'The Gaeltacht experience is a great way to spend a month or so in west Donegal. Most of those who have gone there will agree.'

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'The Gaeltacht experience is a great way to spend a month or so in west Donegal. Most of those who have gone there will agree.'

Description

Rosemary notes how important the Gaeltacht was to her and she remembers some of the fun that she had with friends there.

Creator

Rosemary McCloskey

Publisher

Trinity College Dublin

Date

1960

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Rosemary McCloskey

Is Part Of

Adolescence and Early Adulthood

Type

Life Story

Spatial Coverage

Rannafast, Co. Donegal

Temporal Coverage

1960's

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That was an unforgettable summer. I stayed at Teach Shighle Bhili, Toin na Bhaile, with Cissie O'Donnell RIP, and her son Vincent (who later became head master of the primary school in Frosses in Co Donegal)and another eight or so students. We had such fun, and learnt so much from our stay there. We made friendships which have lasted to the present day both in Rannafast and Belfast. The Gaeltacht experience is a great way to spend a month or so in west Donegal. Most of those who have gone there will agree. They will talk of the fun and the life of music dancing and story- telling as well as all the other pranks we all got up to on our first time away from home, -harmless innocent fun, like skipping off to Annagry for chips or to listen to the juke box in the caf´┐Ż there, next to the dance hall. This was not approved of by the college authorities, who were in the business of giving us the immersion treatment, in order that we improve our language skills. Anyone who was caught speaking English would be sent home 'ar an cead bus ar maidin' (on the first bus next morning) and no appeals accepted. We had the sense not to get caught, but to be honest I was so keen on the language, that I did not want to speak English when I had the chance to speak Gaelic. I spent many summers during the sixties in Rannafast, and returned there very often during my life to visit old friends, one of whom was very special to me, Micheal O Baoghill (Mac Bhelle Fheidhlimidh). Mici was found dead at the back of a holiday home on a back road on his way home from a pub in Dungloe. He had obviously fallen and was unable to rise, and so died of hypothermia. That was around St Patrick's Day 2006.I went across from London with my friend Aidan O'Kane, who accompanied me to his funeral in Annagry, where he is buried in the grave with his uncle, Seosamh Mac Grianna.

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Dr Kathleen McTiernan (Trinity College Dublin)

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Dr Deirdre O'Donnell (Trinity College Dublin)

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