In 1965 the 'Discovery' series made the programme 'Sailing to an Island' following a trip made by a Galway hooker boat from Cleggan, on Connemara's Atlantic Coast to the island of Inishbofin.
The programme is narrated by Anthony Ross using poet Richard Murphy's poem ‘The Cleggan Disaster’ from his 1963 collection ‘Sailing to an Island’.
The extract here shows Holy Communion day on Inishbofin, follows the children and their families as they emerge from the church and follows the clergy as they leave the island by boat.
Richard Murphy moved to Cleggan in the 1950s and bought and renovated the ‘Ave Maria’, one of the few remaining fishing boats. He later moved to Inishbofin where he remained for twenty years, writing poems inspired by aspects of life facing the local fishing community.
This episode of 'Discovery' was broadcast on 1 November 1965. The programme was produced and directed by Kevin Sheldon and Peter Kennerley.
'Discovery' was a documentary series broadcast on RTÉ between 1964 and 1967. The series which first aired on 14 January 1964, touched on many aspects of Irish life with an occasional spotlight on events of particular interest.