Sense and Sensibility, Calamity Jane, Oliver!, Mrs. Doubtfire, Casablanca, Spartacus and a wealth of classic films to broadcast on RTÉ  

RTÉ has announced additional matinee movie slots to the weekend TV schedule starting on Saturday 4th April. Following an increased demand for nostalgic content, RTÉ will broadcast a range of classic films to offer viewers some sense of escapism each weekend.

From ‘Casablanca’ to Jane Austen’s ‘Sense and Sensibility’, RTÉ has selected some of the industry’s best creations spanning several decades. Kicking off the new film slot tomorrow on RTÉ One is the World War II classic Battle of Britain’ starring Michael Caine, followed by an adventurous sixties drama ‘Mutiny On The Bounty’ on Sunday 5th April.

Viewers are set for an Easter treat with several classic films running on RTÉ One across the weekend. Starting with a drama comedy ‘War of the Buttons’ on Saturday 11th April, the story about two rival boys’ gangs in Ireland the Ballys and the Carricks. Scheduled for Easter Sunday is the Oscar Award-winning war classic ‘Casablanca’, which explores the romantic journey of Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. Followed by ‘Easter Parade’ starring Judy Garland, one of Hollywood’s greatest golden film actors. Easter Monday will show another Oscar Award-winning film ‘Calamity Jane’ starring Doris Day, the Western musical about Calamity Jane’s saloon and her romance with Wild Bill Hickok.

Other fond favourites like the heart-warming classic ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ will be shown to bring back sentimental memories of the legendary Robin Williams. In addition to ‘Zookeepers Wife’, there will be selection of romantic comedies to choose from including Jane Austen’s ‘Sense and Sensibility’ starring Kate Winslet, Emma Thompson and Hugh Grant, ‘Only You’ with Robert Downey, Jr. and Marisa Tomei, as well as the Michael Douglas classic ‘Jewel in the Nile’. Viewers can watch the other remarkable Douglas starring in both award-winning classics ‘Spartacus’ and ‘The Vikings’.

Over the coming weeks, RTÉ will bring a wealth of other classics to Irish screens including Doctor Zhivago, Oliver!, Earthquake, North by Northwest, Grumpier Old Men, 633 Squadron, Force 10 From Navarone, The Man Who Would be King, Towering Inferno and Magnificent Seven starring “The King of Cool” Steve McQueen.

 


Week 2 line up revealed | ISPCC/CHILDLINE Live music event

ISPCC / CHILDLINE in association with RTÉ 2FM, along with some of Ireland’s top artists have come together to present a two week long digital live music event in support of children in Ireland.

Since last Friday 27th March, fans have been tuning in from 7pm nightly, to live performances through each artist’s official Instagram account. Performances have also been broadcast live on RTÉ 2FM every evening for thirty minutes. People have been donating in support of Childline and the ISPCC through text and online donations and can continue to do so into Week 2.

Hozier gave a very special and exclusive performance live on the Late Late Show last Friday 27th March, where he made an emergency appeal live to the viewers. Hozier’s Friday night live stream was followed nightly by Danny O’Reilly, Wild Youth, Kodaline, Dermot Kennedy and Picture This. Gavin James will perform tonight, Thursday 2nd April.

We are delighted to now announce the full line up for week 2, starting Friday 3rd April at 7pm.

FRI 3 APRIL – MARK FEEHILY – @markusmoments

SAT 4 APRIL – WALKING ON CARS – @walkingoncars

SUN 5 APRIL – HUDSON TAYLOR – @hudtaymusic

MON 6 APRIL – ORLA GARTLAND – @orlagartland

TUES 7 APRIL – SEAN AND CONOR PRICE – @sean_and_conor_price_music

WED 8 APRIL – LYRA – @thisislyra

THURS 9 APRIL – NIALL HORAN – @niallhoran

President of the ISPCC, Caroline Downey said; “The ISPCC mantra is never give up on a child ever, and child abuse does not disappear in a pandemic, if anything it increases. The stress among young people, being sexually, physically and emotionally abused and the added stress of the pandemic is putting huge demands on the Childline service. All fundraising has ceased, we are in dire need of the public support because 90% of our funding comes from the kindness and generosity of the Irish public. Through the support of all the incredible artists who are taking part and RTÉ 2FM, we hope that this new form of fundraising will enable us to keep our ISPCC/CHILDLINE service open and running 24 hours in these unprecedented times. Childline is a vital service for children in Ireland. And we ask if you can afford it please support us by donating €4 by texting the word ‘childhood’ to 50300 and if you have a little more to spare, please go on line https://www.ispcc.ie/donate-now
https://www.facebook.com/ISPCCChildline.”

