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Documentary on One: Innocence for Sale

2013-07-01 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

The issue of child trafficking into prostitution in the Philippines as a result of sex tourism, and how Irish missionary priest Fr. Shay Cullen has fought to combat the problem through his organisation PREDA (Broadcast 1990). …

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Hear, See, Feel

2013-06-28 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

How do you experience music when you can't hear? …

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The Door Into the Dark

2013-06-27 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

A Waterford forge comes to life once more …

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The Nore Bar (2006)

2013-06-26 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

What happens when they turn off the TV in the Nore Bar, Kilkenny City every second Tuesday night?…

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DocArchive: Beacon on the Sands (1990)

2013-06-25 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Bill Long travels to the Kish Lighthouse off the coast of Dublin, on the occasion of it's 25th anniversary (Broadcast 1990). …

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DocArchive: Battle of the Somme

2013-06-24 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Lasting from July 1st to Novemeber 18th 1916, The Battle of the Somme was to become one of the defining moments of the First World War. The first day of battle alone saw the British Forces sustain some 60,000 casualties, including Irishmen (Broadcast 1989) …

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An Angelman year

2013-06-21 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Zac, Luke and Clara are three children living in Ireland. In America, another little girl they don't know - Molly Brockie - is undergoing clinical trials that could change all of these childrens lives. All have Angelman Syndrome - a rare genetic disorder. …

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County London

2013-06-20 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

For the first time since the 1970s, 'County London' have advanced to the Connacht semi-final in the GAA Senior Football Championships. Maybe not a big deal here but over there, Robert Mulhern, author of "A Very Different County", says it matters a lot.…

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DocArchive: Wilhelm Maestro (1989)

2013-06-19 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

The Irish Army No.1 Band was formed in 1923 and its first Director was Colonel Fritz Brase. The band has performed at many major Irish ceremonial occasions since its inception. Here we look at the amazing character of its first director (Broadcast 1989) …

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DocArchive: The Thin Green Line (1989)

2013-06-18 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

The 1948 Olympics, held in London, was the first games Ireland had taken part in since 1932. A major dispute between the Irish Olympic Council and the organising committee saw many Irish athletes barred from taking part in previous competitions. But why? …

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DocArchive: Sands a hoor

2013-06-17 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

In 1989, fifty Gardaí travelled to Namibia on an overseas mission with the United Nations. The members who travelled were to become part of one of the UN's most successful mission, an historic moment for our national police force (Broadcast 1989) …

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Lucia Joyce - Diving and Falling

2013-06-14 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Imagine being the daughter of one of the world's most experimental and famous writers. Lucia Joyce was the troubled and talented daughter of James Joyce. Surrounded by bohemian life, he fragile mental health led to a long battle to regain her life. …

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Racing The Tide

2013-06-13 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

There's more to one Connemara beach than sunbathing. Omey Island is off the coast of Galway. At every low tide you can travel to the island across a magnificent, broad strand. Once a year, this strand is the location of one of Ireland's beach races. …

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DocArchive: In Fond Memory

2013-06-12 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

This documentary looks at the war memorial park in Islandbridge, Dublin also known as the Irish National Memorial Gardens. Oficially opened in 1988, it pays tribute to the 49,400 Irish Soldiers who died in World War 1 from 1914-1918 (Broadcast 1989) …

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DocArchive: Ruths Story (1989)

2013-06-11 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

The moving story of one girls battle in the final days of her life. (Broadcast 1989)…

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DocArchive: Seawatch

2013-06-10 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

A look at the intricate system of services and personnel who make up the Irish Sea Rescue Services Organisation (Broadcast 1986). …

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A Tale Told in Thread - The Ros Tapestry

2013-06-07 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Invasions, battles, romance - centuries of history brought to life in 15 huge embroidered panels telling the epic story of the founding of New Ross, Co. Wexford in 1207. …

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Irish Jack

2013-06-06 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Why is this man Ireland's No.1 "Who" fan?……

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DocArchive: All The Dead Voices (1986)

2013-06-05 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

A celebration for Samuel Beckett's 80th Birthday, recorded at the international Samuel Beckett Conference in Paris in April 1986 (Broadcast May 1986). …

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No Bull In a China Shop (1986)

2013-06-04 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

An insight into the character behind soon to be Commander-in-Chief of the UN Observer Corps, Bill Callaghan (Broadcast 1986). …

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DocArchive: Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1985)

2013-06-03 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

A fly on the wall account that follows a weekend shift of a crew of The Dublin Fire Brigade Ambulance Service (Broadcast 1985). …

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For Ever

2013-05-31 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

A story of co-parenting, of a parenting contract and the creation of a 21st century modern day family. Brian Kelly is from North Cork, Phoenix, the mother of his child is Chinese - and their daughter, Ever Elizabeth Jade Kelly is Australian. …

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The Exam

2013-05-30 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Listening to Anders Behring Breivik…

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DocArchive: The Burning of Ennistymon

2013-05-29 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

A look at the ambush of the County Clare town of Ennistymon in September 1920. (Broadcast 1985) …

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DocArchive: After Redundancy (Broadcast 1985)

2013-05-28 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

A insight into the effects of unemployment in the town of Cobh back in 1985. …

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DocArchive: Bell, Bike and Saddle (Broadcast 1985)

2013-05-27 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

A look at the history of the bicycle and life as a cyclist in Ireland in 1985. …

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The Undiscovered Country

2013-05-24 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

This is a documentary about travelling theatre, about a childhood trauma, about a place on the border, and about a 70-something man's search for his father.…

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31 Years of Memories

2013-05-23 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Two men with Irish connections on opposite sides in the Falklands War. …

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DocArchive: Minor Detail

2013-05-22 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

A look at one of the worlds most iconic cars- The Morris Minor(Broadcast 1985)…

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DocArchive: What's on Sunday Mr Fitz?

2013-05-21 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

A documentary on the first cinema to come to Mullingar and the role it played in the social history of the town. (1985) …

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DocArchive: Barrios of Trujillo

2013-05-20 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

The story about life in the shanty towns of Trujillo in Peru (Broadcast 1985)…

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Songs My Mother Taught Me

2013-05-17 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

A 'documentary novel' by Chris Brookes about war brides – women, including Chris's own mother, who married allied servicemen during World War II. …

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Dalkey Meals on Wheels

2013-05-16 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

A day out with the cooks, drivers and customers of the Meals on Wheels in Dalkey, Co. Dublin. (First Broadcast March 2006)…

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DocArchive: Royal Hospital Kilmainham

2013-05-15 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

When it was finished being built in 1684, the Royal Hospital was one of Ireland's finest buildings. When it came out of service in 1927 however, the building began to fall into disrepair. Here we look at what happened next. (1985) …

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DocArchive: On The Rocks

2013-05-14 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

The work of a lighthouse keeper is something that few people are cut out for, although advances in technology mean the job is not as lonely as it was in the past. Keepers at Bailey Lighthouse tell their story. (Broadcast 1985)…

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DocArchive: Robert Farren Remembered

2013-05-13 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

A look back at the life of Robert Farren. From his poetry to his time in broadcasting, this documentary takes a look at an extrordinary life. (Broadcast 1985)…

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Over There - Green Cab

2013-05-10 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

A London taxi tour around the stories of the Irish in London, including the more recently-arrived. …

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Banna Polar Bears

2013-05-09 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Now that the weather's picking up, you may be thinking about going for a swim. But, no matter how hardy you think you are, you'll have to go a long way to match the Banna Polar Bears who swim every month of the year - even when the sand is frozen. …

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DocArchive: Before the Beat

2013-05-08 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

A look at what was involved in training up the members of Ireland's Police Force in the 1980s. (Broadcast 1985) …

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DocArchive: The Hidden River

2013-05-07 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

The Bradogue river has always been associated with the Cabra area, in north Dublin - yet locals in Cabra know little of the river. It is concealed from the public gaze. This is the story of a 'hidden' river, that has been there forever (Broadcast 1985) …

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DocArchive: Two New for Europe

2013-05-06 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

In 1984, Ray McSharry (Fianna Fail) and Mary Banotti (Fine Gael) became members of the European Parliament (MEP). For both this was unchartered territory - both stepping into the unknown. This documentary joins them on their journey (Broadcast 1984) …

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Over There - The Green Line

2013-05-03 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

The London Underground has The District Line, The Circle Line and so on. "The Green Line" is a notional Tube line that Robert Mulhern has taken to find Irish stories in the UK capital: the "Mammy" away from home, the ex-prisoner, the retired drinkers. …

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Twigs

2013-05-02 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

The artist who burns his art …

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DocArchive: A Place in the Community

2013-05-01 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Betty Purcell explores the stories of the medical practitioners and patients of St. Brendan's Hospital in Grangegorman, Dublin. (Broadcast 1984) …

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DocArchive:The Irish Sugar Company

2013-04-30 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

The interesting history behind the Irish Sugar Company, and the many characters who have passed through its doors through the years. (Broadcast 1984) …

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DocArchive: Inside Bacolod Prison

2013-04-29 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Fr. Niall O'Brien gives us an insight into what life is like in Bacolod prison, located in the Philippines.We hear of how life in this prison is a far cry from that in Ireland, and the role that the church plays within the prison walls. (Broadcast 1984) …

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Hark !

2013-04-26 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

'Hark' takes our modern ears on a sound-rich journey through the acoustic world of Elizabethan England. …

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Patricia Cantlon's Unique Guesthouse

2013-04-25 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Patricia Cantlon runs one of Ireland's most unusual guesthouse: Cullintra House, Rower, Co. Kilkenny.…

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DocArchive: Eye and Ear

2013-04-24 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

An exploration of the history of the Royal Victoria Eye and Ear hospital in Dublin. (Broadcast 1984) …

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DocArchive: It Really Gets on my Nerves

2013-04-23 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Mary Rose Doorly investigates how stress affects ordinary Irish people. What happens when our nerves get frayed? Can stress actually be good for us, in the right measures? (Broadcast 1984) …

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DocArchive: There's No Robbers Here

2013-04-22 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

A look at life in Arbour Hill Prison. (Broadcast 1984)…

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Dogman

2013-04-19 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Martin McKenna’s career began in a hay barn in Limerick and ended up with three best-selling books about dog behaviour in Australia - he could not read or write but he would become known as 'The Dogman'. …

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Ramble In

2013-04-18 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

The Kerry tradition of rambling houses is revived twice a year in the community hall in Gleflesk. The hall is filled with antiques, an old-fashioned fireplace has been put in. There's a spotlight and a roving microphone and the night takes off. …

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DocArchive: Top Dog

2013-04-17 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

John Skehan takes a look at the world of dogs. (Broadcast 1984)…

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DocArchive: You Can't Live on Love

2013-04-16 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

A fascinating insight into the recessional times which gripped Ireland in the 1980s and the housewives who had to learn to live with unemployed husbands. (Broadcast 1984)…

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DocArchive: Music for Fun

2013-04-15 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Des Hickey spends a night with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra as Ireland ring in a brand new year. (Broadcast 1984)…

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The Echo Chamber

2013-04-12 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

The Story of the Jihad Jane. 3 people go online, they meet in a chat room and their lives change forever.…

