Page 8, 29th August 1947

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Broadcasting Policy Still a Lot To Be Desired


In this country the Radio has recently been reorganised, and an effort has been made to engage actors of reputation by offering more

attractive salaries. In one respect. however, the policy of Irish

broadcasting is open to criticism It must have struck Irish listeners

Mr. Hartnell,who was a popular figure as al compere of our " Question Time " programmes, took part in a public controversy about prison conditions and was promptly suspended from his Radio work by the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs. • Last year there were public celebrations to commemorate the Michael Davilt centenary, and the leaders of all political parties were invited to take part but only on condition that they submitted their speeches in advance. It is true that Mr. ChurChill was asked to submit his speech, but when he refused to do so he was included in the Saturday instead of the Sunday programme as political controversy is banned on that day. When in England civil liberties seem to be gravely imperilled, it is interesting to note that in one respect there is wider freedom than over here.


It is good news that the B.B.C. are sending over a commission, led by Mr. Bryan George, to work jointly with the Irish Folklore Commission, and to collect authentic Irish material for broadcasting. As the Irish Press has just pointed out in a very sensible leading-article, the reputation of this country has suffered much in the past from the conception of the stage Irishman. The real Ireland could scarcely be more different from this, and the collection that one hopes will be made of songs and ballads and stories, should open up to the British people a new world. The old Gaelic life has never been destroyed, though for centuries it has been submerged; of recent years the Irish Folklore Commission and various writers and scholars have done a great deal to bring it to the surface once again. I referred some weeks ago to the Folklore Exhibition, of which the only criticism I vs ould make was that it was not large enough, and this showed what a rich variety of sources there are, not only for the scholar, but for those who wish to provide entertainment for a wide public.

LIVING ART I have just paid a visit to the Living Art Exhibition held in the National College of Art, where, as well as native talent, a number of leading modern artists from England, Scotland and France are represented. England was represented by Graham Sutherland, John Piper, lvan Hitchens among others. Scotland by Robert Colquhoun and Robert McBride, and France by Marie Laurencin and Lurcat; the bulk of the work was by Irish painters, many of them of established reputation.

It is clearly impossible to mention them all hut 1 was specially struck by the ptomise shown by Daniel O'Neill. the technical skill of Louis le Brocquy, and the designs for windows by Evie Hone which made one long to sec them in the medium for which they are intended; her latest design is for the Catholic church at Kingscourt, Co. Cavan. I do not think it is an exaggeration to say she is one of the greatest religious artists of the present day.

Archbishop Peter McKeefry, cos& jutor-Archbishop of Wellington, New Zealand, will be consecrated at St, Patrick's Cathedral, Auckland, by Cardinal Gilroy, Archbishop of Sydney, on October 19. Cardinal Gilroy and Mgr. McKeefry were classmates in Rome.. The 378,898 -prisoners of war held in the U.S.A. have all been repatriated, reported the U.S. War Department last

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