Launch of bilingual book of Tyrone folklore

Published: 17th November 2015

The launch of a bilingual book of Tyrone folklore, which includes a collection of folk stories, songs, proverbs and riddles particular to the Sperrins, will take place on Saturday 21 November 2015 at 7.30pm in An Creagán Visitor Centre, Creggan, Omagh.

With support from Comhairle Béaloideas Éireann (The Folklore of Ireland Council) and Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, the book, ‘Sgéalta Mhuintir Luinigh: Munterloney Folk Tales’ has been made available in both Irish and English for the first time by Professor Seosamh Watson, so that non-Irish speakers or those keen to improve their Irish can enjoy its rich collection of traditional tales and songs.

‘Sgéalta Mhuintir Luinigh’ was first published in 1933 by the Irish Folklore Institute in Dublin.   Its contents were collected by Professor Éamonn Ó Tuathail of Trinity College Dublin from Tyrone’s native Irish speakers in the parishes of Badoney  and Termonmaguirk; chief of which was Eoin Ó Cianáin (Owen Keenan).

The 2015 publication offers a new Introduction by Professor Séamas Ó Catháin and updated folklore notes by Dr Kelly Fitzgerald.

‘Sgéalta Mhuintir Luinigh: Munterloney Folk Tales’ also showcases the dialect of Irish that was spoken in Tyrone in years gone by, with the last native Irish speakers in Tyrone passing away in the early 1970s.  The book has notes on the history of the language in Tyrone prior to the 1933 publication and discusses the sound system and distinctive grammatical features of that dialect.

The book will be officially launched by Professor emeritus Séamus Mac Mathúna of the Ulster University on November 21 at An Creagán Visitor Centre.  A traditional music session, where people are invited to bring along their instrument and get involved, will take place after the formal launch proceedings.  Everyone is welcome to attend the event. Refreshments will also be available.

‘Sgéalta Mhuintir Luinigh: Munterloney Folk Tales’ has been republished by Comhairle Bhéaloideas Éireann (The Folklore of Ireland Council).  The bilingual version of the book is available to purchase from www.comhairlebheal.ie or from www.fourcourtspress.ie.

For further information on the book launch contact Kevin Goodwin, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council Irish Language Officer, by telephoning 0300 303 1777 or emailing kevin.goodwin@fermanaghomagh.com

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