The Leap of Faith Friday April 6th, 2018

Dr.Elisabeth Kübler-Ross was a Swiss-American psychiatrist, a pioneer in near-death studies and the author of the groundbreaking book On Death and Dying (1969), where she first discussed her theory of the five stages of grief.

On The Leap of Faith this week, April 6th, we talk about her work and her approach to the end of life with Dr Mary Stefanazzi, who completed her training with the Kübler-Ross foundation and first met the doctor in 1989.

Also on this week’s programme, we take another opportunity to hear an interview with the late Rev James Good. FrGood told us of his experiences 50 years ago this year when he lost his privileges to preach when he spoke out against the then Pope’s encyclical on contraception. Fr. Good died on March 21st this year.
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The Leap of Faith Good Friday Afternoon March 30th.

On the Leap of Faith this Good Friday; Asylum seeker Ellie Kisyombe is in the system of Direct Provision and while not allowed to work is allowed to volunteer and her energy goes into a project called Our Table. For the last five weeks, they’ve operated a pop-up cafe on the grounds of Christ Church Cathedral highlighting the situation for asylum seekers and using food as a way of connecting with others. Ellie talks about her life in direct provision, her faith, and how her political activism resulted in her new life in Ireland.

Also on the programme this week, on Easter Sunday RTE One Television broadcast a new documentary presented by Hugh Bonneville called Jesus: Countdown to Calvary, Bonneville as well as being an actor is also a graduate in Theology from Cambridge University. We hear from the programme’s Director Gerry Hoban and contributor Dr Zuleika Rodgers on six days in the life of Jesus that changed the world.

The Leap of Faith Good Friday 2.30pm RTE Radio One

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The Leap of Faith Friday March 23rd, 2018

On the Leap of Faith this week; Fifty years ago John and the late Kay O’Loughlin-Kennedy called a meeting to talk about the developing famine behind a military blockade in Biafra. Unexpectedly, 40 people crowded into an apartment at Northumberland Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, on March 19th, 1968.

Those present were deeply moved by first-hand accounts of the situation from Biafran Chief Robert Olisa and Chief Jerome Udoji who, quite providentially, had turned up in Dublin on that very day. This week on the programme, 50 years later John tells the story of the founding of Concern to Michael Comyn.


The Leap of Faith Friday March 16th, 2018

On the Leap of Faith this week; following on from the recent speech in Rome by former President Mary McAleese and her subsequent interview on Today with Sean O’Rourke, we hear from Professor Siobhán Garrigan,  Loyola Chair of Theology, Head of School – Religions, Peace Studies and Theology and Dr.Mary McCaughey, Theologian and Academic Executive of the Priory Institute.

They discuss the impact of the speech on the role of women in the Catholic Church.

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The Leap of Faith March 9th, 2018


On the Leap of Faith this week, Dr David Shepherd from the Loyola Institute in Trinity College Dublin joins us to add his insight to a film due out next week (March 16th) on the life of Mary Magdalene. It stars Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix and offers a revisionist view of the apostles’ apostle.

Also on the programme this week Fr Tim Hazelwood of the Association of Catholic Priests in Ireland challenges the organisers of the World Meeting of Families 2018 to clarify who influenced the changes to the World Meeting of Families print and video promotional material that saw the removal of images and references to same-sex couples.

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The Leap of Faith February 23rd, 2018

On the Leap of Faith this week, we talk with Fr.Alan Hilliard, Chaplain at Dublin Institute of Technology and author of Dipping into Lent a new guide to creating a personal retreat over the 40 days before Easter.

We’ll hear of a novel Lenten event run by the Jesuit Centre of Spirituality and Culture in Galway that offers spiritual support, face to face or by Skype in the weeks before Easter, and we talk with Sister Moira McDowall who is one of the prayer guides supporting people over that period.

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The Leap of Faith February 16th

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On the Leap of Faith this week, television personality and broadcaster Norah Casey talks about Lent, Faith and self esteem and her support of the World Meeting of Families in 2018. This week Norah Casey was also awarded the Philanthropist of the Year Award.  Norah was acknowledged for her significant support for a number of charities including the Irish Hospice Foundation, Women’s Aid and Make-A-Wish Ireland.

