A visit to the Ráth Chairn Gaeltacht in County Meath.

In 1935 a number of families from the Connemara Gaeltacht moved east to Ráth Chairn (Rathcairn) in County Meath to live on land acquired by the Land Commission. This initiative promised the migrants a better quality of life as the farmland was better than in Connemara. The proposal also aimed to stop the decline of the Irish language by creating an Irish-speaking community in a new location.

Two men who made the journey east in 1935 spoke to Seán Duignan for the programme 'Féach'. One of the men explains the background to the settlement in Meath. It came about following a long campaign by Irish-speaking people in Connemara, including the writer Máirtín Ó Cadhain, anxious to secure a viable economic future for their families on land acquired by the Land Commission.

The other man says he did not have any strong desire to leave Connemara, but when the offer came he decided to move to Meath.

A third man interviewed compares the lifestyle in Connemara to that in Meath. Farming practices differed, as the move east meant bigger farms with livestock. In Connemara they had boats, turf and made whiskey.

The early settlers brought their traditions with them and a man performs a sean-nós song to a group of onlookers in a pub.

In September 1967 Ráth Chairn was officially recognised as a Gaeltacht area.

This episode of 'Feach' was broadcast on 17 September 1967. The reporter is Seán Duignan.