"Déantar Neamhní den Bhuan-ní": Aitigh, Aontachtaithe agus an Ghaeilge

Translated title of the contribution: "All That is Solid Melts Into Air": Gays, Unionists and the Irish language

Don Ó Donnacháin* (Performer)

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Non-textual formPerformance


A repurposed, reframed version of a previously performed practice-based research experiment into how a hybrid of interview recordings and sound design, combined with live stage performance can be used to explore the past and probe and test the limits of memoir. In this version made for the Liú Lúnasa fringe festival in Belfast, I performed the bulk of the piece in Irish with sections also in English and Portuguese.

Join Don on his journey from alienated beginnings as a gay kid in small town Ireland in the 80s to the grown-up man he now is... through sound and memory, he seeks to understand the sources of childhood unease and shame that still pull at him today and he discoverers an unexpected kinship with unionist gaeilgeoirí (Irish speakers) in East Belfast. This narrative performance – in spoken word and recorded sound - tells of how the rigid constructs and mindsets of yesterday are melting and giving way to new, exciting possibilities...
Original languageMultiple languages
Publication statusPublished - 21 Aug 2019
EventLiú Lúnasa: Féile Imeall-Chultúir Bhéal Feirste | Belfast's Fringe-Culture Festival - Multiple sites across the city, Belfast, United Kingdom
Duration: 21 Aug 201925 Aug 2019


  • Gaeilge
  • Irish
  • Unionists
  • childhood
  • memoir
  • sound art
  • performance
  • experimental
  • belfast
  • Liú Lúnasa

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts

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