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Sunday Spirit, presented by Michael Comyn, has at its centre the broadcast of Mass and Services, but now also has time between 10.00am and 1.00pm to talk to guests and play music from a diverse range and background.

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You can contact the programme by e-mailing sundayspirit@rte.ie or by texting the word 'Extra' and your message to 51551.

Sunday Spirit RTE Radio1 Extra DAB & Online 10.00am to 1.00pm Sunday.

Programme 80 Sunday 29th May 2016

In the last programme in the current series we'll hear of the upcoming visit to Ireland of two relics of St. Anthony of Padua.

Lough Derg continues to attract pilgrims and a new book is published that captures the spirituality of the island, we'll hear from the author Father Eamon Conway and we'll hear plans for the the first Irish speaking congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses in Galway.

Lough Derg

Programme 79 Sunday 22nd May 2016

This morning Michael talks with Jayne Ozanne, a founder member of the Archbishops' Council in the Church of England about her work as a Patron of Accepting Evangelicals and as Ecumenical Bible Week 2016 comes to a close in Dublin today we hear about the event in it's third year.

Programme 78 Sunday 15th May 2016

This morning Michael's guests include Ed Parkinson from Eckankar Ireland and Catherine McCann who talks about Shekina - her Wicklow garden and there is a review of the recent Church of Ireland General Synod held in Dublin this week.

Programme 77 Sunday 8th May 2016

This morning Michael talks with Fr.Donal Neary about the life and work of his friend and colleague the late Fr.Michael Paul Gallagher S.J. We hear about the Gospel Rising Music Festival 2016 and get a preview of a new exhibition of sacred scripture at the Chester Beatty Library.

Programme 76 Sunday 1st May 2016

This morning, Bishop Willie Walsh talks about his life, his vocation and his views on a role for women in the Roman Catholic Church. Also is Mindfulness just a new buzzword and what are it's connections to faith and spirituality, and Joe Duffy tells us about a commemoration service on Sunday for the Children on 1916.

Programme 75 Sunday 17th April 2016

On Sunday Spirit this morning at 10am, Michael Comyn's guests include Monsignor Hugh Connolly, President of Maynooth University, Dr John Cullen talks about his research in the use of the phrase pagan in Irish media and Maan Kantar talk about the healing power of sound and meditation.

Hugh Connolly

Programme 74 Sunday 10th April 2016

Today on Sunday Spirit the work of the Dublin Interfaith Forum, a preview of Rubicon 2016 and that "religion" question on the Census form. Michael Comyn talks with Michael O'Sullivan from Dublin City Interfaith Forum, Greg Fromholz co-founder of Rubicon and Chaplains Scott Evans and Susie Keegan tell us about this year's theme 1916-2016 Before, Between and Beyond and Deirdre Cullen, from the Central Statistics Office on declaring your relationship to religion.


Programme 73 Sunday 3rd April 2016

We review Laudato' Si, the Pope's second encyclical with Catherine Devitt, Environmental Justice Officer with the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice and Fr. Dermot Lane, continues our theme as he talks about his paper on contemporary Catholic Education.

Programme 72 Sunday 27th March 2016

A special edition of the programme which explores a selection of some of the images of Christ in the collection of the National Gallery of Ireland.

Programme 71 Sunday 20th March 2016

This morning on Sunday Spirit, Michael's guests include author and theologian Fr.Gabriel Daly who talk about Church reform, Sr.Joan Roddy shares an insight into life in direct provision facilities in Ireland and we preview the new film Risen with Dr.David Shepherd of the Loyola Institute in Trinity College Dublin.


Programme 70 Sunday 13th March 2016

This morning on Sunday Spirit, the spirituality found in the writing of Virginia Woolf, an update on the refugees on the island of Kos and the steps towards the beatification of Father John Sullivan.

Valerie Cox

Programme 69 Sunday 6th March 2016

This morning a new course in Theology that focuses on Spirituality and we'll hear about plans for an event next week where young people can explore faith and life - Faith Fest 2016.

Programme 68 Sunday 28th February 2016

This morning the story of Dag Hammarskjöld, the UN Secretary General who died in 1961, his biographer Dr.Roger Lipsey talks about the spirituality that guided this Nobel Prize winner. And we hear the story behind the Book of Kells, described by James Joyce as "the most purely Irish thing we have"


Programme 67 Sunday 21st February 2016

Three women tell three different stories of faith and spirituality, for Catherine McCann it was a solo trip to India at the age of 80, for Bronagh Catibu¨ic travelling to Croatia to help refugees gave her new insight and for Rosin Fitzpatrick a near death experience became the catalyst to change her life.

Programme 66 Sunday 14th February 2016

On this mornings programme the story of one woman's reparations for the campaigns of Oliver Cromwell and new research on Islamophobia in Ireland.

Oliver Cromwell

Programme 65 Sunday 7th February 2016

On this mornings programme a chance to hear extended interviews from Friday nights 'Leap of Faith' programme, including a look at philanthropic support for vocations in Ireland we'll hear from Margaret Cartwright, Director of Vocations Ireland.

For Christians, Lent starts next week and maybe the health benefits of 40 days of abstinence are worth considering, we'll hear from Professor Donal O'Shea on the how the period of preparation for Easter might be good for body as well as soul.