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Mr. Greenland

2013-04-11 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Adrian Vernon Fish loves composing and loves Greenland. He travels around Irish national schools telling wintry stories about the country while wearing a traditional Greenland costume and displaying handcrafted items from there.…

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DocArchive: For Those In Peril on the Sea

2013-04-10 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

An account of the incredible history of Irish lifeboats, and the even more incredible men and women who are respond in the case of disaster. (Broadcast 1983) …

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DocArchive: I Choose Denmark

2013-04-09 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Francis Hackett is most well known for his work on Henry VIII but was also revered in Ireland and abroad as a critic and author of many autobiographies. This is the story of his fascinating life. (Broadcast 1983)…

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DocArchive: Celts and Communication

2013-04-08 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

An account on the use of Celtic languages in the media across Europe and illustrates just how difficult it is for some countries to promote the use of their native tongue within broadcast media. (Broadcast 1983) …

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Neither Nor

2013-04-05 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

The music and stories of a young Northern Irish jazz singer, Victoria Geelan. She's neither fully Catholic nor Protestant; neither blind nor partially-sighted. She sings jazz and blues in Derry where she is fondly referred to as a 'Fenian Jaffa'. …

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Mill Creek Blues

2013-04-03 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Fishing for Mark Twain in a dead river. …

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DocArchive: Mary Mercers Legacy

2013-04-03 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

This is the story of a remarkable building, which was home to a number of remarkable people - the Mercers Hospital in Dublin. (Broadcast 1983) …

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DocArchive: Choirs at Sea

2013-04-02 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

The story about some of the artists who attended and performed at the 91st Manx Music Festival.(Broadcast 1983) …

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DocArchive: Florries Follies

2013-04-01 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Florrie Rush-McGowan on her career in entertainment in America. In this programme from 1983, the 85 year old Florrie reflects on her life from the Easter Rising of 1916, to the stages of Speakeasies in Broadway. (Broadcast 1983) …

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Two Miles An Hour

2013-03-29 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Writer Eugene O’Brien takes a trip on a barge through the heart of the midlands, experiencing his home county in a different – and much slower – way than usual. …

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The Curious Ear: Pink Day

2013-03-28 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

How to get teenage boys to wear pink and high heels.. …

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DocArchive: Wildlife Weekend

2013-03-27 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

An account of the first ever Wildlife Symposium to be held in Ireland which took place in Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare in March 1983. …

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DocArchive: The Communist Party of Ireland

2013-03-26 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

An account of the work of the Communist Party in Ireland in 1983, whose central goal is the ending of the capitalist system and implimenting a social system in which all means of production and distribution are publicly owned. (Broadcast 1983) …

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DocArchive: The Sally Ann

2013-03-25 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

The Salvation Army, affectionately known as the 'Sally Ann', was founded in 1865 in England. This is an account of their operations in Ireland in 1983, and the many social issues members found themselves offering assistance in. …

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Frank the Poet - A Convict's Tour to Hell

2013-03-22 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Originally from Cashel, Frank McNamara's songs and poems were spread through convict Australia by his fellow prisoners. Today a new generation of musicians regard him as giving Australia a tradition akin to the Mississippi blues. …

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Michael Whelan - Air Corps Historian (2006)

2013-03-21 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Michael Whelan's museum in a huge hangar at Casement Aerodrome, Baldonnel stores hundreds of artefacts but also thousands of stories behind those objects. …

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DocArchive: 200 Years on the Nore

2013-03-19 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

1983 marked the bicentenary of St. Kieran's College in Kilkenny, one of the Country's long standing educational institutions and one which has a very real sense of its long and historical past. (Broadcast 1983) …

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Doc Archive: In the Public Service

2013-03-18 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

One of Ireland’s largest and most powerful institutions – The Civil Service. An early 1980’s examination of this central core of power, and cog in the machine of development and growth (Broadcast 1982). …

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Athy Is The 'Hood, Man

2013-03-15 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

It's tough enough being a teenager, trying to work out who you are. But, say you're a teenager with African parents but you've grown up in Ireland. What are you? African? Irish? Or, a bit of both? And where is 'home'? Where you holiday or where you live? …

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Big Brother Big Sister

2013-03-14 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

The joy of milkshakes, driving ranges and just 'chattin' '. Big Brother Big Sister is a programme where young adults meet up with young teenagers once a week for a year. How does it work and what are the benefits for both the adults and teenagers? …

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DocArchive: I Try Not to Think of the Future

2013-03-13 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

The story of the closure of the Fieldcrest factory in Kilkenny in 1982. With high hopes for the factory and surrounding community we hear directly from those who were affected most by its closure and how it has impacted on their lives. (Broadcast 1982) …

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DocArchive: The Marvellous Adventures of Cabeza De Vaca

2013-03-12 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca was a Spanish Explorer of the New World, and one of only four survivors of the 1527 Narváez expedition. This account of his life tells an incredible tale of many adventures, and indeed misadventures. (First Broadcast 1982) …

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DocArchive: Bees and Their Keepers

2013-03-11 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

An account of the long history Ireland has with beekeeping and how bees are so important to the farmers of Ireland .From the financial gain, to every sting, we hear from people who are passionate about beekeeping in Ireland. (Broadcast 1982)…

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Rhapsody in Bohemia

2013-03-08 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Pomp rock's classical pretensions come under scrutiny in this palyful reconstruction of Queen's pop classic 'Bohemian Rhapsody'. …

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Card Club

2013-03-07 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Back in 2006, card clubs and casinos were becoming popular. At the time, the government were making noises about regulating them and even closing them down. What was it like behind the closed doors? James Bond in a white dinner jacket? Eh...no.…

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DocArchive: Ragmans Ball

2013-03-06 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

A journey through one of Dublins most historic areas, the Liberties. We meet some of its most revered residents and learn of its connections to the Titanic. (Broadcast 1982) …

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DocArchive: Flight 3306 To Strasburg

2013-03-05 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

In 1982, Ireland had been a member of the EEC for 9 years, This account asks where did we see our relationship with Europe going at a difficult period for the Irish Economy? (Broadcast 1982)…

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DocArchive: James Joyce - The Playboy of the Western World

2013-03-04 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

The story, and legacy, of one of Irelands most celebrated talents, told on the centenary of his birth by an array of contemporary writers. (Broadcast 1982) …

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The Orphans That Never Were

2013-03-01 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

The story of one of Ireland's greatest tragedies that occurred 70 years ago this week. 35 children died in a fire at an orphanage in Co.Cavan. But what exactly happened and why? …

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Streets in San Francisco

2013-02-28 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Duncan McNiff is an Irishman who's an amateur podcaster. He wanders the streets of San Francisco meeting and recording people with interesting stories. Like the old woman with the police car, the veteran with 'summer' teeth and the man with seven degrees.…

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DocArchive: Centre of Paralysis of Silence, of Importance

2013-02-28 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

A look at the fascinating life of James Joyce. We learn why he had such a strained relationship with Dublin and gain an insight into the creation to some of his iconic works. (Broadcast 1982) …

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DocArchive: Centre of Paralysis of Silence, of Importance

2013-02-27 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

A look at the fascinating life of James Joyce. We learn why he had such a strained relationship with Dublin and gain an insight into the creation to some of his iconic works. (Broadcast 1982) …

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DocArchive: The Rebel Countess

2013-02-26 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Countess Constance Markievicz is known for her participation in the 1916 rising and her time spent as part of the Irish Cabinet. Members of her family paint a picture of the woman behind the 'rebel'. …

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DocArchive: The Making of an Orchestra

2013-02-25 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Ever wondered what it takes to be a member of a world renowned orchestra? The Musicians of the RTESO reveal the hard work required along with an account of the orchestra's fascinating history. (Broadcast 1982) …

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A Talent for Life: The Fergus O'Farrell Story

2013-02-22 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

The story of a gifted musician battling muscular dystrophy, which has robbed him of the ability to play guitar and piano but has never made him give up on his musical journey. A journey that has taken his songs from Kildare to Hollywood to Broadway.…

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DocArchive: Paul Durcan's Mayo

2013-02-21 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

A look at the fascinating life of poet Paul Durcan. He talks us through his work and the experiences that have informed then, including being committed to a psychiatric hospital whilst a student at college. (Broadcast 1982) …

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DocArchive: The Forthieth of Foot

2013-02-20 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Mention the words "The Forty Foot" around Dublin, and almost anyone will know exactly what you are referring to immediately. This bathing area in South Dublin has become a sort of institute among bathers in the capital. (Broadcast 1982) …

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DocArchive: With The Wind To Our Backs We Were Only Mighty

2013-02-19 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

An insight into one of Ireland's most eccentric traditions- the Strawboys of the West of Ireland (Broadcast 1981)…

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DocArchive: Darkest Midnight in December

2013-02-18 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Documentary about the tradition of singing ancient christmas Carols in Kilmore Church, County Wexford . (Broadcast Christmas Day 1981) …

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A Knock On The Door

2013-02-15 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

The story of the kidnapping of German industrialist Thomas Niedermayer by the IRA in the 1970s faded from public memory – but affected one family for generations to come, with tragic consequences. …

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DocArchive: Pipe that Song Again

2013-02-14 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

A hobby for some, a career for others, the men and women behind the craft of musical instrument making in Ireland and the painstaking trial and error that it takes to get the sound of a particular instrument just right (Broadcast 1981). …

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DocArchive: Bantry Hold on for Dublin

2013-02-13 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

In the early hours of the of the morning on the 8th Jan 1979, tragedy struck just off the head of Bantry Bay when an oil tanker exploded on Whiddy Island. A look at the aftermath of this disaster which saw the loss of 50 lives (Broadcast 1981).…

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DocArchive: Running Commentary

2013-02-12 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

26.2 miles is a long way to run. Myles Dungan ran the Dublin City Marathon back in 1981. He takes us on the 26.2 mile journey from training to finish line and gives a play by play of his progress along the way (Broadcast 1981). …

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DocArchive: Magdelene Laundry Institute in Galway for Outcast Women

2013-02-11 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Single women who became pregnant and women who were unwanted by their families for other reasons were sent to the Mary Magdelene Home Laundry in Galway. (Broadcast 1992) …

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Dads, Lads & Nicole

2013-02-08 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Would you go along at 60mph, your backside millimetres from the road surface? This 13-year old girl would: Nicole aims to be a Formula 1 driver; but first, she has to make her way to the top of the go-kart drivers' table. At the moment, she's at No. 2.... …

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Blue Cross Van

2013-02-07 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Every Thursday night in a Dublin suburb, people form a queue on an empty footpath. The only clue to what they're doing is the line of pets at their feet. They are waiting on the Blue Cross mobile animal clinic. They have their pets and their stories.…

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DocArchive: Seán Ó Riada - Life in Coolea

2013-02-06 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

One of the greatest Irish composers of the 20th Century, Seán Ó Riada is best known for his work with Irish traditional music and the group Ceoltóirí Chualann. A portrait of the man by those who knew him in Coolea, Co Cork (Boradcast 1981). …

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DocArchive: Forget not the Field

2013-02-05 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

It is estimated that close to 12% of the American population has Irish roots. An insight into Irish-America at a time when Ireland was only beginning to realise the interest many Americans have in their Irish ancestry (Broadcast 1981). …

