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Interview with Annie Kissack about Mona Douglas and Aeglagh Vannin

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Date(s): 30 November 1992

Scope & Content: Annie Kissack talks to Phil Gawne about first meeting Mona Douglas when she joined Aeglagh Vannin; how she came to be involved with Aeglagh Vannin; No. 1 Mount Havelock where Aeglagh Vannin was held, the unsafe electrics and leaking roof and the people involved including Bernard Caine and Brian Stowell; Aeglagh Vannin performing around the island; anecdotes about performers; fencing at Aeglagh Vannin with Baron Giovanelli and Jack Irving.

Annie sings the start of “Children of Her Northern Isle”. They talk about what children learnt at Aeglagh Vannin; inviting people from Celtic nations to the Isle of Man; Mona Douglas's house in Ballaragh; Aeglagh Vannin phasing out and Manx traditions taught at schools; Mona's optimism about people's interest in the Manx language; Mona's involvement with Aeglagh Vannin; Mona’s attitude towards children, her character, political views, patriotism and ideals; Mona’s influences; early years of Yn Chruinnaght; dialect plays and casting choices; meeting Lewis Crellin and hearing him telling stories. Annie and Phil conclude the interview in Manx.

Administration / Biographical History: Constance Mona Douglas, author, journalist, musician and antiquarian (1898-1987).

Language: English, Manx Gaelic

Extent: 42 min. 44 sec.

Item name: cassette tape

Collection: Sound Archive

Level: ITEM

ID number: SA 0379

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