Úna-Minh Kavanagh – 21st Nov 2019

Úna-Minh Kavanagh – 21st Nov 2019, Ennis Book Club Festival

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Úna-Minh Kavanagh – 21st Nov 2019, Ennis Book Club FestivalÚna-Minh was adopted as a newborn from Hanoi, Vietnam, in 1991. She is a freelance creator who makes Irish language, travel, anti-racism, mental health and video game content. A proud Kerrywoman, she has a BA in Irish and Journalism from Dublin City University. Her work has featured on Lonely Planet, TG4, the Irish Times, the Irish Independent and more. She was named Social Activist of the year in 2017 by U Magazine 30 Under 30 Awards and her work has been nominated for several blog awards.


In 2013, Úna-Minh was spat upon and racially abused in Dublin’s city centre, an incident that was widely shared in the media and online. In the days that followed, Úna-Minh had only one niggling regret: that she had not responded in her first language, Irish. 

In her first book, Úna-Minh writes honestly about how the racist attack on Parnell Street was a catalyst for her to live through Irish in a twenty-first century way: online, globalised, in activism and feminism. And she talks frankly and humorously about tackling trolls, flirting abroad, gaming and her passion for creating accessible content in Irish. Sprinkled throughout with funny and relatable Frása an Lae (phrase of the day), this is the heart-warming and important story of a diverse and contemporary Irish life.

A contemporary and gorgeous memoir of adoption from Vietnam to Kerry, the love of her small family and the power of the Irish language to overcome loss, racism and online trolls.

Anseo was published by New Island in October 2019.