Movers and shakers from the world of Irish language came together this week in Belfast’s Linen Hall Library to celebrate the launch of an all-island road-show promoting the Book of the Year in Irish.
A cross section of the community were in attendance including representatives from Comhairle na Gaelscolaíochta, Culturlann, Antrim GAA and Failte Feirste. The Lord Mayor of Belfast, Máirtín Ó Muilleoir also showed his support by delivering an enthusiastic presentation on the shortlisted books.
The ‘Leabhar Na Bliana’ awards (Irish Language book awards) took place in Dublin earlier this month and President of Ireland; Michael D. Higgins presented the winners with their awards. Ten books were shortisted – five in the adult category and five in the children’s category and the winning books are: Gráinne Mhaol (children), written by Gisela Pizzatto, artwork by Bruno Bull, published by Cló Mhaigh Eo and Leabhar Mór na nAmhrán (adult), edited by Mícheál O Conghaile, Lochlainn Ó Tuairisg and Peadar Ó Ceannabháin, published by Cló-Iar Chonnacht.
The ‘Book of the Year’ (Leabhar na Bliana) is sponsored by Foras na Gaeilge and administered by Oireachtas na Gaeilge.