Monday, July 23, 2012

Monday, July 02, 2012

Voices from a Hidden People

RTÉ Player: TV50 "Diarmaid O Muirithe explores the literary and poetic heritage of six areas of the country. First broadcast in 1971."

Part of a series of programmes on poetry in Irish from six regions of Ireland in the 18th century (almost all with subtitles and set to music). All children in Ireland learn poems by Raftery (or at least we used to) and others from the same era, connecting us to the ancient nature loving tradition and introducing us to the courtly verse of itinerant bards; perhaps essential building blocks of being Irish, you might even say. If you could build a model of the molecule for Irishness, there might a green atom of naturelove in tension with a purple atom of courtly verse, all circling a black nucleus of, what -?