Life & Soul is a new occasional series on RTÉ One Television and RTÉ Radio 1 Extra / Longwave 252, which takes a fresh approach to Christian worship.
Presenters Colm Flynn and Áine O’Neill travel the country, hearing stories of how faith impacts on life and life on faith – how faith moves and inspires, challenges and sustains people in today’s Ireland. Each episode also features a selection of inspirational readings, prayers and music.
In episode one, Colm Flynn meets the parents of inspirational Kerry teenager, Donal Walsh, six years after his passing. They reflect on how his illness impacted on his faith and how his death affected their own relationship with God. Áine O’Neill visits the Tiglin Rehabilitation Centre in Co. Wicklow to hear the story of Trevor O’Neill a graduate of the programme who found faith and belief in God as his gateway to recovery from spiralling addiction.
Also featured is the Gospel Rising event, now in its tenth year and held this year in Dublin.
Finally, we hear the story of Dublin couple Ann and Brian Kelly, whose lives were transformed after they were inspired by the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster to start helping orphans and the elderly in Belarus.
Colm Flynn is an award-winning Irish radio and TV presenter from Ennis in Co. Clare with a passion for telling stories. Colm is a regular reporter and presenter on the BBC World Service on shows like Outlook and Heart & Soul, where he meets inspirational people who have amazing stories to tell. These interviews are broadcast to 22 million people around the globe on the BBC network. When back in Ireland, he also reports regularly on RTÉ One shows including Nationwide and Today with Maura and Dáithí. He’s keenly interested in science, travelling, and faith.
Tallaght native Áine O Neill first came to prominence after winning the ‘Ireland’s Next Top Vlogger’ title in 2014 on the Xposé show on TV3 (now Virgin Media). After her win, Áine became a YouTube regular on two of Ireland’s biggest channels FACTS and TRY. While developing her craft in front of the camera, Áine has been busy working behind the scenes as a producer of the award-winning series The Rotunda and the acclaimed Raised by the Village for RTÉ and of Evidence of Evil for CBS. Áine has just wrapped working on two international co-production feature films I Never Cry and There You’ll Find Me and is currently developing a slate of documentaries and new drama projects with award-winning production company Scratch Films.