Dialann Bóthair, Liam Ó Muirthile’s second collection of poems in Irish — twelve years after his first, Tine Cnámh (1984) — begins with a number of exquisite lyrics and concludes with an extended sequence, ‘Wolfe Tone’.
Dialann Bóthair is, among other things, a ‘road’ book, a journey’s log in which the poet’s real and imaginative progress to the West Cork Gaeltacht is adumbrated by the actual, historical journey made by Tone to see the same region.
He combines a feeling for history with personal memory and a sense of restless exploration . . . a rich batch of lyrics.
— Seán Dunne, Cork Examiner
Like all the best collections it sounds many varied notes . . . O Murithile’s deft ability to explore the personal ramifications of public events is most powerfully apparent in the sequence of poems which address the diaries of Wolfe Tone . . . this is a necessary book.
— Declan Kiberd
Year Published: 1992
ISBN PBK: 978 1 85235 098 7
ISBN HBK: 978 1 85235 099 4