Áine Uí Fhoghlú who comes from the Gaeltacht area of An Rinn in County Waterford, is a former post-primary teacher and radio broadcaster, now a fulltime writer. To date she has published five works of fiction along with three poetry collections and a compilation of folklore and local history from her area, based on a series of interviews she conducted with the older generation in the early 1990s. Her primary degree in Irish and Cognate Studies from University College, Cork was followed by an MPhil Degree in which she researched the linguistic structure and accidence of the Déise dialect of Irish. She has delivered many guest-talks on the topics of local history and folklore, the Déise dialect of Irish and the songs and singers of the Waterford Gaeltacht. Read the full biography here
REVIEWS of Scéalta agus Seanchas – Potatoes, Children and Seaweed
Books Ireland Magazine 31.08.2020:
All in all, this is a wonderful undertaking and a most enjoyable read, presented to the highest possible standard. I hope that the obvious investment of time, expertise and money that went into producing this beautiful book will pay off. Her local community are indebted to her for this achievement, as she is to them for passing on their wealth of tradition. Anyone with an interest in folklore, social history or the Irish language will treasure this most attractively presented book for many reasons.
Read full review here: https://booksirelandmagazine.com/leabhair-idir-lamha-scealta-agus-seanchas/
Joe Duffy, Liveline, RTÉ radio 1, Dec 19th, 2019:
This is a ‘Guiness Book of Records production’! … just in terms of social history it’s a superb piece… look at that magnificent double-page photograph of The Square in Dungarvan in 1900, you could spend hours looking at that photograph and it would tell you so much about life in Ireland nearly a century and a half ago.
Professor Pádraig Ó Macháin, University College, Cork:
This book is a work of art. It surely qualifies as a candidate for ‘Book of the Year’ in any language… which will be valued for generations to come.
Irish Examiner Weekend 28.12.2019:
Every so often a book will land on your desk that craves immediate attention… To say it is a magnificent production is somewhat of an understatement… For non-Irish speakers, English language tales are provided at the end of each chapter and of the more than 260 historical photographs each has a bilingual caption which gives it a wide audience appeal.
Read full review here: https://www.pressreader.com/ireland/irish-examiner-weekend/20191228/282372631526649
Author and broadcaster Damien Tiernan:
Áine Uí Fhoghlú is a superb writer and insightful chronicler of people, places and the past. Her creativity is based in her close connection with coastal and fishing communities. I would highly recommend this book.
RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta broadcaster, Helen Ní Shé:
This is a significant work on the dialect and history of the West Waterford Gaeltacht…. which pays homage to the great people of the West Waterford Gaeltacht.
Broadcaster, author, poet and former Irish Times journalist, Catherine Foley:
This is a remarkable, important, beguiling, beautiful book packed with stories, memories and wonderful photographs and pictures. Áine Uí Fhoghlú has captured the vibrancy, humour, depth and humanity of Gaeltacht na nDéise as it was in the time of our fathers.
Chairperson, Foras na Gaeilge and former Director General of TG4, Pól Ó Gallchóir:
This book gives a sharp insight into this particular community and the traditions and folklore associated with the area.
Selected as Book of the Week by Waterford Today newspaper, 18.12.2019.
Selected by The Irish Examiner’s Cathy Desmond as one of the highlights of the year in 18.12.2019 edition.