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Cuairt San Nioclás
Cuairt San Nioclás: 48 pp, hardback; 978-1-913814-09-0
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Cuairt San Nioclás (A Visit from Saint Nicholas) was composed 200 years ago. The poem, also known as ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’, has been called “arguably the best-known verses ever written by an American” and, like Duan na Nollag (A Christmas Carol) by Charles Dickens, ‘Cuairt San Nioclás’ created an image of Christmas which was eagerly espoused by readers.
Santa Claus and Christmas Gift-Giving
Before the poem gained wide popularity, American ideas had varied considerably about Saint Nicholas and other Christmastide visitors. The poem was largely responsible for some of the conceptions of Santa Claus from the mid-nineteenth century to today. It has had a massive effect on the history of Christmas gift-giving.
A Visit from St. Nicholas eventually was set to music and has been recorded by many artists. This is the first translation in the Irish language.
The Mystery of the Author
Clement Clarke Moore is credited and is most widely known as the author of the Christmas poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas”, first published anonymously in 1823. It later became widely known as “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” and has been published in numerous illustrated versions in various languages. Scholars debate the identity of the author, calling on textual and handwriting analysis as well as other historical sources.
Go deireanach, Oíche Nollag,
ó cheann ceann an tí,
Ní raibh cor as aon duine,
ná luchóg ’na suí;
Bhí na stocaí ar crochadh
faoin matal go beacht
Faoi réir do Shan Nioclás,
agus súil lena theacht.
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“Tá aistriúchán breá Gaelach déanta ag Darach Ó Scolaí ar an dán cáiliúil agus na pictiúir a rinne Jessie Wilcox Smith athsheolta go snasta ag an dearthóir stuama Caomhán Ó Scolaí. Seo leabhar a bheidh fós sa teach agus na páistí ag tindeáil ar a sliocht féin mar is seod ar leith gach orlach maoithneach di. Leag ar an matal an féirín seo agus beidh do chuid maisiúchán Nollag déanta agat! Is breá liom ainmneacha na réinfhianna cáiliúla siúd.” — Máire Ní Fhinneadha, Tuairisc.ie
“Aistriúchán snasta … taitneoidh an leabhar seo le daoine don Nollaig.” — Eoin P. Ó Murchú, ‘Leabhar-Mheas’
Cuairt San Nioclás read by Macdara Ó Fátharta.
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