What was wrong with all that jazz in a 1930s Ireland?
Le bunú an tSaorsáit, bhí súil ag an Eaglais agus an Stát go mbeadh muintir na hÉireann ag filleadh ar shaol a bhí coimeádach agus traidisiúnta.
"Bhí íomhá d'fhíor-Ghael ann, bheadh an fíor-Ghael ag labhairt Gaeilge, bheadh an fíor-Ghael ag rince damhsaí Gaelacha..." An Dr Méabh Ní Fhuartháin
But, by the 1930s, jazz was getting more and more popular, largely thanks to the relatively new technologies of radio and gramophone players. However, "jazz" did not fit in with this image of the "fíor-Ghael", or "true Irishman or woman", and "jazz" became a term used to refer to any form of modern music or dance.
"Is é an corp an rud is tábhachtaí i rince, ach ó thaobh dearcadh coimeádach de, is é an corp an rud is dainséaraí." An Dr Méabh Ní Fhuartháin
Mohill in County Leitrim became the centre of the Anti-Jazz Campaign, led by Fr Peter Conefrey. On New Year’s Day 1934, over 3000 people from south Leitrim and neighbouring counties marched through Mohill protesting against jazz, carrying banners bearing slogans such as 'Down with Jazz’ and ‘Out with Paganism’.
"Dar leis an Ath. Conefrey, bhí an diabhal féin ins an damhsa seo, an jazz." Seán Ó Súilleabháin
What did this protest achieve? How successful was the Anti-Jazz Campaign? Tune in to RTÉ One, Tuesday at 7 pm to find out.
"I gcónaí riamh, tá duine éigin amuigh ansin atá ag iarraidh cosc a chur le rud éigin, braitheann sé ar cén rud agus cé atá i gcumhacht." Alan Titley
COSC is a new series from Cláracha Gaeilge which looks back at instances of banning in Ireland. It’s kicking off with the Anti-Jazz Campaign, but keep an eye out for more COSC stories to come.