"...But in Russian, It Means God"

EXHIBITION : SEAMUS HEANEY

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Heaney reflects on the continuing significance of the bogs in Irish society.

  • Title
    The Mossy Banks
  • 1st Broadcast
    29/06/1975
  • Contributor
    Seamus Heaney (Presenter)
  • Clip Duration
    00:05:30
  • Material Type
    Audio
  • Clip title
    "...But in Russian, It Means God"
  • Extended description

    Heaney reflects on how pre-Christian traditions of depositing ojects in the bog have continued to this day in Ireland. People leave alls sorts of thing behind them, from coins to buttons and screws. In 20th century Ireland, most people buy peat in bales rather than cut their own turf in a bog. But Heaney has mixed feelings as he watches the modern industrial harvesting of the bogs.

  • Information

    ‘The Mossy Banks’ was a documentary about bogs presented by Seamus Heaney and produced by Kieran Sheedy. It looked at the importance of the bog in Irish tradition and history as well as in the economy.

    The accompanying image of a bagger was taken in 1977. © RTÉ Archives 0751/022

  • Local keywords
    Seamus Heaney, Poet, Poetry, Literature, Bogland, Bogs, Bog Poems
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland
  • Topic
    Arts and Culture
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    Radio Éireann
  • Production year
    1975
  • Country of production
    Ireland
  • Original identifier
    14075
  • 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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