MONDAY 15TH JANUARY
DOMINICAN ORDER PROGRAMME
The Dominican order hit the headlines last year when former Man Utd player Philip Mulryne was ordained as a priest. He also had 29 caps for Northern Ireland and played for Norwich City, he had the cars and the big money but there was always a gap. Fr. Philip is just one many high flying career men who opted to become Dominican priests, including civil engineers, accountants, financiers, university lectures and a dentist. The Dominicans bucked the trend in 2016, their 800th year when 8 young men were ordained, a very high number for any order in an Ireland that has seen a dramatic fall off in vocations to the priesthood. Mary Fanning meets Fr. Mulryne as he goes about his daily work as a chaplain in Newbridge College, Co. Kildare and Mary Kennedy then goes behind the scenes to meet the young men who had it all but swapped their high flying careers for a white habit.
WEDNESDAY 17TH JANUARY
COUNTRY MUSIC PROGRAMME
On tonight's Nationwide we take a look at the revival of country music in popularity around Ireland. Mary Fanning goes behind the scenes with the three stars, Robert Mizell, Patrick Feeney and Jimmy Buckley of The Three Amigos to see what they do in their downtown time, rearing cattle, breeding and training greyhounds and riding on Harley Davidson bikes. Mary Kennedy travels to an Amigo gig in County Wexford to meet the punters, up and coming country star, Ciaran Rosney and picks up the flavour and atmosphere of the concert. She also chats to Sunday World, entertainment editor, Eddie Rowley about the popularity of country music in Ireland. We also travel to County Monaghan to meet Ben Troy, a 19 year old who is making a name for himself on the country music scene.
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FRIDAY 19TH JANUARY
DUBLIN TOURISM PROGRAMME
We go on the tourist trail in Dublin, we take a bus tour which brings passengers to locations in the capital associated with the Famine. Also fifty years on from his death, we hear the story of Chester Beatty, the man who left to the Irish people, a wealth of items, he amassed, over his lifetime from around the world.
CHESTER BEATTY/REPORT VALERIE WATERS
The American mining magnate Chester Beatty came to live in Ireland in the early 1950's. He became the very first honorary citizen of Ireland in 1957. His generous gift to the nation was his vast collection of treasures, which everyone can visit in Dublin Castle at the Chester Beatty Library. Valerie Waters recently met its director and got a look at some of the behind the scenes work.
FAMINE BUS TOUR/REPORT MOUNT VENUS
Hidden Dublin tours have created a fleeing the Famine tour, where you travel back in time to how life was during the Famine years. The Perseverance is an interactive bus tour featuring professional actors on a custom designed bus.