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This page previews upcoming TV and Radio Programmes, mostly in Ireland and the UK. This is for information purposes only and does not imply recommendation unless clearly stated otherwise. Some of the material is available live or for download/podcast/streaming from the websites of the relevant broadcaster.

Note: All times and dates are accurate at time of posting, but broadcasters can make changes so it's a good idea to double check in the daily papers/teletext etc. Watch also for regional variations, especially on BBC. The Irish channels, and EWTN can be watched online and through their various apps.

VOX NOSTRA WITH VLAD SMISHKEWYCH
RTE Lyric FM St Patrick’s Day  7.00am
On the feast day of Ireland’s patron, Vlad explores the pantheon of Saints and Sinners of Irish Early Music, featuring a special appearance by Trinity College musicologist Ann Buckley, whose work on the music and history of Irish saints sets the stage for the hymns and medieval songs we’ll hear on this Saint Patrick’s Sunday morning. We’ll also look forward to the European Day of Early Music, 21st March, to discover what’s in store all around Ireland on that day. Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre’s exquisite music and the Renaissance dances of 500-year-old Thoinot Arbeau will set our hearts singing and our feet dancing for Lá Fhéile Pádraig on Vox Nostra.

Father Brown

RTE 1 St Patrick’s Day 8:55 am   
‘The Fire In The Sky’ -  It seems Kembleford is threatened with an alien invasion. Fr Brown investigates.

THE QUEST FOR SHAKESPEARE

EWTN Sun 17 March 9 am, Fri 22 March 5 pm
MURDERED SPY, ‘MARTYRED PRIEST - Joseph Pearce looks at Shakespeare's relationship with Christopher Marlowe and St Robert Southwell.

St. Patrick's Day Mass
RTE 1 St Patrick’s Day 11:00 am 
"St Patrick's Day Mass" Mass for St. Patrick's Day comes from St. Patrick's Church in Strandhill, Co. Sligo, with Celebrant the Very Rev. Canon Niall Ahern, and Deacon Rev. Damian Kearns. Music from St. Patrick's Choir, Scoil Ascius Naofa Choir, and trad. group Cairde Knocknarea.

Songs of Praise
BBC 1 St Patrick’s Day  1:05 pm
 Belfast. Katherine Jenkins visits the Titanic Quarter in Belfast for St Patrick's Day. She learns about the rich history of the area once occupied by the Harland and Wolff Shipyard, where Titanic was built. On board the Titanic's tender vessel, the SS Nomadic, she meets Maureen McKinney, whose grandfather worked on the construction of the famous liner. Katherine also visits the Dock Cafe at the heart of the growing new community of Titanic Quarter. Supported by 6 different Christian denominations, it runs as an honesty cafe, where customers pay whatever they feel is fair, and hosts a weekly event for international residents. On St Patrick's Day, Claire McCollum visits a unique Belfast church that's built in the shape of a shamrock. The rector tells Claire how Ireland's patron saint used the simple shamrock to explain the doctrine of the holy trinity as he preached across Ireland in the fifth century.

IN CONCERT: CATHOLIC CHORAL MASTERPIECES

EWTN Mon 18 March 6 am
Filmed on location at the Music and Beyond festival in Ottawa, Canada, the Theatre of Early Music performs Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, the Concerto #2 for Oboe in D minor by Albinoni and Two Love Duets by Handel.

Bank Holiday Movie: The Blind Side
RTE 1 Mon 18 March 9:30 pm
(2009) Biography, Drama, Sport. Director: John Lee Hancock.  Quinton Aaron, Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw. The story of Michael Oher, a homeless and traumatized boy who became an All American football player and first round NFL draft pick with the help of a caring woman and her family.  (S)

The Art That Made Mexico: Paradise, Power and Prayers
BBC 4 Mon 18 March 11.30 pm
(Prayer) Series in which artist Alinka Echeverria explores the forces and ideas that have shaped Mexican art. Alinka explores how faith has always driven life in Mexico, and how the need for a visual image created a unique blend of Mesoamerican and Catholic faith. Artists were kept close to the elites in Mexico's ancient civilisations to depict the deities that were the foundations of the society's structures and beliefs. When the Spanish imposed Catholicism, the notion of venerating the divine using iconography already existed. And in some of Mexico's most spectacular art, iconography incorporating both Mesoamerican and Catholic belief can be found. This unique hybridity could only exist in Mexico, where art has long been crucial to the personal relationship between believer and the divine. Ex-votos paintings are offerings of thanks to saints and expressions of devotion. They have long been the preserve of poor and rural Mexicans, and depict very personal situations. Ser. 1, Ep. 3