Professor Seamas O Cathain, former Director of the National Folklore Collection, writes of his schooling just north of the border in Tyrone: "I learned little or nothing about the island of Ireland, but could soon list by heart the rivers of England." To learn Irish, he crossed the border to the then unchanged Donegal Gaeltacht of "Na Cruacha".
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"I have run the gauntlet of many borders in my time, but the border I grew up with at home was far and away the most trying," writes Seamas OCathain (Professor Emeritus at University College Dublin, and former Director of the National Folklore Collection) of the Irish border - "a border policed by little corporals that was the bane of our lives."