The poetry and songs of the old territories of Muirtheimne, Oighialla and Cuailgne from south Armagh to North Meath and across Louth to the sea, make up the fifth programme in the series. This is the country of the ‘Táin Bó Cuailgne’ and the setting for the life and work of Mac Cuarta, Ó Doirnín and Mac Cubhthaigh.
“The literary history of this region is over 1200 years old”
This extract from the programme includes a dramatisation of Peadar Ó Doirnín song or love poem ‘Ur Chnoc Chein Mhic Cainte’. The song tells the story of a young man who invites a young woman to elope with him.
The landscape of Carlingford Castle and the surrounding forests and valleys provides the visual backdrop for this exploration of song and poetry,
This episode of ‘Voices From A Hidden People’ was first broadcast on 4 Febuary 1971.
‘Voices from a Hidden People’ was a series of six programmes, transmitted in 1971, that examined the literary and poetic heritage of six areas of Ireland. The series was inspired by Daniel Corkery’s ‘Hidden Ireland’ published in 1924. The series was scripted and presented by Diarmaid Ó Muirithe and produced by Gerry Murray.
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