Marking Saint Valentine's Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, RTÉ Archives take a look back at the customs and traditions associated with the 14th of February and how they have been represented on television and radio.
Love, romance, kissing, cards and flowers are all synonymous with Valentine's day. The Irish connection with Saint Valentine's Day is strengthened by the fact that relics of St. Valentine can be found at Whitefriar Street Carmelite Church, Aungier Street, Dublin. The relics were donated by Pope Gregory XVI. Each year on Valentine's Day, a special blessing of rings for couples planning to marry takes place at the Whitefriar Street Carmelite Church.
The accompanying image shows Zig and Zag wishing all their fans a Happy Valentine's day. This photo first appeared in the RTÉ Guide, 10 February, 1989.
John B. Keane gives advice on courtship.
Older dancers go looking for love at ballroom dancing sessions in the Green Isle Hotel.
Philip Bromwell investigates a speed dating service for foreign professionals.
Marian Finucane asks chef John Dowd about aphrodisiac foods.
The Irish score highly in Valentine surveys conducted by website anotherfriend.com and publisher Mills and Boon.
UCC Choir sing Valentines to raise money.
'Jo Maxi' compares teenage romance in Paris and Donegal in these Valentine's Day vox pops.
Marian Finucane discusses famous breakups and the best way to end a relationship with Fiona Looney and Eamonn Sweeney.
Deirdre McCarthy reports for 'Nationwide' on the myths, legends and religious practices surrounding St. Valentine’s Day.
'Youngline' reporters are out on O'Connell Bridge in Dublin's city centre where they ask passers-by for a Valentine's kiss.
Twink (Edel King) talks to children about love, kissing, boyfriends and girlfriends and whether they will send any Valentine's Day cards.
Morning Ireland takes a look at what people think of Valentine's Day and celebrities talk about receiving Valentine cards.
People on Grafton Street in Dublin's city centre talk about Valentine's Day and what it means to them. Tom McGurk also pays a visit to Whitefriars Church where the relics of Saint Valentine are preserved.
The top 10 tips for a romantic Valentine's Day. Flowers, perfume, cards, chocolates, love letters, poetry and cupid are all essential elements for that perfect Valentine.
Aonghus McAnally discovers some of the views of RTÉ personalities on St. Valentine's Day.
A look at the reputation of Irish men when it comes to love, romance and romantic gestures on Valentine's Day.
A Late Late Show Valentine’s Day special all about love and romance.
Reporter, Joe Little, finds out how some people spend St. Valentine’s Day, the feast day of the Patron Saint of young people and of love.
St Valentine's Day celebrations, the most romantic couple in Ireland and a protest for marriage equality by the support group Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender.
Zig and Zag top the popularity stakes this Valentine's Day.
Gay Byrne appears on the cover of the Valentine's Day edition of the RTÉ Guide to promote the Late Late Show Valentine's Special.
However, following the tragedy of the 'Stardust' fire in the early hours of 14 February 1981 when 48 young people died The Late Late Show was not broadcast.
Derek Davis appears on the cover of the RTÉ Guide 'Valentine's Day' edition in 1988.
A RTÉ News report looking at the changing patterns of consumption and commercialisation around Valentine's Day.