The Galway Advertiser 07/08/2003
Idir Lúibíní is a collection of essays on reading and literacy among Irish speakers with special reference to the Gaeltachtaí and asks why the majority of Irish speakers never buy or read Irish books. The book covers Irish teenage fiction, reading trends among Irish speakers, the marketing of Irish books, Irish language publishing, difficulties for Irish language writers, literacy problems among Irish speakers, and the implications of the emergence of 'Creole' in cities on the written tongue and how publishing companies and Irish literature in general can respond to such trends. Contributors to the book include Ros na Rún actor and writer Joe Steve Ó neachtain, Professor Dónall P.Ó Baoill of Queen's University Belfast, and Máire Denver of Eagraíocht na scoileanna Gaeltachta. The essays are based on lectures given at a symposium on reading in Irish, organised by the editor in 2002. Róisín Ní Mhianáin, a postgraduate research student with Fiontar, DCU is employed as senior literary and music editor with Galway-based publishing company Cló Iar-Chonnachta since 1999. Her edited works include the recently published authorised biography of President Mary MacAleese.
The Derry Journal, 13/07/2003
A Ballymagroarty woman has published the first book to highlight the plight of reading in the Irish language. The book contains essays by Irish language writers, publishers, teachers and academics all examining specific questions relating to problems in reading literacy among Irish speakers. It includes an essay by Professor Dónall ó Baoill of Queen's University Belfast on the subject of reading habits in the Gaeltacht (Irish speaking areas), with special reference to Donegal. Derry man Pól Ó Cainín is co-author of another essay that illustrates methods that can be used to facilitate reading in Irish among children who learn Irish as a second language. Another essay by Ros na Rún actor cum award winning author, Joe Steve ó Neachtain, tells of the frustration felt by writers of fiction in Irish at the lack of interest in their work. Other names that appear in the book include Gabrielle Nig Uidhir from St. Mary's University College, Tadhg Ó hIfearnáin who is a lecturer in the University of Limerick, children's books publisher Colmán ó Raghalaigh and Seosamh Ó Murchú of An Gúm, the long-established state publishing house in Dublin. Issues discussed include marketing of Irish books, teenage reading trends, adult literacy problems, and the Irish language publishing industry in general.