Darach Ó Séaghdha


Darach Ó Séaghdha is the author of "Motherfoclóir: Dispatches From A Not So Dead Language", which is inspired by his popular twitter account, @theirishfor.

Darach was born in 1977 in Rathfarnham. Despite having Irish speaking parents he rejected the language as a teenager, when he deeply resented being saddled with an unpronounceable Irish name (it's actually pronounced O Shay). In his mid-thirties, he tentatively revisited the Irish language to try and understand why it mattered so much to his father. This lead to him discovering a whole world of linguistic treasures which he, a social networking enthusiast, decided to share on a twitter account called @theirishfor. Darach's book, "Motherfoclóir: Dispatches From A Not So Dead Language" shares some of these words and phrases and tells a personal story of a man's relationship with his language, his country and his Dad, relationships as complicated as the Modh Coinníollach. Darach still believes that social media can be a positive force for learning, storytelling and organising. He is married with one daughter and lives in Swords.


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