A book of short stories by Ranafast native and Monaghan resident An Dr Padraig O Baoighill was launched in Colaiste Bhride, Rann na Feirste bringing to nearly twenty the number of books he has published over the years.

'An Capall Dubh agus Scéalta Eile' is published by Dublin based Coisceim and it was launched by Caitriona Ni Chleircin, poet and lecturer in Irish in DCU and a past student and teacher in Colaiste Bhride, Rann na Feirste.

This is Padraig's 15th book published by the Cosiceim group and he has published three more with other publishing houses.

He has dedicated this latest book to his late wife Gearoidin who died recently. On the evening he was joined by members of his family and many friends from Rann na Feirste and the Donegal Gaeltacht.

Speaking at the launch, Dr O Baoighill paid tribute to his publishers Cosiceim and everyone including his family who have assisted him with his publishing over the years.

He highlighted the lack of support that is out there for Irish language books as regards selling and promotion, something he has spoken about on many occasions over the years.

'An Capall Dubh agus Scéalta Eile' is a collection of short stories written by Padraig, some of which were published in Irish media including An tUltach.

Stories include An Geall, An Coileach Caillte, Pionnai Cluaise, Na Muilte Gaoithe, Buairt an Isacaire, An Bhaisteach, Fear agus Madamh, to mention but a few.

A long time supporter of Gaeltacht development, Padraig is also a journalist and broadcaster and a series or programmes recorded by him twenty years ago entitled Dúchas is presently being replayed on RTE Raidió na Gaeltachta on Tuesday evenings at 4.10pm.

He has written for many Irish language publications over the years, most particularly An tUltach and is also a regular contributor to RTE Raidio na Gaeltachta. He was conferred with an honorary degree in literature by Coleraine University in 2005.

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