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Radharc: Tax on Kerry Cows

Irish Culture, History
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The Radharc Trust


8 min 25sec

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 period of 5 years. The proceeds of the scheme would allow the repair of both churches which had been damaged by damp and wear and tear.

Radharc was an independent production company established by Father Joe Dunn, Father Desmond Forristal and other like-minded priests to make programmes for television and non-theatrical exhibition.  Between 1961 and 1996 they made over 400 films in 75 countries on social, political and religious issues.

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With kind permission of The Radharc Trust.