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Garry Bannister

Garry Bannister (1953 – ) travelled to Russia at the end of the 1970s where he helped to establish the first department of Modern Irish at Moscow State University. He has devoted many years to studying the writings of Thomás Ó Criomhthain, the literary works of Pádraic Ó Conaire and to the development of modern Irish literature in the first half of the 20th century. Amongst his many publications he has to his name a number of popular dictionaries, most recently the first mini-thesaurus for Irish speakers Teasáras Gearr Gailge Béarla and the now very popular Irish learner’s dictionary Foclóir Foghlaimeara.

Garry Bannister

Garry Bannister set up the first Department of Modern Irish at Moscow State University in the late 1970s, where he also lectured while completing his PhD. He is the author of Essential Irish, Foclóir an Fhoghlaimeora, Teasáras na Gaeilge among many others. More recently, his work includes the perennially popular Proverbs in Irish and the first comprehensive translation of Zen koans in English and Irish, A Path Home – Conair Siar, both published by New Island.