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The Leap of Faith February 2nd.

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On the Leap of Faith this week (February 2nd), the relationship between psychotherapy and religion. We talk with Dublin Psychotherapist Dr Mary Stefanazzi who recently completed a PhD on the dialogue between Victor White (Theologian) and Carl Jung (Analytical Psychology) on the frontier between Theology and Psychology.

This week is World Interfaith Harmony Week and we’re joined by the Archbishop of Dublin and Glendalough Most Reverend Dr Michael Jackson who tells us more about a new initiative launched in Dublin to promote Interfaith Understanding.

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The Leap of Faith January 26th

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On the Leap of Faith, this week we talk with Fr.James Good now aged 94, who in 1968 lost his right to preach in the Cork dioceses when he expressed his objections to Humanae Vitae Pope Paul VI, encyclical on contraception. 

Celebrating 70 years this year as a priest he shares how he took the decision to speak out and the repercussions to his life as a priest.
This Saturday is International Holocaust Memorial Day and we talk with Yanky Fachler from the Jewish Historical Society of Ireland who drops in to talk about a unique convergence of circumstances resulting in the creation of three Jewish-owned textile factories in Galway, Castlebar and Longford that saved dozens of European Jews from the Holocaust.

The Leap Of Faith January 19th

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On the Leap of Faith, this week (19th January) have you ever been inspired by the preacher at a religious service or do you seek out one that is renowned for their brevity? We explore the art, craft and skill of great preachers with the Reverend Canon Dr Maurice Elliott Director of the Church of Ireland Theological Institute and Orlaith Carmody, Media Consultant and Trainer.

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The Leap of Faith January 12th.

On the Leap of Faith this week, Fr Tim Bartlett, Secretary General of the World Meeting of Families in Dublin this August, talk about the possibility of the attendance of Pope Francis at the event in August.  Sunday January 14th is the Hindu Festival of Makar Sankranti, Kites, Sweets and family activities are in store for some of the 14,300 Hindus in Ireland and we talk with Bindu Nair about being a Hindu in Ireland. 

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The Christmas Leap Of Faith

On the Christmas Leap of Faith, our panel comes together to capture the Spirit of Christmas 2017 with music and conversation. Joining us are Bibi Baskin, Fr.Bryan Shortall, Alice Leahy of the Alice Leahy Trust, Prof Roja Fazaeli Islamic Scholar from Trinity College Dublin and leading expert on the life of Jesus Prof Helen Bond from the University of Edinburgh.  We also hear from the Golan Heights from Army Chaplain Fr Dan McCarthy and we’ve poetry in studio from John F.Deane.

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The Leap of Faith Friday December 15th, 2017

On the Leap of Faith this week, 15th December, the unique style of artist Harry Clarke and in particular two windows constructed by him in St Joseph’s Church, Terenure, The Annunciation and  The Coronation of the Virgin Glory.  We talk with husband and wife team Ken and Murial Ryan from Abbey Stained Glass Studios, about their work restoring these and other windows and science, meets faith when we talk with Irishman Brendan Owens, Astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich in London about the Star of Bethlehem.

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Leap of Faith 8th Dec 2017

On the Leap of Faith this week, All Things Bright and Beautiful, A Green Hill Far Away and Once in Royal David’s City – three well-known hymns but what about their Dublin born author? We hear from The Very Revd Dr. William Morton on the life of Cecil Frances Alexander and Midlands Priest Fr.Paddy Byrne, a prodigious tweeter puts down his phone and joins us to talk about what he believes is a new springtime for the Catholic Church.

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The Leap of Faith November 24th

On the Leap of Faith this week, November 30th is the 350th anniversary of the birth of Jonathan Swift and we visit St.Patricks Cathedral and the surrounding streets to hear the story of this famous 18th-century satirist and clergyman.

This year is also the 200th anniversary of Bahá’u’lláh the founder of the Bahá’í Faith born in 1817 and we meet actor and writer Paddy Dawson who shares an Irish perspective on this relatively new world faith.

