Cultural Change (1)

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  • Teideal (Title): Cultural change (1).
  • Uimhir Chatalóige Ollscoil Washington (University of Washington Catalogue Number): 841404.
  • 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): Joan Rabinowitz.
  • Dáta an taifeadta (Recording Date): 09/04/1982.
  • Suíomh an taifeadta (Recording Location): University of Washington, United States of America.
  • Ocáid an taifeadta (Recording Occasion): day class.
  • Daoine eile a bhí i láthair (Others present): unavailable.
  • Stádas chóipcheart an taifeadta (Recording copyright status): unavailable.

Joe believes that radio and television have damaged cultural transmission at in Ireland. Nothing will ever convince the people there that their culture is superior to anything you can get on television. In Joe’s native area, even today, the people will turn off the television in order to listen to a song. But it’s there, and Joe says he’s seen the changes in many places. In Dublin, for instance, country-and-western music is very popular. There was more Irish spoken in Ireland 20 years ago than there is today.

People are better off now; they can get in their cars and go somewhere. But when people were confined in one place, they had their own culture, not something that was given to them. Joe says he’d rather be in America — and America built his confidence, talking about Irish culture in classes and festivals — than to try to do the same thing in Dublin.