LAUNCH OF MONAGHAN AUTHOR’S IRISH LANGUAGE BIOGRAPHY OF FAMED SCOTS POET

19 February 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

There was a packed hall at Conradh na Gaeilge headquarters in Seatown Place, Dundalk on February 4 last for the launch of “File Náisiúnta na h-Alban – Rabbie Burns – An Nasc le h-Éirinn”, the first biography in the Irish language of the famed Scots poet, and the 16th book by the renowned Monaghan author Pádraig Ó Baoighill.

The new work was launched by local historian, Eamonn Ó h-Uallacháin, who stated that the book by Pádraig Ó Baoighill, a native of the Ranafast Gaeltacht, was a magnificent effort of concise scholarly research in which the author explored all sources available both in Ireland and on several trips to Scotland. When in Ayrshire he visited most of the poet’s popular hunts. In a long ranging talk he mentioned Burns’ Jacobean tendencies, his radical outlook, his love the folk tradition of the Highlands and his association with Ulster poets and republicans.

His female friends were numerous, his fame as a poet was world-wide but in his short life where he worked hard as a farm hand and later as a Customs and Excise official there were many tragedies prior to his early death at a young age of 37 in 1796.

The author explained the difficulties he had in dealing with a very controversial ….

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