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.
There is a lot of exciting new religious content on RTÉ at the moment, on a number of different platforms:
On Sunday 14th December, at 11.10am, the Rev David Nixon leads a Service for the Third Sunday of Advent featuring members of Sutton and Clontarf Methodist Churches, Dublin. The broadcast also highlights the Church's outreach work among the capital's homeless.
Later the same day, at 5.05pm, Joe Duffy's Spirit Level examines the impact of Pope Francis, with contributions from Fr Vincent Twomey, retired Professor of Moral Theology at Maynooth and a friend and former student of Pope Benedict XVI; Michael Kelly, Editor of the Irish Catholic; Fr John O'Connor, who worked with Jorge Bergoglio in Argentina; and poet Pádraig Ó Tuama leader of the Corrymeela Community. Elsewhere in the programme, Joe also talks to Clareman of the Year, Marty Morrissey.
Finally, at 1040pm in the last episode of the current series of The Moment of Truth, Bláthnaid ní Chofaigh interviews Edward Horgan, a former Commandant in the Irish army, who became a peace activist. He risked his home, suing the State for what he saw as a breach of its neutrality, in allowing passage of American troops through Shannon Airport and he tried to arrest George W Bush on Irish soil for conducting what Edward saw as illegal wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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.
As you may have read, RTÉ's Longwave service will close on 19th January, 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
In the meantime, listeners on RTÉ Radio 1 Extra can enjoy an enhanced array of religious output on Sunday mornings, 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 11.00-12.30. He'll be joined by guests to explore contemporary themes and issues of belief. He'll also be sharing some of the world's best religious programme-making, from BBC World Service and CTVC's Things Unseen podcasts.
This week, he talks to Fr Chris Hayden about his book, I Believe, a line by line guide to The Creed, from the opening I Believe to the closing Amen. Niamh McManus talks to Dublin’s Lord Mayor, Christy Burke, and visits the Living Crib outside the Mansion House. Edel Fortune from St.Patrick’s Mental Health Services has some positive mental health tips for coping with the holiday season and we hear some of the stories behind the Living Word, heard every morning in RTE Radio.
At 11.00am, Sunday Spirit will be broadcasting Mass from St John the Evangelist's church, Kilkenny, where the celebrant is Fr Frank Purcell; then at 11.45am listeners can hear the Methodist Service which was broadcast at 11.10am at RTÉ One.
If you have news you'd like to share with Michael or would like to appear on the programme, you can contact him at Sundayspirit@rte.ie
A reminder that Gay Byrne has recently published a 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 Meaning of Life 2 (Gill & Macmillan) is the perfect stocking-filler for Gay's many fans.
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.