Máirtín Ó Concheanainn, left, a relative of the Flahertys chatting with Seosamh Ó Cuaig, festival chairman. Pic: Seán Ó Mainnín

A new edition of the short stories of Tomás Ó Flaithearta (Tom O’Flaherty) was launched at the O’Flaherty Summer School on Inis Mór last week. One of two literary brothers who hailed from the island, Tom published several stories in Irish before emigrating to the USA in 1912. He lived and worked there for more than 20 years, working as a journalist and becoming involved in the Communist movement with his brother, fellow writer Liam.

Published by Cló Iar-Chonnacht, An Bhrachlainn Mhór contains both previously published and unpublished stories in Irish and a story in English ‘Riders to the Sea’, as well as stories and an unfinished novel which remained in manuscript after his death. They tell of island life, its tragedy and humorous moments, the fierce struggle of fisherman and small farmers eking out a living in the face of the elements. 

Editor Éamon Ó Ciosáin has written widely on the history of Irish-language media and worked on translations of French and Breton literatura into Irish. He is also the author of An tÉireannach 1934-1937: Páipéar Sóisialach Gaeltachta (1993), the history of the Irish-language newspaper jointly founded by Tomás Ó Flaithearta.