Here is a delightful collection of proverbs centuries-old folk wisdom from all parts of Ireland in Irish and English. Each proverb is illustrated by a specially commissioned black-and-white photograph by emerging Kerry photographer Lily Lenihan. Proverbs include: If you get a loaf of bread you won t be short of a knife. An t?® a bhfuil bui?¡n aine, gheobhaidh s?® scian a ghearrfaidh ?®. Some day your ship will come in. Beidh lao ?®igin ag bó ?®igin. Better an egg today than roast ox tomorrow. Is fearr ubh inniu n?í damh am?írach. No use crying over spilled milk. N?¡l aon fh?íil ar an mbainne a doirtear. If you drink wine today, you will be drinking water tomorrow. F?¡on inniu, uisce am?írach.
John O'Donohue passed away in January 2008, aged just 52. Recognized by many as one of the most charismatic, inspirational writers of his day, John lived in the solitude of a cottage in the West of Ireland and spoke Gaelic as his native language. The writer David Whyte elegantly described John as 'a serious philosopher, [a] critical take-no-prisoners thinker, the responsible head of a close, extended family, and the courageous, almost sacrificial activist, who with a group of North Burren allies, took on the might of the Irish establishment and won a victory that changed Irish law at a foundational level. This is a man who could hold the broad spectrum of human experience together in a fierce, intimate and compassionate way, leavened with a humour that defies easy description.
John O'Donohue was awarded a Ph.D. in philosophical theology from the University of Tbingen in 1990. He wrote several major works, including two poetry collections, Echoes of Memory and Conamara Blues, and the international bestsellers, Anam Cara, Eternal Echoes and Divine Beauty.