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RTÉ Documentary: Fire in the Blood

RTÉ are currently running a four part documentary series about the "Celtic Revival". Derbhle Crotty, Fiachna Ó Braonáin, Camille O'Sullivan and Anna Geary, respectively, are presenting episodes about drama, the Irish language, art and sport. Each topic is represented by a historical figure: Lady Gregory, Douglas Hyde, Harry Clarke and Michael Cusack. They're short, 25 minutes, and don't go into a lot of depth but may serve as useful introductions to the topics.

I thought Ó Braonáin's episode about Douglas Hyde might be of particular interest here. While it spends as much time talking about Hyde as an advocate of multiculturalism (for want of a better term) as it does about the Irish language itself, there are some interesting opinions. It's especially pleasing to hear Linda Ervine, herself a Unionist, advocating Irish as the common heritage of all the people of the island. If nothing else, it is pretty neat to get to see Hyde's diaries from when he was first learning Irish. http://www.rte.ie/player/ie/show/fire-in-the-blood-30003900/10541407/

March 14, 2016

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I watched Ar Son Na Poblachta yesterday, an RTÉ documentary in Irish about the how 50th anniversary of the Easter Rising was marked in 1966, with interviews in Irish and English with historians, and some people who participated in the 1966 events as teenagers.

Even if your Irish isn't good enough to keep up, the documentary is subtitled, and for people who would like to hear some spoken Irish, the interview segments are particularly interesting, as you can hear a range of accents and dialects.

The documentary is about 25 minutes long.

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