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DocArchive: Town in Brittany

2013-02-04 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Embracing all things Celtic, a look at the small town of Lannion in Brittany, home of the 1981 Celtic Congress, which was held to promote and celebrate the languages of the Celtic countries. (Broadcast 1981) …

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Our Man in Westminster

2013-02-01 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Enter the world of parliamentary plots, rumours and conspiracy. Paul Staines - aka Guido Fawkes - is the number 1 political blogger in the British Isles. Paul is viewed by some as a scourge, and by others as 'new media'. Paul is also an Irish citizen. …

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Agape

2013-01-31 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Every year, on the last Sunday in June, hundreds of people head out to the deserted island of Inchagoill on Lough Corrib in Co. Galway. They go for a Mass on the old monastic site and also for ‘Agape’, feasting. (2006) …

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DocArchive: Raytown

2013-01-30 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Everyone in Ringsend has a nickname. Even Ringsend has a nickname - "Raytown". Find out why in this documentary about a very unique Dublin neighbourhood by the sea. (Broadcast 1981) …

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DocArchive: John Ennis

2013-01-29 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

For John Ennis, writing poetry is a kind of therapy - an internal impulse that he needs to satisfy. In this documentary he talks about his influences and why he writes the poetry that has won him many awards. (Broadcast 1981) …

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DocArchive: Rabia-a: A Life in Islam

2013-01-28 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Rabia Al Najairr grew up in a typical Irish Catholic family, but converted to Islam when she was still a teenager, giving up alcohol and changing what she wears. In this documentary she explains why she was motivated to do it. (Broadcast 1989)…

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Oiled: A Portrait of Henrietta

2013-01-25 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

She was muse to artists like Francis Bacon and Lucien Freud, she was known as the 'Queen of Soho', she toured with Marianne Faithfull and she lived for a time in a mansion in Laois - Henrietta Moraes lived a decadent but fiercely tragic life.…

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Mag

2013-01-24 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Mag lived in Wexford in the 1990s. She started to get pains in her stomach. She was assured she was not seriously ill and continued to work - including pulling a plough for her father. Then, the pains got worse... Presented by Ann Marie Duffin …

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DocArchive: Burning the Bones of the Earth

2013-01-23 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

On an unpublished memoir, this documentary tells the story of the life of a lime burner- seen through the eyes Matty McCaulife from Kerry and ‘the limeburner of Churchhill’ - an imaginary village between Macroom and Charleville in Cork (broadcast 1981) …

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DocArchive: Knock Three Times And Ask For Joe

2013-01-22 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

America was the only country outside of the world of Islam to attempt on a nationwide ban on the sale of alcohol and to try to transform a basic habit of millions of people – the story of speakeasies, moonshine and Prohibition (first broadcast 1981) …

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DocArchive: This Island Nation

2013-01-21 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

It was credited with saving the nation from food shortages, and Lemass said that we couldn’t have preserved our neutrality without it. The men who served with the Merchant Navy Fleet talk about their time at sea. (broadcast 2001) …

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The Voices of Vern Nash

2013-01-18 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

A multi award winning portrait of an elderly jazz man and his long battle with schizophrenia. Vern has multiple voices that speak to him - and he talks right back. And then there's his accordian - and his humour - and the friendships he had and lost …

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The Leisure Centre

2013-01-17 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

January is a busy time for gyms and leisure centres but, who are the regulars? Portlaoise Leisure Centre has a stream of people through it beginning with children eating breakfast at 7 a.m. Irish life, as seen through a day in a leisure centre.…

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DocArchive: Where There Is Light

2013-01-16 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Jutting into the sea, surrounded by whitewashed walls, Hook Lighthouse is one of the oldest lighthouse towers in the country. Lorelei Harris meets the men who live their lives ‘under the light’ (broadcast 2000) .…

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DocArchive: Limerick's Theatres

2013-01-15 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Little Gerald Griffin Street in Limerick used to be called Playhouse Lane – such was the theatrical tradition in Limerick city. This documentary goes behind the scenes to discover this rich heritage. (broadcast 1981)…

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DocArchive: Stand and Deliver

2013-01-14 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

For a stand-up comedian, the stage can be a very lonely place. And in 1981, there were few comedians in Ireland. This documentary goes on stage with the comedians of the moment. …

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Dee

2013-01-11 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

The remarkable story from 2007 of an Irish nurse who emigrated to America and ended up living on the streets there. She eventually regained control of her life but not without losing her children and being attacked so badly that she now uses a wheelchair.…

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DocArchive: The Loneliness of Old Age

2013-01-10 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Being old in our society can be tough – apart from sickness and financial problems, many old people can feel isolated and lonely. This documentary was made in 1980 when people were only beginning to consider this as an issue. …

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DocArchive: Irish Lights

2013-01-09 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

The wave-swept lighthouse has always had an aura of romance - but this documentary looks at the reality of an isolated life in often harsh conditions in the lighthouses around Ireland's coasts through the years.(Broadcast 1980) …

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DocArchive: With Sincere Sympathy

2013-01-08 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Most people who die leave behind a circle of people who will be going on what can be a long journey through grief. This documentary looks at bereavement from a personal and expert point of view. (Broadcast 1980) …

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DocArchive: As Others See Us

2013-01-07 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

A documentary on Cork - but not made by someone from the rebel county. Made by the BBC this is an insight into how others see Cork (first broadcast 1980) …

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Waiting at the Railings II

2013-01-04 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Before Christmas there was the excitment of them coming home - choirs, banners and cheering in the emigrants' airport arrivals. In January, it's a very different story - all about the parents left behind - waving goodbye to their emigrant children. …

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DocArchive: Valley of the Writers

2013-01-03 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

In 1980, Ashford, Co. Wicklow became a popular destination for writers from all over the world. They arrived to nestle into their beautiful surroundings. But why? This documentary tells of the draw to "the Valley" for these writers (Broadcast 1980) …

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"Ganbatte!"

2013-01-01 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

An Irishman moves to Japan and learns about the place and its people from other Irish already there: a fake Catholic priest, a teacher on TV and a Roscommon Sumo wrestler. (Made with support of BAI Sound and Vision Fund) …

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Waiting At The Railings

2012-12-29 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Christmas, Arrivals Dublin Airport. Who is waiting at the railings for returned emigrants? The woman who's hiding from her family, the mother who hasn't seen her 19-year old 'baby' in months. An national ritual with individual stories at the railings. …

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Message in a Bottle

2012-12-28 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

The extraordinary story of Frank and Breda, an American GI and an Irish milk maid who 'met' via a message in a bottle which Frank threw overboard. In the early 1950s this story was a worldwide news sensation. 60 years later we find out what really happened …

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DocArchive: The Show People

2012-12-27 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

The Bird family are 'Show People'. They move from town to town across the country, selling rides like the dodgems and the merry go round at their travelling fairground. (Broadcast 1979) …

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On A Christmas Morning

2012-12-25 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

A woman is rushed to a maternity hospital...in the same hospital, another woman dreamt she'd hold a baby girl, called Lili....across the city a family are seeing children in Australia opening Santy presents. The sounds of Christmas 2012.…

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The Joy At Christmas

2012-12-21 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

In December 2011, a prisoner in Mountjoy Prison, Dublin recorded the sound of the place during the Christmas period, the meals, Mass, present-making and the thoughts of individual staff and inmates on the 'festive' season in jail. …

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Dublin City Council Messiah

2012-12-20 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

What links Handel's 'Messiah' and Dublin City Council. Well, there are lots of real links (it was written and first performed in Dublin, the annual open air 'Messiah' takes place beside the council HQ). There's one notional link, though. Have a listen.…

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Take No More

2012-12-14 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

The extraordinary and desperate story of a standoff between teachers, subcontractors and parents. In September 2012, after 160yrs of waiting, Kilfinane in Co. Limerick got a new primary school - but in Nov 2012, a standoff ensued over unpaid bills. …

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Talking Statue?

2012-12-13 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Louis Wilson makes money standing still...very still. He's a 'human statue' in Dublin. He dresses up as writers James Joyce and Patrick Kavanagh and strikes a pose in Grafton St. What's it like? What happens if you have to sneeze or go to the loo?…

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Superdog

2012-12-07 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Eoghan Clonan is ten and like many children of his age, he really wants a dog but when Eoghan gets his new pet, it's not your usual four legged mutt. It's Superdog. …

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Nightscapes - Earth

2012-12-06 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Based on the Four Elements: Earth, Wind, Fire and Water. A night-time earth soundscape from Northern Ireland - birth, taxis, death. Sounds from the Maternity Department , Ulster Hospital; Value Cabs taxi, Belfast and the Northern Ireland Hospice, Belfast. …

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DocArchive: Who Is Izzy Baia?

2012-11-30 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

This radio documentary won a prestigious Prix Italia - a story giving an insight into the world of Kevin Whelan and his relationship with Brian, an autistic teenager in Galway (First broadcast 1997) …

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Kenmare Street

2012-11-30 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

A story of famine, enforced emigration, New York tenements, politics and how a kid from the slums of the 'Five Points' got to name a street in Manhattan after his mother's homeplace - Kenmare. …

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I Hate My Voice

2012-11-29 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Rosaleen McDonagh has a speech impediment. It makes dealing with people difficult. She is often frustrated with others, sometimes blames herself but she can't or won't change how she speaks. …

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A Silver Lining

2012-11-23 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

As GAA clubs around Ireland are being devastated by emigration, the GAA abroad is thriving. A story about missing home and embracing new opportunities, as we follow the Stockholm Gaels attempting to defend their Scandinavian GAA Championship title. …

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Nightscapes - Water

2012-11-22 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Soundscapes from Northern Irish night-times based on the classical elements - Air, Earth, Fire and Water. In this episode, Water: fishing, crying, sailing. (Made with the support of the BAI Sound and Vision Fund.) …

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The Boys of Foley Street

2012-11-16 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

This award winning documentary began in 1975 when Pat Kenny recorded with a group of young men from inner city Dublin. It was a subject Pat returned to again in 1988. In 2008, Ciaran Cassidy attempts to find out how these boys lives ended up. …

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The Many Sides of Steve Menarry

2012-11-15 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Steve, from England, lives in Donegal. He took early retirement from one high-pressure job on health grounds. Then, gradually he got another job, and another, and another....(2007)…

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Love Letters From The Front

2012-11-09 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

To mark Armistice Day 2012 - A story of love and war - based on a collection of letters written by Eric Appleby from the trenchs of WW1 to Phyllis, an Irishwoman, who waited and waited for Eric to return... …

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Wrong Way Across The Atlantic

2012-11-08 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

They went against the flow. Tom McDonough and Ned Hammell immigrated to Ireland from the US in the early years of the last century - they left America as children to settle in Ireland. Tom left before WWI, Ned during the Depression. How did they get on? …

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No Place Like Home

2012-11-02 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Life inside a 'wet' hostel - where residents are allowed bring in alcohol. Sundial House, run by DePaul Ireland, a long-term housing project in Dublin for men and women who have lived for long periods of time on the streets and have alcohol problems. …

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Shellacked!

