To The Best of Our Knowledge
from Wisconsin Public Radio
If you ever find yourself on a dark country road in
Ireland, bring along some salt, red thread, and a cross. That's
what you'll need to protect yourself from "the other crowd."
In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, the fairies
of Ireland. They're magical, vengeful, and still alive and well
on the Emerald Isle. Also, we'll explore sean-nos, the ancient song
tradition of Ireland. And the fight to preserve the Irish language.
Philip Freeman is the author of Saint
Patrick of Ireland: A Biography. He tells Anne Strainchamps
that Patrick was enslaved by Irish raiders, escaped back to England,
then returned to Ireland because of a vision and devoted himself
to converting the Irish. Driving out the snakes is a myth, but
Patrick was fierce in his devotion to the Irish, especially the
women. Also, Jim Fleming talks with Mairin Ui Cheide, a
sean-nos singer. Sean-nos is old-style traditional singing where
songs usually tell a story. The tradition is fading as the old
singers die off, but younger singers like Mairin hope to keep
it alive for awhile longer.
Meaiti Jo Sheamuis is the host of a traditional
Irish music show on RTE, the Irish language radio network. He's
also an evangelist for the Irish language. He tells Jim Fleming
that he grew up speaking Irish and couldn't speak or understand
English until he was 15. He talks about the history of the Irish
language and the reasons why it's especially threatened now, despite
the political and cultural freedom in Ireland.
Eddie Lenihan is the author of The Other
Crowd, a book about the tradition of fairies in Ireland. From
his home in County Clare, he tells Steve Paulson that Irish fairies
are violent and dangerous and that people believe in them still.
And he tells how to protect yourself from fairies.
Cassette copies are available
at 1-800-747-7444. Ask for program number 04-03-14-A.
- Philip Freeman, Saint
Patrick of Ireland: A Biography
- Eddie Lenihan & Carolyn Eve Green, Meeting
the Other Crowd: The Fairy Stories of Hidden Ireland (Tarcher/Putnam)
- -It's Saint Patrick's Day/ NRBQ/ "You're Nice
People You Are"/ Rounder
- -The Bonny Laboring Boy/ The Boys of the Lough/
"Far and Back Again: Keepers Celtic Morning Show Favorite"/
- -Johnny Armstrong/ Maggie Sansone/ "Celtic
Meditations: Into the Light"/Maggie's Music -The Heathery
Cruach"/ Altan/ "The Best of Altan"/ GreenLinnet
-Fairly Shot of Her/ Clannad/ "A Magical Gathering: The Clannad
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