I just picked up the CD of Mise Eire / Saoirse? and wonder if any WGers saw it when it first came out in 1960 or have seen the CD more recently. What do you think?

I bought it mainly to hear the background music by Sean O'Riada, said to be the father of the traditional music revival of the 20th century, and am only into the films a short way so far, but I'm struck by what a valuable resource of the times that these films are.

On the same subject, CBS came out with a two-record album and book on the Irish Rebellion on its 50th Anniversary. Narrated by Charles Kuralt, the album featured the music of Clancys/Makem and commentary by many who took part in the rebellion and were still alive in the 1960s. I'd love the see the album reproduced on CDs.

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Tags: Irish Freedom Struggle, Music, Traditional Music

Comment by Gerry Regan on December 14, 2013 at 5:06pm

Jim, I acquired the CD containing the soundtrack for Mise Eire, produced for the 50th anniversary of the release of the film. It's a stunning musical achievement, matching the visual and curatorial accomplishment of the filmmakers. My Dad acquired, and I still own, the 2-record album from CBS, which included a very interesting hardcover commemorative book. Alas, we lost the book through the years. Updating the album set to digital format would be a godsend to the hundreds of thousands of devotees of Irish history worldwide.

You can sample the music, and purchase it, here: http://www.emusic.com/album/sean-o-riada/mise-eire/11872663/

Comment by Jim Curley on December 15, 2013 at 10:05am

Thanks for the info, Ger. I finished viewing Mise Eire. The most touching scene in the movie was the release of Countess Markievitz (Sp?) from jail after the uprising.  She was a hero to the Dubliners and to all Irish, and was treated as such that day.

Some memorable lines from the CBS album (as best I remember them).

"And, as Tom Barry, said, 'There's no bad shot at ten yards range.' "

"'Eileen, surely you'll see Tom again.' I did. But if I did, 'twas for his execution."

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