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The Leap of Faith November 17th


As the countdown to Christmas continues we have two things on our mind, money and evil.

We meet author Martina Lehane Sheehan who in a response to the commercial activity of Black Friday has organised Bright Friday. Monks, musicians, poets and mindfulness practitioners will hold a free day of calm and reflection in opposition to the increasing dominance of ‘Black Friday’, the annual shopping frenzy which often sees customers queuing and physically competing to get bargain deals.

Social campaigner and mindfulness practitioner Sr Stan Kennedy will lead the line-up which includes Mark Patrick Hederman OSB, John Waters and Martina Lehane Sheehan.

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What is evil – this weekend on RTE 1 Television Sunday at 10:35 pm Mick Peelo presents Would You Believe Special that over two programmes explore our concepts of evil.

And financial investors and leaders of more than 30 different faith traditions representing over 500 faith investment groups from eight religions and around three trillion dollars in assets, met in Zug, Switzerland, earlier this month – we speak with Martin Palmer of the Alliance of Religions and Conservation.


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The Leap of Faith November 3rd

On the Leap of Faith tonight November 3rd, one hundred years ago this week, the Balfour Declaration, a 67 word, public statement was issued by the British government during World War 1. It announced support for a “national home for the Jewish people” in Palestine.

We explore the historical context of the letter and how its impact is felt even today.

We speak to Yanky Fachler, writer, broadcaster and founder of the Jewish Historical Society of Ireland and Gaza born Dr Yaser Alashqar adjunct assistant professor in International Peace Studies at Trinity College Dublin.

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The Leap Of Faith Friday October 27th, 2017

On the Leap of Faith this week, as the 500th-anniversary approaches of the publishing of his 95 theses, by Martin Luther in Wittenburg … we’ve gathered a panel to learn more about this German Augustinian Monk and to discuss the implications of his actions on us today.

On the panel, the Rev. Dr Martyn Cowan of Union Theological College in Belfast,  Dr Alison Forrestal, a lecturer at NUI Galway and Professor Daire Keogh, Professor of History and Deputy President of Dublin City University. The challenge, to explore the impact of someone referred to as the last medieval man and the first modern one.



The Leap Of Faith Friday October 20th, 2017

On the Leap of Faith this week; psychiatry, mental health and faith. We talk with Professor Jim Lucey,
Medical Director, St Patrick’s Mental Health Services and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Trinity College Dublin who was, with former President of Ireland, Mary McAleese, one of the first Lay Canons to be installed at Christ Church Cathedral a few weeks ago.

On this programme, he talks about religion, faith and mental health.


The Leap Of Faith October 13th, 2017

Pinky Lilani CBE DL has been recognised as one of Britain’s most entrepreneurial leaders. A Muslim woman educated by Loretto Nuns in Calcutta she moved to Britain in 1978 in a semi-arranged marriage.

Now a promoter of several awards recognising Asian women she talks food and faith on this weeks programme. Also on the Leap of Faith this week October is Mission month and we hear from Fr.Shay Cullen an Irish missionary priest and the founder of the PREDA Foundation, from his home in the Philippines as he renews his call for protection for young people there, from sex tourism, from Ireland and other countries.


Leap of Faith Friday 29th September 2017

On the Leap of Faith this week, as the programme returns to Friday evenings we ask does religion cause war and conflict and divide us rather than acting as a unifying force.  Joining Michael Comyn this week areBarbara Walsh Chair of the Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation,  Colm O’Gorman Executive Director of Amnesty International Ireland and Dr Jude Lal Fernando Assistant Professor in Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies at the Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College Dublin.


The Leap of Faith RTE Radio One

In a programme for people of all faiths and none, Michael talks with those whose life experiences cause them to call on their beliefs, as he seeks to discover what religion does for people – and occasionally to them.

With regular updates from across the world’s faiths and from those that hold them, this will be a thought-provoking 30 minutes of radio. Each week the programme will hear from people about how they access their ‘spiritual intelligence’ at different times in their lives.

