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Thread #7890   Message #4002516
Posted By: GUEST,henryp
29-Jul-19 - 06:55 AM
Thread Name: Sam Henry's Songs of the People
Subject: RE: Sam Henry's Songs of the People
Thanks, Jim, but it was Vic's initiative. And I've had trouble listening to RTE.

In 1994 - the year of the ceasefire - we spent our summer holiday on Dundrum Bay near Newcastle. I would have liked to listen to the folk programmes on RTE radio, and so I asked for a copy of the RTE Guide in the local shops. To my surprise, nobody stocked it. I did get some funny looks though, and felt increasingly self-conscious even asking for it.

But there was a simple explanation. The Mourne Mountains rise steeply between Newcastle and the border, making reception from the south difficult, if not impossible. People could not receive RTE programmes clearly, and thus there was no demand for the RTE Guide.