Head of RTÉ 2FM, Dan Healy said; “2FM have partnered with the ISPCC over the last number of years and because of the 2FM Christmas Ball we have raised €600,000 each year for the charity. None of this could happen without the ISPCC president Caroline Downey. But this year we can’t wait until Christmas for your help. We need it now. So the artists are coming to you live from their homes on Instagram and 2FM. Come on, dance and sing at home and share it on your social using the #NeverGiveUpOnChildEver and create Ireland’s first ever remote festival. Please donate if you can.”

Listen to Caroline Downey’s interview with Jennifer Zamparelli on RTÉ 2FM here: https://soundcloud.com/rte2fm/caroline-downey-chats-to-jen-zamparelli – “All fundraising as we have known it has come to a stop so you do have to become creative. We decided to do a fundraiser in aid of the ISPCC – who is in dire need of funding, there’s been a 59% increase in calls to the charity since 17th March. Our volunteers are still going in, it’s a vital service, we need to stay open”

Notes: 

Life as we know it has been put on hold for now and so have the vital fundraising activities on which Childline depends for its continued existence.

But child abuse does not stop in a pandemic.

Nor does neglect.

Nor do mental health difficulties or self-harm.

In many cases, children and young people across the country are experiencing these issues more acutely now than ever before.

Many of those who contact Childline tell us they feel as though they have nowhere else to turn. They need our help.

Childline will continue to be there for them 24 hours a day, every day – but only if we receive public support at this critical time.

We rely on donations for 90% of our funding.

We are appealing to you, to help share a sense of hope with children. To let them know that someone cares.

We saw an increase in demand across all channels initially (website, text and calls) now the demand is growing in the online services (hits to website and SMS).

This may be due to the fact that everyone is staying at home and phone conversations could be overheard so children are choosing the other options.

There has been a 59% increase in engagements with children across all our online platforms since 17th March.

Your donation will be a part of every contact Childline answers.
Childline is here for every child and young person in Ireland at Childline.ie.

Children can contact Childline at:
www.Childline.ie
Freefone 1800 666 666
Text talk to 50101

DONATE
ISPCC.IE
ISPCC’s Facebook

TO DONATE €4 TEXT CHILDHOOD TO 50300
ISPCC will receive a minimum of €3.60
Service Provider LikeCharity. Helpline 076 6805278


RTÉ announces screening of Shakespeare Leaving and Junior Cert Classics.

RTÉ has announced that a series of classic productions of William Shakespeare’s plays, aimed at Leaving and Junior Certificate students, will broadcast on RTÉ2 over the coming weeks.

With Leaving and Junior Certificate students learning from a distance, the opportunity to attend a live production of Shakespeare’s works has now been put on hold. All cycles* and levels are accommodated as Shakespeare is mandatory for Higher Level students but is optional for those studying at Ordinary level.

The productions, which will air weekend mornings on RTÉ2 beginning with the current 2020 curriculum for Leaving Certificate students, include Hamlet starring David Tennant and The Tempest with Andrew Sachs. King Lear which is on the curriculum for 2021 will broadcast the following week.

Junior Certificate texts for both 2020 and 2021 include A Midsummer Night’s Dream featuring Matt Lucas, As You Like It with Helen Mirren, Much Ado About Nothing, Julius Caesar and Romeo and Juliet with a young Alan Rickman.

All productions will be available on RTÉ Player for 30 days post-broadcast.


Notes:

*cycles being Leaving and Junior Certificate 2020 and Leaving and Junior Certificate 2021.

Shakespeare On RTÉ

Shakespeare – Hamlet 11/04/20 RTÉ2, 11.25am

Shakespeare – The Tempest 12/04/20 RTÉ2, 10.50am

Shakespeare – King Lear 18/04/20 RTÉ2, 10.35am

Shakespeare – A Midsummer Night’s Dream – 19/04/20 RTÉ2, 10.35am

Shakespeare – As You Like It – 25/04/20 RTÉ2, 9.45 am

Shakespeare – Much Ado About Nothing – 26/04/20 RTÉ2, 10.10am

Shakespeare – Julius Ceasar – 02/05/20 RTÉ2, 10.20am

Shakespeare – Romeo and Juliet – 03/05/20 RTÉ2, Time TBC

 


RTÉ to air Element Pictures’ Normal People this Spring

RTÉ has announced that it will be airing Normal People, the Element Pictures adaptation of Sally Rooney’s acclaimed novel for the BBC.

