RTÉ offers a beautiful mixture of Christmas output to bring comfort and joy throughout the Christmas season.
On RTÉ One...
Sunday 22nd December
The Real Gift of Christmas: A fun, puppet-based drama for young children about the REAL meaning of Christmas. The multi-denominational Christian show, on the Fourth Sunday of Advent, is led by Junior Delarina, Creative Arts Director of Operation Mobilisation (OM) Ireland.
The Moment of Truth. Blathnaid ni Chofaigh talks to John Duignan about how personal tragedy led him to become deeply involved with, and active at the core of, the controversial Church of Scientology, and how that commitment has since turned to disillusionment and the abandonment of his former beliefs.
Carols from Dublin Castle. For six months this year, Dublin Castle played host to the movers and shakers of Europe, during Irelands EU Presidency. Tonight sees the historic buildings transformed, as Mary Kennedy introduces a glittering, festive show from St Patricks Hall, the Castle Chapel and other State Rooms, featuring Finbar Furey, Celine Byrne, Nathan Carter, Tommy Fleming, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, the DIT Chamber Choir and the Choir of St Bartholomews, Dublin performing carols old and new, with special guest Fr Peter McVerry. (HD. Repeated on Christmas Day at 0650 on RTÉ One and at 1430 on RTÉ TWO. Slots TBC.)
2300-Midnight Midnight Mass. Fr John Cummins, Administrator of the Cathedral of the Assumption, Carlow, celebrates the birth of Christ with a Mass that is simulcast on RTÉ Radio One and digital platforms, with music led by Marian Gaynor and the Cathedral Parish Choir. (A shared broadcast with RTÉ Radio One.)
Carols from Dublin Castle (Rpt). See above for details.
Mass for Christmas Day. Principal Celebrant the Most Rev. Denis Nulty, Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin, celebrates the birth of Jesus with a simulcast Mass from the Cathedral of the Assumption, Carlow, with music from the Cathedral Parish Choir, directed by Marian Gaynor. The Mass will be shared with broadcasters across Europe via Eurovision and is also simulcast on RTÉ Radio 1xtra / LW252 and RTÉ Digital Platforms.
Urbi et Orbi. Live coverage of Pope Francis first Christmas Message to the City and the World, from St Peters Square in Rome, with English translation and commentary by Fr Thomas McCarthy, O.P..
Service for Christmas Day. The Rev. Gary Mason leads a Worship Group from the East Belfast Mission in a Methodist Service of celebration, in the RTÉ Studios, Donnybrook. (The same service can be heard on RTÉ Radio 1xtra / LW252 and RTÉ digital platforms at the slightly earlier time of 11.00am.)
A Christmas Message from The Archbishops of Armagh. His Eminence Cardinal San Brady and the Most Rev. Richard Clarke, the Catholic and Church of Ireland Primates and Archbishops of Armagh, share their thoughts and prayers for the Christmas season.
Carols from Dublin Castle (Rpt) on RTÉ TWO. See above for details.
Sunday 29th December
Service. The Rev. Ian Horner leads a multi-denominational celebration of Christmas through the eyes of children, with RTÉ Cor na nOg, directed by Mary Amond O'Brien. (The same service can be heard on RTÉ Radio 1xtra / LW252 and RTÉ digital platforms at the slightly later time of 11.45am.)
Sunday 6th January
11.00am Mass for the Feast of Epiphany comes from the Church of the Nativity, Moynalvey.
10.30pm The Meaning of Life, with Gay Byrne.
Gay Byrne begins a new series of interviews with major public figures about the way life has shaped their beliefs and values. and vice versa.