Sunday, 26 April 2009

Cerbhi Meg Russell? la Irish Independent:

This is an Irish-language book about a remarkable Irish woman written by a remarkable Irish woman. And if anyone should feel the need to ask "Who is Maire Mhac an tSaoi?", it might be because we aren't always as conscious of the role and power of the fair sex in history. But more on that anon. A third question has to be asked before the first two can be attempted, "Just who was Piaras Feiritear?" and, more the point, what is his connection with a young noble Kerrywoman of the 1640s and one of Ireland's most illustrious women?

Feiritear, or Ferriter in its anglicised form, was a poet, a soldier and a courtier in the romantic, dangerous and passionate times in the Ireland of the 1640s. A swashbuckling hero of Ireland's resistance to Cromwell's invasion, he stands between Meg Russell and Maire Mhac an tSaoi. Meg Russell is the young woman who stares out at us enigmatically from the cover of a book the title of which is Cerbhi Meg Russell?...

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