"In the Hill Head Moss"

EXHIBITION : SEAMUS HEANEY

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Heaney shares an early memory of visiting the bog with his great-uncle.

  • Title
    Bog Homage
  • 1st Broadcast
    05/09/2001
  • Contributor
    John Quinn (Producer)
  • Clip Duration
    00:05:07
  • Material Type
    Audio
  • Clip title
    "In the Hill Head Moss"
  • Extended description

    Heaney shares an early memory of visiting the bog. He recalls his great-uncle standing up in a cart all the way there, an image that fed into the poem 'Tollund Man'. Heaney believes there is an otherworldly quality to the bog. He also says that a short rhyme about a man on the bog was one of the first poems he ever heard.

  • Information

    ‘Bog Homage’ was a documentary celebrating the bog. It was produced by John Quinn and featured interviews with poets Seamus Heaney and John O’Donoghue as well as bog student Breeda Tuite, artist Patrick Graham and the Ballivor bogcutters.

    The accompanying image shows a man cutting turf in Co. Kerry in 1974. The photographer was Ronan Lee. © RTÉ Archives 2202/060   

  • Local keywords
    Seamus Heaney, Poet, Poetry, Literature, Bogland, Bogs, Bog Poems, Tollund Man, John Quinn
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland
  • Topic
    Arts and Culture
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ Radio One
  • Production year
    2001
  • Country of production
    Ireland
  • Original identifier
    AA12509
  • 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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