New book on Irish

Jeffrey Kallen jkallen at
Tue Nov 11 17:00:32 UTC 2008

The following may be of interest: it comes from

Taoiseach Launches New Book of Facts on the Irish Language
11 th Samh. 2008

An Taoiseach, Brian Cowen T.D. last night officially launched the 
book 'More Facts about Irish' by well known author, Helen Ó Murchú at 
the National Library of Ireland.

Published by the Irish Committee of the European Bureau for 
Lesser-Used Languages, the book provides an invaluable source of 
accurate information for the interested public, journalists, 
students, even politicians and policy makers.

'More Facts about Irish' is divided into eight sections covering 
history, the present language community, State provision for Irish, 
education, social life, economic life, the voluntary sector and the 
Irish language in Northern Ireland and is written in English with a 
final summary in Irish.  Beautifully designed, containing tables, 
illustrations and with accompanying compact disc, it covers a broad 
range of material, literally something for all interests.

Speaking at the launch, An Taoiseach, Brian Cowen, T.D. commented; 'I 
am very pleased to have been invited to launch 'More Facts About 
Irish' by Helen Ó Murchú. Not only is the book an interesting read, 
it is also a valuable handbook on all aspects of the Irish language. 
This Government is firmly committed to the development of the Irish 
language as a living, daily language.'

Production of the book was part-funded by Foras na Gaeilge and is 
distributed by Comhdháil Náisiúnta na Gaeilge, 46 Sráid Chill Dara, 
BÁC 2, Tel: 01 679 4780, E-mail: eolas at

About the Author:
Helen Ó Murchú was born in Rathkeele, Co. Limerick and studied in 
UCC, De Paul University, Chicago and Trinity College Dublin. She has 
devoted her life to all levels of Irish-language education, Helen Ó 
Murchú was a founding chairperson of An Comhchoiste Réamhscolaíochta, 
and has spent time as the Chairperson of Bord na Gaeilge, and as the 
President of Comhdháil Náisiúnta na Gaeilge.
Dr. Jeffrey L. Kallen
Senior Lecturer in Linguistics and Phonetics
Trinity College Dublin
Dublin 2
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