The highly-anticipated 12-part relationship drama stars Kildare newcomer 24-year-old Paul Mescal in his first television role as Connell, and British actress Daisy Edgar Jones (War of the Worlds, Cold Feet) in the role of Marianne. The series follows two young people navigating adulthood in contemporary Ireland, and their complicated relationship from the end of their school days in Sligo to their undergraduate years at Trinity College. It also stars Sarah Greene (Dublin Murders, Rosie) and Aislín McGuckin (Outlander). Sally Rooney adapted her coming-of-age book with Alice Birch along with Irish playwright Mark O’Rowe. Normal People has been directed by the Oscar-nominated film-maker Lenny Abrahamson and the English director Hettie Macdonald. The series was filmed in Dublin, Sligo, Sweden and Italy.

Normal People is an Element Pictures production for BBC Three and Hulu in association with Screen Ireland. The series is executive produced by Ed Guiney (The Favourite, Room, Dublin Murders), Andrew Lowe (The Favourite, Room, The Lobster), Emma Norton (Rosie, A Date For Mad Mary) and Anna Ferguson (No Offence, Prisoners’ Wives) for Element Pictures. Sally Rooney and Lenny Abrahamson also serve as executive producers, as well as Tommy Bulfin and Rose Garnett for the BBC. Catherine Magee (Resistance, Rebellion, Prosperity) is the producer of the series.

Dermot Horan, RTÉ’s Director of Acquisitions and Co-Productions said: ‘We are very proud to bring this beautifully-made and compelling series from Element Pictures to our RTÉ viewers. The appeal and the reach of the book and this series is global, but at its heart is a distinctly Irish story which we know will strongly resonate with our younger viewers.’ 

Ed Guiney of Element Pictures said: ‘All of us at Element feel so privileged to be part of adapting Sally’s extraordinary novel, working once again with the brilliant Lenny Abrahamson. The show is an incredible testament to our wonderful (largely) Irish cast and crew and we are delighted that RTÉ will be bringing it to Irish audiences in the very near future.’ 

Details about broadcast dates will be announced later in the spring.


RTÉ launches daily virtual classroom for primary school children

RTÉ has announced a new Home School Hub across its television and online platforms, which will provide primary school children with fun daily lessons from the comfort of their homes.

RTÉ and Macalla Teo, with support from Mary Immaculate College, have collaborated to introduce a cross-platform teaching initiative for primary school kids across the country. On RTÉ2, RTÉ Player, and rte.ie/learn, children will be able to watch, download and engage with curriculum-based content, project work, and fun activities that will keep them entertained and learning.

From next Monday 30 March, each morning from 11am to 12 noon on RTÉ Home School Hub on RTÉ2, each of our bilingual teachers will present three short class segments aimed at 1st and 2nd class, 3rd and 4th class and 5th and 6th class. Our TV programme will keep the kids watching and learning for the hour and then redirect them to fun content and project work that will be housed on rte.ie/learn and RTÉ Player.

A catch-up programme later in the day, RTÉ Home School Extra at 4.15pm, is a takeover format, where primary school kids from all over the country can reconnect by uploading and posting video messages and content that RTÉ will showcase. This programme will be an opportunity to gather all uploaded user-generated content in one space and showcase it to the entire country. No matter where you are from or what language you speak, we want every school kid to take part.

All content will be presented by primary school teachers, modeled, and curated around the existing primary school curriculum. Our bilingual teaching team will deliver engaging, exciting, and educational content and over the coming weeks RTÉ Home School Hub will be stockpiling content across TV, rte.ie/learn and RTÉ Player for all primary school kids and their parents to use.

Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD said: ‘This is a great initiative, so well done to everyone involved in bringing it together so quickly. RTÉ is doing its bit to bring the classroom to the living room. We are hearing about innovative and dedicated teachers all across the country finding new ways to support children’s learning while not in the classroom. This RTÉ Home School Hub will support and complement the ongoing efforts of teachers. Well done to RTÉ for stepping up to the plate to produce the Home School Hub which will undoubtedly complement all of the other efforts by teachers. Tá súil agam go mbainfidh gach dalta taitneamh as.’

