Telefís Scoile looks at how literature would help Ireland throw off her rags.
Augustine Martin lecturered in the English Department in UCD, he also edited secondary school text books, including the poetry anthology 'Soundings'(1969). He also presented programmes for RTÉ as part of the 'Telefís Scoile' educational strand for which he won a Jacobs Award in 1968.
This extract is from a 'Telefís Scoile' focusing on the Irish literary revival of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Martin comments on the opening night of 'Cathleen ni Houlihan', a patriotic play written by William Butler Yeats and Lady Augusta Gregory for their Irish Literary Theatre. It premiered in Dublin in April 1902, with nationalist Maud Gonne in the lead role.
At least for this night, the writer and his audience are at one. The people of Dublin can feel that their struggling theatre has expressed their own inner feelings about themselves, about their past, their present, indeed about their destiny. Ireland would soon throw off her rags and step out before the nations with the walk of a queen.
This edition of 'Telefís Scoile' was broadcast on 11 November 1973.