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A beautifully crafted memoir that tells, with humour and affection, how Anraí was ‘captured’ by the Irish language.
The title of the book loosely translates to ‘My Time’. It pays tribute to the people of the west Belfast Gaeltacht and Mac an Ultaigh’s time among them. But Seal S’agamsa can also mean “it’s my round” because this a collection of stories told through their social context – stories that celebrate the informal aspects of being part of the community, a concept that is illustrated on the collection's cover, which shows the author among Irish-speaking friends at a bar in An Spidéal, Co Galway, in 1971
Set against the backdrop of bars, clubs and ceilis, this light-hearted anthology takes readers from the birth of the Irish language community in west Belfast in 1936 via the establishment of the Cumann Chluain Árd language school in Hawthorn Street in 1944 to the foundation and growth of the city's Irish-medium primary and second-level Gaelscoileanna