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The Joy At Christmas

The sound of Christmas from inside Mountjoy Prison, Dublin.

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The Joy At Christmas

In December 2011, a prisoner in Mountjoy prison decided to record the sounds of the prison at Christmas-time. (Because of Prison Service regulations, the prisoner cannot be named.)

He recorded prisoners building dolls houses for children, meals at Christmas, Mass and individual comments from prisoners and staff about life in prison during Christmas.

The programme also includes a recording of Mountjoy Prison's particular contribution to Dublin city's New Year's celebrations.

In making this programme, the prisoner worked with Prison School teacher, Brian Kinealy as well as Denise Dunphy and Barbara O'Shea from the School of Media at the Dublin Institute of Technology.

Producer for RTE Radio, Ronan Kelly (

First broadcast December 22nd., 2012

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