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The Summer of the Moving Statues

A look back at the summer of 1985, when Ireland was in the grip of the phenomenon of 'moving statues'.

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Documentary Maker: Sinead Mooney

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Documentary maker: Peter Woods

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The Summer of the Moving Statues

In July 1985 the story of the moving statues was first reported. It gripped the country.

In this documentary we hear from people in Ballinspittle, Co. Cork and Carns, Co. Sligo who witnessed the phenomenon.

The sightings stretched far and wide across the country, with around 30 locations in total reporting that statues of religious figures were said to be moving.

The site at Ballinspittle was probably the most famous and attracted over 100,000 visitors that summer.

Compiled by Sinead Mooney.

Production supervision by Peter Woods.

First broadcast in August 2007

An Irish radio documentary from RTÉ Radio 1, Ireland - Documentary on One - the home of Irish radio documentaries

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