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Interview with John Thomas Kaighen speaking Manx Gaelic and a choir rehearsal

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Date(s): 1950s

Creator(s): Manx Society

Scope & Content: John Thomas Kaighen in conversation, in Manx. The recording starts in mid-sentence about places along the north coastal area of the Isle of Man, particularly Bride including field names at Ballagarrett. John is occasionally prompted in English by a woman, likely to be Annie Kneale, his sister.

John talks about the Christians of Ballakeigh; how at Lough Cranstal there were 3 or 4 living in a thatched house, which was very cold, with a net (presumably a fishing net over the thatch); Ballamin (home of the Alcocks for a time); Ballakinnag (near Knock-y-Doonee) and Knockenean; smithy at Knockenean.

The conversation continues with field names at Ballagarrett Farm, including: Magher Cheu Twoaie, Magher Cheu Jiass, North Top Field, South Top Field, Down Field, Balvennee/Balrhennee [?], Magher y Muc, Magher yn Thie Muc, Cooil Thie, Cheusthie yn Ayrey, Cooil cheumooie yn Ayrey, Bwaane, Magher y Mullagh, Magher yn Qweeyll Mooar, the field they were taking the stones from - ‘yn Aaie’, Magher yn Creggan, Cabbal Magher, Keeil Magher, ‘Runt Mygeayrt’. They talk of a road called Bayr Ruagh, Bayr Jiarg and of Bayr-ny-Hayrey running out onto the Ayres. The final part (mostly in English) is a discussion of Crosby Farm, Kionlough and Shellag with a mention of crabs on the shore below Shellag.

The recording ends with an unknown choir rehearsal, songs in English, and include ‘Ellan Vannin’.

Administration / Biographical History: John Thomas Kaighen, native Manx Speaker (1862-1964). John William ('Bill') Radcliffe, Manx scholar (1917-1984). Walter Clarke, Manx speaker and translator (1928-2007).

Language: Manx Gaelic, English

Extent: 29 min. 26 sec.

Item name: magnetic recording tape

Collection: Sound Archive

Level: ITEM

ID number: SA 0041

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