Students from two schools in Northern Ireland meet at Corrymeela in County Antrim to bridge the religious divide.

'Radharc: Two Traditions' explores the origins and traditions of religious differences in history and asks why they have led to so much hatred and violence in Ireland. 

The programme observes through workshops with Catholic and Protestant teenagers how young people of a similar age interact and can identify divides between their communities. The teenagers acknowledge "you can be whatever you want" but question why religious divisions exist when people of other religions coexist peacefully in other countries.

One participant remarks

We're not taught anything... any Irish history I've done is the potato famine. Why? ... We're living in this land. There's Protestants and Catholics and there's all this trouble ... and I don't know anything about it ... We're not taught .. We miss out .. because we are Protestant. We're Irish. We live in Ireland but we miss out on all the traditions. There's beliefs. There's history but it's all forgotten about...

'Radharc's Two Traditions' was a series of programmes broadcast in 1991. This extract originated in the first episode entitled 'Origins' broadcast on 15 May 1991. 


‘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 Father Joe Dunn and Father 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.