2012-11-01 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

It used to be that you could varnish your nails - now you can have 'shellac nails'. It's a hard protection that makes the colour last. However, it's applied by a nail technician which sounds like a drawback, but it's not, there's a hidden benefit... …

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Daft Horror Movies

2012-10-31 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Horror movies that are so bad, they're good. Erik Threlfall is an expert on horror movies, trashy ones: 'Bloody Moon', 'Pieces', 'Slumber Party Massacre'. They scare you but they just make him laugh. Although, there is one thing that frightens him... …

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One World: Team Vietnam - Let the games begin!

2012-10-29 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Everyone got behind the Irish Paralympic team at the London 2012 games but we also had good reason to be cheering on another team - Vietnam. Irish Aid took the Vietnam team under its wing and brought them to Ireland for training (Funded by Irish Aid) …

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One World: Under the Mango Tree

2012-10-26 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Kiliwa is a community living with the aftermath of violence and child abduction by Joseph Kony’s Lord's Resistance Army. Della Kilroy records stories of survival in the Democratic Republic of Congo (This documentary was funded by Irish Aid) …

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German Soup Kitchen

2012-10-25 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

In the week in which Angela Merkel put the frighteners on Ireland, The Curious Ear visits a place in Germany you may imagine didn't exist: a soup kitchen for hungry Germans, the Bahnhofsmission - the 'Railway Station Mission' in Berlin. …

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If Music Be the Food of Life, Play On

2012-10-19 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Three professional musicians go on the wards of Ireland's hospitals to make live music part of the healthcare experience, but for one, a tragic accident shows just how fragile life can be. (Part of RTÉ Big Music Week) …

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Nightscapes - Fire

2012-10-18 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Four classical elements: Earth, Air, Fire and Water. Producer, Laura Haydon makes a series of programmes from Northern Ireland recording nighttime sounds using the classical elements as themes. This is the second in the series: Nightscapes – Fire. …

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From Belief to Unbelief

2012-10-12 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

In September 1980, twenty young religious men entered a seminary in Milltown in Dublin. Thirty years later, three of them tell their personal stories of a a journey from believer to unbeliever.…

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Marge: cleaning, cancer and Dolly Parton

2012-10-11 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

A woman's unexpected gift from cancer: Marge was obsessed with cleaning and tidying. That all changed in 1985 when she discovered a lump on her breast. A double mastectomy and implants followed. Slowly, she realised cancer had given her a new life. …

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Thank you for having me (but I think you've been had)

2012-10-05 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

The brilliant hoaxer Campbell McComas and his 'career' as a bogus after-dinner speaker. He created almost 2,000 fake characters that shocked and tickled Australia for years. From ABC Radio's "Radio Eye" series. …

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Picking No.11 at the Prince of Wales Hotel

2012-10-04 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

What happens at a Gramaphone Society meeting? In 2007, the Athlone Gramaphone Society met every Tuesday evening. They played music for each other but also, turned out to be a pretty interesting bunch of people.…

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Míne Bean Uí Chribín - My Granny

2012-09-28 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

One of the most provocative and colourful public figures to hit the Irish airwaves in recent decades, who died lately. Even those who clashed with her had a grudging admiration for her tenacity. (Irish audio documentary from RTE Radio Ireland.) …

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A Forty Second Street Story

2012-09-27 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

The shortest podcast we've ever published. Yet, it's full of character, tension and sound - just the kind of thing you're looking for in every full-length documentary. Sadly, we don't know the date or who the little girls are. (Irish audio - RTE Radio)…

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Sex, flights and videotapes.

2012-09-21 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

How Ambrose Gordon - a man who claims to have more girlfriends than Rod Stewart ran a profitable but illegal pirating business in London during the eighties. The videos were of the GAA Show 'The Sunday Game.' …

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Donegal Football Sound Story

2012-09-20 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Donegal are in the GAA All-Ireland Football Final. Sound recordist, Guillaume Beauron, who lives in the county, has made an homage in sound to Donegal football - recordings made at a local club game. (Short Irish audio documentary - RTE Radio Ireland).…

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A Backwards Glance at The Ballroom of Romance

2012-09-14 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

A teenage obsession with an Irish TV movie that just won't go away. Éamon Little and Eugene O'Brien mark the 30th. anniversary of the RTE/BBC production, that coined the phrase, 'Will you come into the field, Bridie?' (Irish audio documentary-RTE Ireland)…

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Meggers

2012-09-13 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

It could be an insult or a term of endearment; it actually means, 'horseshoe-pitching'. Terry Flanagan is at a league final in Knockananna, Co.Wicklow and discovers it's as much about 'grub' and 'genuine boys'. (Short audio documentary; RTE Radio Ireland) …

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Fighting on all Fronts

2012-09-07 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Last April 42yr old Cathy Durkin went public to campaign for access to the cancer drug Ipilimumab or 'Ippy' - This documentary tracks Cathy's life from then until the end of her life. …

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The Visit

2012-09-06 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Joe Kearney has become lost in his own county, Kilkenny. Up and down lanes and by-roads looking for a man who, he's told, is a local legend, a fiddle player and philosopher: Jimmy Fanning. (Short Irish audio documentary; RTE Radio Ireland) …

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A Farther Education

2012-08-31 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

On a small island off the west coast of Ireland, three 13 year old boys are preparing for one of the biggest moments of their lives - leaving home. Inishturk has no secondary school so they must leave home to live on the mainland to get an education. …

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Stasi & Google Maps

2012-08-30 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Eavesdropping on eavesdroppers in Berlin while being eavesdropped upon. (50 Kilometres of Files; Rimini Protokoll). A short audio documentary from RTE Radio Ireland. …

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Seen from a Distance

2012-08-24 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

All around Ireland houses lie deserted. Zoë Comyns brings her family back to the cottage they own in Leitrim, where they lived when she was born, to sift through everything they left behind 35 years ago. …

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Nightscapes - Air

2012-08-23 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Four classical elements: Earth, Air, Fire and Water. Producer, Laura Haydon makes a series of programmes from Northern Ireland recording nighttime sounds using the classical elements as themes. This is the first in the series: Nightscapes – Air.…

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A Love That Slowly Grows - Tehran to Thomond

2012-08-17 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

A love story that begins in Iran, then moves to Pakistan, then to Canada - and finally to Limerick - A remarkable tale of love, revolution, persecution and separation. …

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Drop Into The Archives

2012-08-16 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

There are over 1,000 documentaries on the RTE Radio Documentary On One site - Ronan Kelly drops in on a couple. (A short audio documentary from RTE Radio Ireland.)…

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The Wednesday Club

2012-08-10 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

What's it like to be old? Well, every Wednesday a group of Dublin pensioners meet to enjoy life. Music is supplied by an inhouse band (all aged 80yrs+). They dance, they eat, they drink tea. And all the while they reflect on lives lived and how life is now …

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Clonehenge

2012-08-09 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Achill Island has a new tourist attraction: enormous, brutal and totally illegal. But it has fans: It's fun, healing, artistic, archaeologically-interesting, annoying, a place to write graffiti....anything you want, really. (RTE Radio documentary) …

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Knowth Trowellers

2012-08-02 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

In the summer of 1962, archaeological excavations began on the megalithic site of Knowth, Co.Meath. In the summer of 2012, there was a reunion there of all those archaeologists and students who helped uncover this remarkable site. …

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Fire and Water

2012-07-27 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

By day, Feargus Callagy fits fireplaces; by night this Sligo man dreams of diving deep underwater on a single breath of air – Feargus is a freediver and can hold his breath for over five minutes. He's on a mission to get more Irish people into the ocean. …

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Abandoned

2012-07-26 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

The forgotten victims of Japan's Tsunami and nuclear disaster: pets. Irishwoman, Kate O'Callaghan works to reunite pets from the exclusion zone with their owners. (Made by Julien Clancy with the assistance of the Sound and Vision Fund of the BAI). …

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The Animal Gangs

2012-07-20 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

The so-called 'Animal Gangs' from the 1930's and 40's are a staple of Dublin folklore. Based around inner city Dublin, some remember them as Robin Hood figures who protected the poor - others remember brutal thugs whose nickname reflected their savagery. …

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Bring Your Grandparents To School Day

2012-07-19 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Pupils from the tiny two-teacher school in Kilrusheighter, Sligo, brought their grandparents to school. They didn't have to bring books or lunch, just stories from their own schooldays. (Short audio documentary - RTE Radio, Ireland) …

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Blind Ambition

2012-07-13 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

The story of North Clare man Senator Martin Conway who, with just 16 per cent sight, recently became the first visually impaired Oireachtas member in living memory. …

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A Gathering

2012-07-12 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Colette Clarke is obsessed with finding her grandfather, Paul, about whom there are many mysteries. She never finds him but, instead, finds a whole new family. Reporter, Bríd McBride (short Irish documentary from RTE Radio Ireland)…

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May the Best Queen Win.

2012-07-06 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

In March the last Alternative Miss Ireland beauty pageant was held. The biggest night in the Irish gay calendar was at an end. For this bizarre but fun show, we follow 2 competitors Paul and Sinead, as they battle for the coveted Medusa Crown of Shamrocks …

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Great Limerick Run

2012-07-05 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Why do people run in charity races? Reporter, Alison Turner, ran in the Limerick Fun Run with her recorder and discovered that a lot of the reasons are personal: friends, relations or neighbours with illnesses. (Short Irish documentary RTE Ireland). …

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Layby of Dreams

2012-06-28 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

During the Foot and Mouth crisis of 2001 you couldn't go to sporting or cultural events - you couldn't even go for a walk in the woods. But there was one place you could go - if you dared to dream. (Short Irish documentary - Dublin Airport - RTE Ireland)…

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Undoing The Folded Lie

2012-06-22 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

South African freedom fighter Kader Asmal lived in exile in Dublin for nearly thirty years. Born in 1939, he was the driving force behind the Irish Anti-Apartheid movement, and fought for freedom and democracy in South Africa. Kader died on June 22nd 2011 …

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Schools Out Forever

2012-06-21 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

One teacher rural schools, nearly all gone. Mantua NS, Roscommon closes June 2012. Fealeview NS, Limerick closed 2010. Both had enthusiastic teachers and confident pupils as you can hear in this report by Ronan Kelly from "Morning Ireland" in 2007. …

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Border Beliefs

2012-06-15 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

A Hare Krishna Island Community in Fermanagh, a Celtic Shaman in Leitrim, a Tibetan Buddhist Centre and Jehovah Witness Hall in Cavan - all found within a 25 mile radius of the town of Belturbet in the border region of Ireland. …

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Father's Day

2012-06-14 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Bono, Imelda Kenny and Maeve Conran talk about their fathers: Bob, 'Gally' and Desmond; all since deceased. Bono slept beside his father as he died, Imelda learned to talk to her father and Maeve recorded one of her last visits to her father. (RTE Ireland) …

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The Book Club

2012-06-08 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

The story of one of Ireland's oldest book clubs. On the 3rd Tuesday every month, 12 women in rural mid Cork, meet to discuss a book - and they've been doing this for almost 40yrs. This Book Club has sustained these women through much of their adult lives …

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We wuz robbed!