Suzanne Kelly, Group Head of Children’s & Young People’s Content, said: ‘Children are already facing increased disruption to their everyday lives due to school closures, cancelled activities and more but we are aiming to help children and parents cope during these times of uncertainty. Kids may be stuck inside but with RTÉ providing structured learning for both kids and parents we will keep everyone busy and occupied. Our goal is to ease the burden on parents with an easily accessible source of education for their kids.’

                                                          Seomra ranga fíorúil do leanaí bunscoile seolta ag RTÉ

Tá mol nua Scoil sa Bhaile fógartha ag RTÉ a bheidh ar fáil ar ardáin teilifíse agus ar líne na heagraíochta agus trína gcuirfear ceachtanna spraíúla ar fáil gach lá do leanaí bunscoile atá sa bhaile.

Tá RTÉ agus Macalla Teo tagtha le chéile, le cúnamh ó Choláiste Mhuire gan Smál, chun tionscnamh múinteoireachta trasardáin a chur ar fáil do leanaí bunscoile ar fud na tíre. Beidh leanaí ábalta féachaint ar ábhar, tabhairt faoin obair thionscadail agus faoi ghníomhaíochtaí spraíula atá bunaithe ar an gcuraclam ar RTÉ2/RTÉ Player/rte.ie/learn nó iad a íoslódáil – ábhar a mbainfidh siad neart siamsaíochta as chomh maith le neart a fhoghlaim.

Dúirt an tAire Oideachais agus Scileanna Joe McHugh TD: “Is iontach an tionscnamh é seo agus mo ghraidhin gach duine a thug le chéile é in achar gearr. Tá RTÉ ag déanamh a chuid chun an seomra ranga a thabhairt isteach sa seomra suí. Táimid ag cloisteáil faoi mhúinteoirí díograiseacha, cruthaitheacha ar fud na tíre atá ag teacht ar bhealaí eile chun cuidiú le leanaí foghlaim fad atá siad ag baile. Tacóidh agus cuideoidh mol RTÉ Scoil sa Bhaile leis an obair leanúnach atá ar bun ag múinteoirí. Tá déanta go maith ag RTÉ an mol Scoil sa Bhaile a chur ar fáil a thacóidh gan amhras leis an obair ar fad atá ar bun ag múinteoirí. Tá súil agam go mbainfidh gach dalta taitneamh as.’

Ón Luan seo chugainn, Dé Luain an 30 Márta, cuirfidh gach duine dár gcuid múinteoirí trí mhír ghearra ranga i láthair ón 11am go dtí an 12 meán lae ar RTÉ2. Is ar Ranganna 1 & 2, Ranganna 3 & 4 agus Ranganna 5 & 6 a bheidh na míreanna dírithe. Féachfaidh na leanaí ar chlár teilifíse uair an chloig agus beidh ag foghlaim uaidh sula dtreorófar ansin iad chuig ábhar spraíúil agus obair thionscadail a bheidh le fáil ar rte.ie/learn agus an RTÉ Player.

Beidh clár eile air amach sa lá ag 4.15pm le deis a thabhairt breith suas ar an ábhar arís. Ar RTÉ Home School Extra beidh smacht ag na leanaí féin ar an ábhar. Féadfaidh leanaí ar fud na tíre athcheangal arís trí theachtaireachtaí físeáin agus ábhar as béarla agus as Gaeilge a uaslódáil agus phostáil a thaispeánfaidh RTÉ. Deis a bheidh sa chlár gach ábhar a ghineann na húsáideoirí a thabhairt le chéile in aon áit amháin agus é a thaispeáint don tír ar fad.

Is múinteoirí cáilithe bunscoile, atá dátheangach, a chuirfidh an t-ábhar ar fad i láthair, ábhar a bheidh leagthaí amach agus curtha i dtoll a chéile bunaithe ar an gcuraclam reatha bunscoile. Cuirfidh an fhoireann ábhar oideachais tarraingteach agus spraíúil i láthair sna seachtainí atá le teacht. Déanfaidh an mol Scoil sa Bhaile RTÉ ábhar a charnadh ar fud na teilifíse, rte.ie/learn agus ar an RTÉ Player a bheidh gach leanbh bunscoile agus a dtuismitheoirí ábalta a úsáid.

