Religious Programmes on RTÉ Television

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.

If you would like your church or faith community to feature in our output, please contact me at or on +353 1 208 4586. Thanks.

On RTÉ Radio 1 Extra, every Sunday, Michael Comyn hosts SUNDAY SPIRIT - three hours of religious content, from 10.00am to 1.00pm, built around the centre-piece of our Mass and Service, from 11.00-12.30. Each week, he is 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's Heart & Soul series and CTVC's Things Unseen podcasts.

This week, Michael's guests include Gospel Singer and Song Writer Nono Madolo, who sings from her new Album Tefillah. For a flavour of her wonderful talent, click here:

Historian Father Thomas Morrissey introduces us to the diaries of a young Jesuit priest, John Delaney, who walked around Dublin 99 years ago, during the Easter Rising and Michael Kelly, Editor of the Irish Catholic newspaper comes in to review the stories of the week.

Our simulcast Mass, at 1100am on RTÉ One and RTÉ Radio 1 Extra features choirs and parishioners from St Teresa's Church, Mount Merrion, Dublin. The celebrant, in RTÉ's Montrose studio, is the parish priest, Fr Tony Coote, and the music is an original setting of the Mass of the Little Flower by local composer Brian Lawler.

Our service, at 11.45am is from Clonmel Church of Ireland Parish Church. It's led by Canon Barbara Fryday with music from the Clonmel Junction Festival Choir.

If you have news you'd like to share with Michael or would like to appear on the programme, you can contact him at You can also listen back to podcasts of the programme here:

At 7.30pm, on RTÉ Radio 1, award-winning presenters Colette Kinsella and Seán Duke's latest exploration of LIFE MATTERS focuses on the effect that our built environment can have on our spiritual life and wellbeing.

Later, at 1035pm on RTÉ One, we offer you another chance to see a conversation recorded in 2010 between broadcasting legends Gay Byrne and Sir Terry Wogan about The Meaning of Life.

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 an ideal gift for Gay's and the series' many fans.

If you missed the recent any of the recent episodes of Would You Believe? you can find them still on the RTÉ Player or on the series website:

We are open to suggestions and stories for our various Factual series: Would You Believe?, The Meaning of Life, The Moment of Truth and Beyond Belief. If you have an idea or story you would like to share, please just email me: Thanks.

Roger Childs, Head of RTÉ Religious Programmes.

What's On

RTÉ Religious Websites:

  • iWitness
  • The Meaning of Life
  • Spirit Level
  • Would you believe?
  • Beyond Belief
  • West of Mecca
  • Who's Afraid of Islam?
  • Radio 1
  • Radio 1