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Public broadcasting in the United States and in Ireland is vastly different. While the Corporation for Public Broadcasting gets just a small fraction of a percent (around .014%) of the national budget, public broadcasting in Ireland is heavily funded through the government and directly by a licensing fee for televisions. Irish citizens have mixed opinions about Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ) which facilitates important conversations about what really is the best way for a country to operate a public media organization.
The first interview above gives a perspective from an Irish woman about how she feels she benefits from RTE. She explains some of her issues with the public broadcaster that seem to be felt throughout the country.
In the second video we get a unique perspective from a woman who was born and lived in Ireland, then moved to the US for 40 years. She’s moved back to Ireland and was visiting the Aran Islands with her best friend. In the interview she talks about how different television is in the US, especially when it comes to the public broadcasting in Ireland. She didn’t have anything to say about PBS which shows how little it crosses minds when searching for information in the US.
Starting from Lough Corrib and flowing through the heart of Galway, the river Corrib is an essential part of the city. It not only provides a great view, but entertainment and necessity (such as the famous Irish salmon). The river reaches to the Atlantic by way of Galway Bay, ending up one of Europe’s shortest rivers at 6 kilometers.
The river is also an essential part of campus life at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Running right along the campus, there is easy access to the river and all it’s benefits.
Different kinds of boats often glide along the surface of the river Corrib, including those of NUI Galway students on the rowing team, small ships for dinner cruises, and boats for sport like in the video below.
The Galway weir, used to control the water levels, makes Galway a popular spot for in-river fishing. Fishermen reserve spots to stand in the Corrib and try their luck at catching some salmon. Fly fishing is the most popular method here.
No matter what country one visits, a look at the art that fills the streets gives a good insight into the culture and history. Art comes in many forms, I decided to look at two of the most prominent in Ireland: food and music.
When most non-Irish think of Irish food they think potatoes. This is mostly due to how big of a part potatoes were in the Irish diet, especially the lower-income rural Irish diet, at the time of the potato famine. During the period between 1845-1849 over a million Irish died of starvation and related diseases and about the same left Ireland to live elsewhere. This is why there are more people outside of Ireland who claim Irish decent than actual Irish living in Ireland today.
Drinking is another big influence of Irish food culture. It is noticeable when going into Irish pubs in Dublin that most everyone orders a beer or wine with dinner. This isn’t nearly as prominent in America.
In our ever globalizing world, Irish cuisine is influenced heavily by geography and other cultures. This is explained more in the video Inside The Irish Food & Drinking Culture.
Overall, the traditional Irish stew reigns king as the staple, go-to Irish Dish.
American and Irish food culture are both majorly influenced by other nearby countries. Ireland is a short trip from most all other European countries. Also, being a big city, Dublin has people from all over the world living and working here.
Similar to Ireland, near by countries have had a huge influence on American food culture. This is especially true for the recent boom of Mexican food in America. In an AirTalk radio show, How Mexican food conquered America, a book by Gustavo Arellano that tackles this subject is discussed. “”The mixing not just within Mexico, of the Spanish and Indian, and also, to a lesser extent, the Chinese and Arab traditions, but once you’re up here in the United States, you have all sorts of amalgamations of Mexican food.” Arellano argues in his book that the American-Mexican foods that have come out of this such as the Mexican Burger popular in Colorado, aren’t inauthentic but part of the “Mexican Family.”
Ireland has music so unique and entwined with it’s culture that there’s nothing quite like it anywhere else, especially in America. Irish music’s “origins can be traced back to almost two thousand years ago when the Celts arrived in Ireland.”
One of the most important instruments not only to Irish music but Irish culture as a whole is the harp. It was one of many brought over by the Celts. Today, it is still an integral part of the music while also a national symbol for the country.
In the Irish Catholic Church, music is sometimes just as important as the readings themselves. Mostly sung by choruses or performed on organs music is a part of every mass. With Ireland historically having to fight for religious freedom, Catholicism is not only important religiously but culturally.
In an interview, Liam Lawton, a composer explained “It is a symbol of unity in a worshiping community between the people and their God and also among people themselves.”
At Christ Church Cathedral on Saturday both the choir and the organ player practiced their music for upcoming masses and concerts.
Windows are one of the most important parts of a building. They don’t hold it up, true, but most buildings without them are bleak. While serving a purpose, windows also showcase the character and architectural craft of a structure.
In Dublin, many tours groups gather in front of the Central Bank of Ireland.
Hi everyone! My name is Claire and I’m a senior at Virginia Commonwealth University planning on graduating in Spring 2017. I have a double major here, Mass Communications concentrating in Public Relations and Gender, Sexuality, & Women’s studies. I also added a Business minor recently, you know, just for the fun of it. Similar to most Mass Communications majors I’m a pretty big social media nerd. I’m on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat the most frequently.
Outside of class work my passions lie in photography, volunteering in the community, and going on adventures with my dog. I first got into photography with a tiny film camera I used to take with me everywhere as a kid. Once I got my first digital camera I started to realize I could take pictures that actually looked good (!!!) by playing with settings and point of view. After taking a dark room class and then buying my first DSLR the rest was history. Now, I do some paid photo shoots here and there and I bring my camera to most cool places I go but am thankful for phone cameras getting better to fill in the gaps.
I’m living off campus for the first time next year because I recently completed the VCU ASPiRE program. I made sure the place I’m living is animal friendly and decided to adopt my own dog this summer. I grew up with dogs so the day I adopted my very own was always something I thought about. My dog’s name is Hobie, he’s about a year old and I’ve had him for a little over a month. He doesn’t know it yet based on this cute face but he’s going to be really sad when I disappear for two weeks to go to Ireland.
Even as I’m preparing for this trip it still doesn’t feel real! The farthest I’ve ever been from Virginia is Wisconson. One of the coolest parts about getting ready for this trip is talking to my grandma about it. She’s so incredibly excited for me because I have this opportunity that she never did. She knows that all of her grandparents were from Ireland and specifically that one of her grandfathers was moved to England during the potato famine. He eventually came to the United States seeking religious freedom, being Irish Catholics. My grandma, still a devout Irish Catholic, was never able to visit Ireland and now at 85 is able to see it through my pictures, video, and personal experience. She’ll surely be reading this blog! Hi Nana! Here’s a video of me talking to her about her Irish roots.
— Claire LeFew (@clairelefew) June 16, 2016