Tadhg Mac Dhonnagáin (1961) is an Irish author, journalist, screenwriter and musician. He became known in 1984 as the presenter of the children’s programme Dilin ó Deamhas on RTÉ television. Dhonnagáin’s current activities and works are aimed at preserving Irish language and culture. For example, one of his best known works, Mise Raiftearaí: An Fíodóir Focal, published in 2015, is a biography of the 19th-century poet and songwriter Antoine Ó Raiftearaí. Dhonnagáin composes and writes both for children and adults. His debut novel Madame Lazare (2021) received a special mention at the European Union Prize for Literature. It is the first work translated from Irish into Estonian. Estonia also plays an important role in the novel, because the titular character Hana Lazare left Estonia to flee the Holocaust as a young woman – although this is only part of the truth. Living in Paris in her old age, Hana begins to succumb to dementia and her grandchild Levana begins to record her curious statements.
|Friday, 26 May at 15:00||Tadhg Mac Dhonnagáin and Sinéad Mac Aodha||Estonian Writers’ Union|