Léachtaí ar bord an traein idir Durlas agus Baile Átha Cliath eagraithe ag Iarnród Éireann.
Rail passengers between Thurles and Dublin can broaden their horizons in more ways than one, with Iarnród Éireann’s series of train lectures. This is the second series of lectures which Irish Rail is running in co-operation with the Tipperary Development Programme.
Passengers on this journey are treated to a lecture on traditional music by the broadcaster and music collector Ciarán Mac Mathúna, who starts off proceedings appropriately with a recording of Rita Connolly singing the famous Tipperary lament ‘Caoineadh Cill Chais’.
A familiar piece of music is next with Seán Ó Riada’s ‘Mise Éire’. That is preceded by a poem by Seán Ó Tuama, 'Ar An dTraein Go Dún Éideann', which he composed on hearing the news of Ó Riada’s death. In it the poet laments the distance between himself and Cúil Aodha, County Cork, where Seán Ó Riada’s passing is being mourned,
Ní rabhas-sa ann an lá úd go raibh gCúil Aodha lán ded mharbh,
ceoltóirí ag seinm ceolta duit mar a bhéidís ar bhainis,
ceoltóirí ag seinm deora duit as na mílte súil carad...
According to a spokesman from the Tipperary Development Programme, more educational lectures are in store. Passengers can enjoy the scenic views from the train, but also,
Tabhairfaidh sé seans dóibh a gcuid áma a úsáid, nuair atá siad ag taisteal, chun foghlaim.
This episode of ‘Cúrsaí’ was broadcast on 15 March 1993. The reporter is Pat Butler.
'Cúrsaí' was an Irish-language television magazine programme. It was first broadcast on 14 October 1986 with Neasa Ní Chinnéide and Seán Ó Tuairisg as presenters. It was originally billed as "iris-chlár le béim faoi leith ar chúrsaí reatha an lae agus ar chúrsaí na tíre i gcoitinne" (RTÉ Guide, 17 October 1986). But it covered a wide range of topics, including politics, current affairs, arts and entertainment. 'Cursaí' was broadcast four nights a week, from Tuesday to Friday, on RTÉ 2. It ended on 30 May 1995.