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Antain Mac Lochlainn

Antain Mac Lochlainn was born in Coleraine, Co. Derry in 1965. He has a BA and a PhD in Irish Studies from the University of Ulster. He has worked for Foinse, Bord na Gaeilge and RTÉ and is now the editor of the Irish-language resources website,

Cois Life published his guide to translation work, Cuir Gaeilge Air (2000), as well as his guide to editorial work, In Ord is in Eagar (Cois Life, 2009). A new edition of In Ord is in Eagar was published in 2015, along with Cruinneas, a handbook for advanced Irish learners featuring an alphabetical listing of the most problematical words and grammatical structures.

He co-authors publications for learners with Siuán Ní Mhaonaigh. Their work includes Speaking Irish/An Ghaeilge bheo (McGraw-Hill, 2007), Blas: cleachtaí foghraíochta (COGG, 2014) and Snas agus blas, a series of three post-primary textbooks (CCEA 2016–).

He has won prizes and bursaries for his works of fiction from the Arts Council, Seachtain na Scríbhneoirí, Oireachtas na Gaeilge, and RTÉ’s Francis McManus Short Story Competition. His first novel Ruball an éin (Cló Iar-Chonnacht, 2005), was shortlisted for a Glen Dimplex Award in 2006. He is also active as a translator, Malairt scéil: nuascéalaíocht ó Albain was published by Cois Life in 2006.

Among the books for young people which he has translated are two volumes of Asterix, (Dalen Éireann, 2016), and a translation of The lion, the witch and the wardrobe (An Gúm, 2014).

Updated June 2017

Research work

Snas agus blas (CCEA 2016–) [i gcomhar le Siuán Ní Mhaoinigh]
Cruinneas (Cois Life, 2015)
In ord is in eagar (Cois Life, 2009, an dara heagrán Cois Life, 2015)
Blas: cleachtaí foghraíochta (COGG, 2014) [i gcomhar le Siuán Ní Mhaoinigh]
Speaking Irish: an Ghaeilge bheo (McGraw-Hill, 2007) [i gcomhar le Siuán Ní Mhaoinigh]
Focail le gaois (Cois Life, 2002)
Bímis ag léamh (Comhar, 2001)
Cuir Gaeilge air! (Cois Life, 2000)


Ruball an éin (Cló Iar-Chonnachta, 2005)
Taibhsí an locha (Cló Iar-Chonnachta, 2005)


Malairt scéil: nuascéalaíocht ó Albain (Cois Life, 2006)

Translation for young readers

Asterix na nGallach (Dalen Éireann, 2014)
Asterix agus an corrán óir (Dalen Éireann, 2014)
An leon, an bandraoi agus an prios éadaigh (An Gúm, 2014)

Antain Mac Lochlainn at Cois Life

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