Motherfoclóir [focloir means "dictionary" and is pronounced like a rather more vulgar English epithet] is a book based on the popular Twitter account @theirishfor. As the title suggests, Motherfoclóir takes an irreverent, pun-friendly and contemporary approach to the Irish language. The translations are expanded on and arranged into broad categories that allow interesting connections to be made, and sprinkled with anecdotes and observations about Irish and Ireland itself, as well as language in general. The author includes stories about his own relationship with Irish, and how it fits in with the most important events in his life. This is a book for all lovers of the quirks of language.
About the Author
Darach O' Séaghdha is the author of popular twitter account @theirishfor, whose followers include Dara O'Briain, Ed Byrne, Marian Keyes, Colm Toibin, and Gerry Adams.
Won in the Ireland AM Popular Non-Fiction Book of the Year category at the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards 2017
"A lot of fun if you're a bit of a nerd for etymology. It sneakily teaches you Irish in a big-hearted way." —Irish Independent, Books of the Year
"Full of familiarity, of nostalgia, of humour and warmth. The author's voice really brings the book and the language to life—he somehow manages to remove all the boring aspects, and replaces them in with rich stories, with quirks, with colour and poignancy. . . . I'll be recommending it heartily." —Sara Baume, author, Spill Simmer Falter Wither