Dispatches from a not so dead language. Hosted by Darach O'Séaghdha and The Irish For… @theirishfor (https://twitter.com/Motherfocloir)
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#149 | Dolphin De Siècle
Darach and Peadar talk about Kerry and its relationship with Fungie the dolphin.
#148 | Inglorious Blaskets: Peig vs The Peig Myth
Darach, Peadar and Gearóidín look at Peig’s life and legacy.
#147 | (Almost) Nothing Rhymes with Month
Ever notice how Halloween is a month long nowadays?
#146 | A Fine Bed-Mate: The Story of “Caoineadh Airt Uí Laoghaire”
It’s not often that an eighteenth century poem finds itself in the news, but thanks to the rave reviews and public demand for Doireann Ní Ghríofa’s “A Ghost In The Throat”, this is the situation we are now in. Ní Ghríofa’s work is a memoir in which she considers her relationship with the masterpiece “Caoineadh Airt Uí Laoghaire” and tries to discover the story of its author, Eibhlín Dhubh Ní Chonaill. How can the person who wrote the greatest poem of her century disappear from history? Why do we only know about her in relation to the men in her life?
In today’s episode, Darach, Peadar and Gearóidín consider this poem, the world of penal laws, power changes and rivalries that it emerged from and its place in Irish literature then and now. They discuss its female gaze, the attitude to physical and equal love it reveals and how male Irish poets have asserted their names into the life stories of remarkable Irish women.
Also, Darach has a conspiracy theory about the death of Art O’Laoghaire’s assassin, Gearóidín bemoans PS I Love You and Peadar explains the significance of horses in Europe at the time.
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#145 | OMG is Dia Dhuit Religious?
Is it appropriate to say “rest in peace” to someone from a tradition with a different concept of the afterlife? Or is it a case that there is a line to be drawn, just not there?
#144 | Three Whales and the Universe: Motherfoclóir Meets Manchán Magan
Peadar and Darach are visited by Manchán Magan, the creator of the Gaeilge Tamagotchi project, Gaeilge Amháin and author of “Thirty Two Words For Field”