Ar ‘Scáthán’ a chéile…
Pól Ó Muirí
I had the very great pleasure of saying a few words yesterday to launch Scáthán, the Irish-language magazine produced by the students of St Pat’s in Dublin. Ríona Nic Congáil, a colleague of mine from Comhar magazine, had invited me to do the honours, saying – all innocent like – that it would be a very informal event. In fact, the students packed the place out which added greatly to my stage fright.
Worse – from my point of view – was that many of the teaching staff turned up. Nice people they are but all are very accomplished writers in their own right. I was nervous enough until I saw Máirín Nic Eoin, Róisín Ní Ghairbhí, Ríona Ní Fhrighil, Ciarán Ó Coigligh, Ciarán Mac Murchaidh and, of course, Doctor Nic Congáil herself sitting in front of me. Every one of them is a published author and I suddenly regretted that I had not included a few quotes from Plato and Wittgenstein in my little ancedotal talk.
Anyway, I survived and this year’s Scáthán is officially launched and is as accomplished as last year’s. It is well produced and has a very engaging range of articles and pieces. It is very heartening to see the dedication that young writers still have to the printed, written word. Congratulations to all involved and a special mention for editor, Michelle Ní Bhraonáin, who is pictured lying beside a real, live tiger while on her travels in Thailand. Now there is dedication in getting a story!