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April 14, 2006
It gives me enormous pleasure to be able to tell you all that there is a new Irish language graphic novel available from Colmán Ó Raghallaigh and Cló Mhaigh Eo.
I’ve been waiting for Colmán’s version of An Táin for quite a while now, as there’s been a gap of three years since the last graphic novel from those parts. The three previous books are An Sclábhaí (2001), An Tóraíocht (2002), and An Teachtaire (2003), all in Irish. There are translations of all three previous books on the Cló Mhaigh Eo website, and this forth book is no exception, so you needn’t worry if your grasp of the Irish language is either rusty or non-existent, as you can still read it with the aid of the translation online. The story is based on the ancient irish epic Táin Bó Cuailgne, or the Cattle Raid of Cooley, well known to all Irish school children, and the inspiration for the legendary 1973 Horslips album, also called The Táin.
Or you could try reading it as is, even without the translation. The illustrations by Barry Reynolds of The Cartoon Saloon, accompanied by the excellent colour work of Adrien Merigeau, make the story reasonably accessible even without the accompanying text.
An Táin is available from all good Irish bookshops, hopefully, and can also be ordered through the Cló Mhaigh Eo website’s online shop.
Plans are apparently going ahead to have Colmán’s two-volume story of Saint Patrick, which comprises An Sclábhaí and An Teachtaire, published in the English language by American publisher NBM. As ever, news on this here if it happens.
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