Dúirt Suzanne Kelly, Grúpcheannasaí Ábhar do Leanaí agus Daoine Óga: ‘Is cosúil go bhfuil tuilleadh corraíola i ndán do leanaí de bharr scoileanna a bheith dúnta, gníomhaíochtaí a bheith ar ceal agus tuilleadh ach táimidne ag díriú ar chuidiú le leanaí agus le tuismitheoirí na deacrachtaí atá ann faoi láthair a sharú. B’fhéidir go bhfuil leanaí sáinnithe istigh ach anois ó tharla foghlaim struchtúrtha a bheith ar fáil ó RTÉ do leanaí agus do thuismitheoirí araon, ní bheidh aon duine díomhaoin. An aidhm atá againn an t-ualach atá ar thuismitheoirí a mhaolú trí fhoinse oideachais a chur ar fáil dá gcuid leanaí, foinse a mbeidh sé éasca teacht uirthi.’


RTÉ 2FM and ISPCC/CHILDLINE team up with Ireland’s top artists to present a two week long digital live music event

#NEVERGIVEUPONACHILDEVER

BECAUSE CHILD ABUSE DOES NOT STOP IN A PANDEMIC
TO DONATE €4 TEXT CHILDHOOD TO 50300

ISPCC / CHILDLINE in association with RTÉ 2FM, along with some of Ireland’s top artists are coming together to present a two week long digital live music event in support of children in Ireland.

Starting this Friday, 27th March at 7pm, people can tune into live performances, through each artists official live Instagram account and will also be broadcast live on 2FM every evening for thirty minutes and donate to support Childline and the ISPCC. Hozier will also give a very special and an exclusive performance live on the Late Late Show this coming Friday night. He wants to make an emergency appeal live to the viewers. Artists will perform each day at 7pm for two weeks.

Full line up of week one as follows
FRI 27th MARCH – HOZIER – @hozier
SAT 28 MARCH – DANNY O’REILLY – @dannythecoronas
SUN 29 MARCH – WILD YOUTH – @bandwildyouth
MON 30 MARCH – KODALINE – @kodaline
TUES 1 APRIL – DERMOT KENNEDY – @dermotkennedy
WED 2 APRIL – PICTURE THIS – @bandpicturethis
THURS 3 APRIL – GAVIN JAMES – @gavinjameslive

WEEK TWO ANNOUNCEMENT TO FOLLOW…

Announcing the much needed fundraising campaign, the on the Jennifer Zamparelli Show on 2FM earlier, President of the ISPCC, Caroline Downey said; “The ISPCC mantra is never give up on a child ever, and child abuse does not disappear in a pandemic, if anything it increases.

The stress among young people, being sexually, physically and emotionally abused and the added stress of the pandemic is putting huge demands on the Childline service. All fundraising has ceased, we are in dire need of the public support because 90% of our funding comes from the kindness and generosity of the Irish public. Through the support of all the incredible artists who are taking part and RTÉ 2FM, we hope that this new form of fundraising will enable us to keep our ISPCC/CHILDLILNE service open and running 24 hours in these unprecedented times. Childline is a vital service for children in Ireland. And we ask if you can afford it please support us by donating €4 by texting the word ‘childhood’ to 50300 and if you have a little more to spare, please go on line https://www.ispcc.ie/donate-now https://www.facebook.com/ISPCCChildline.”

Head of RTÉ 2FM, Dan Healy said; “2FM have partnered with the ISPCC over the last number of years and because of the 2FM Christmas Ball we have raised €600,000 each year for the charity. None of this could happen with out the ISPCC president Caroline Downey. But this year we can’t wait until Christmas for your help. We need it now. So the artists are coming to you live from their homes on Instagram and 2FM. Come on dance and sing at home and share it on your social using the #NeverGiveUpOnAChildEver and create Ireland’s first ever remote festival. Please donate if you can.”

Listen to Caroline Downey’s interview with Jennifer Zamparelli on 2FM here: https://soundcloud.com/rte2fm/caroline-downey-chats-to-jen-zamparelli – “All fundraising as we have known it has come to a stop so you do have to become creative. We decided to do a fundraiser in aid of the ISPCC – who is in dire need of funding, there’s been a 59% increase in calls to the charity since 17th March. Our volunteers are still going in, it’s a vital service, we need to stay open.”

