Writers, academics, businessmen, politicians and musicians discuss what it means to be Irish and what Irish culture means to them.
An episode of 'Long Ago But Not so Far Away' examines what it means to be Irish. In this extract some interviewees attempt to define what make us Irish.
Seán Ó Faoláin says the qualities of the Irish inlcude,
Humanity, warmth, imagination, sympathy, charity. Things like that. Not brains. I don't mean we haven't got them. We've got tonnes of brains... we don't use them.
He also sees a culture as a continuing process, that is never completed.
A particular Irish way of life couldn't be static. Once it was static, it would be dead.
Among those interviewed for the programme are Sean Ó Tuama, Daithí Ó Huaithne, Sir Basil Goulding, Eoghan Ó Hanluain, Professor Sean Lucey, Kitty Murphy, Maire Ní Cheilleachair, Adrian Hardiman, Professor Peter Kaim Caudle, Maeve Binchy, Garret FitzGerald and Seán Ó Faoláin.
Commenting on the programme in the RTÉ Guide producer Gerry Murray writes.
There are those who think and act in a conscious Irish-Ireland way and at the other extreme those who do not wish to be identifiable in any sense with a trait of Irishness.
(RTÉ Guide, 11 December 1970, p21)
This was the final episode in the series of 'Long Ago But Not so Far Away' broadcast on 18 December 1970.
The reporter is Jim Sherwin.