Buntús Cainte on RTÉ

Donal Cox and Bernadette Ní Ghallchóir, 1968
Donal Cox and Bernadette Ní Ghallchóir, 1968

Seachtain na Gaeilge continues all week on RTÉ Archives. Beidh roinnt míreanna Gaeilge le feiceáil ar RTÉ Archives i rith na seachtaine.

Today we take a look back at 'Buntús Cainte', a series of brief instructional programmes produced by RTÉ in the late 1960s. It was designed to help beginners learn some basic conversation in Irish.

The above image shows presenters Donal Cox and Bernadette Ní Ghallchóir on the set. It was taken by Peter Dorney on 17 September 1968.

RTÉ Archives published a piece on the very first episode on International Mother Language Day. Viewers are taught how to describe the weather using basic phrases like "tá sé te" and "tá sé fuar". Múineann na láithreoirí le fotheideil agus pictiúirí.

View the five-minute programme from 1967.

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