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22 Mar 2013
9780745332260Seolfar an leabhar Language, Resistance and Revival le Feargal Mac Ionnrachtaigh in Ard Mhacha Déardaoin 9 Bealtaine in Amharclann Phlás an Mhargaidh. Beidh sólaistí agus fáiltiú fíona agus cuirfidh Cleamairí Oirghialla ceol ar fáil ar an oíche.
Feargal Mac Ionnrachtaigh’s new book Language, Resistance and Revival will be launched in Armagh on Thursday 9 May in the Marketplace Theatre. Refreshments will be provided and there will be a wine reception with music provided by Cleamairí Oirghialla.

Léirmheasanna Leabhair

‘This fascinating new study examines an essential part of the story of language revival and political conflict in Ireland. The interviews and analysis undertaken by the author promise to be of great interest to a wide readership.’
Dr Fionntán De Brún, Head of Irish Language and Literature in University of Ulster

‘An important contribution to our understanding of the impact of colonialism on minority languages, and attempts to revive those languages. It also explores a rarely documented aspect of the lives and struggles of political prisoners in Ireland and shows their contribution to the Irish language revival.’
Dr Féilim Ó hAdhmaill, republican ex-prisoner and Lecturer in Sociology and Social Policy at University College Cork

‘This fascinating and most original study is to be warmly welcomed. We have here a work which should appeal to a wide readership both among the general population and among students of a variety of academic disciplines, including Irish, sociology, sociolinguistics, modern history, education, law, and conflict and peace studies.’
Dr Nollaig Ó Muraíle, Senior Lecturer in Irish, National University of Ireland, Galway

‘An excellent account of cultural colonialism in both its historical and contemporary context. While concentrating his examination on the case of Ireland, the author also places the process in an international context. He has had intimate access to sources beyond the reach of many others. This, along with his acute analytical and observational skills, has resulted in a work of real merit. A genuine treasure.’
Tommy McKearney, Former IRA Hunger Striker, historian and author of The Provisional IRA – From Insurrection to Parliament (Pluto Press)

‘The resistance of politically-motivated Republican prisoners during the recent conflict in the north of Ireland has been well documented, but this is the first account which has the language revival as its central focus. That alone makes this a valuable contribution to knowledge. The story is a fascinating and politically instructive one which has not been told before.’
Professor Bill Rolston, Director of Transitional Justice Institute, University of Ulster

‘This book provides the perfect synthesis of insider knowledge and serious academic reflection. It benefits from extraordinary access to the ex-prisoner community, and the author shows a unique capacity to understand the historical and political complexities of their accounts. It will have an enormous impact on research seeking to understand grassroots resistance movements throughout the world.’
Professor Kristin Bumiller, Department of Political Science, Amherst College, MA, USA

‘An original and thought-provoking work. The combination of an author engage and a rich body of primary evidence has produced a study that challenges many conventional features of ethnographic research.’
Prof Gearóid Ó Tuathaigh, Historian and former Emeritus Professor of History in National University of Ireland, Galway and Member of Council of State for President of Ireland, Michael D O’Higgins

‘Profoundly personal and captivating … Meticulously researched, eloquently and powerfully written, Mac Ionnrachtaigh’s treatise is a triumph.’
Dr Bree Carlton, Senior Lecturer Criminology, School of Political and Social Inquiry, Monash University, Australia

‘As a trade union, human rights and women’s activist, what resonates most strongly with me in this book is the understanding of how the power of imagination sparks the self-belief that is required, within those living in the most marginalised of spaces, to challenge invisibility. The test of healthy democratic practice is how it embraces, not excludes, such challenge and change.’
Inez McCormack, world renowned Trade Union, Women’s and Human Rights Activist

‘A passionate and rigorous work of importance to those interested in cultural, political and social liberation in Ireland and worldwide.’
Fergus Ó hÍr, Former Civil Rights activist, founding principal of Meánscoil Feirste and current Manager of Irish Language community Radio Station, Raidió Fáilte

‘At a time when the depoliticisation of culture is high on the political agenda, this work clearly illustrates the link between politics and language in a colonised land. The author’s impressive research gives unique access to a significant part of recent Irish history and, by detailing the achievements of the past, gives inspiration for the future. The book’s message is as relevant today as ever.’
Tomaí Ó Conghaile, Irish language activist, editor of Irish language magazine nós* and television/radio presenter