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A Father’s Letter

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On the eve of his execution on May 7th 1916, Michael Mallin’s two-year-old son Joseph was brought to see him in Kilmainham Gaol. That night, his father wrote a letter that would change Joseph’s life forever. In it he tells family he loves them and asks his little boy to be a priest. Funded by […]

Radharc: Christy Brown- My Left Foot

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This Radharc film originally aired in October 1962 and documents the life of the famous Irish painter and writer, Christy Brown.   In the film Father Peter Lemass visits Christy at home in Crumlin, talks with him and shows us his work. Christy Brown was born on 5th of June 1932 in Crumlin, Dublin, the tenth […]

Radharc: Retreat

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This short documentary presents St. Anthony’s Retreat House in Raheny, a Capuchin-run house which held annual retreats for ordinary people to escape the hum-drum of everyday life and “get closer to God”. During weekend retreats a wide variety of talks on matters of interest to the ordinary working man are offered. These include presentations on […]

Radharc: Tax on Kerry Cows

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This programme presents an unusual initiative introduced by the parishioners of Asdee and Ballylongford, in the Diocese of Kerry, to raise funds for the renovation of their churches which had fallen into disrepair. The inventive scheme called for farmers of each diocese to impose upon themselves an annual levy of £1 per cow, for a […]

Radharc: Kylemore Abbey

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Shot in 1962, this Radharc film was made during a visit to the rebuilt and extended Kylemore Abbey in Connemara.  The film celebrates the fine architecture and includes an interview with the Lady Abbess. Kylemore Abbey was built in 1867 as a family home for the family of Mitchell Henry, a wealthy doctor from London. […]

Father Delaney Collection: Magdalene Laundry

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One of the most notable of Father Delaney’s films was made on the grounds of The Sisters of Our Lady of Charity Convent  – a convent which housed a Magdalene Laundry – which closed its doors in 1999. In the film we see the nuns and residents playing games in the garden, as well as […]

Radharc: Stamps for the Missions

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At the time of the film’s production, Irish adults and children collected stamps and sent them off St Stanislaus College in Tullamore “for the missions”.  This story looks at what happened to the stamps and shows how the clerics from the college meticulously sorted and organised the thousands of stamps so that they could be […]

Radharc: Sick Calls

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This short film describes the rites and rituals involved in administering the Sacrament of Extreme Unction – also known as the ‘Last Rights’ to people. It shows what preparations should be made in people’s homes for the reception of this sacrament. Radharc was an independent production company established by Father Joe Dunn, Father Desmond Forristal […]

Radharc: Village with the most Vocations

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The film explores the unusually high number of vocations emanating from the parish of Doon in County Limerick. In 1962, when the documentary was made, there were 117 nuns alive who were born in Doon. Through a series of interviews with the parish priest, nuns and the children from the local convent school, the Radharc […]

Radharc: Manners in Church

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This quietly humorous instructional film from the Radharc series shows church-goers how to behave courteously and correctly in church. It cautions against unpunctuality,  noisy entrances, inappropriate attire; loud whispering of prayer and skulking at the back of the church, smoking outside to the commonplace skulking at the back of the church. The film is testament […]

Radharc: Blessing the Aer Lingus Fleet

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Originally broadcast in 1962, this story from Programme 3 of the Radharc series explains how Aer Lingus planes are named after Irish missionaries. It also shows the mechanics of the planes and marvels at how they transports passengers to their destination. The blessing of the planes, a tradition since 1947, is also featured here. Radharc […]

Radharc: Penal Crosses

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This short film examines the history, design and function of Penal Crosses in Ireland. The Crosses date from the time of the Penal Laws in Ireland when Roman Catholics were forbidden to practise their religion, own property or gain positions of power.   Penal Crosses were a portable, easily concealed, relic of worship for Catholics whose […]