Notes:

Life as we know it has been put on hold for now and so have the vital fundraising activities on which Childline depends for its continued existence.

But child abuse does not stop in a pandemic.
Nor does neglect.
Nor do mental health difficulties or self-harm.

In many cases, children and young people across the country are experiencing these issues more acutely now than ever before.

Many of those who contact Childline tell us they feel as though they have nowhere else to turn. They need our help.

Childline will continue to be there for them 24 hours a day, every day – but only if we receive public support at this critical time.

We rely on donations for 90% of our funding.

We are appealing to you, to help share a sense of hope with children. To let them know that someone cares.

We saw an increase in demand across all channels initially (website, text and calls) now the demand is growing in the online services (hits to website and SMS).
This may be due to the fact that everyone is staying at home and phone conversations could be overheard so children are choosing the other options.

There has been a 59% increase in engagements with children across all our online platforms since 17th March.

Your donation will be a part of every contact Childline answers.

Childline is here for every child and young person in Ireland at Childline.ie.

Children can contact Childline at:
www.Childline.ie
Freefone 1800 666 666
Text talk to 50101

DONATE
ISPCC.IE
ISPCC’s Facebook
TO DONATE €4 TEXT CHILDHOOD TO 50300
ISPCC will receive a minimum of €3.60
Service Provider LikeCharity. Helpline 076 6805278


Operation Transformation – Keeping Well Apart

Coccooning, self-isolation, physical distancing, Never before has our collective health depended more on our ability to stay apart. Over the past weeks we’ve seen huge efforts across the country to do just that in a collective effort to protect ourselves, our loved ones and the most vulnerable in our society.

This way of living is not something that comes naturally to us and, as our time in separation increases, it may become increasingly difficult to keep up our collective efforts,

In Operation Transformation: Keeping Well Apart, the team from Operation Transformation are back to try and help people get through these challenging times.

This is not a weight loss series. It is about providing individuals and families with the tools to sustain our collective effort.

Clinical Psychologist Dr. Eddie Murphy will be offering tips on mental health and our resident GP Dr. Sumi Dunne will be on hand to advise people on their health concerns. Dietician Aoife Hearne will be offering ideas on meal planning, weekly shops and there will be helpful “how to cook” videos available online. While Karl Henry, the champion of the Ad Break Challenge will be showing people how they can stay fit in their homes.  All exercises, resources tips and recipes will be available on line.

At the heart of any series of Operation Transformation is people sharing their lives and experiences and in doing so helping others. In this series we will be following the lives of households who have asked for the support of the Operation Transformation experts.

In studio Kathryn Thomas will be linking to the families at home, we will see how they are getting on and the experts will be there to offer ideas on food, exercise and mental well-being.

This is a special series of Operation Transformation where nobody steps on the scales and nobody has a weekly target. It is about the experts and the participants sharing their knowledge and real-life experience to help others. We have to stay apart to keep well and this brings a unique set of challenges and Operation Transformation with its team of experts will be there to give support to the many people who are want some guidance on how to get through these difficult days.


States of Mind – RTÉ presents new US election 2020 podcast

RTÉ News presents a new weekly podcast series, States of Minds, analysing all the drama from the US election against the backdrop of the Covid-10 pandemic.

 

Hosted by RTÉ’s Washington Correspondent Brian O’Donovan and RTÉ journalist Jackie Fox, this podcast will sort through the spin and misinformation of Election 2020 and shine a light on what’s happening on the ground in the States. From celebrity endorsements to in-depth analysis, Brian and Jackie will be a trusted source for all the twists and turns in the race to the White House. Who will the Democrats choose as their great white hope? Can Donald Trump triumph again? And who’s messages are ringing true with the US voter?

Brian and Jackie will interview politicians and political commentators from both the Democrat and Republican sides of the house to give Irish listeners a real insight into how the US public will vote and they will analyse the issues that could affect Ireland.

In a bonus episode available now, States of Mind meets former White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney who is on his way to Northern Ireland as the US Special Envoy.

RTÉ’s Washington Correspondent Brian O’Donovan said: “I’m very excited to feed the Irish appetite for the cut and thrust of US politics with this podcast series – States of Mind with fellow journalist Jackie Fox. We won’t just report on the movements in this election campaign, we will look behind the news and interrogate sources and spin. I expect Election 2020 will be a rollercoaster like no other. With the Covid 19 crisis moving more of the campaigning online, there’s no telling how that will impact the race. But one thing is clear, the result of November‘s election will have consequences for the entire world.”

