Seosamh Mac Grianna


Seosamh Mac Grianna (1900–90) was the most high-profile modern writer in Ulster Irish and possibly the greatest Gaeltacht writer of his day. He was born into a family of poets and storytellers in Donegal at a time of linguistic and cultural change. He trained as a teacher and was involved in the Irish War of Independence and the Civil War. His work developed considerably before he was struck by a severe depressive psychosis in 1935. In 2016, BBC Two Northern Ireland broadcast the documentary Ar Mo Bhealach Féin (This Road of Mine) in which Seán Mac Labhraí retraced Mac Grianna’s steps of his 300-mile journey through Wales.