mayo for their hard work in receiving such a prestigious honour and for highlighting and promoting the artistic value of the Irish language.

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