On my last day in Castlebar, I wandered into a local bookstore. Given my love for books, it was no surprise that I struck up a conversation with the woman working there. We delved into a discussion about Irish texts, eventually landing on Manchán Magan’s works. To my delight, I discovered that the store also functioned as a publishing house for some of Manchán’s books. However, I felt a twinge of disappointment when I realised they didn’t have a copy of Focail na mBan (Women’s Words).

“Hold on!” said the woman, with a spark of excitement in her eyes. “I think we have some at the publishing house just round the corner.”

She disappeared for a brief moment and returned less than ten minutes later, holding a signed copy of Focail na mBan. I was overjoyed! This serendipitous encounter made my day, if not my entire trip.

Manchán Magan was one of my teachers at Scoil Scairte, an Irish language and culture course I took a couple of years ago. His teachings and writings have always resonated deeply with me. If you’re looking to connect with Ireland and its language, I highly recommend his book 32 Words for Field. It’s a heartfelt exploration of the Irish language and its profound connection to the landscape and culture.

The Power of Irish Words

Focail na mBan isn’t just a collection of words; it’s a celebration of women’s voices and stories woven through the rich tapestry of the Irish language. I am particularly excited to share some of these beautiful words at my upcoming Women of Fire course in September. This course is about igniting the inner strength and wisdom of women, and these words will undoubtedly add depth and inspiration.

A Lesson in Connection

This experience reminded me of the magic that happens when we open ourselves to connection. Whether it’s a conversation in a bookstore or diving into the pages of a book, there’s always something new to discover. It’s these unexpected moments that often bring the most joy and meaning to our lives.

So, if you ever find yourself in Castlebar, I encourage you to visit the local bookstore. You never know what treasures you might find or what delightful conversations await. And if you’re interested in Irish culture and language, dive into the works of Manchán Magan. His books are a gateway to understanding the heart of Ireland.

My chance encounter in Castlebar was more than just a book purchase; it was a reaffirmation of the beauty of connection and the serendipity of life. I’m thrilled to share the wisdom and stories from Focail na mBan at my Women of Fire course, and I hope you find similar joy and inspiration in your own explorations. Remember, sometimes the best discoveries are just around the corner, waiting for you to find them.

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