Michael Comyn has worked in radio on and off for over 40 years, reading the news at lunchtime on his local radio station in Louth while still at secondary school.  A short hiatus followed while he got a “proper” job working in communications training before he found himself back on RTÉ Radio in 1999 as the first voice on RTÉ Lyric FM. He kept in touch with radio by occasionally filling in on Playback, Risin’ Time and Late Date, followed by a brief period presenting a talk show on commercial radio in Dublin.

The programme is produced by Sheila O’Callaghan.

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Getting to present even more on RTE Lyric FM

Weekend Drive for Evelyn Grant

Some of the world’s best music played by the finest musicians, familiar favourites and new releases. Plus news and traffic updates this weekend presented by Michael Comyn.

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Aedín Gormley’s Sunday Matinee

Music for your Sunday afternoon featuring live performances from across the globe and outstanding works from our featured artists. This weekend presented by Michael Comyn.

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Summer on RTE Radio 2017


Presenting Radio 1 Replay,
Highlights of today’s programmes on RTE Radio 1


Radio 1 Replay Thursday, Aug 24th, 2017


Join Michael Comyn as he takes the chill out of your early mornings with music, news, weather and travel updates while Marty Whelan is away.

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The Leap of Faith Friday 12 May 2017

On the Leap of Faith this week, in the last programme in the current series we hear from David Dunlea of Jehovah’s Witnesses Ireland and their reaction to the decision of the Russian Supreme Court that the Jehovah’s Witnesses organisation should be closed down and no longer allowed to operate legally in Russia. We’ll also hear from Fr. Roy Donovan spokesperson for the Association of Catholic Priests in Ireland and Fergal Rooney, Principal Psychologist at St.John of Gods on a noticeable increase in mental health issues among Roman Catholic Priests in Ireland.

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Friday, May 5th.

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On the Leap of Faith this Friday evening – Ireland’s social contract is broken and according to Dr Sean Healy of Social Justice Ireland, the legitimate expectations of citizens are not being met. Saturday, May 13th sees the first ever Beatification ceremony to be held in Ireland, when Jesuit Fr John Sullivan SJ, will graduate from Venerable to Blessed Father John Looby SJ tells us more about the road to sainthood for this Irish-born priest. We hear from the Presbyterian Women’s PW annual meeting in Belfast and Lindsey Rountree tees up the 2017 Gospel Rising Music Festival.

Friday, April 28th.

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On the Leap of Faith tonight Dr Anthony Campolo, once the spiritual advisor to President Bill Clinton is the subject of a new film by Irish based filmmaker Greg Fromholz. The film Divine Dissatisfaction premieres on May 8th.

We talk with Dr. Campolo about his work with the Red Letter Christian movement and his approach to being a “disruptor” to the thinking of “comfortable” Christians.
Last Tuesday, for the first time since Catholic Emancipation in 1829 there was no Morning Roman Catholic Masses celebrated in the Dioceses of Limerick due to a shortage of available priests. The Diocese did offer three evening masses for those parishioners who wished to receive communion. We talk with the Reverend Anne Marie O’Farrell who has a personal insight to share into a role for women as celebrants.



Friday, April 21st.

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On the Leap of Faith this week; is there a Christian influence on the music of U2? We talk with Presbyterian Minister the Reverend Steve Stockman from Fitzroy Presbyterian Church in Belfast and author of Walk on, The Spiritual Journey of U2. Thirty years on from The Joshua Tree Tour, Steve shares research into the band’s music and answers the question; is there a biblical theme fueling their life and work?

Shortlisted for the Jerusalem Awards

The Leap of Faith has been shortlisted for the 2017 Jerusalem Awards in October this year.  Listen to our entry here


Did Jesus Have to Die? – RTÉ Radio One

Winner – Good Friday Meditation – BBC Radio 4  


The Jerusalem Awards promotes Christian involvement in broadcasting. Some of our past winners are very well known to UK listeners while others are just starting out and speak to a small niche audience. Wherever they come from, whatever the style, our expert judges give every entry the same amount of care and attention.

The Awards started life in the mid-1990s as the Independent Local Radio awards, encouraging local radio stations to include religious programming on Good Friday.  Twenty years later we have 11 categories across radio and digital platforms and attract over 150 entries each year.