Gaeilge Cho Lú


About this Item

Cur síos ar an chainteoir ó dhúchas deireannach ón Ó Méith Co Lú, Anna Uí Annluain.

Anne O' Hanlon the last native speaker from Omeath in county Louth.

  • Title
    Gaeilgeoirí deireannacha Óméith
  • 1st Broadcast
  • Contributor
    Proinsias Ó Conluain
  • Clip Duration
  • Material Type
  • Clip title
    Gaeilge Cho Lú
  • Extended description

    Déanann Proinsias cur síos ar staid na Gaeilge i gCo Lú agus labhrann sé leis an duine deireannach a raibh Gaeilge ón chliabhán aici, Anna Uí Annluain ón Lios Liath Ó Méith in aice leis an teorainn le deisceart Ard Mhacha,a bhí 90 bliain d'aois. Labhrann sí faoin dea-shaol a bhí ag daoine fad ó shoin agus an caitheamh aimsire a bheadh acu agus tugann sí cuntas ar an bhóthar nua atá idir Ó Méith agus Dún Dealgan anois atá ina chuidiú mhór ag na daoine. Sa tsean-am ní raibh ach aichearra transa an tsléibhe agus bheadh sé lán poill uisce agus deacair é a shiúl. Mar go raibh sí as cleachtadh tá Anna meirgeach agus dearmadtach ina cuid Gaeilge.

    Proinsias describes a dying language in Co. Louth and speaks with the last true native speaker of Irish in the county, Anne O' Hanlon from Lislea, Omeath. She describes how good life was in the old days and compares travelling to Dundalk on the newly built road to when there was only a track across the mountain full of pot holes. As Anne is out of practise her speech here appears hesitant and unclear at times.

  • Information

    Anne O'Hanlon from Omeath Co Louth spoke the dialect of South East Ulster. This dialiect was spoken in South Armagh, which bordered Omeath, in the Sperrin Mountains in Co Tyrone, in north County Meath and as far north as Inishowen in Donegal and as far west as the Isle of Man. Although out of practise the local dialect is clearly to be heard now and again in her speech. She uses the 'cha' form of the negative, instead of 'ní', which is prevalent in this dialect for example. Native speaker in this context means that Anna spoke Irish at home and wasn't taught it in school.

    The accompanying photograph shows Anna Uí Anluain, the last native Irish speaker of Omeath, at the age of 90 in 1961. The photograph was taken by Proinsias Ó Conluain.

  • Local keywords
    Omeath, Louth, Proinsias Ó Conluain, Anne O' Hanlon, Dundalk, Anna Uí Annluain
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland, Louth
  • Topic
    The Media
  • Publisher Broadcaster
  • Production year
  • Country of production
  • Original identifier
  • IPR restrictions
    Rights Reserved - Free Access
  • Rights terms and conditions

    Copyright RTÉ. This material may not be replicated in any form or manner without the prior express permission of RTÉ. Any form of reproduction in print, television, video, multimedia, web site or other electronic media or any form of dissemination for commercial or non-commercial use must be licensed by the RTÉ Archives.

    If you wish to licence video or audio clips, still images or text, or would like further guidance please contact us.

    RTÉ Archives are committed to respecting the copyright of others and have attempted to source and credit the copyright owners of all material used here. RTÉ would like to hear from any copyright owners who are not properly identified here so that the necessary corrections can be made. If you feel your copyright has not been respected please contact us.

  • Item type
  • Item sound
  • Language used
    Irish (gle)