Songs of the Glens of Antrim

Songs of the Glens of Antrim

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Details

Location

Cushendun, Glens of Antrim, Loughareema

Year

1964

Date

Production 11/08/1964

Length

08min 09sec

Audio

mute

Format

16mm

black and white

Source

Funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland under the Archiving Scheme 2

Courtesy

Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, Department for Communities, ITV, UTV Archive

Rights Holder

ITV

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Description

Beautiful footage of the Glens of Antrim, inspired by the poetry of Moira O’Neill, the pseudonym of Agnes Shakespeare Higginson (1864–1955), a popular Irish-Canadian poet who wrote ballads and other verse inspired by County Antrim, where she lived at Cushendun.     

This film captures the essence of her work, Songs of the Glens of Antrim, it included 25 ballads and poems, mainly written in the dialect of the Glens. Her subjects include townland names, aspects of rural life and themes of exile and return, reflecting her emigration to Canada, before she returned to Co Antrim.    

The lady in the film is Mrs Douglas, but we do not know anything more about her or why she was filmed. Perhaps she’s listening to some of Moira O’Neill’s poetry.     

Credits

An Ulster Televison Production.

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