2012-06-07 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

The fable of the Irish 1965 World Cup campaign games against Spain. A story of brilliance, luck and dodgy decisions as told by Dermot Corrigan. (A short Irish audio documentary from RTÉ Radio Ireland.) …

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We've got a game to win

2012-06-03 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

With Euro 2012 about to begin, John Kenny from RTÉ Sport looks back to Euro '88 - to a time when the Republic of Ireland qualified for their first ever major football tournament. The entire country came to a standstill - and celebrated like never before. …

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Ber vs The Big Wheel

2012-06-01 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Ber O'Sullivan wanted new kitchen presses. She bought a scratchcard. Three stars came up and she was drawn to go on Winning Streak. A good day out on TV? You bet. Money for new presses? Listen to find out.(An audio documentary from RTE Radio Ireland) …

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Wexford Huskies

2012-05-31 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Imagine being pulled by a dog across a truck-busy road. You don't have to imagine it, listen to this story from the RTE Radio Archives from 2003, in Oylegate, Co. Wexford. (A short Irish audio documentary from RTE Radio Ireland). …

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Welcome to Holland

2012-05-25 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

A story of hope, hard work, love and courage. In 2004, Grace Harper was born a healthy baby but within a year, her life, and the lives of her family changed dramatically. What happens when your expectations of life change forever? You adjust - over time... …

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Joyce not Jedward

2012-05-24 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Ged Walsh is a housepainter with an odd-looking van. At first it looks like it's covered in gobbledegook words but when you look closer you see it's a rolling lesson in Irish literature. (A short Irish audio documentary from RTE Radio Ireland).…

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Elvis and the Most Miserable Woman in Meath

2012-05-21 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Whatever the weather, the Irish summer starts with the first country fairs. Last week, the Dunderry Country Fair took place in Co. Meath. Animals, fairground rides, stalls and one laugh after another. (Short audio documentary RTE Radio Ireland)…

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Letter to Ann

2012-05-18 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

In 1984, Irish women wrote letters to Ann. She was a schoolgirl who had died giving birth in Granard, Co. Longford. The letters were read The Gay Byrne Show. 12 years after Ann's death, Lorelei Harris, a producer on the show, revisited the story. …

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Two Boxes

2012-05-17 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

One story is unbelievable, the other poignant: Two boxes, belonging to an English lord, Morpeth and an Irish orphan, Barbara McDonough. Two different boxes but both serving the same purpose - remembering. (Short Irish documentary from RTE Radio, Ireland.) …

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The Secret Chicken Society

2012-05-11 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

All around Ireland people keep show chickens - and with each one comes a dream - to become a National Champion. This is a glimpse inside the wonderful world of Irish show chickens - and their keepers - in the run up to the 2012 National Poultry Competition …

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Litter Pickers

2012-05-10 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

The Celtic Tiger wasn't all about making money and looking after No.1. There were some Irish people who made it their business to go around picking up other people's litter, as this report by Ronan Kelly from 2009 shows. (Short audio RTE Radio, Ireland)…

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You Can Stick Your World Cup...

2012-05-04 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Are the Irish still going on about Saipan 10 yrs later? Of course we are. Go down any street, into any pub and the whole Mick McCarthy vs Roy Keane row is ready to be debated. They may have moved on but have we? Ten years is a bit soon. A humourous listen …

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Silly Scully

2012-05-03 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

A spoof caller, "Mr. Scully" with Gay Byrne on holidaying at home and why Brazil's soccer team were 'ballerinos'. We think this may be from 1973, Prescott's sponsored programme. (An audio short from RTE Radio, Ireland.)…

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Our Women's Hearts

2012-04-27 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

20 years after the release of Ireland's best selling home-grown album 'A Woman's Heart', Kiara Murphy explores the effect this one album had on three generations of Irish women.…

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Don't Hang Up: Nightlines

2012-04-20 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

In the deep night a public phone box rings. It could be Margate in England, the Florida Everglades or a tiny town in New Zealand. But who will pick up? And will this complete stranger share their life under the cloak of darkness? (A BBC Radio 4 production) …

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The Finer Points of W's

2012-04-19 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

A Whimsy of W's: shooting Weirs, Watching grass grow, Writing in stone, hanging out the Washing and Whistling. A series of random activities joined by only by the letter W. (A short audio documentary from RTE Radio Ireland.) …

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Old School, New School

2012-04-13 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

15 retired teachers from Ireland embark on a trip of a lifetime, as they travel to West Africa to bring over 500 years of teaching experience into the classrooms of The Gambia. A story of old life and new life, of hope, experience and a shared education.…

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Ballroom Belles

2012-04-12 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Brian Gallagher's mother, Mona, loves dancing. Her heydey was during The Emergency. It was a time of clothes rationing and when a man could complain if you refused a dance. Then, there's the great music. (A short radio documentary from RTE, Ireland)…

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Unsinkable - Ireland's Titanic Village

2012-04-06 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Will it sink? 100 years after 14 villagers left to travel on The Titanic, Lahardane, Co. Mayo, gets ready to commemorate the disaster. (An Irish audio documentary for RTE Radio, Ireland.) …

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Dracula was Irish

2012-04-05 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

100 years after Bram Stoker's death, DIT graduate, Fergal Browne finds the Irish influences on the "Dracula" story. (A short Irish audio documentary for RTE Radio Ireland.) …

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Checking in at the Central Hotel

2012-03-30 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Have you ever thought about what goes on behind the scenes when you stay at a hotel? This is the story of a day in the life of one Irish hotel - the Central Hotel in Dublin - now in its 125th year. Stories of poker bets, memorable guests and lots lots more …

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Dan Joe's TV Station

2012-03-29 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

50 years ago, Cork farmer, Dan Joe Kelleher, was helping RTE erect a TV transmitter on a nearby mountain. It gave him an idea: Why not erect his own transmitter and set up his own local station? Welcome to LTV Macroom. (From 2006 on RTE Radio, Ireland) …

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My Bar Mitzvah in the Holy Land

2012-03-23 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Jerusalem was a scene of sadness this week. In poignant contrast, a joyful visit to the city: 13-year old Irish boy, Coby Baker, went there to make his Bar Mitzvah....and to get sweets thrown at the back of his head. (RTE Radio Ireland documentary) …

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Lanier Phillips - Survivor

2012-03-22 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

How a 'joke' helped free a man from the racism of the U.S. Navy. The remarkable story of Lanier Phillips who survived a shipwreck and prejudice. He died last week and his story is told by Chris Brookes. (Battery Radio documentary for RTE, Ireland.) …

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Rubber Swords

2012-03-19 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

LARPing is a new 'sport'. Live Action Role-playing. Participants pretend to be mythical creatures the like of which you'd find in 'Lord Of The Rings'. Sounds crazy but suspend your scepticism and enjoy Robert McDonald's feature. (Audio documentary RTE)…

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000 Ambulance

2012-03-16 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Irishman, Les Dougan, worked as an emergency operator in Melbourne when, in 2008, radio producer, Kyla Brettle, eavesdropped on the kinds of calls he and his colleagues took. A tense, sometimes distressing listen. (ABC Radio on RTE Radio Ireland) …

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Frank X Buckley

2012-03-15 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

He's a former Jesuit, former hotelier, an art lover, gay, contracted HiV - what more can be said? Lots. (A short Irish audio documentary from RTE Radio, Ireland) …

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Frost is All Over

2012-03-09 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Pearse Hutchinson was a fiercely interesting man with hundreds of stories to tell. He spent his life as a translator, a poet, a broadcaster and a writer - travelling around the world from the 1950's onwards. He passed away on January 14th 2012. …

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Radio Broccoli

2012-03-08 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

An Irishman in San Francisco who relaxes from selling broccoli by going out and recording ordinary people with extraordinary stories: like the woman who makes erotic Barbies or the man who was the Naughty Santa. (An audio documentary - RTE Radio Ireland)…

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On a Cape Clear Day

2012-03-02 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Why move to a rock in the ocean? Cape Clear Island, the most southerly inhabited part of Ireland, is home to Chuck and Nell Kruger. 20 yrs ago they moved to the island to write, to host a storytelling festival and to become part of one pretty large family …

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Batman Pyjamas

2012-03-01 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Dublin poet, Colm Keegan, lived in a Ballymun tower block until he was 5 years of age. Despite that young age, he has vivid memories of the place. While the towers were being demolished, Colm brought reporter Daniel Carroll along for a visit to his past. …

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"We've got your picture; now what's your name?"

2012-02-28 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

In 2006, three people died tragically in the Dublin suburb of Firhouse. The media were criticised for distressing the local people with its behaviour; what actually happened was more nuanced. (A short Irish documentary from Ronan Kelly, RTE Radio Ireland). …

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"No One Shouted Stop" - 40 years on

2012-02-28 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

In 1968, writer John Healy published a work that made Charlestown, Co. Mayo famous: "No One Shouted Stop: Death of an Irish Town". In 2007, to gauge the economic life of the town, RTE Radio reported on a day in the life of a local petrol station. …

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Wedding Bus

2012-02-27 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

The priest who married a man to his dead fiancée....and other stories on the wedding bus from Manchester to Galway. (A short Irish documentary from RTE Radio Ireland - 2006) …

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Clearing the Killing Fields

2012-02-24 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

The story of an unsung hero. Today, Irishman Carson Harte still battles the legacy of the Vietnam War and the Khmer Rouge Regime years after the wars are over. His aim? To get the wounded back on their feet in the most mined country in the world, Cambodia …

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Satnav Rage

2012-02-23 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

They're just little computers that sit on the dashboard to tell you where you're going. Except there's more: they have voices and irritating, intimidating 'personalities'. (A short Irish documentary from RTE Radio Ireland and ABC Radio Australia) …

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Little Molly O'Neill

2012-02-17 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

1922, Alice O'Neill and seven of her children are killed by a suspicious fire in their home. One child survives, 8yr old 'Little Molly'. Now, 90 years later, Molly's family finally tell the story of that night - as we discover what really happened. …

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Lessons in Love: the Breakup

2012-02-14 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Hate Valentine's Day? You'll love this: a student doc. on romantic break-ups. Ice-cream and a duvet...or laughing it off with the lads? Find out how the Irish like to leave a lover. (A short Irish documentary from Domhnall Marnell for RTE Radio Ireland). …

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The Royal Irish

2012-02-10 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

In recent years, record numbers from the Republic of Ireland have joined the British army. Why? We join the 'Royal Irish' as they fight the 'War on Terror' against the Taliban - in one of the most dangerous places on earth - Helmand Province, Afghanistan. …

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What Happened to Baby Peggy

2012-02-09 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

At 19 months old, Diana Serra became a child film star in silent movies. She made $2 million in 1924. Her family lost it all and she had to go back to work again. The story of a bizarre childhood and the remarkable woman who emerged from it. (Jan 2006) …

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New Beginnings

2012-02-06 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

A horrible topic: Female circumcision. But it's part of a joyful community ritual. How do you change one without losing the other. In Londiani, Kenya they're trying. It's not straightforward, especially with the men. (Producer: Mairead Cullen) …

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The Continentals

2012-02-03 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

A really uplifting and feel good story. In the 1950s this Australian cabaret band were hugely popular at weddings/parties. They eventually split up. Now, 36 years on, aged in their 70s and 80s, the band has re-formed. However, not everything goes to plan …

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Wetsuits in Athlone?

