"He Had Gone When I Looked to Meet His Eyes"

EXHIBITION : SEAMUS HEANEY

About this Item

Heaney reads a poem about the violent death of his second cousin.  

  • Title
    Death of a Cousin
  • 1st Broadcast
    10/10/1984
  • Contributor
    Des Hickey (Presenter)
  • Clip Duration
    00:03:24
  • Material Type
    Audio
  • Series title
    Appraisal
  • Clip title
    "He Had Gone When I Looked to Meet His Eyes"
  • Extended description

    Heaney wrote an elegy, 'The Strand at Lough Beg', after his second cousin Colum McCartney was shot and killed in 1975. In this extract, he reads a later poem from 'Station Island' that deals directly with the violence of this death.

  • Information

     ‘Appraisal’ was a radio arts magazine, presented by Des Hickey. It was first broadcast on 23 February 1972, in a weekly slot on Radio Éireann. According to the RTÉ Guide, it aimed to “give a general flavour of what is happening in the theatre, in music, dance, cinema, mime, poetry and even books throughout the whole country” (16 May 1986, p. 12).  It used a large panel of experts to review and discuss work.

     ‘Appraisal’ was incorporated into ‘The Arts’ in 1973, becoming a fortnightly programme until 15 October 1980, when it reverted to weekly. It ended on 8 September 1988.

    The accompanying image of Seamus Heaney appeared on p.10 of the RTÉ Guide on 12 April 1996.

  • Local keywords
    Seamus Heaney, Poet, Poetry, Literature, Northern Ireland, Troubles, Colum McCartney, Station Island, The Strand at Lough Beg, Des Hickey
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland
  • Topic
    Arts and Culture
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ Radio One
  • Production year
    1984
  • Country of production
    Ireland
  • Original identifier
    BB3237
  • 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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