Acclaimed actor Aaron Monaghan reads Patrick Kavanagh's much-loved poem Advent with music by Irish composer Linda Buckley. 

RTÉ in association with the Creative Ireland Programme is calling on Ireland to Shine Your light on Sunday, December 20 from 8.30pm to create an important, national moment of solidarity, on the eve of the 2020 winter solstice.  Both RTÉ Radio and Television will mark this special moment with story, song and poetry. 

On RTÉ Radio 1 Ruth Smith presents a live one hour programme with inputs from around the country and performances from Saint Sister, Lisa Hannigan, Felispeaks, Jafaris and Pauline Scanlon as well as a showcase collaboration between the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and singer Dana Masters. 

One of the highlights of that night is a reading by actor Aaron Monaghan of Patrick Kavanagh’s much-loved poem Advent with music by Irish composer Linda Buckley from her new album Ocean’s Floor.

Advent by Patrick Kavanagh with kind permission of the Patrick Kavanagh Trust. 

In the show, Ruth also talks to folklorist Dolores Whelan about the ancient meaning for the Winter Solstice as a time for new beginnings, new light and new life. 

Shine Your Light – Solstice, RTÉ Radio 1 and RTÉ One, Sunday, December 20 from 8.30pm.

Shine Your Light is a collaboration between RTÉ and Creative Ireland.