In this week’s episode, Brian and Jackie can’t shy away from the Covid-19 crisis. Under the microscope is the US response, how Donald Trump now sees himself as a ‘wartime president’ and the major effect it is having on the US election but also US life as the country has a difficult relationship with health insurance. Also, as Bernie Sanders’ fight for the Democratic candidacy hangs in the balance, can he win his second attempt for the presidency against a man who has known him for four decades? Brian and Jackie will also interrogate how a campaign to oust him in favour of Joe Biden took shape in a matter of days rather than weeks.

Listen here: https://www.rte.ie/news/world/2020/0323/1124944-states-of-mind-episode-2/

States of Mind is published weekly on RTÉ.ie, Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.

Notes: 

RTÉ News and Current Affairs publishes two other weekly podcasts:

  • Brexit Republic presented by Europe Editor Tony Connelly and Deputy Foreign Editor Colm Ó Mongáin
  • Your Politics produced by the RTÉ political unit.

States of Mind is available at the following links:

RTÉ.ie https://www.rte.ie/radio/radioplayer/html5/#/podcasts/series/31714

Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/id1502457693)

Spotify (https://open.spotify.com/show/1FI1VQLdN3eKBrB3Tc6NWq)

For more RTÉ podcasts visit: https://www.rte.ie/eile/podcasts/


#RTELoveOurMammies

It’s Mother’s Day this Sunday and, like St. Patrick’s Day just gone, it promises to be a Mother’s Day unlike any we’ve seen before. With so many of our older people staying (wisely and necessarily) at home, and with so many young and adult children unable to visit their mums and grans, we want to help everyone make this an extra special day for all the mammies out there.

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Social distancing is critical at this time, and, with so many of our most cherished traditions now taking on a virtual life, we’re asking people to use the hash-tag #RTELoveOurMammies for their messages, videos and photos.

The initiative follows in the footsteps of #RTEVirtualParade. In the face of cancelled parades nationwide, thousands of people posted virtual St Patrick’s Day parade videos and photos across all social platforms, with user content even making the Nine O’Clock News on RTÉ One. The hash-tag trended number one and top ten across the day on Twitter, with user videos viewed over one million times on the @rte Twitter account alone.

RTÉ is launching #RTELoveOurMammies today, and supporting the message on RTÉ Radio 1, 2fm, lyric fm and on RTÉ One television. We’re in this together.


New binge-worthy box sets and shows to watch this weekend on RTÉ Player

Best of Irish content Love/HateCan’t Cope, Won’t Cope and US classics ER and Frasier return

Viewers can binge on their favourite box sets with all seasons of Love/Hate, Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope and Room to Improve now available on RTÉ Player. In addition, some of the best Irish comedy and drama such as Pure Mule, Bachelor’s Walk, RAW, Bridget & Eamon, Paths to Freedom, Hardy Bucks and The Doireann Project are now featured on RTÉ Player, allowing people of all ages to escape into top-quality entertainment.

Fans of classic US shows are in for a nostalgic treat with the entire ER box set available on RTÉ Player, as well as newly added seasons of Frasier, The Shield, The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. Audiences can also catch-up on a range of popular dramas including The Hunting, Looking for Alaska, PEN15 and comedy content such as The Late Show With Stephen Colbert and State of The Union starring Chris O’Dowd and Rosamund Pike.

The latest RTÉ Player documentary Becoming Irish explores the process for Irish citizenship and follows three hopefuls on their journey, as they await the news that will change their futures. This year 5000 people from 135 countries became new Irish Citizens however many more weren’t successful. RTÉ Player Originals title Your One Nikita returns as the series continues to follow best friends Nikita and Tanya in this short-form comedy animation starring Aoife Dooley, Emmet Kirwan, Jen Hatton and Al Foran.

Key current affairs and news programmes including Claire Byrne Live, Prime Time and RTÉ News are available worldwide live and on-demand via RTÉ Player to ensure viewers can access the news anywhere, anytime and from any device.

With more people cooking at home, RTÉ Player saw an increased appetite for food content this week such as The Happy Pear, Neven’s Irish Food Trails, Roz Purcell and Donal Skehan’s Kitchen Hero. All shows are available for viewers to check out new, tasty and healthy recipes.

Over the last week, RTÉ Player has had 2 million streams.


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