In the last twenty lines of what is arguably Ó Cadhain’s most important literary manifesto, Páipéir Bhána agus Páipéir Bhreaca (1969), one may be surprised to find two references to Scotland, pointing to Scottish Gaelic as well as Scots. This article uses archival and newspaper sources in order to explore Ó Cadhain’s manifold relationship to Scotland. Ó Cadhain’s interest in Scotland can be seen in the context of the author’s complex positioning of himself as an international writer, while always remaining loyal to the Irish language and his native Gaeltacht. An outreach to literatures in other small languages, especially of the Celtic branch, was an integral part of this strategy. The essay concentrates principally on a series of twenty-four articles, mostly in Irish, which Ó Cadhain published in the Irish Times in 1953 and 1954. In these, he gives an account of the 1953 Jubilee Mòd in Oban and informs the readers about the history and prospects of Scottish Gaelic, as well as the Scottish struggle for autonomy within the UK. Ó Cadhain draws multiple comparisons with the situation in Ireland, showcases his knowledge of Scottish Gaelic song and modern literature, and displays a keen sense of paradox as well as his characteristic wit and humour.
Máirtín Ó Cadhain, Scottish Gaelic, Irish language, travel writing, language movements
TCD MS 10878: Páipéir Mháirtín Uí Chadhain, Trinity College Dublin.
A list of books in possession of Ó Cadhain at the time of his death. The typed list is in possession of the Department of Early Printed Books and Special Collections, Trinity College Dublin. The books themselves are stored in the archive and are to be catalogued in the near future.
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Briody, Mícheál. “‘Is Fearr an tAighneas ná an tUaigneas’: Máirtín Ó Cadhain agus Bailiú an Bhéaloidis.” Bliainiris 9 (2009): 7-48.
Briody, Mícheál and Máirín Nic Eoin, eds. Cumadóireacht Uí Chadhain. Indreabhán: Leabhar Breac, 2020.
Casanova, Pascale. The World Republic of Letters. Translated by M.B. DeBevoise. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2004.
de Bhaldraithe, Tomás, ed. Cín Lae Amhlaoibh. Dublin: An Clóchomhar, 1976. MacDiarmid, Hugh. Collected Poems. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1962.
Markus, Radvan. Carnabhal na Marbh: Cré na Cille agus Litríocht an Domhain. Indreabhán: Leabhar Breac, forthcoming in 2023.
Ó Cadhain, Máirtín. An tSraith ar Lár. Indreabhán: Cló Iar-Chonnachta, 2009. Ó Cadhain, Máirtín. As an nGéibheann: Litreacha chuig Tomás Bairéad. Dublin: Sáirséal agus Dill, 1973.
Ó Cadhain, Máirtín. Caiscín: Altanna san Irish Times 1953/56, edited by Aindrias Ó Cathasaigh. Dublin: Coiscéim, 1998.
Ó Cadhain, Máirtín. Cré na Cille. Indreabhán: Cló Iar-Chonnachta, 2009.
Ó Cadhain, Máirtín. “Festival Spirit Grips the Gaels.” Irish Times, 17 October 1953.
Ó Cadhain, Máirtín. “Gathering of Gaels in Oban.” Irish Times, 12 October 1953.
Ó Cadhain, Máirtín. “Halls are Crowded as Mod Swings into Song.” Irish Times, 15 October 1953.
Ó Cadhain, Máirtín. Páipéir Bhána agus Páipéir Bhreaca. Dublin: An Clóchomhar, 2003.
Ó Cadhain, Máirtín. “The Road to the Isles – 1.” Irish Times, 6 November 1953.
Ó Cadhain, Máirtín. “The Road to the Isles.” Irish Times, 7 November 1953.
Ó Cadhain, Máirtín. “Songs – and Speeches – of the Gael.” Irish Times, 14 October 1953.
Ó Cadhain, Máirtín. “Story-tellers Display Their Art.” Irish Times, 13 October 1953.
Ó Cathasaigh, Aindrias. Ag Samhlú Troda. Dublin: Coiscéim, 2002.
Ó Ciosáin, Niall. “Gaelic and Catholic.” Dublin Review of Books, July 2015. https://drb.ie/articles/gaelic-and-catholic.
Ó Laighin, Seán, ed. Ó Cadhain i bhFeasta. Dublin: Clódhanna Teoranta, 1990.
Titley, Alan. “Caiscín an Chadhnaigh.” Comhar 40, no. 6 (1981): 23. https://www.jstor.org/stable/20554719.
Titley, Alan. “Caiscín an Chadhnaigh: Cuid a dó.” Comhar 40, no. 7 (1981): 23. https://www.jstor.org/stable/20554738.
Titley, Alan. “Caiscín an Chadhnaigh: Cuid a trí.” Comhar 40, no. 8 (1981): 22-23, 30. https://www.jstor.org/stable/20554753.
Titley, Alan. Máirtín Ó Cadhain: Clár Saothair. Dublin: An Clóchomhar, 1975.
uí Ógáin, Ríonach “Máirtín Ó Cadhain agus Saol an Bhéaloidis.” Saothar Mháirtín Uí Chadhain, Léachtaí Cholm Cille 37 (2007): 131-56.
Watson, Seòsamh. “’S Iomadh Sgeulachd is Àilleachd Chiùil: ‘Colm Albanach’ agus an Obair air a’ Ghaidhealtachd.” In Seoda as Cnuasach Bhéaloideas Éireann / Treasures of the National Folklore Collection, edited by Críostóir Mac Cárthaigh, Séamas Ó Catháin, Ríonach uí Ógáin, and Seosamh Watson, 64-73. Dublin: National Folklore Collection, 2010.