The fada in the Irish language is much maligned and misunderstood. It has a remarkable ability to change the sound of a vowel. As a result of its use, Irish has ten vowel sounds and not five! Words change meaning entirely with the application of a fada on one of the vowels e.g éire - ireland and eire - burden!
Rossa and Belfast author Mícheál Ó Domhnaill have compiled a dictionary which explains all about the fada and lists words that change meaning with the application of one or more fadas!!
Adorned with cartoons and phrases to illustrate the remarkable fada throughout, the book is at once light yet serious!