2012-02-02 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

May 2005, producer, Ronan Kelly, came across three 13-year olds walking along the street in Athlone wearing wetsuits. Wetsuits!? In a town miles from the sea?! At the time, Irish Rail said that this report glorified crime. See what you think. …

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Rita Ann and Mitzie Got Married

2012-01-27 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

A picnic in the woods, a walk on the beach - and a dream wedding. In the first year that civil partnerships for same sex couples were legalised, over 500 gay and lesbian couples tied the knot. Rita Ann Burke and Mitzie Murphy were one of those couples. …

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The Busiest Month

2012-01-26 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

For the Houlihan family in Nurney, Co.Kildare, January is the busiest month. They make a centuries-old Irish traditional favourite. What is it? The clue is in their location and the fact that they have to have it ready for February 1st.…

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My Dear Cousin

2012-01-20 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

A charming and simple tale of life told through letters written over 50 years between two cousins - Marie Rutledge from Dublin and her cousin in America. The letters are a personal history of time passing for two friends on opposite sides of the Atlantic. …

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Don't try to tell Irish schoolboy jokes to a Nigerian woman

2012-01-18 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Ronan Kelly attempts a bit of intercultural exchange on the streets of Dublin with a Nigerian woman, Majupe. She tells him about a time she had a boil on her bum - he counters with a joke about boils. Disaster. (Short radio feature from RTE Ireland) …

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A Bullet for the General

2012-01-13 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

For 4 decades, Major General Hugh Tudor, scrupulously avoided publicity whilst living a careful quiet life in the shadows. But he lived in fear all his life - for during Ireland's most troubled period, he was the boss of the infamous Black and Tans outfit. …

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"The Flying Enterprise"

2012-01-12 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

The dramatic story of a sinking ship, the captain who wouldn't leave her and the 8-year old schoolboy, Pól Ó Duibhir, who followed the saga on radio. (A short Irish documentary, presented by Ronan Kelly on RTE Radio, Ireland) …

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The Sinking of the Saint Patrick

2012-01-06 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

We go in search of the truth behind one of Ireland's worst Maritime disasters - the sinking of the St Patrick, a cross channel passenger ferry on the Rosslare-Fishguard route targeted by the German Air Force during WW2, resulting in the deaths of 30 people …

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Because You Can't Smell Someone On Skype

2012-01-05 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Ciarán got himself a new phone. On it he found a dating website. On that he found Kelly. Only problem - he's in Ireland, she's in the US. So, not much hope of romance then? Liam Nolan tells the story. (Short Irish radio documentary - RTE Radio Ireland) …

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The Curious Ear: Not Bill Gates

2011-12-31 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Freddie Stapleton and Graham Hickey look at windows rather than through them. Producer: Colette Kinsella. (A short Irish radio documentary from RTE Radio Ireland) …

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One World: Catastrophe Level One

2011-12-30 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

What's it like to live in a place where it hasn't rained in nearly 5 years? Welcome to Turkana, Northern Kenya, population 500,000. In 1961 the same thing happened and Irish nuns were amongst the first to arrive to help. 50 yrs on, nothing much has changed …

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Ballymitty Drive-in Bingo

2011-12-29 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Possibly the oldest drive-in bingo in Ireland - definitely the most fun. Sure, you can play in your slippers and not miss Corrie! (A feature from the mid-90's in Wexford by Ronan Kelly for 'Today with Pat Kenny') …

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The Reindeer Santa Left Behind

2011-12-23 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Last year, on Christmas Eve night, the most incredible set of circumstances led Santa to leave his injured reindeer, Blitzen, behind him in Wexford in the care of the Mulready family. This is the amazing story of how one Irish family saved Christmas. …

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Sing Kilcormac!

2011-12-22 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Lift up your hearts! Hear a village perform a cantata written just for them by composer, Vincent Kennedy and then there's an incredible story about two women and a statue. From Kilcormac, Co.Offaly, a short Irish audio documentary from RTE Radio, Ireland. …

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The Long Goodbye

2011-12-16 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

The award winning tender and loving story of a husband, Matt, and his wife, Mai, whose lives have changed entirely since Mai was diagnosed with alzheimers. This is a story of a solemn promise made in marraige 'In sickness and health, till death do we part' …

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"Moscow" Joe's Weird TV

2011-12-15 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

'Moscow' Joe McKinley was eccentric. His Co. Antrim house, inside and out, was bizarre. His appearance was eye-catching. He was, simply, fascinating. In this extract from "Morning Glory" in 2001, presented by Kay Sheehy, you can hear why. …

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Sound Matters

2011-12-09 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

A journey into sound and how it plays such an influential, yet often undervalued role in our lives - we explore the many ways sound interacts with us, and how we interact with it. …

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Kobe Luminarie

2011-12-08 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

At the end of a dreadful year for Japan, Julien Clancy has found the people of Kobe have a most unusual way of remembering their tragedies and lifting their spirits. (A short Irish documentary from RTE Radio Ireland.) …

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This is it, Kiddo

2011-12-02 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

The complex and emotional journey of one couple trying to complete their family and their ten-year dream. John and Mary are trying to have a baby through IVF and after many years, this is their last chance. A delicate story of life and hope …

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Dave Time

2011-12-01 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

You've heard of Greenwich Mean Time and Daylight Saving Time...but, Dave Time? It's an invention of one Dublin man. Actually, it's not, it's just that he's late all the time. Then there's the story of his granny checking out who he's sleeping with... …

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Three Rivers - One Summer

2011-11-25 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

One man's extraordinary promise to his dying father: that he would race in the Cork Lee Swim. Ger Philpott had swum competitively in pools but not in open water - he hated the idea. So, why did his father make this strange deathbed request? …

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See, what you wrote?

2011-11-24 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

A group of 10 and 11-year olds quiz author, Brian Gallagher, at the ILAC Library, Dublin: how he writes, keeping tension, the characters' names and, yes, how much he makes from them. Producer, Ronan Kelly (Short Irish documentary, RTE Radio Ireland.)…

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Last Summer in Grand Bruit

2011-11-18 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

A personal story from rural Canada, about a community under threat in an increasingly urbanized world and a tender story about the meaning of home. …

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Millionaire

2011-11-17 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

A painfully-shy Irishman plucks up enough courage to go on a TV quiz show: he wins £250,000. This incredible award winning documentary from 2006 tells the story of Roger Dowds and the gameshow "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? …

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Letter to Olive

2011-11-11 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

In 2001, John and Olive Quinn went for a trip to Rosslare. Olive went for a swim in the sea and as John watched from the shore - it was the last time he would see her alive. This is a powerful story told through a letter written from a husband to his wife. …

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Now, That's What I Call Local Radio!

2011-11-10 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

The incomparable local radio presenter, John 'The Man' Frawley. The 1980s had Top 40 music and mid-Atlantic accents; he understood the value of conversational radio to the people of Limerick. (A short documentary from 1994 by Curious Ear's Ronan Kelly.) …

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Wanted: Kidney

2011-11-04 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Regina Hennelly wants a kidney. She has been on the transplant list for over two years since being diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease in 2008. This is the story of the reality of life suspended on the transplant list and what happens in between. …

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Slow Shopping

2011-11-03 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

A woman selling 'redneck wallets', a man selling marshmallow guns and an Irishman, in his 80s, selling Tayto. It's a day shopping in Portland Maine. Slow shopping. Drop into Mike Furey and have a chat - doesn't matter if you don't buy anything. …

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Skelligs Calling

2011-11-02 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

“We’re perched on this vertiginous rock, out somewhere in the Atlantic in almost total darkness, with some of the strangest sounds you’ll ever hear in Western Europe all around us…” Skelligs Calling is a beautiful sonic portrait of Skellig Michael. …

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Oisín's Story

2011-10-28 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

8 year old Oisín has a rare genetic disorder called Prader Willi Syndrome - this is the moving story of his birth, his life, his family and the people who love him. …

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Breaded or Battered?

2011-10-27 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

There's no sitting on the fence with the Wexford Town Rissole - the town is divided. Shane Dunphy has the story of the local chipper speciality. 'Delicacy' is too small a word for the lump of potato and herbs - it's a 'food grenade'.…

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A Programme For and About You

2011-10-21 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Do you remember life before phone-in radio programmes, texts or godhelpus Twitter? If you do, then you'll remember Frankie Byrne - sage agony aunt on Raidíó Éireann. Colette Kinsella tells the story of Frankie, her listeners, their tears and laughs. …

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30,000 ft. for Shane

2011-10-20 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Three years ago, Shane Geoghegan was murdered in Limerick - mistaken identity in a gangland attack. Nothing good comes of a tragedy like that? Not so, listen to Mark Quinn and the Shane Geoghegan Trust. (Go to rte.ie/doconone for the full documentary)…

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From a Jack to a King

2011-10-14 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

A fantastically entertaining story with Ireland's No.1 Elvis impersonator, Kerryman Mark Leen. Full of humour, charm and lifes ups and downs, Mark's devotion to Elvis knows no bounds. From replica Graceland gates at his home right down to his velvet voice …

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Big Music Docs

2011-10-13 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

The music documentary is a very special type of documentary. To mark Big Music Week 2011, we're bringing you a taster of the selection of music documentaries on the Documentary On One website. (A short radio documentary from RTE Radio Ireland) …

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From Brooklyn to Banja Luka

2011-10-07 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

An award winning documentary - of an international love story that will make you laugh out loud. He's from New York. She's from Serbia. They meet in Amsterdam and fall in love. They visit each others families - and only then realise how different they are. …

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See off the Summer

2011-10-06 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

In Co. Meath they see off the Summer with competitive baking and animal husbandry contests. It all happens at the Oldcastle Show - producers Kate Garry and Derek O'Halloran went along to record the event. (A short Irish radio documentary from RTE, Ireland) …

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Desperately Seeking Sam

2011-09-30 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

A brilliant story of one fan's journey through the GAA football championship of 2011. Paddy Joe Burke is the ultimate inter-county fan - and a barber. Beginning in New York and ending in Dublin's victory, this is a story of football and of all things Irish …

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All Those Funny Z's

2011-09-29 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Many of the Polish people who came to work in Ireland during The Boom, have gone back to Poland. They didn't go alone; they took a few Irish people with them. One of those is Liam Nolan, who records his plunge into the Polish language and Warsaw. …

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I Can Tell by Looking at You

2011-09-23 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

The story of just how little looks count - an Irish woman gets mixed up in an international identity fraud that involves huge sums of money being laundered. …

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Tower of Time

2011-09-22
Length: 10m 0s

The Famine Tower on the Hill of Allen in Kildare is a 60 ft. high dramatic landmark. It's been locked for years but recordist, Tom Lawrence, has discovered the interior is just as dramatic. (A short radio documentary from RTE Radio, Ireland.)…

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Maurice - A Final Journey

2011-09-16 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

This is a story of life and death - of a man, his partner and his family. Maurice Sullivan left his home in Galway for Malaysia in August 2010, never to return. His attack and the legal fighting that followed, have since been making headlines in Malaysia. …

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One World: The Future of Food

2011-09-12 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Fergal Keane explores how closely subsistence farmers live to famine in Ethiopia. In a country of 80 million people and 80% of the population dependant on agriculture, famine has been an almost constant presence in the country. (Made with Irish Aid) …

