Radharc Communications Centre 1970

First broadcast on 1 May 1970, 'Radharc' takes a look at a typical day at the 'Radharc' Communications Centre on Booterstown Avenue in Dublin.

The Communications Centre not only produces 'Radharc' films but also acts as a training ground for those interested in learning about mass communications and mass media. The centre offers training courses in television, film, radio, and journalism, all of which are delivered from a religious angle.

In a lesson on mass media students are taught about the moral impact of advertising and the effect it has through everything from children's comic books to consumer products in the supermarket. A class on the subject of communication and the power of language examines the difference between communicating on television and from the church pulpit. The film also shows students putting what they have learnt into practice in front of and behind the camera. A nun is shown how to use a film camera by Fr. Dermod McCarthy

Taken from the first in a two-part programme on communications in the Church, this programme was broadcast on 1 May 1970 and was narrated by John Wall.

About Radharc

'Radharc', a series specialising in religious programming, was produced for RTÉ by Radharc, an independent production company run by Catholic priests and lay staff. 'Radharc' can be translated to English as 'view' or 'panorama'.

Co-founders Fr. Joe Dunn and Fr. Desmond Forristal who had received training in television production in New York in 1959 gathered around them a team of like minded priests with creative talent.

The 'Radharc' team made their first production in 1960 in Donegal, a short film about customs relating to St Brigid's Day. The first programme in the 'Radharc' series for RTÉ was broadcast on 12 January 1962.

Between 1961 and 1996 the Radharc team would produce over 400 films in Ireland and 75 countries worldwide. The films dealt with human rights, injustice, faith, religion, persecution, struggles against oppressive regimes, famine, and Christian heritage.

The popular series ended production in 1996 after the death of Fr Joe Dunn.

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