A School "Terrifically Devoted to Academic Excellence"


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Heaney recalls his days at St Columb's College in Derry.

  • Title
    My Education: Seamus Heaney
  • 1st Broadcast
  • Contributor
    John Quinn (Presenter)
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  • Series title
    My Education
  • Clip title
    A School "Terrifically Devoted to Academic Excellence"
  • Extended description

    Heaney recalls his days attending secondary school at St Columb's College in Derry.  It was a school devoted to academic excellence and furthering the lot of its students, many of whom would later come into the public eye. Contemporaries of his include John Hume, Seamus Deane and Eamonn McCann. Heaney also talks about the experience of reading Chaucer, Wordsworth and Keats.

  • 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 shows one of Seamus Heaney's report cards from his days at St Columb's. It is from an RTÉ News report broadcast on 5 October 1995.

  • Local keywords
    Seamus Heaney, Poet, Poetry, Literature, Childhood, Education, Secondary school, St Columb's, Derry, Northern Ireland, John Hume, Seamus Deane, Eamonn McCann, John Quinn
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  • Topic
    Arts and Culture
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  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ Radio One
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    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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    English (eng)