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My Dad's Depression

2011-09-09 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

A really honest, tender, open and brave story. Much gets talked about depression and its sufferers. But what about the family that live with that person? This is Conor McGinnity's personal story of how his father's depression has affected the whole family …

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Nancy Wake and Harry Potter

2011-09-08 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

The story of an extraordinary woman: Nancy Wake, WWII spy, French Resistance leader and saboteur who was determined to 'bugger up' the NAZIs. (A short Irish radio documentary from RTE Radio Ireland. Producer: Ronan Kelly) …

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One World: Moving On

2011-09-05 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Hilda Kawuki, the Ugandan aid worker who was kidnapped in Darfur along with Irish aid-worker Sharon Commins, has returned to development work. Producer, Elizabeth Laragy follows her during a week in her working life (With Irish Aid). …

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Victim No. 0001

2011-09-02 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

68yr old Fr Mychal Judge was the 1st official victim of the 9/11 attacks. As his true life story began to emerge, many sought to claim his heroic legacy - the Irish American community, the fire department, the Catholic Church and the city's gay community …

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Conversations In The Dark

2011-09-01 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Colette Kinsella captures a stunning soundscape: the sounds from Dublin Zoo at night. Most spectacular, the wolves; most endearing, the snuffling elephants. (A short Irish radio documentary from RTE Radio Ireland).…

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One World: Groundhog - The Irish In Lebanon

2011-08-29 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

As the Irish army re-deploy to the region, Barry Bracken follows the personal journey of two soldiers from early preparation through to their ultimate destination - Tibnin, South Lebanon. (An RTE Radio documentary made in partnership with Irish Aid.) …

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Still Waiting for Joe

2011-08-26 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

As we approach the 10th anniversary of 9/11, one Irish-American family still feels the loss of their son - 31 year old firefighter Joseph Hunter. This documentary follows Joe's story from the wilds of Connemara to Ground Zero in Manhattan.…

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Joy of Afternoon Tea

2011-08-24 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

A luxury, necessity, ritual, habit? Carla Simpson evokes the divine pleasures of afternoon tea through sound, music and words. (A short Irish radio documentary made as part of the degree in Media Arts, Dublin Institute of Technology).…

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One World: One City, One Day, Two Lives

2011-08-22 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Ann-Marie Green tells the incredible story of two boys in Rio de Janeiro: Jonathan and Patrick, one rescued, one at risk. The story of anti-poverty programme designed to leaven the huge social disparities that exist there. (Made with Irish Aid) …

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Logan Way - The Story of the Bulgers

2011-08-19 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

An exclusive interview with William Bulger, who for the first time since 1992, speaks out about his political career and his brother - notorious gangster James 'Whitey' Bulger. …

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Cork City Memory Map

2011-08-17 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Imagine being able to go up and touch the wall of a building and hear the stories associated with it. The Cork City Memory Map will be something like that for smartphones. Cliona O'Carroll of UCC Folklore Dept. and The Northside Folklore Project explains.…

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One World: Malaria 2.0

2011-08-15 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Microsoft's Bill Gates dreams of eradicating malaria; he's given millions to those working on the problem. In this fascinating story, Elizabeth O'Neill meets people receiving Gates' money, including a Dublin man with an invention inspired by spy movies. …

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Breaking Records

2011-08-11 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Can anything good come of riots? Maybe music. In the summer of the London riots, a new documentary from Delaney Hall on the New York riots of 1977 and their impact on hip-hop music. (Short radio documentary from inthedarkradio.org on RTE Radio Ireland)…

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One World: Oil in Uganda - The trickle down effect

2011-08-08 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

The largest onshore oilfield in sub-Saharan Africa has been discovered in Uganda with the involvement of Irish-founded company, Tullow Oil. Tim Desmond asks who benefits from this discovery and will it change the lives of Ugandans? (Funded by Irish Aid) …

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Through A Chink Too Wide...

2011-08-06 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

...there comes no wonder. Kavanagh's line applied to story-telling, well-illustrated by two radio students': Diane McSweeney's story of a flamboyant funeral and Bernard Reilly's of a train passenger who listens in on others' conversations.…

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An Irishman Chained to the Truth

2011-08-05 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Delving into his family history, Allan Smith finds himself on a journey to Hollyood - his great great uncle Brian Desmond Hurst was the most prolific Irish film director of the 20th century - and Allan uncovers his adventures in Tinseltown. …

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Star Boy

2011-08-04 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

An adventure without words - go on a magical audio journey with Joe Brennan's "Star Boy" and children in An Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny during the 2011 Earagail Arts Festival. Music by Christofer Walker. (A short Irish radio documentary from RTE Ireland)…

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One World: "Part of the Family?"

2011-08-01 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Philippinas are prized as the "BMW" of domestic workers in Ireland. What's their experience? One woman's story of work in Ireland to build a small empire back home. Producer, Kay Sheehy. Part of the "One World" series in partnership with Irish Aid. …

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Mat the Goalie

2011-07-31 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Mat Greg loves a group of footballers he says are 'neglected': goalies. They get the blame, rarely credit and have one chance to be a hero: penalties. He talks of smells and mistakes. Learn about goalies and you learn about life. (Terry Flanagan reports) …

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Ring Girls

2011-07-29 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Their uniform is a bikini; their workplace is the boxing ring - the life of the 'Ring Girls'. …

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Walk Around The Village

2011-07-28 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Manchán Magann wanted to experience a different Africa so he went to a small village and stayed in a guesthouse. The night's entertainment included a tour around the village in the company of two boys who filled him in on all the gossip and characters.…

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Kerry and the Tramp

2011-07-22 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

The untold story of Charlie Chaplin and how he found shelter and solace from the world on the edge of Europe, and why the locals of Waterville, Co. Kerry felt the need to honour his presence with a permanent statue on the sea front. …

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Mine's A Pint

2011-07-21 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

The journey of a pint of blood from donation to patient - from vein to vein. Orla Rogers tells the fascinating story and hears from Susan who has every reason to be grateful to blood donors - so much so that her husband has made a particular pledge.…

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Cork's Hidden Village

2011-07-15 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

A fabulously witty and charming journey into Cork City's English Market. Recorded over a year, this a story that weaves its way through two centuries - overcoming fires, famine, rebellion and war - culminating with a royal visit by the Queen of England. …

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Made In Temple Bar

2011-07-14 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Give some artists and producers a topic and ask them to come up with a Curious Ear - then sit back and enjoy. Temple Bar Cultural Trust commissioned 7 programmes for the Made In Temple Bar Festival - here are a few wonderful extracts. …

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The House That Ronald Built

2011-07-08 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

The Ronald McDonald House on the grounds of Crumlin Childrens Hospital in Dublin, provides a home from home for families of seriously ill children, as they attempt to create a semblance of a normal life in extremely abnormal circumstances. …

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Sinking of Asgard II

2011-07-07 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

The incredible minute-by-minute story of the sinking of a tall ship. On Sept. 11, 2008, the "Asgard II" sank in the Bay of Biscay. Student radio producer, Stephen Long of DCU, tells the story of that night through eyewitness interviews.…

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My Name is Lydia Foy

2011-07-01 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Lydia Foy was born in 1947 and registered as a baby boy. When she realised her true identity, as a woman, she discovered something missing - a birth certificate. This is the story of a woman who has fought for her identity in life and in the legal system. …

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Two Ears

2011-06-30 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

A wonderful tale of good farming, good radio and a voice from the past. Radio producer Tim Lehane found an old tape in his attic. It was the favourite piece of RTE agriculture journalist Joe Murray, about the early harvest in 1992. Joe died in May 2011. …

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Cocaine Diaries: Story of a Drug Mule

2011-06-24 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

August 2008, Dubliner Paul agrees with a local gang to conceal 6kg of cocaine in his luggage. He thought it'd be the easiest 15k he'd ever make. But not everything went to plan- landing him in the deadly and violent compound of Los Teques prison, Venezuela …

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Hidden Sounds of Temple Bar

2011-06-23 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Wildlife sound recordist, Tom Lawrence, takes his microphones into Dublin City Centre and the Temple Bar area to find some of the weirdest and creepiest sounds you're going to hear. (A short Irish documentary commissioned by Made In Temple Bar Festival) …

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Don't Go Far - Grand Award Winner at 2011 New York Festivals

2011-06-22
Length: 39m 7s

... Your Dinner's Nearly Ready! The mad adventure of two Dublin children in August 1985 who bunked off school, chanced a free ride on the DART and ended up in New York.…

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Don't go far - Grand Winner@ 2011 New York Festivals

2011-06-22 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

..... Your Dinner's nearly ready! The mad adventure of two Dublin children in August 1985 who bunked off school, chanced a free ride on the DART and ended in New York. …

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In The Same Boat - Gold Award Winner at 2011 New York Festivals

2011-06-21 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

This documentary has just won a coveted Gracie Award from Beverly Hills, LA! We tell the story of forty women and two dragons who take to the water for the launch of a unique project for breast cancer survivors, Ireland's first dragon boat racing team. …

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Los Preciosos - Gold Award Winner at 2011 New York Festivals

2011-06-21 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

A beautiful story of adoption from rural East Cork. Two children from Guatemala, Jacobo aged 4 and Natalie aged 5. Their father, Vittorio, is Italian. Their mother, Jools, is English. A family from three countries - making their home in a fourth, Ireland. …

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The Long Walk of Brother Benedict - Gold Award Winner at 2011 New York Festivals

2011-06-21 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

A Catholic brother walks out of monastic life in Sydney leaving behind him 25 years of religious service and a pot burning on the stove. Linda Neil tries to solve the mystery of Brother Benedict and tells the story of a daughter's search for her father …

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The Caretaker - Bronze Award Winner at 2011 New York Festivals

2011-06-21 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

This is a classic who dunnit story? It was only in 1991 when priceless Islamic manuscripts came up for private sale around Europe - that questions began to arise. Those questions led a path back to the Chester Beatty library in Dublin to an insider theft …

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The Age of Attraction - Gold Award Winner at 2011 New York Festivals

2011-06-21 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Bill and Tom are two 'ordinary' men battling a sexual attraction to children they've never understood. They defy the stereotype of paedophiles as predatory monsters. This documentary goes behind the hysteria to tackle a very difficult subject - paedophilia …

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Searching for Answers - Gold Award Winner at 2011 New York Festivals

2011-06-21 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

In 1975 and 1976 two fishing trawlers sank at the exact same spot off the coast of West Donegal with the loss of 11 lives. Over 35 yrs later, Helena Gallagher, a daughter of one of the men who drowned, goes 'Searching of answers'. …

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Heroes of the Caribbean - Award Winner at 2011 New York Festivals

2011-06-21 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

John Kenny (RTE Sport) tells the story of Irish Cricket. In particular, he looks back at the 2007 Cricket World Cup. After 150 years of being bowled out, the Irish cricket team bowled everyone over with incredible performances at CWC07 - A new era was born …

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Dogfight: Conor and Charlie - Award Winner at 2011 New York Festivals

