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Subject: Moladh mairbh Niall O/ Do/naill
From: Lisa Ni/ Mhaidi/n <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Thu, 16 Feb 1995 13:39:16 +0000
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Ta/ an moladh mairbh sin san Irish Times o/n 16u/ Feabhra/ 1995. Liam O/
Muirthile a scri/obh e/.
 
Oidhe foclo/iri/.
Bhain Niall O/ Do/naill le croi/la/r thradisiu/n na foclo/ireachta Gaeilge,
a bhfuil pre/amhacha domhaine aige siar go dti/ foclo/ir an Phluince/adaigh
sa 17u/ haois.
Nuair a labhair se/ ar a athair, in agallamh a dheineas leis fe/in i 1989,
du/irt se/ gur fear stuama, ciallmhar, ciu/in ab ea e/. Ba ea Niall leis.
Ni/ raibh aithne mho/r phearsanta agam air, ach o/n bple/ a bhi/ agam leis
o/ thra/th go che/ile thugas gean mo/r do/.
Ni/or dhuine e/ gur luigh ualach an le/inn go thromchu/iseach air.
Sta/tseirbhi/seach ab ea e/ ina oiliu/int ghairmhiu/il, cainteoir du/chais
as Loch an Iu/ir, duine cri/ochnu/il na/r gha/ dho/ di/s bheagadh a
dhe/anamh ar e/inne chun a mhianta fe/in a chur i gcri/ch.
"Comhrac intinne" a du/irt se/ a bhi/odh idir e/ fe/in agus Toma/s de
Bhaldraithe le linn do/ fe/in a bheith ag ple/ leis an obair ar Fhoclo/ir
Ui/ Dho/naill, faoi mar a mhairfidh a shaothar sa stair.
Bhi/ an tOllamh de Bhaldraithe ina eagartho/ir comhairleach ar an
tionscnamh. Thuig Niall O/ Do/naill go raibh na ca/ili/ochtai/ acadu/la
ta/bhachtamh, "mar go raibh na dintiu/iri/ acadu/la aige siu/d agus da/
mbeadh seisean thi/os mar eagertho/ir comhairleach go gcaithfeadh na
scola/iri/ aird a thabhairt air."
Faoi mar a tug Cola/iste na Tri/ono/ide aitheantas do Niall nuair a bronnadh
ce/im ono/ra air i 1982, bhronn an institiu/d che/anna ce/im ono/ra ar
Doctor johnson, a thug an sainmhi/niu/ "harmless drudge" ar fhoclo/iri/.
Thuigfeadh Niall O/ Do/naill greann Johnson. B'fheidir gur iarracht den
fhe/inmhagadh, seachas ceartchreideamh, a thug air "the day was marred by
rain" a thabhairt ar "bhi/ an la/ ina chac ba/isti/."
Bhi/ ardmheas agus cion ag an meitheal a bhi/ ag obair ar an bhfoclo/ir
Gaeilge-Be/arla air. Ni/or shroich an cion agus an meas sin, ach formad agus
beagaigeantacht shuarach, go dti/ bo/lai/ a/irithe acadu/la. Sce/al lae eile
e/ a ri/omh canathaobh na/r bhronn an Ollscoil Na/isiu/nta an che/im ono/ra
air.
Bhraitheas air go mbi/odh se/ mi/fhoighneach le cuid de na scola/iri/ a bhi/
suas lena linn fe/in. Chaill se/ spe/is ina chu/rsa le/inn in UCD, mar a
raibh Gaeilge, Be/arla and stair ar siu/l aige. Mar fhreagra ar cheist a
chuireas air i dtaobh na scola/iri/ mo/ra na/r chuaigh i bhfeidhm air du/irt
se/:
"Well, bhi/ ca/il na scola/ireachta orthu. Bhi/ spe/is agamsa sa teanga
bheo. Bhi/ spe/is ag na scola/iri/ in ollscolai/ocht, in acadu/lacht. Bhi/
-Caislea/n O/ir- ar an chu/rsa againnn sa chola/iste agus le/inn i/ nuair a
the/inn abhaile sa samhradh do na comharsana. Chruinni/odh siad isteach sa
teach agus bhi/odh an-du/il acu inti."
Bi/onn na scola/iri/ nach dte/ann i bhfeidhm ar dhuine ni/os ta/bhachtai/
na/ an mionlach a dheineann. D'fhan Niall di/lis da/ phre/amhacha agus ta/
le/iriu/ i sti/l ghlan shole/ite ar an gcu/lra Conallach sin sna -Glu/nta
Rosannacha-.
Ta/ se/ riachtanach a dhearbhu/ gur fear Gaeltachta ab ea Niall O/ Do/naill,
duine den ghlu/in a tha/inig in inmhe sna 1920i/ de/anacha agus sna 1930i/
luatha agus a thug traidisiu/n an le/inn du/chais leo, a chuir spe/is sa
litri/ocht, a chuir athchre/ na cathrach agus an tsaoil mho/ir ar nha gais a
pre/amhai/odh iontu o/n gcliabha/n.
Duine ar an gcuma che/anna e/ Pa/draig Ua Maoileoin, a chara agus a
chomhghleacai/ ar an bhFoclo/ir. B'in i/ an athchre/ a bhi/ mar dhu/shraith
aige leis an saothat ceannro/dai/ochta -Forbairt na Gaeilge-.
De/arfainn go mbi/odh "comhrac intinne" ar siu/l aige leis an gCadhnach
chomh maith. Leis an ngreann bearrtha sin a bhi/ aige, du/irt se/ i dtaobh
cuid da/ shaothar siu/d: "Ta/ se/ ar no/s mada a bheadh ag dul thart agus
thart ag iarraidh leaba a dhe/anamh do/ fe/in agus gan e/ in ann e/ fe/in a
shocru/."
Ta/ se/ ta/bhachtach  go leanfai/ d'oidhreacht Ui/ Dho/naill. Ta/ se/
pra/inneach faoin dtra/th seo foclo/ir nua Be/arla-Gaeilge a ullmhu/. Ta/
fadharca/in ag fa/s ar Fhoclo/ir de Bhaldraithe, ata/ cu/ig bliana agus
tri/ocha d'aois. Ni/ raibh aon tre/imhse o/n 18u/ haois i leith gur
caitheadh fanacht an fhaid sin le foclo/ir nua da/ leithe/id.
Ta/ Foclo/ir Ui/ Dho/naill ann mar bhonn d'fhoclo/ir nua, in e/ineacht leis
na cnuasaigh de the/armai/ ata/ sola/thraithe go slachtmhar ag an Roinn
Oideachais le tamall de bhlianta.
Ina theannta sin, ni/or cheart go nge/illfi/ don gcathu/ (a chuirfeadh an
teicneolai/ocht nua ri/omhaireachta ar institiu/idi/) bunobair
eagartho/ireachta na foclo/ireachta a chaitheamh i dtraipisi/ agus
ge/illeadh do mhanglam in a/it na sanasai/ochta.
Ba mho/r an feall ar Niall O/ Do/naill, ar an meitheal a d'oibrigh leis, ar
an dtraidisiu/n foclo/ireachta Gaeilge, muna bhfeicfeadh foclo/ir
Nua-Gaeilge solas an lae go gceann na nglu/nta eile.

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