Coming Home by Michael McCaughan
Browser review: If you want to improve your Irish, this book is for you
If you’ve ever expressed an interest in improving your Irish or knowledge of the history of our language then this book should be on your bookshelf. Coming Home is part memoir, part history lesson and part instruction manual for speakers of all levels of Irish.
McCaughan discusses nearly all of the common problems an Irish learner faces, from “Gaelbores” (unhelpful Irish speakers) to time spent in the Gaeltacht.
Love for an Ghaeilge pours from his words and McCaughan’s extensive knowledge of Irish festivals, radio stations, music and literature is impressive and a pleasure to behold. His tone is accessible, his historical knowledge of the language commendable and although at times rather fact-heavy, he gets his point across with journalistic prowess – Irish is for everyone if we want it.
- ‘Fiction is becoming darker, weirder, bent-out-of-shape’
- Oliver Goldsmith: Ireland’s great social networker and the London migrant’s friend
- ‘I didn’t realise how much of a big deal the first woman thing was’
- Living with my father: ‘It is hard to love an addict’
- ‘The Lost Letters of William Woolf’ by Helen Cullen: A romantic adventure
His book is encouraging and heartwarming, lamenting a time gone by yet deeply in tune with the current status of the language. Beir bua!
Mia Ní Challarain