Religious Art Factory

A look at the manufacture of religious art in Co. Donegal.

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Extended description

The Milltown Manufacturing Company factory in Donegal town manufactures religious art for distribution around the world. The factory, which produces mouldings for prints and paintings and the prints themselves, provides employment for 80 men and women who work around two shifts. 70% of the mouldings are manufactured for the export market.

The factory also holds the originals of tens of thousands of religious pictures which are familiar images that can be found in many Irish homes.

The pictures were previously owned by a Zurich based company which went out of business in 1965, and were bought up by the Timmons brothers from Donegal. The stock comprised approximately 350 originals and almost 4 million prints. The stock consists of paintings of Saint Patrick, the Virgin Mary, and Biblical scenes to as well as popular and more obscure saints, which vary in size and price.

Donegal can be described as the fountainhead of religious art. The prints are sold in bulk to missions and religious repositories all over the world. The most popular prints in the Irish market are of the Sacred Heart and the Holy family. Popularity is largely location specific and the most unusual prints are noted as Saint Nicholas of Bari and Saint Benito of Palermo.

Further information

Cathal O'Sullivan reports for 'Newsbeat' on the manufacture of religious art in a Co. Donegal factory.

This episode of 'Newsbeat' was broadcast on 27 October, 1967.

'Newsbeat' was a half-hour feature programme presented by Frank Hall and ran for 7 years from September 1964 to June 1971.

'Newsbeat' went out from Monday to Friday on RTÉ television and reported on current affairs and issues of local interest from around Ireland. The final programme was broadcast on the 11 June, 1971.

The Milltown Manufacturing Company factory in Donegal town manufactures religious art for distribution around the world. The factory, which produces mouldings for prints and paintings and the prints themselves, provides employment for 80 men and women who work around two shifts. 70% of the mouldings are manufactured for the export market.

The factory also holds the originals of tens of thousands of religious pictures which are familiar images that can be found in many Irish homes.

The pictures were previously owned by a Zurich based company which went out of business in 1965, and were bought up by the Timmons brothers from Donegal. The stock comprised approximately 350 originals and almost 4 million prints. The stock consists of paintings of Saint Patrick, the Virgin Mary, and Biblical scenes to as well as popular and more obscure saints, which vary in size and price.

Donegal can be described as the fountainhead of religious art. The prints are sold in bulk to missions and religious repositories all over the world. The most popular prints in the Irish market are of the Sacred Heart and the Holy family. Popularity is largely location specific and the most unusual prints are noted as Saint Nicholas of Bari and Saint Benito of Palermo.

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Title Holy Picture Factory
Title in English Holy Picture Factory
Series title Newsbeat
Series title in English Newsbeat
Clip title Religious Art Factory
Provider RTÉ
Publisher / broadcaster RTÉ
Broadcast date 27/10/1967
Production year 1967
First broadcast channel RTÉ
Country of production IRELAND
Contributor Cathal O'Sullivan (Reporter)
Genre Factual
Topic Religion and belief
Thesaurus terms Religion & Belief, Religions, Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Painting and Drawing, Prints, Paintings
Keywords Religion, Beliefs, Catholic, Catholicism, Christianity, Saints, ART, Donegal, Milltown Manufacturing Company
Geographical coverage Ireland
Original language English
Language used English
Subtitle language -
Material type Video
Item type Part/extract
Item duration 03:40
Item colour Black & White
Item sound Mono
Aspect ratio 4:3
Filename drlaweb_20120119_newsbeat_holypics_000340_p225_00067_19671027.mp4
Identifier EUS_3DA89E37300F41BC80AE98C3A7166123
Original identifier P225/00067
Relation -
Relation type -
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