Dr Tracey Ní Mhaonaigh’s The Life & Legacy of Eoghan Ó Gramhnaigh was first published in Ríocht na Midhe in 2019. Meath County Council is reprinting the work, courtesy of Dr Ní Mhaoinaigh and Cumann Staire & Seandálaíochta na Mí (Meath Archaeological & Historical Society), accompanied by poems and translations by Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, the first Irish-language poet to win a worldwide reputation, her translator Paul Muldoon, Tom French of Meath County Library’s Local Studies department and Máirtín Coilféir, a Navan native who is assistant professor of Irish at the University of Toronto. The book also includes, in full colour, images of unpublished Ó Gramhnaigh material held at the Russell Library, St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, where Ó Gramhnaigh.
In Dr Ní Mhaonaigh’s concluding words to the volume she writes – This is Ó Gramhnaigh’s legacy. He rebuilt the ancient ruins and raised up the old foundations; he repaired the broken walls and prepared the way for those who would follow.
Ná déanaimis dearmad ar ghaiscí Eoghain Uí Ghramhnaigh a las solas na Gaeilge in athuair i muintir na Mí, i muintir Choláiste Mhá Nuad, agus i gcroíthe na ngael in Éirinn agus thar lear.
It is hoped that the book will help a new generation of readers to come to recognise the remarkable life of this native son of Athboy, County Meath.
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