50 years ago today, the television programme 'Radharc' showed the first footage ever filmed inside an Irish prison as part of the documentary 'The Young Offenders'.
Fr Joe Dunn reports from inside St Patrick's Institution for Young Offenders in Dublin. He talks to some of the boys who are serving sentences and asks them how they ended up there. There are shots of a young man arriving and being processed by staff, who put all his personal belongings in storage.
St Patrick's Institution opened in 1956 and concerns were raised over the years about conditions inside and its location on the grounds of Mountjoy Prison. The government recently announced that St Patrick's would close by the end of 2013.
'Radharc' was produced for RTÉ by Radharc, an independent production company run by Catholic priests and lay staff. Between 1961 and 1996 the Radharc team produced 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.
'The Young Offenders' was broadcast on 12 September 1963.
For more 'Radharc' visit the exhibition 'Radharc a Celebration'