Cló Iar-Chonnacht 2012
Tá aithne ag an saol fódlach, agus pobal na Gaeilge go háirithe, ar Dhiarmuid Breathnach as a chuid scríbhneoireachta, an bhaint a bhí aige le Cumann Merriman, a chuid craoltóireachta le RTÉ agus, thar aon ní eile, i ngeall ar a chuid oibre leis na naoi n-imleabhar den saothar Beathaisnéis, breis agus 1,700 cuntas ar bheathaí mhórphearsanra na Gaeilge ón mbliain 1560 anuas, a thabhairt ar an saol.
Ach an babhta seo tugann Diarnuid aghaidh ar a bheatha féin. Nochtar scéal a ghiniúna, a óige agus é ag fás aníos i gContae Chill Mhantáin, a chuid scolaíochta i mBré agus i mBaile Átha Cliath ina dhiaidh sin, é faoiscáth an bhochtnais, go háirithe ón uair a cailleadh a athair agus an tionchar diúltach a bhí aige sin a bhí ar a mheon féin ar feadh i bhfad.
Déantar cur síos dúinn ar an gceird a ghlac sé chuige féin: an leabharlannaíocht. Cuid tábhachtach dá shaol ón tús ab ea an Ghaeilge agus tugtar léargas ríspéisiúil don léitheoir ar shaol na Gaeilge sa Pháil ó na 1940idí ar aghaidh.
Agus na ceithre scór sroichte anois aige is dual don bheathaisnéisí a scéal féin a insint.
Diarmuid Breathnach, is well-renowned for his writing, his work with Cumann Merriman, his broadcasting work with RTÉ and, above all, for his work in bringing to fruition nine volumes of Beathaisnéis (Biography), over 1,700 accounts on the lives of the major Irish language personalities from 1560 onwards. This time with Titim agus Éirí, Diarmuid focuses on his own story.
We are invited to read about his life, from his birth and his youth growing up in Wicklow, to his school years in Bray and in later years Dublin, always on the breadline, especially after the death of his father, an event that had a huge negative impact on him for quite a while. We also get an account of his life-long craft as a librarian.
Irish was always a very important part of his life and we get a very interesting account of the language as it was in the Pale from the 1940s onwards. Now in his eighties it’s time for the biographer to tell his own story.