Mynydd and Monadh – Echoes of Cymraeg in Scotland’s Gaelic Landscape
Talk in English by Roddy Maclean
Friday, 24th September 2021, 7:00 PM
Gaelic is the dominant language in the hilly and beautiful landscape of the Scottish Highlands. In this lecture, Scottish writer, broadcaster and educator Roddy Maclean explores how an understanding of cognate Celtic words and an ancient P-Celtic heritage can make that landscape seem a little more familiar to visitors from Wales. He will look at terms for landform and nature that represent a connection between our two Celtic nations, and will give advice on the structure and pronunciation of Gaelic toponyms.

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The History of Radio
Talk in English by David Lloyd
Friday, 15th October 2021, 7:00 PM
Radio consultant and historian David Lloyd tells the colourful story of the medium from the pioneering 1920s days through the birth of the BBC, the arrival of the pirates, local radio, commercial radio, radio in Wales, and today’s digital audio explosion.

He’ll speak of fondly remembered programmes and presenters, alongside the technical breakthroughs in this most personal medium to which nine out of ten people still listen each week.

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Pirate.ie – archiving the Irish pirate radio boom from 1978-1988
Talk in English by Dr John Walsh
Friday, 19th November 2021, 7:00 PM
Despite the existence of a large pirate radio scene in Ireland before the 1990s, the phenomenon remains understudied in comparison with other countries with a tradition of unlicensed broadcasting, for instance the UK and the Netherlands. Such research requires further work on reconstructing the historical record of a sector that by its nature did not systematically archive its programming. Pirate.ie is an open online archive of historical recordings from the decade 1978-1988, when pirate radio reached its peak due to legal loopholes and the inability of the political class to regulate the sector. Many large stations aimed at British listeners or placed transmitters along the border with Northern Ireland, giving Irish pirate radio a transnational dimension. In this presentation, co-founder of Pirate.ie, John Walsh explains the development of the archive of Irish pirate radio recordings and contends that the sector had far-reaching implications for culture, society, economics and politics.

Dr John Walsh is Vice-Dean for Equality, Inclusion and Diversity in the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies at the National University of Ireland, Galway. He is also a Senior Lecturer in Irish in the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures. One of his specialisms is media studies and archives.

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