"My First Sense of Myself..."

EXHIBITION : SEAMUS HEANEY

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Seamus Heaney recalls his earliest childhood memories and a young boy's fascination with the place names on the radio dial.

  • Title
    I Remember, I Remember: Seamus Heaney
  • 1st Broadcast
    21/07/1981
  • Contributor
    John Quinn (Presenter)
  • Clip Duration
    00:03:20
  • Material Type
    Audio
  • Series title
    I Remember, I Remember
  • Clip title
    "My First Sense of Myself..."
  • Extended description

    Seamus Heaney recalls his earliest childhood memories in an interview with John Quinn. He remembers getting lost one afternoon and being found among pea rakes. There was a "warmish balmy element" to his childhood. The family lived in a house with a thatched roof and he could hear the rats and mice scuttling over it. His memories are all to do with "security and domestic fogginess".  He was also fascinated by the place names on the radio dial.

  • Information

    ‘I Remember, I  Remember’ was a radio series in which famous people recalled their childhoods. It was presented and produced by John Quinn.  Each half-hour programme focused on the memories of one person. ‘I Remember, I Remember’ was originally designed as a summer series for the 1980 season. A second series was broadcast in the summer of 1981 and a third in December of that year.

    The accompanying image of the Dwyer McAllister Thatched Cottage in County Wicklow, was taken in 1988. © RTÉ Archives 2328/064

  • Local keywords
    Seamus Heaney, Poet, Poetry, Literature, Childhood, Mossbawn, Derry, Northern Ireland, John Quinn
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland
  • Topic
    Arts and Culture
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ Radio One
  • Production year
    1981
  • Country of production
    Ireland
  • Original identifier
    BB1183
  • IPR restrictions
    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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  • Item type
    part/extract
  • Item sound
    Mono
  • Language used
    English (eng)
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