Audio Recording Interview with Mary O'Reilly about her work in the Folk Fair with Irish Exhibition, Chicago, Illinois, part 4

Interview with Mary O'Reilly about her work in the Folk Fair with Irish Exhibition, Chicago, Illinois, part 4

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Title
Interview with Mary O'Reilly about her work in the Folk Fair with Irish Exhibition, Chicago, Illinois, part 4
Contributor Names
Moloney, Mick, 1944- (Collector)
O'Reilly, Mary (Interviewee)
Created / Published
Chicago, Illinois, May 4, 1977
Subject Headings
-  Irish Americans
-  Ethnography
-  Interviews
-  Illinois -- Chicago
Genre
Ethnography
Interviews
Notes
-  Mary O'Reilly, part 4
-  Part 4 of 5-part interview with Mary O'Reilly about her work in the Folk Fair with Irish Exhibition, and other topics, including thoughts about Irish American organizations, encouraging ethnic arts; topic sequence includes discussion of the way many Irish American marriages end up in divorce, 10 percent according to the Chancery Office; how there is a drop off in religious vocations among Irish Americans, which is also a world-wide phenomenon, today there are more liberal attitudes to religion; Mary O’Reilly has several friends who financially support priests abroad; she notes a large gap between the generations, children today have more than their parents had, know more, are more materially minded, and more cynical; about the Council of Irish Arts, Mary O’Reilly is negatively disposed towards it, an organization in name only, essentially a theatre group that "never got off the ground,” but it has an Illinois State Charter, factions developed and the organization split; Mary O’Reilly would like to see an Irish center with appropriate facilities; Irish Americans donate a lot of money to charity, mainly the Catholic Church; Irish organizations currently active in Chicago include the Irish Musicians Association, Gaelic Athletic Association, schools of dancing, the Gaelic League, O'Neill School of Irish Music (run by Noel Rice), the American Committee for Irish Studies with members in Chicago universities; about Emmet Larkin's work on the Catholic Church in Ireland; Mary O’Reilly is not knowledgeable about the Ancient Order of Hibernians activities in Chicago, or the Knights of Columbus; there are very few Irish County organizations, the ones she knows are for Clare, Kerry, Mayo, Cork, and Down; there is a Shamrock American Club, a very old organization with a strong religious orientation; big festivals include Rose of Tralee, Mary from Dungloe, and St. Patrick’s; these have influenced the development of festivals in Ireland; about St. Patrick's Day, then there is lots of employment for performers; what Mary O’Reilly thinks needs to be done to improve the state of the ethnic arts among the Irish Community, more on the history of Ireland in the schools, this must precede involvement in the arts; Irish arts are not appreciated by most Irish Americans, Ireland is seen as a second rate nation in America; perhaps music needs to be encouraged, or an Irish library, or theatre; funding can have negative effects if used badly, about the problems sometimes associated with funding; about Noel Rice's Irish Music School.
Medium
audiocassette, C-60
Call Number/Physical Location
MBRS Shelflist: RYA 0638
Field Project Identifier: CH77-T053-C
Call number: AFC 1981/004: AFS 20576b
Source Collection
Chicago Ethnic Arts Project collection (AFC 1981/004)
Repository
American Folklife Center
Language
English
Online Format
audio

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Chicago citation style:

Moloney, Mick, and Mary O'Reilly. Interview with Mary O'Reilly about her work in the Folk Fair with Irish Exhibition, Chicago, Illinois, part 4. Chicago, Illinois, May 4, 1977. Audio. https://www.loc.gov/item/afc1981004_afs20576b/.

APA citation style:

Moloney, M. & O'Reilly, M. (1977) Interview with Mary O'Reilly about her work in the Folk Fair with Irish Exhibition, Chicago, Illinois, part 4. Chicago, Illinois, May 4. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afc1981004_afs20576b/.

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Moloney, Mick, and Mary O'Reilly. Interview with Mary O'Reilly about her work in the Folk Fair with Irish Exhibition, Chicago, Illinois, part 4. Chicago, Illinois, May 4, 1977. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afc1981004_afs20576b/>.

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