NEWSTALK: Newstalk documentary ‘A Curious Society’ explores the history of the RDS

Category: News, Newstalk

Documentary due to air Saturday the 23rd and Sunday the 24th of May on Newstalk 106-108fm

Dublin, 15th May 2015: From Ferris wheels to young scientists, the Royal Dublin Society is part of our collective memory.  This is a journey through the history of the RDS.  Founded as The Dublin Society it was instrumental in setting up some of Ireland’s most important institutions and continues today as a philanthropic organisation that supports Irish agriculture, arts, industry and science.

A Curious Society is a journey through the often-unconsidered history of the RDS, charting the development of this society from its beginnings in 1731. This was an innovative society who, in 1771, was the first with a  ‘Buy Irish’ idea where they offered rewards to businesses that bought goods manufactured in Dublin.   The documentary charts the journey of the RDS from its first home in Parliament House, which is now the Bank of Ireland on College Green, to Leinster House, and finally to its current home in Ballsbridge.

With contributions from current and past presidents we will hear how over the course of three centuries the RDS has pursued, with vigour, its mission to encourage the development of agriculture, arts, science and industry throughout the country by educating, providing practical guidance, rewarding excellence and encouraging ability. Its mission remains as relevant today as it was in 1731.

The RDS Foundation Programme issues annual awards, and we will meet with the awardees of the foundation.  We will meet with a previous RDS Music Bursary Award winner, Redmond O’Toole, and hear the music of past winners.  We will visit the studio of jeweler Eimear Conyard, past winner of the RDS National Crafts Competition.

A Curious Society will be broadcast on Newstalk 106-108fm on Saturday 23rd May at 7am and repeated at 10am on Sunday 24th May.