The story of Cloona begins in 1969 with Tibetan monks. In exile in Britain since the Chinese invasion of Tibet, they were invited to be part of the renovation of Cloona Mill in a project which would see them set up a community in the West of Ireland. However, even before the project was finished they were refused visas from an Irish government loathe to offend China.

Having been inspired by the lifestyle of the Tibetan monks, Sonia Kelly founded the Cloona Health Centre – a detox retreat located in Westport, Co Mayo.

Contributors :Sonia Kelly (Cloona Health Centre), Eric Cross (Author), Des Fisher (Journalist).

Presented by Marian Finucane.

Produced by Eugene Murray

First broadcast 14th March 1979

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