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.
On Sunday 12th October, our televised Mass on RTÉ One comes from the RTÉ studios, where the Bishop of Raphoe, the Most Rev. Philip Boyce will lead choir and congregation from St Teresa's Church, Clarendon Street, Dublin in a special celebration. That Mass is simulcast on RTÉ Radio 1 Extra / LW 252.
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.
You may have read that RTÉ's Longwave service will close on 27th October, at which point much of our religious content on RTÉ Radio will only be accessible on digital platforms: Radio 1 Extra, rte.ie, DAB and via your mobile or television. For more information about how to access that content, visit www.rte.ie/staytuned
From Sunday 2nd November, listeners on RTÉ Radio 1 Extra can look forward to enhanced service, as Michael Comyn hosts SUNDAY SPIRIT - three hours of religious content every week, from 10.00am to 1.00pm, built around the centre-piece of our Mass and Service, from 1100-1230.
Each week, Michael will be joined by a different guest for contemporary exploration of religious themes, plus an assortment of home-produced and archive content and some of the best international religious broadcasting from aruond the world.
Watch out for Gill & Macmillan's publication, on 17th October of Gay Byrne's second collection of edited interviews from THE MEANING OF LIFE. Those interviews with twenty of Gay's guests from the television series, are topped and tailed with his personal reflections on each of them. With an element of the sale of each book going to the Peter McVerry Trust and to the Christina Noble Children's Foundation, the book is well worth buying - the perfect stocking-filler for Gay's many fans.
Many people are still talking about PASSION, the extraordinary one-off edition of Would You Believe? that aired on Sunday 14th September.
It told the story of the people of Nicker and Pallas Green, a small rural community on the Limerick / Tipperary border, who, last Easter, decided to stage a Passion Play, in real time, over 24 hours, using amateur actors and no script.
It was the vision of a local cattle farmer, Eamon Harty - a monumental undertaking that 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 bring to life the Passion of Christ 2000 years ago.
They succeeded magnificently and RTÉ cameras were there to capture THEIR passion in a magnificent documentary, directed by Alan Robinson. If you missed it, you can still see it on the RTÉ Player here: http://www.rte.ie/player/ie/show/10323829/
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.