2011-06-21 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

When the 2011 Irish General Election was called, Conor Lenihan and Charlie O'Connor were sitting TD's in Government. Battling through their 4 week campaign trail to retain their seats, the mood they faced was grim, the anger palpable and the outlook bleak …

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Never No More: Maura Laverty Remembered

2011-06-17 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Celebrity chef, agony aunt, novelist and the author of Ireland's first television soap Tolka Row: the remarkable life story of Maura Laverty who was a household name 50 years ago, one of very few women in Irish public life at that time. …

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A Good Day At Blackrock

2011-06-16 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

A man fulfills a promise to his 13-year old self by visiting the place his grandfather died, Blackrock island, Co.Mayo. (A short radio documentary from RTE Radio Ireland.) …

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Survival of an Island

2011-06-09 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

On Arranmore - one of the few inhabited islands off the Donegal coast - fishing has sustained a population for generations. Now, as the fishing industry there collapses under EU and Irish fishing laws, with it goes the life and community of the island. …

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Amazing 'James Barry'

2011-06-06 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Margaret Bulkeley wanted to become a doctor. It was the early 1800s and she didn't stand a chance. Unless.... she became a man..... And James Barry was one of the most brilliant doctors at the time..... (Extract of a Breege Brennan documentary) …

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The Walsh Cassidys at Lissadell House

2011-06-05 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

This doc just won top radio prize at the 2011 National Justice Media Awards. In 2003, Edward Walsh and Constance Cassidy bought Lissadell House, Sligo to make the estate into a flagship for tourism - but after an 18 month legal battle, their dream is over …

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Heel Toe Step Together

2011-06-03 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

A beautiful story. Forget your celebrity 'Strictly Come Dancing' - this is the real deal. A chance meeting in East London leads to an unlikely friendship through dance as 86yr old Bob teaches 28yr year old Katie to waltz. Gold Award Winner @ UK Sony awards …

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Fryeburg Fair

2011-06-03 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

You don't think of America for pilgrimages but, every year, thousands of 'pilgrims' head for the Fryeburg Fair in Maine. They go for the racing, the rides, the farm animals and the fast food. The sounds are fantastic and the sight of the draught horses... …

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The Catacombs

2011-06-01 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

'The Catacombs' was a night club that operated from the basement of 13 Fitzwilliam Place, in the centre of Dublin, in the late 1940's. It attracted a bohmemian crowd. This is a snap shot of being young and talented in the Dublin of the 1940's. …

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The Diary of Leanne Wolfe

2011-06-01 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

A multi-award winning documentary. In 2007, schoolgirl Leanne Wolfe committed suicide. The morning of her funeral, her older sister discovered Leanne's diaries and to her horror, she discovered that her sister was bullied by 6 girls for the last 5 years …

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Lost In Holland

2011-05-28 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Getting lost can be fun. If you do it in HIlversum, Holland, you may come across a house with "Céad Míle Fáilte" on the front. It's owned by a Dutch couple who have fallen for Ireland so much, they want to move here. (Short radio documentary Ireland)…

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12 Steps on Abbey Street

2011-05-28 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Over 2,000 people visit the Dublin Central Mission every week. Some are dancing, some are praying, others are battling drug/drink/gambling/sex addiction and the list goes on - with a total of 56 groups meeting weekly. Come inside with us to find out more …

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Foley

2011-05-23 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

The story of Jack Foley, a former dock worker who, when working at Universal Pictures, created a method of adding sounds to films, known now as the 'Art of Foley'. Every film now has sound dubbed in - yet the real sources of these sounds are unimaginable..…

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Moneyless Mark

2011-05-21 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

What would compel someone give away all of their material possessions, empty their bank account and commit to living a life with no money? Thrity-two year old Donegal man Mark Boyle has been living completely without money for over two years - by choice. …

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Bray Roadshow

2011-05-21 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Before package holidays, Bray, Co.Wicklow was the Blackpool of Ireland for holidaymakers. Sea, amusements and "Roadshows" - variety shows put on in temporary, 'fit-up' theatres in the town of music, dancing and one-act plays. Oooh, the memories and craic.. …

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The 1916 Room with Dr. Garret Fitzgerald

2011-05-20 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

The 1916 room was set up with the premise of bringing 4 people back in time, and in their memories, to where they were in 1966, 50yrs after the Easter Rising, asking them what 1916 meant and what effect it had on their lives and families subsequently? …

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The Annotated Jack

2011-05-19 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

This doc has just won a 2011 Prix Marulic award from Croatia. A tale of two "Jacks": one a hero of traditional folktales: the other a retired fisherman passing the time in his fishing stage spinning tales of his youth. You'll find them both in Newfoundland …

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Obama on 145th Street

2011-05-16 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

The night President Obama got elected 145th Street in Harlem, NY city rocked. It was a night of talk, memory, partying and singing with the local community, some of whom could trace their roots back just a few generations to slavery in the Southern States. …

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Olivia's Farm

2011-05-13 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Ireland - a Farming Nation. But in the 21st century what's it like to be a single female farmer running a 200 acre farm? We follow 35-year-old Olivia Hynes, a beef and sheep farmer from Roscommon, as new life comes to her farm over the busy Spring period. …

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Eulogy For A Sound

2011-05-11 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

January 2011, foghorns went silent on Irish lighthouses. Student radio producer, Jason Murphy (www.boreenbroadcasts.com )weaves a lament with sounds, music and comments from Cork coastal people. See the amazing photo from photographer, 2c, on the website. …

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TwitterOnTrial

2011-05-06 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

A unique documentary experiment that, with the help of five experienced Twitterers and one complete Twitter newbie, attempts to put the much talked about social networking service through its paces - #Twitterontrial by @patomahony1 and @RTEDocOnOne…

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Obama '08

2011-05-02 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

As Ireland becomes gripped by 'Obama mania' ahead of a visit by the 44th President of the United States, RTE's Fergal Keane travels back to 2008 when Barrack H. Obama went on the campaign trail - from the early primaries right through to the inauguration …

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Mitchin' With Dylan

2011-04-30 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Kevin Dolan, DCU student, tells the great story of Bob Dylan's 1965 song, "Like A Rolling Stone" and its impact on him as a teenager. (Radio people spend years trying to sound as laid back as Kevin does - something to do with listening to Dylan, perhaps.) …

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An Extraordinary Affair

2011-04-30 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

The story of a scandalous liaison between two Irish women - Eleanor Butler and Sarah Ponsonby. Long before the civil partnership bill, were these lovers - two upper-class Anglo-Irish women from Kilkenny - the first ever lesbians to 'come out' in Ireland? …

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A Convict of the Road

2011-04-29 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

One of our most popular docs ever with multiple awards, this doc tells the story of Mick Murphy, winner of the 1958 Rás - a cycle race around Ireland. It's an unbelieveable story - broken collarbone, body-snatchers, stealing a bike, drinking cow's blood... …

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Reluctant Comedienne

2011-04-27 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Alison Spittle tells audiences that she's half-Traveller, half-English. She hates that - not her background, the fact that she uses it in her act - she feels she's stabbing her family in the back. A comedienne with a very Irish background.…

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House

2011-04-26 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

In the early 1990's, dance music in Ireland was a strictly word-of-mouth thing with virtually no 'rave' music played on the radio. It was a scene based on insider knowledge of clubs and music. This story looks at the birth of the rave culture in Ireland …

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Dr. Slotover Remembers The Rising

2011-04-22 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

One of Max Leonard Slotover's earliest memory is of being stopped by an IRA man in St.Stephen's Green on Easter Monday 1916. His later memories are only slightly less exciting including a stint on The Gate stage with Orson Welles and lessons in drinking.…

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Reflections on a Window

2011-04-20 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Fr.Colm Kilcoyne is a retired priest living in his home town of Castlebar. Over the years he has returned again and again to the stained glass window in his local church; seeking answers in the stories there. (Short Irish radio documentary on RTE Ireland) …

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Hidden Heroes of the Belfast Blitz

2011-04-15 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

70 yrs ago, on Apr 15th 1941, Germany rained down bombs on Belfast - part of their WW2 offensive on Britain. The hidden story of that night is how the Republic of Ireland put its neutrality at risk by sending its firemen to help their northern brethern.…

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Open FM

2011-04-14 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Summer 2010, 70 people got together in a hotel. They thought they were running a gay radio station until a man in a brown suit with great hair came into the room and said they would communicate with The Universe. Not just a gay station but a joyful one. …

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Mighty Mac - Prix Europa Winner 2009

2011-04-11 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

This doc won Best Radio Documentary in Europe for 2009. One of our all time great listens - this story has everything. Limerick man, Ger MacNamara ia master upholsterer and world champion power lifter, and we join him as he embarks on two challenges. …

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Ballyfin - A boarding school memory

2011-04-10 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

An award winning intimate, poignant and beautiful documentary from John Quinn as he remembers back to his 5 years at boarding school in the Patrician College, Ballyfin, Laois in the 1950's. A window into the Ireland that once was and largely dissappeared. …

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Vinyl Fantasy

2011-04-08 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

No-one ever says "Come around and listen to my latest download". D.I.T. student, Robert McDonald marks the passing of vinyl - its decline began when he was still a child. Featuring Irish radio legend, Pat James. (The Curious Ear - short Irish radio docs.) …

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Did Michael Keogh Save Hitler?

2011-04-02 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Irish man Michael Keogh claims to have saved Hitler's life before he became 'Führer'. Could this be true? Could a Carlow man, who left home at 16 and lived a life of pseudonyms, disguise, conspiracy and war have had such an impact on modern history? …

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Beneath the pfffff...

2011-04-01 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Nick Coleman, Guardian music journalist, loses his ability to hear music. He tells producer, Yvonne Nolan. "I can hear beneath the pfffff a drowning choir, accompanied by a tiny monkey playing a teeny pipe organ..." (The Curious Ear, Broadcast 2008) …

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The Curios Here

2011-03-30 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

At the International Art and Antiques Fair in Dublin, dealers talk about the business: Stupid mistakes they made, clever deals they pulled and whether or not you can persuade anyone to buy anything. This is amusing, from the inside out (The Curious Ear) …

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Raving Loons vs Northside Nightjars (The Curious Ear)

2011-03-24 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Forget your Formula 1 or the All-Ireland - these guys chase around looking for half a bird. The annual Dublin Bird Race for birdspotters. Terry Flanagan goes along. Guess how many they spot in a day, 10, 30, 50? No, much much more. (Radio documentary)…

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My Dad

2011-03-21 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

What is to be a single dad: by getting unique access to the intimate relationships between three single fathers and their children, this documentary is delves into the personal and emotional side to single or separated fatherhood. …

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To Love Two Countries

2011-03-19 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

St. Patrick's Day, New York: A story of four witnesses to history; the adventures of leaving Ireland on ships, the friendships and matches, the Irish dancehalls and Saint Patrick's Day in the city where it probably has most resonance: New York. …

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Julie's Patrick's Day (The Curious Ear)

2011-03-17 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

St. Patrick's Day Parade 2011, Monaghan Town (A short Irish documentary from RTE Radio Ireland)…

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Licking King: Oscars Well (for Today with PK)

2011-03-15 :: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio, Ireland

Mick Malone, widower, 87, has a dream....Jessica and Oscars are part of it. (A short feature from the home of radio documentaries in Ireland) …

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