Rarely-seen archive images released for RTE’s 50th anniversary including, from top: Thelma Mansfield (April 1969); Bláithín Ní Chnáimhín (Let’s Draw, September 1967) and participants in the station’s ‘Eurofashion ’68’ contest.
In this, another selection from RTE Player to mark the station’s 50th anniversary, Nodlaig interviews Mother Teresa in the Summer of 1974.
And by ‘interview’ we do mean literally the most trembling, fawning encounter you are likely to see outside of the Vatican. We’re only glad Christopher Hitchens is not alive to see it.
Flicking through this week’s TV guide, I’ve just noticed there’s a total of 35 minutes of Irish-made TV on RTE 2 on Friday. A repeat of the kids’ prog ‘Roy’ (There was just an hour yesterday – ‘Roy’ again, and the News). After 50 glorious years of Irish TV could this be a new record?
“We’re all decent skins together. It’s about mediocrity. People who won’t see the faults in each other and most of the people I know who I use this term to describe are in public life in some way and should be serving the public interest but they don’t. But they’re never chastised, punished or exposed because they’re decent skins….this value ‘we serve each other’ …is destructive of ideas, it always pulls the best and brightest down to the level of these decent skins. Anyone who’s different, anyone who has a view that doesn’t coincide with this group view is isolated and attacked. I’m against that in public life, it’s a sickness…I am not a decent skin.”
From [David] Hanly’s People in 1987, selected by RTE Player for the station’s 50th anniversary.
RTE Player is marking the station’s 50th anniversary by rooting through the Montrose archive for some hidden, if flawed, gems, including The Women’s Programme, presented by Doireann Ni Bhriain (second pic), Nell McCafferty (3rd pic) and Marian Finucane (above) and produced by Nuala O’Faolain and Claire Duignan (now RTE Radio MD) from the early 1980s.
The selected edition (chosen by a bloke, RTE Guide’s Michael Doherty) – watch here – from Winter 1984 was broadcast within days of the death of Ann Lovett, a 15-year-old girl who died while attempting to giving birth on her own in a grotto in Granard, Co Longford. A cold-eyed withering polemic and a well-aimed knee in the groin to Gay Byrne from Nell, whose name is oddly missing from the closing credits, opens proceedings and things go rapidly downhill after that. And by ‘rapidly’ we do mean 20 minutes of debate about sex education rather than a look at the real reasons why a schoolgirl and her baby son ended up dead. Worth it though to meet the excellently-named and truly frightening Sr Borgia (below). Goodnight sisters, indeed.