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Family Family meet in Belfast to talk about how they grew up with the Irish language and how they associate their childhood with Irish and the adult world with English.

Fionntan McElheran, James McElheran, Caitlin Mhic Giolla Chiarain,

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Relationship of interviewees: Parents and son

Where: Belfast, Antrim

Language of interview: Irish
About this interview
Voice clip 1
Fionntan, the son, recalls how he and his brother, when they were young, always associated the English language with the world of adults, and Irish with the world of children.

More clips from this interview

James McElheran, Retired teacher
James recounts the difficulty he had in understanding two locals talking together in the main street of Cahirciveen, County Kerry.

Caitlin Mhic Giolla Chiarain, Housewife
Cailtlin recalls the amazement of a neighbour that her children could understand her speaking Irish.
Interview's notes

Long description of interview: Family group of three who met in Studio eight BBC Broadcasting House, Belfast. Son, a teacher, father a retired teacher and mother a housewife. Very chatty and relaxed group who, as it happens, are all musicians as well. Mother and son were the most animated while the father had a quieter, droll wit.

Recorded by: Brian Mullen, Radio Ulster

Date of interview: 2005/01/31



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