Michael Hartford, Gaelic speaker, has penned a book that is making him very popular with parents of young children that live or visit the Twin Cities. “Dad’s Eye View,” which is published by The Minnesota Historical Society Press, has been a big hit with book buyers. In the book Hartford describes 52 of his family’s favorite Twin Cities spots — one for each week of the year. To secure a copy go to your favorite book store or to www.mhspress.org.
I am indeed a (passable) Gaelic speaker–I can successfully discuss the weather, order a beer, and recite poetry in Irish, which are useful skills in only a few places. (One of which is the Irish Fair on Harriet Island, coming up in a couple weeks–don’t miss it!) The book is, of course, entirely in English.
If you’re interested in the Irish (and Scots and Welsh) goings-on around the Twin Cities and Midwest, you should pick up your copy of the Gazette, available at just about anyplace with an Irish angle (Irish on Grand, local pubs, and so on). It’s packed with news from Ireland as well, essays on music and dance, and lessons in Irish.
Full disclosure: Jim Brooks, the publisher of the Irish Gazette, is an in-law of mine in some convoluted and typically St. Paul Irish manner; I long ago gave up on trying to understand how exactly I’m related by marriage to half the St. Paul Irish population, and simply accept that they’re all cousins of some sort.