An Óige agus an Athbheochan by Associate Professor Ríona Nic Congáil is the first monograph which focuses on the relationship between young people and the history of the Irish language.
During the Revival period, adults came to understand that the survival of Irish depended on the younger generations and they seized the opportunity to attract young people towards the language. Drama and sport societies were founded; newspaper columns and literature for young people were published; feiseanna were set up and the practice of sending young people to the summer colleges in the Gaeltacht was established. The gap between the experience of young people in urban areas and the Gaeltacht areas was considerable, however, and this book gives an insight into the way the Revival movement affected both groups.
This book provides a close examination of the efforts of the Revival proponents to recruit young people to the movement and to encourage them to work on behalf of the movement for Irish.
This monograph was awarded a prize in the Literary Competitions of Oireachtas na Gaeilge 2021.