Programmes You Can Believe In....
RTÉ Religious Programmes aim to Reflect, Interrogate, Celebrate and Explain the religious, ethical and spiritual life of contemporary Ireland. We broadcast over 100 hours each year on both television and radio, including documentaries, discussions, interviews, festival features and worship programmes, reflecting the full diversity of religious belief and practice in Ireland.
Sunday 14th September sees a very special one-off edition of Would You Believe? at 1035pm on RTÉ One.
Last Easter, the people of Nicker and Pallas Green, a small rural community on the Limerick / Tipperary border, decided to stage a Passion Play, in real time, over 24 hours, using amateur actors and no script.
The vision of a local cattle farmer, Eamon Harty, it was a monumental undertaking which challenged its cast - including farmers, a mechanic, a postman, a midwife, care workers and many more - to become method actors, mining their own experiences of love, fear, faith and grief, in order to make real the Passion of Christ 2000 years ago.
They succeeded magnificently and RTÉ cameras were there to capture THEIR passion in a magnificent documentary - PASSION - directed by Alan Robinson. Here's a taster, but don't miss the real thing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U00Wy2sbHHE
Also, on Sunday, you can watch a Service of Healing and Wholeness, led by the Church of Ireland's Rev Dr Pat Mollan, at 11.10am, on RTÉ One in the RTÉ studios in Donnybrook. The Service can also be heard on RTÉ Radio 1xtra / LW252 at11.45am, after our live Mass, which comes this week from St Patrick's church, Ballyshannon, Donegal. The celebrant is Fr Cathal Ó Fearrai. The mass is produced by Kairos Communications.
RTÉ Religious Programmes would like to extend condolences to Lady Bannside and the family of the late Dr Ian Paisley, who passed away today. In 2010, he recorded an interview with Gay Byrne for The Meaning of Life, which you can watch again on the RTÉ Player, here: http://www.rte.ie/player/ie/show/10323194/
If you would like your church or faith community to feature in our output, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or on +353 1 208 4586. Thanks.
We are also open to suggestions and stories for our various Factual series: Would You Believe?, The Meaning of Life, The Moment of Truth and Beyond Belief. Just email me: email@example.com Thanks.
Roger Childs, Head of RTÉ Religious Programmes.