"A Woman of Great Strength and Forcefulness"

EXHIBITION : SEAMUS HEANEY

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Heaney talks about his mother and her generation of religious faith.

  • Title
    My Education: Seamus Heaney
  • 1st Broadcast
    11/04/1996
  • Contributor
    John Quinn (Presenter)
  • Clip Duration
    00:05:56
  • Material Type
    Audio
  • Series title
    My Education
  • Clip title
    "A Woman of Great Strength and Forcefulness"
  • Extended description

    Seamus Heaney, who was one of nine children, talks about his mother and a generation of women who had great religious faith. For these women, the church was also an important point of social contact. The poet recalls a moment of stillness at home as he peeled potatoes on a Sunday morning with his mother, a scene recorded in a sonnet from 'Clearances 3', which he reads here.

  • Information

    ‘My Education’ was a 1990s radio series in which famous people recalled their education. It was presented and produced by John Quinn.  Each half-hour programme focused on the memories of one person, who described “all the influences – family, school, books, events, places – that have contributed to his or her ‘education’” (RTÉ Guide, 31 May 1991, p. 4). ‘My Education was originally designed as a summer series and first broadcast on 6 June 1991.

    The accompanying image of potatoes was taken in 1986. © RTÉ Archives 0731/031

  • Local keywords
    Seamus Heaney, Poet, Poetry, Literature, Childhood, Religion, Religious faith, Mossbawn, Derry, Northern Ireland, John Quinn
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland
  • Topic
    Arts and Culture
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ Radio One
  • Production year
    1996
  • Country of production
    Ireland
  • Original identifier
    AA6493
  • 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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