Áine Uí Fhoghlú
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. Has received many literary awards including from Oireachtas na Gaeilge, Listowel Writers’ Week, Strokestown International Poetry Festival and in 2008 received the Michael Hartnett Poetry Award. As a member of Poetry Ireland’s Writers in Schools Directory, she delivers creative writing workshops in various schools. Edited the first two editions of the youth literary magazine Comhar Óg. She has received commissions and bursaries from The Arts Council, Ealaín na Gaeltachta and Foras na Gaeilge.
The following are her works to date: Fiction: Crúba na Cinniúna (2009); Uisce Faoi Thalamh (2011); Pincí sa Ghaeltacht (2012); Éalú (2013); LabhairAmach.Com (2017). Poetry: Aistear Aonair (1999); An Liú sa Chuan (2007); Ar an Imeall (2011). Folklore/ local history: Scéalta agus Seanchas – Potatoes, Children & Seaweed (2019). She is currently working on her sixth work of fiction, a story aimed at the 10-12 year old readers.