"Sectarian Differences Mattered Nil"

EXHIBITION : SEAMUS HEANEY

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Heaney reminisces about going to Belfast to study at Queen's University.

  • Title
    My Education: Seamus Heaney
  • 1st Broadcast
    18/04/1996
  • Contributor
    John Quinn (Presenter)
  • Clip Duration
    00:05:22
  • Material Type
    Audio
  • Series title
    My Education
  • Clip title
    "Sectarian Differences Mattered Nil"
  • Extended description

    In the second of a two-part interview with John Quinn for the programme 'My Education', Seamus Heaney reminisces about going to Belfast to study at Queen's University. While there, he studied English and grew to like Anglo-Saxon writing. University life also offered the chance to meet students from different backgrounds, and despite an initial tendency to stick with one's own, this soon opened out.

  • 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 Queen's University Belfast in 1969. The photographer was Peter Dorney. © RTÉ Archives 2141/064

  • Local keywords
    Seamus Heaney, Poet, Poetry, Literature, Education, Belfast, Queen's University Belfast, 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
    AA6494
  • 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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