An Ceithearnach Caoilriabhach: 56 pp; hardcover; ISBN 1898332142
“They saw a thin striped youngster enter, half his sword protruding behind his backside, the water squelching in his shoes, the tips of his ears sticking out of his old cloak….” Thus begins the retelling of a tale written by an anonymous writer 500 years ago, humorously depicting the goings-on that drive chieftains, gallowglasses, harpists, and the nation’s rogues to distraction.
The vigour, poetry, humour and bawdiness of the original
An Ceithearnach Caoilriabhach was written by an anonymous writer circa 1500. In this retelling of the story — with pen, brush, and rabelasian roars of laughter — the writer and artrist commemorates an hilarious tour which began 500 years ago, much-loved by Gael since. This is a fine retelling of the humorous old story, greatly enhanced by fine illustrations.
An Ceithearnach Caolriabhach is a modern Irish version of an old story, which succeeds in maintaining the vigour, poetry, humour and bawdiness of the original. The illustrations, by the author, underline the humour. The story will appeal to both young and old with a sufficient knowledge of Irish. —Booksunlimited
“Tá seanscéal mar seo cosúil le cairpéad draíochta. Tá cuma chearnógach air. Tá seanphatrúin ann, agus ornáidí cainte a úsáidtear arís is arís i ndóigh rialta, ach le mionathraithe. San am céanna, tá sé ildathach, coimhthíoch, agus lán le lúbanna áiféiseacha. Tá sé de bhua aige tú a iompar isteach i saol eile gan dua dá laghad.” Dennis King, Nótaí Imill.