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 21st September, we mark World Peace Day with a special Mass for Peace from the RTÉ studios, simulcast on RTÉ One and RTÉ Radio 1xtra. The celebrant is Irish Defence Forces chaplain Fr Robert McCabe, who is joined by a truly international group including Irish, Iraqi, Argentinian, Philippino, German, Swiss partcipants. Music is led by the Lourdes Youth Choir from Drogheda (Director, Jackie Walshe) and Couples for Christ from the Philippines. The event is organised by Rosemarie Lucero from Instruments of Peace with specially shot video from Kairos Communications. You can find out more about the event by visiting www.peacebeginswithme.eu
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.
Also on Sunday 21st September, at 5.45pm on RTÉ One, New Hope, New Year marks the imminent Jewish New Year festival of Rosh Hashanah with the story of Aviva Cohen, a wife and mother, who within a matter of weeks, lost her sister to cancer and saw her martial arts expert husband, Steve, left paralysed and speechless after a stroke.
Remarkably, instead of despairing, Aviva discovered resources in herself to cope, strongly supported by her faith community, with whom she re-engaged after year of absence. Aviva is now the award-winning developer of an APP to help other stroke victims on the long road to rehabilitation.
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.