Donal O Shea

The Presbyterian Church in Ireland have nominated Rev Frank Sellar as the Moderator Designate and we hear of his plans for his year in office.

Programme 64 Sunday 31st January 2016

This morning on Sunday Spirit, on the eve of St.Brigid's Day, Dolores Whelan talks about Brigid of Faughart, saint and goddess.

St Brigids Cross

Programme 63 Sunday 24th January 2016

This morning we hear from Fergus Quinlan an architect who drafted his thoughts on reason and philosophy while on a 40,000 mile voyage that started in Bellharbour County Clare and we'll hear of plans for Holocaust Memorial day in Dublin.


Programme 62 Sunday 17th January 2016

This morning Dr.Eddie Deevey talks of his time as a young priest in the American Deep South in the 1960's and we hear of a Belfast conference next week, that seeks to explore the seminal events of 1916 the Easter Rising and the Battle of the Somme.

Edward Deevy

Programme 61 Sunday 10th January 2016

This morning we hear from Gaza and Archbishop John McAreavey who is there as part of the Holy Land Co-ordination Group.

We hear from theologian Angela Hanley on A La Carte Catholics and Poet and writer John F. Deane talks about his early life and his book, Give Dust a Tongue.

John F Deane

Programme 60 Sunday 3rd January 2016

This morning the programme looks back to five interviews from 2015 that left a lasting impression on listeners.

Programme 59 Sunday 27th December 2015

Alice Leahy and author John Scally share some heartwarming stories of those one step removed from the tinsel & turkey. Plus Mary Kennedy shares a seasonal thought.

Programme 58 Sunday 20th December 2015

This morning broadcaster Valerie Cox tells of her time on the Island of Kos working with refugees. Dr Robert Hensey talks about Brú na Bóinne ahead of tomorrow's solstice and Baz Ashmawy talks about his search for the faith of his father.

Valerie Cox

Programme 57 Sunday 13th December 2015

This morning broadcaster John Quinn on the work of John O'Donoghue. The work of Trust Ireland with Dublin's Homeless and we hear from the new editor of The Messenger, in print since 1888.

Programme 56 Sunday 6th December 2015

On this mornings programme, philosopher Mark Dooley on home, memory and personal identity in the cyber age and Mary Burke from Crystal Swing on the power of prayer in her life.

Mark Dooley

Programme 55 Sunday 29th November 2015

This weeks guest is Fr.Brian Darcy who talks about his new book, "And Catch the Heart Off Guard".

Brian Darcy

Programme 54 Sunday 22nd November 2015

Michaels guest this morning is 36 year old Robbie Merrigan who 4 years ago, following kidney failure found himself like over 500 other people facing the prospect of being on the kidney transplant list - it's a story of faith, not in church but in his fellow human beings. Plus, Niamh McManus reports from Rubicon 2015, a discussion about the intersection betweeen faith and culture.

Robbie Merrigan

Programme 53 Sunday 15th November 2015

This morning an extended interview with actor, singer and musician Frank Kelly on his faith and his famous role as Fr.Jack Hackett in the comedy, Father Ted.

Carol Ann Milton

Sisters of Faith for peace are women of all faith, coming together to work for peace by transcending the boundaries of their own faiths.Michael spoke with Doris McCann and Fardus Sultan about their organisation. There will be an event by the Charter for Compassion on Nov 24th. when the current Director of the Charter is Marilyn Turkovich who will fly in from Seattle for the launch of the Charter in Ireland. More information on their Facebook page and on seminars.ie

Programme 52 Sunday 8th November 2015

This morning an extended interview with Carol Ann Milton, author of The Coldest Night and suicide prevention activist and there's a report on faith at the Web Summit 2015.

Carol Ann Milton

Programme 51 Sunday 1st November 2015

On this morning's programme actress, farmer and Buddhist Mary McEvoy talk about finding beauty in ordinary things and we review the Catholic Church's Synod on the Family with broadcaster and journalist Wendy Grace.

Michael Nugent

Programme 50 Sunday 25th October 2015

This morning an extended interview with writer, playwright and Chairperson of Atheists Ireland Michael Nugent, and a look at faith action with Crosscare which is the Social Support Agency of the Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin

Michael Nugent

Programme 49 Sunday 18th October 2015

On this morning's programme we hear from writer, poet and theologian Padraig O'Tuama about living well in a troubled world.

Padraig OTuama

Programme 48 Sunday 11th October 2015

On this morning's programme we have a review of the first week of the Synod on the Family in Rome from Michael Kelly Editor of the Irish Catholic,, also this morning former Munster and Ireland Rugby player Damien Varley is Michael Comyn's guest, talking about his faith and his life after rugby.

Damien Varley

Programme 47 Sunday 4th October 2015

On this morning's programme a review of the visit of Pope Francis to the US, from Patsy McGarry of the Irish Times. Broadcaster and hotelier Bibi Baskin talks about her life journey that so far, that has taken her from talk show host to owner of her very own marigold hotel in India. Plus hospital chaplain Margaret Naughton tells us about her new book, "Shattered Fragments", finding God in the brokenness of life.

Margaret Naughton

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