Thursday 29 September 2016

RTE Angelus undergoes major revamp for 'an ever changing, modern Ireland'

Published 19/10/2015 | 18:46

Sand sculptor Daniel Doyle (Photo: RTE)
Sand sculptor Daniel Doyle (Photo: RTE)
Baker Michelle Tremewen
Blacksmith Michael Calnan
Bookbinder and restorer Declan Browne
Retiree and hobby gardener Colm Hughes

The bells are still there... but the Angelus has a whole new set of faces as the daily minute-long reflection undergoes a major new revamp.

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The Angelus is up there with the Late Late Show as one of the RTE's longest-running programmes, having been aired daily at 6pm since 1962.

A new set of short films aired this evening - with the six new films set to be rotated on a daily basis.

The new films show a sand sculptor, a baker, a blacksmith, a book binder, a gardener and a local community who maintain a holy well go about their daily work.

Baker Michelle Tremewen
Baker Michelle Tremewen

Viewers will now watch a different clip which focuses on one person each day.

Sand sculptor Daniel Doyle can be seen creating his representation of a dove at the Islandbridge War Memorial in Dublin, Michelle Tremewen can be seen helping people with disabilities learn how to bake in Co Louth and blacksmith Michael Calnan in Co Wicklow is filmed working alongside his wife at their traditional forge workshop.

Blacksmith Michael Calnan
Blacksmith Michael Calnan

Meanwhile, in Athlone, bookbinder and restorer Declan Browne meticulously repairs books alongside his colleague Olga, retired gardener Colm Hughes is filmed as he spends hours transforming his garden in Malahide, Co Dublin while, in the west of the country, Sligo natives Martin Scanlon and his daughter Helen help maintain the Holy Well at Tobernalt, Carraroe.

The new Angelus films were created by Kairos Communications after what RTE described as a "competitive tendering process".

Bookbinder and restorer Declan Browne
Bookbinder and restorer Declan Browne

RTE have dedicated Friday evenings to the 'People's Angelus' which is to showcase the work of aspiring filmmakers and artists.

Hundreds of submissions from schools and colleges have already been received by RTE and the national broadcaster said they expect a lot more.

Retiree and hobby gardener Colm Hughes
Retiree and hobby gardener Colm Hughes

“The Angelus broadcasts on RTÉ One and RTÉ Radio 1 have been a feature of Irish life and Irish broadcasting for decades and continue to offer a space for prayer and reflection in an ever changing, modern Ireland,"  RTÉ Genre Head of Religious Programmes Roger Childs, said today.

"We are delighted to announce the six newly-commissioned films and The People’s Angelus slot on Fridays and hope that the Angelus will continue to afford people of all faiths and none some quiet space in a hectic day-to-day world.”

The Angelus chimes have been broadcast almost every day on RTÉ’s primary radio service since 1950 and were replicated on television when services began in 1962.

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