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Audio Recording Father Sarsfield O'Sullivan, Irish American priest, Butte, Montana, second interview, part 2

Father Sarsfield O'Sullivan, Irish priest at St. Lawrence in Butte, Montana

About this Item

Title

  • Father Sarsfield O'Sullivan, Irish American priest, Butte, Montana, second interview, part 2

Names

  • Stanton, Gary Ward, 1946- (Collector)
  • Johnson, Paula J., 1954- (Collector)
  • Toelken, Barre, 1935- (Collector)
  • O' Sullivan, Sarsfield (Interviewee)

Created / Published

  • Butte, Montana, September 1, 1979

Headings

  • -  Irish Americans
  • -  Irish American Catholics
  • -  Folklore
  • -  Folk songs, Irish
  • -  Irish language
  • -  Ethnography
  • -  Field recordings
  • -  Interviews
  • -  Sound recordings
  • -  United States -- Montana -- Butte

Genre

  • Ethnography
  • Field recordings
  • Interviews
  • Sound recordings

Notes

  • -  Index data: Part 2 of a 5-part recording session with Father Sarsfield O'Sullivan at the St. Lawrence O'Toole Roman Catholic Church rectory in Butte MT: about odd affections, the Oxford educated priest whose rectory was the most godforsaken in Montana, on the Blackfoot Reservation; about "pub crawling" in Seattle, at the Britannia Saloon, where Montana Indians would congregate; the old emnities die slowly, there is a good sense of what they have lost; fieldworker Barre Toelken asks if there are friendships between the Indians and the Irish, and gives an example of a parallel in the Irish song "Four Green Fields"; Father O'Sullivan talks about his trip to San Francisco at the height of the Beat movement, wished he could introduce them to the Indians; how the old missionaries did better than they thought; sings "Lilly Bolero"; talks about similar openings to songs; sings "Poor Stranger Far From My Home" and "Leave the Green Bushes and Tarry With Me"; explains about the Red Haired Man, means an uncontrolled image in song; the church used some beliefs, especially edifying ghost stories; the Irish have an anticlerical spirit, "We still like to put you up on a pedestal so we can get a good crack at you"; about Father O'Flanagan, spoke out for the Basques, while the commonwealth Irish were for Franco, his Bishop forbade him to speak; song that sings praises for Newfoundland and takes back everything that had been said in the following line in Irish Gaelic; about Father Joe Maguire, found the names of Montana towns taken down from an old man in northern Ireland, who'd been a miner in Montana before returning to Ireland; about dialects, Mae Mulcahy represents pure "Buttese"; all the other ethnic groups pronounce English like the Irish in Butte; joke "They sure chirp like boids"; tells greenhorn story with Pierce Powers as shift boss.

Medium

  • 7-inch reel

Call Number/Physical Location

  • Call number: AFC 1981/005: AFS 20451
  • MBRS shelflist: RXA 0937
  • Field project identifier: MT9-GS-R66

Source Collection

  • Montana Folklife Survey collection (AFC 1981/005)

Repository

  • American Folklife Center

Digital Id

Online Format

  • audio

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Credit line: Montana Folklife Survey collection (AFC 1981/005), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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Chicago citation style:

Stanton, Gary Ward, Paula J Johnson, Barre Toelken, and Sarsfield O' Sullivan. Father Sarsfield O'Sullivan, Irish American priest, Butte, Montana, second interview, part 2. Butte, Montana, September 1, 1979. Audio. https://www.loc.gov/item/afc1981005_afs20451/.

APA citation style:

Stanton, G. W., Johnson, P. J., Toelken, B. & O' Sullivan, S. (1979) Father Sarsfield O'Sullivan, Irish American priest, Butte, Montana, second interview, part 2. Butte, Montana, September 1. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afc1981005_afs20451/.

MLA citation style:

Stanton, Gary Ward, et al. Father Sarsfield O'Sullivan, Irish American priest, Butte, Montana, second interview, part 2. Butte, Montana, September 1, 1979. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afc1981005_afs20451/>.