Chapter 5: A Voice from the Land: The Ecopoetics of a Gaeltacht Oral Poet

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This essay extrapolates a direct link between environmental threats brought about by humans and the threat to the Irish language. It explores the Irish term nádúr which covers more ground than the English term nature does, as it denotes the innate qualities of a person or place as well as fondness and affection for an environment and familial ties within it. The Irish language and Connemara Gaeltacht move into focus as this contribution explores oral poet Learaí Phádraic Learaí Ó Finneadha’s words and practices which protest against the destruction of the Irish countryside as well as the slow death of the Irish language.

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