Na Conairígh

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The Mobile Recording Unit was established in 1947 and was equipped with a disc recorder. Labhrás Ó Cadhla sings 'Na Conairígh'. This recording was made on acetate disc in September 1948 at the singer's home in Cappoquin, Waterford.

  • Title
    Mobile Recording Unit Introduced In October 1947
  • 1st Broadcast
    05/09/1948
  • Contributor
    Jimmy Mahon (sound engineer)
    Séamus Ennis (producer)
  • Clip Duration
    00:02:08
  • Material Type
    Audio
  • Clip title
    Na Conairígh
  • Extended description

    On 5 September 1948, Séamus Ennis recorded on acetate disc 15 songs and stories of sean-nós singer and pipes player Labhrás Ó Cadhla, in his home in Cappoquin, County Waterford.

    The Mobile Recording Unit with disc recorder was introduced in 1947.

    Séamus Ennis and Seán MacReamoinn were appointed the first two outside broadcasting officers. Proinnsias Ó Conluain and later Ciarán MacMathúna became broadcasting officers at a later date.

    The idea of the outside broadcasting unit was primarily to record speech and music in Irish-speaking areas. Their first trip was to County Kerry, taking a trip out to Valentia Island and visiting the house of author and renowned story-teller, Peig Sayers in Dunquin. With the arrival of two recording unit vans in 1948, the unit was able to tour throughout Ireland and also to Gaelic-speaking locations in Scotland, Wales and Cornwall.

  • Information

    The photogrpah accompanying this clip shows Séamus Ennis in 1963.

    © RTÉ Stills Library 1019/006

    The photographer was Roy Bedell.

    The Mobile Recording Unit and Coimisiún Béaloideasa Éireann.

    Coimisiún Béaloideasa Éireann (the Irish Folklore Commission), was established in 1935 under the direction of Professor Séamus Ó Duilearga. The Commission succeeded the Folklore Institute which had been established in 1927, in order to collect and preserve the oral traditions of the people of Ireland. Staff of Coimisiún Béaloideasa Éireann worked in collaboration with the Radio Éireann Mobile Recording Unit as they travelled around Ireland and overseas (to the Isle of Man, for example). This work continued when the Commission became Roinn Bhéaloideas Éireann, the Department of Irish Folklore, at University College Dublin, where the extensive Irish Folklore Collections are now housed.

  • Local keywords
    Séamus Ennis, Seán MacReamoinn, Labhras Ó Cadhla, Sean-Nós Singing, 1948, Mobile Recording Unit
  • Geographical coverage
    Cappoquin, Waterford, Ireland
  • Topic
    The Media
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ
  • Production year
    1948
  • Country of production
    Ireland
  • Original identifier
    RTECD234
  • IPR restrictions
    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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  • Item type
    part/extract
  • Item sound
    Mono
  • Language used
    Irish (gle)
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