We Applause Now


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The transmission of Angelus bongs on the television without text subtitles for the hard of hearing is in violation of accessibility commitments to the entire RTÉ audience. At the very least, a priest holding a series of placards with the word “Bong!” on them should be shown.

I have no idea how the hard of hearing might be accommodated in an equivalent way by the radio broadcast of the Angelus, however, other than by not broadcasting the Angelus to any of us in the first place. Indeed, this seems like an optimal course of action across all media.

Ultan Ó Broin,

In fairness.

Broadcasting the Angelus (Irish Times letters page)

Previously: For Whom The Bells Toll

Pic: RTE

15 thoughts on “We Applause Now

  1. bisted

    …maybe the Irish Times are doing penance for the pernicious tweet from Michael O’Regan yesterday by publishing some genuine satire…

    1. thecitizenatbarneys

      I think he just writes letters to the Times as a way of telling his mammy where he is.

  2. Kieran Nice Young Chap

    Interesting that more people support the state forcibly taking property off the church than getting rid of the angelus

    1. classter

      I like the Angelus, not as a specifically Catholic thing, but as a thing.

      On the other hand, I think there is a strong argument to seize assets from the Church to pay for compensation that they owe.

      Is this so bad?

      1. Kieran Nice Young Chap

        I agree that CAB should be brought in to investigate the religious institutions.

        But why do people like the angelus? It’s an outdated relic.

  3. Murtles

    “Three bongs then stop, then three more bongs then stop, three final bongs then followed by nine bongs”
    – Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

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