Valentine's Day Past


About this Item

A look at the reputation of Irish men when it comes to love, romance and romantic gestures on Valentine's Day.

  • Title
    Songs And Stories Of Valentine's Day
  • 1st Broadcast
  • Contributor
    Ian Lee (Archivist)
    Jim Fahy
    Brian O'Rourke
  • Clip Duration
  • Material Type
  • Series title
    Five Seven Live
  • Clip title
    Valentine's Day Past
  • Extended description

    RTÉ Radio producer, Ian Lee, delves into the RTÉ Archives and finds songs and stories of Valentine's Day past.

    Ian Lee describes how Irish men don't have a great name when it comes to romance. However, Lee argues that while the romance may not be there, Irish men know what they want from a relationship and marriage.

    From Jim Fahy's programme 'Looking West', a clip on the importance of "machinery ownership", courting, and the influence of the parish priest on love and romance.

    This clip includes a rendition of Brian O'Rourke's 'Chantal du Champignon', the story of a middle-aged Irish man who falls in love with a young French woman.

  • Information

    This episode of 'Five Seven Live' was broadcast on 14 February, 2002.

    Ian Lee is a producer in RTÉ Radio 1 where he has worked in a variety of roles across the schedule. As an archivist within RTÉ, he has presented and produced several series on Radio 1 and Radio na Gaeltachta and has lectured on aspects of Irish music, language, and local history.

    'Five Seven Live' was an Irish radio news programme broadcast each weekday between 5.00pm and 7.00pm. The programme fist broadcast in 1997 and the final broadcast was in 2006. Presenters over the years included Myles Dungan, Rachel English and Philip Boucher-Hayes.

    The accompanying image shows a young couple in Dublin city centre in 1981. The photograph was taken by Des Gaffney for RTÉ Television's daily news programme 'Countrywide'.

    © RTÉ Archives 2100/036

  • Local keywords
    Valentines Day, Five Seven Live, Ian Lee, Jim Fahy, Looking West, Brian O'Rourke, Chantal du Champignon
  • Geographical coverage
  • Topic
    National Holidays, Festivals, Anniversaries, Annual Events
  • Publisher Broadcaster
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ One
  • Production year
  • Country of production
  • Original identifier
  • IPR restrictions
    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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  • Item type
  • Item sound
  • Language used
    English (eng)
  • Original language
    English (eng)