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Máirtín Ó Cadhain


Máirtín Ó Cadhain was born in Connemara in 1906. He worked as a schoolteacher but was fired for being a member of the IRA in 1936. He was later interned for his political activities from 1939 to 1944. He continued working for better conditions for people of the Gaeltacht (the Irish-speaking areas) and issued a whole range of polemical essays. He also heavily promoted the use of the Irish language. His first published book was issued in 1939 – a collection of short stories. He published other collections of short stories as well as novels but will be best remembered for Cré na Cille (The Dirty Dust), considered to be the classic novel written in Irish. He died in 1970.


Máirtín Ó Cadhain
Máirtín Ó Cadhain


1939 Idir Shúgradh agus Dáiríre (stories)
1948 An Braon Broghache (stories)
1949 Cré na Cille (The Dirty Dust, later: Graveyard Clay) (novel)
1953 Cois Caoláire (stories)
1967 An tSraith ar Lár (stories) (Note that An Eochair from this collection has been published in a bilingual Irish/English edition as The Key)
1970 An tSraith dhá Tógáil (stories)
1977 An tSraith Tógtha (stories)
1987 The Road to Brightcity (stories)
1995 Athnuachan (novel)
1998 Caiscín (journalism)
2002 Barbed Wire (essays)
2019 The Dregs of the Day (stories)
2021 The Quick and the Dead (stories)