A Brand new Documentary on SVP is due to air this week on Community Radio Youghal . The new 6 part series Still Crucial – After All These Years will look at the Society’s origins in Ireland and the context of its foundation and early years here. The main focus is on the Society as a living, breathing organisation, with a vital role in modern Irish life.
This series proposes to examine why, despite Economic, Social and Technological advances and the passage of almost two centuries, the need/demand for the services of the Society is greater than ever.
The Irish arm of the Society of St Vincent de Paul was formed in 1844. Its foundation here coincided with the beginning of the Great Famine, a time not just of great need, but of national catastrophe.
That the Society still exists here 170 years later is an unalterable fact. This series aims to show how, far from merely ‘existing’ or ‘surviving’, the Society of St Vincent de Paul is, in fact, a crucial pillar in modern day Ireland. Having begun in the teeth of the famine, the organisation has survived two World wars, a War of Independence, a Civil War and several Recessions.
This series proposes to examine why, despite Economic, Social and Technological advances and the passage of almost two centuries of time, the need/demand for the services of the Society – far from being reduced – is greater than ever. To do so, we will talk to service users, volunteers, officers and staff members. We will hear from members of the public and from people and organisations that have had or have today, some connection with the Society of St Vincent de Paul in Ireland, or SVP as it is often known nowadays.
As well as looking briefly at the origins of the Society in Ireland, this series will turn up the volume on voices from the front line among those availing of the Society’s services and those who help to provide them. Service users will describe the circumstances that lead to their contacting the Society and, just as importantly, their first hand experience of St Vincent de Paul in action and the impact it had on their lives.
You can hear this fantastic new series on CRY104fm starting on Tuesday the 11th of October at 6.30pm and again on Thursday the 13th of Oct 6.30pm and every Tuesday and Thursday at the same time for the next three weeks or can listen online on www.cry104fm.com