I was born and raised in Ireland before emigrating to the Boston area in 2001. I joined an Irish language discussion group in 2010 to refresh and revive the Irish I had learned in school in Ireland. The discussion group helped me start speaking and writing Irish again with like minded students and native speakers. The group is great and encourages creative composition also.
A common form of Irish creative writing is the 'agalaimh beirte', a kind of dramatic or poetic dialogue between two people. Although this project is not quite in that category, the 'agalaimh beirte' provided a loose framework for the writing. Two men in a pub, discussing the sport of hurling (one of Ireland's national sports) and playfully poking fun at each other, as only friends do.
Once I had written the exchange between the two men, I began imagining the backdrop and surroundings as well as the emotions expressed within the story. That is when I started investigating the possibility of illustrating the story, creating a comic book and looking for an illustrator.
An important aspect of the project that I pitched to the illustrator was its bi-lingual nature. I wanted the comic book story to be included in both Irish and English in the final printed version. That is, the story and accompanying notes would read in Irish in one half of the comic book and in English when the book is flipped and read from back to front.
I wanted to allow readers who were both new to and learning the Irish language to be able to appreciate and learn some Irish in the process of enjoying the art and the story. This includes people with Irish heritage interested in the language of their mother country, and people interested in learning to speak and write the language for themselves. Included in the book will be information, again in both languages, about how to learn more about the Irish language and Gaelic games.
Characters engaged in friendly banter
Supporters of this kickstarter will receive a copy of the completed 36 to 40 page comic book. There is also an option to have your copy personalized by the illustrator and writer upon request, as well as doubling up your request to two copies.
The title of the story is "Two-Goal Foley". Micheál and Muiris (Michael and Maurice) have been friends since childhood. Both played hurling (one of Ireland's National sports) for the local GAA club (Gaelic Athletic Association) during their younger days, but alas those days are long gone. Muiris, like many "weekend warriors" has not accepted that and it is left to Micheál to listen to his not so modest commentary on himself and on this year's hurling championship match, which they are watching on TV from their local pub.
The Clash of the Ash / Luascadh na Fuinseioge!
Illustrations by Griffin Ess
Other writing work
I have contributed writing to the following newspapers and blogs
Risks and challenges
The main obstacles for this project are the illustration and printing costs. This project is scheduled for completion and will be available to ship in December of 2013, hopefully just in time for the holidays. By supporting this kickstarter you can help bring this project to completion on time.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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