Cultural Change (2)

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  • Teideal (Title): Cultural Change (2).
  • Uimhir Chatalóige Ollscoil Washington (University of Washington Catalogue Number): 860903.
  • Uimhir Chnuasach Bhéaloideas Éireann (National Folklore of Ireland Number): none.
  • Uimhir Roud (Roud Number): none.
  • Uimhir Laws (Laws Number): none.
  • Uimhir Child (Child Number): none.
  • Cnuasach (Collection): Joe Heaney Collection, University of Washington, Seattle.
  • Teanga na Croímhíre (Core-Item Language): English.
  • Catagóir (Category): thoughts.
  • Ainm an té a thug (Name of Informant): Joe Heaney.
  • Ainm an té a thóg (Name of Collector): Ewan Mac Coll and Peggy Seeger.
  • Dáta an taifeadta (Recording Date): late 1963 to early 1964.
  • Suíomh an taifeadta (Recording Location): London, England.
  • Ocáid an taifeadta (Recording Occasion): interview.
  • Daoine eile a bhí i láthair (Others present): unavailable.
  • Stádas chóipcheart an taifeadta (Recording copyright status): unavailable.

Joe Heaney says radio is doing away with a lot of the old singing and customs, especially among the young people.

Dancing has changed — in his youth dance other than ceilí dancing was illegal.

Fears that all the old traditions will die out when the older generation is gone.


At the time of the conversation, Joe Heaney hadn’t been home for five years; presumably Christmas 1958.

Fred Mc Cormick has transcribed this segment as part of the long interview conducted by Mac Coll and Seeger in 1963–4, before Joe emigrated to the United States. See Part 5.