Newletter #47: January 2020’s spring series features a varied selection of books

The project is run by Gaelchultúr and funding is provided by Clár na Leabhar Gaeilge (Foras na Gaeilge). Since was established in late 2009 its aim has been to encourage people, both in Ireland and around the world, to read Irish language books. Individuals can become members of this online book club but we also want to encourage the members to get together in various locations, both in Ireland and elsewhere, to discuss the books featured on the site.

Each month, club members have access to English translations of the most difficult words and phrases contained in that month’s book and they have an opportunity to express their opinions of the work on the site’s forum. On top of that, a review podcast is made available each month, containing a lively, entertaining discussion of the Book of the Month, and sample questions are published on the forum to encourage discussion.

If you are not already a member of, you can become one straight away by clicking here. Membership is free and it only takes a moment to join. You will then have access to the glossaries, podcasts and extracts from all of the books that have been chosen so far.

This year once again, is offering a special 10% discount to readers wishing to buy all six books chosen by for the January - June period. Click here to avail of this offer.

The January-June 2020 series


Idir Mhná by John McGahern, translated by Irene Duffy Lynch

Moran is an old Republican whose life was forever transformed by his days of glory as a guerrilla leader in the War of Independence. Now, in old age, living out in the country, Moran is still fighting - with his family, his friends, even himself - in a poignant struggle to come to terms with the past.


Cur i gCéill by Celia de Fréine

Cass Ó Caoimh is a psychologist who moves to Conamara when she becomes a widow. She job shares in the local Health Centre but also takes on a job at the Garda Headquarters as a forensic psychologist. When Niamh, her friend's daughter drowns, Cass believes that the young girl was murdered despite what Detective Inspector, and ex, Tom Breasal believes. With the help of Gearóid, a journalist and Tom's son, along with those with whom she becomes acquainted, she investigates Niamh's death and this gives rise to some alarming developments.


Fatwa by Proinsias Mac a’ Bhaird

Cormac Mac Ruairí is a writer in search of a wider readership so he comes up with an idea to pique the interest of the Irish-language readership in order to sell more books. It's not long, however, before his most recent work causes a stir among extremist Muslims. Will anyone survive the devastation that'll transpire in the author's homeland?

Mac a' Bhaird takes us on a journey from Dublin to Libya, from the Middle East to the Donegal Gaeltacht, in this page-turner where he also provides a commentary on what we worship in contemporary society.


Sa Teach Seo Anocht by Mícheál Ó Conghaile

A new novel by Micheál Ó Conghaile which tells the story of a man who is about to leave the house in which he was born and reared, and walk out on both his wife and young son.


Eachtraí Tintin: An tOileán Dubh by Hergé

In this classic graphic novel, Tintin Investigates a mysterious plane crash and discovers that he's on to something big! The case leads Tintin to Scotland, where he learns of a monster that stalks a lonely island.

Hergé, one of the most famous Belgians in the world, was a writer and cartoonist. The internationally successful Adventures of Tintin are his most well-known and beloved works. They have been translated into 38 different languages and have inspired such legends as Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. He wrote and illustrated The Adventures of Tintin until his death in 1983.


Cnámh by Eoghan Mac Giolla Bhríde

A collection of short stories by Eoghan Mac Giolla Bhríde, who is originally from the Donegal Gaeltacht but now lives in Dublin. This is his third collection of short stories. Idir Feoil agus Leathar was published in 2002 by Coiscéim, followed by Díbeartaigh in 2005.

“Rarely does a writer succeed in producing a work that impacts on the reader in an unforgettable way, such as happens in some of the stories in this collection. There are some wonderful moments of insight, and from start to finish, be they wounded or flawed, the characters embody the flesh and blood of humanity.” Dr Róisín Ní Ghairbhí.’s forum

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