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Documentary on One - RTÉ Documentaries

Multi award winning documentaries from Ireland. With over 1,500 documentaries on offer, the Documentary On One has the largest archive of documentaries available globally. These productions are radio stories about real life and contain documentaries datin

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DocArchive (1981): Digging for Gold

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 12:00:00 +0000

What are the chances of striking gold in your own backyard? What if your discovery turns out to be priceless? In 1979, Michael Webb and his son, also named Michael, unearthed a treasure hoard on an ancient monastic site in Tipperary that included the Derrynaflan Chalice. Who is entitled to this priceless find, the state or the person who found it?

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Mayo Boy, Vietnam Hero

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 12:00:00 +0000

Patrick 'Bob' Gallagher emigrated to the United States from County Mayo in Ireland in 1962. He fought in the Vietnam War and for his bravery was awarded the prestigious Navy Cross medal. Just weeks later, the 23 year old Marine Corporal was killed in combat. A campaign has started to have a US navy ship named in his honour. (2016)

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DocArchive (1992): Counting the Days

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 12:00:00 +0000

The 12th of May 1989, Jackie Mann was snatched off the streets of Beirut and disappeared as if the earth had swallowed him up. He was taken hostage by terrorists and held for 865 days. His wife, Sunnie Mann, campaigned tirelessly for his release and garnered international attention. Was Mann a victim of being in the wrong place at the wrong time?

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Surviving Ireland

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 12:00:00 +0000

Holly and Declan are a young couple addicted to technology, and in particular their smartphones. Comedy writer & producer Colm Tobin follows them to a digital detox centre on the island of Carnananánachán where they undergo a bizarre, back-to-basics detox programme that tests their relationship to its limit. An RTÉ Radio 1 Comedy production (2017)

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DocArchive (1997) All the Tired Horses

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:00:00 +0000

In 1996, following campaigns by animal rights groups and local communities, new licensing laws were introduced to protect the welfare of horses. An estimated 3,000 urban horses were living on Dublin estates, the majority of them under the care of local children. What do these new rules mean for Dublin youths and how will their lives change? (1997)

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A Caravaggio in Tuam?

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 12:00:00 +0000

10 yrs ago Nora Nic Con Ultaigh’s learned of an unusual family story – that her great-grandfather from Galway was once, reportedly, the owner of a Caravaggio painting. Could this be true? Did a work from the great Italian artist once reside in Tuam? If so, where is it now? Nora sets off on a trail – hoping to find some answers (Broadcast 2015)

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Peadar Mercier

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 12:00:00 +0000

Peadar Mercier, the first ever professional bodhrán and bones player, captured the pulse of Irish traditional music. 25 yrs after his death, his son Mel traces his father’s unique life story – from his protestant heritage, to world tours with the Chieftains and a 10 yr adventure with composer John Cage into the world of experimental music. (2016)

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The Reindeer Santa Left Behind

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 12:00:00 +0000

Over the course of last Christmas Eve, an incredible series of events took place on a remote farm in Co. Wexford involving Santa Claus, his reindeers and the Mulready family. Recorded over the last year, we piece together this extraordinary story where Blitzen, one of Santa’s reindeers got badly injured and needed to be nursed back to health (2016)

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Kicking The Bucket

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 12:00:00 +0000

We Irish think we handle death better than most. But two Limerick women, Sinéad and Katie, don’t necessarily agree. They want to explore death in a humorous, yet deadly serious way. By holding a series of workshops, they invite people to share their hopes, fears and experiences of death, which they do, just not in the way you'd expect... (2016)

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Anatomy of an Irish Serial Killer

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 12:00:00 +0000

Between 1953 and 1983, Kieran Patrick Kelly from Rathdowney, Co. Laois, preyed on vagrants on the London Common and across the London Underground Tube. In fact, he didn't just prey, he murdered. The question is how many? It’s said he could have murdered up to 31 people. Could this be true? Robert Mulhern attempts to unravel this curious tale (2016)

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Sin-é: Jeff Buckley's Irish Odyssey

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 12:00:00 +0000

In the mid 1990s, Jeff Buckley was set to become as big as Bob Dylan or Bruce Springsteen,. But he died tragically aged just 30. With over 4 million record sales to his name, Jeff remains a huge musical figure. Ahead of what would have been his 50th birthday (Nov 17th 2016) Steve Cummins explores Jeff’s largely unknown connections to Ireland.(2016)

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Then There Was Light

Fri, 4 Nov 2016 12:00:00 +0000

On Nov 5th 1946, the ESB erected the first pole of rural electrification. This was the beginning of a promise to bring electricity to every home in Ireland. 70yrs after this momentous change in modern Ireland, we piece together the story of rural electrification, including tales of fear and hope and love and loss as the nation illuminated. (2016)

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No Time To Lose

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 12:00:00 +0000

Katie Cooke is from Dublin. At age 9 she developed epilepsy and suffers about 15 seizures every day. Since leaving hospital at 17 in a wheelchair, she has used running to help her recovery and deal with her illness. She now runs marathons. Despite long-term stays in hospital and frequent seizures, Katie wants to live as normal a life as possible.

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An Open Verdict

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 12:00:00 +0000

When Gardai entered a chalet on Mayo's Northwest coast in April 2014, they found a scene of desperation and solitude. Scattered amongst the rubbish lay the body of Marsha Mehran, 36. Marsha, an Iranian born, international bestselling author was a recluse and died alone. How did Marsha come to die at the foothill of Croagh Patrick? (Broadcast 2015)

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The Green Fields of France

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 12:00:00 +0000

100yrs after the Battle of the Somme in WW1, Gerry Kelly sets out to discover the story behind his favourite song, The Green Fields of France. Also known as Willie McBride or No Man’s Land, Gerry tracks down Willie McBride’s family, and finally solves the story of the song itself, when he meets its author, Eric Bogle (A BBC Radio Ulster Production)

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We Couldn't Understand the Peace

Fri, 2 Sep 2016 12:00:00 +0000

In 1972, a group of women fled Belfast, with their children, to take refuge in Glenstal Abbey. They came from trauma and violence to an exclusive boys’ boarding-school run by Benedictine monks in rural East Limerick. The children were described as “rude and bold”. It was a clash of cultures that the monks managed with one simple rule… (2016)

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We Decide Who Lives Or Dies

Fri, 19 Aug 2016 12:00:00 +0000

The highest risk group in Irish road deaths: young rural drivers. We visit Co.Donegal and meet drivers who refuse to wear seatbelts, drivers who drink, officials who work with ‘anti-social’ drivers. Teenagers who show off by doing laps of the town in old tractors. A car culture that’s a backdrop to 5 road deaths in one week. (2016)

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What to do with Clogheen?

Fri, 5 Aug 2016 12:00:00 +0000

Kathriona Devereux has inherited a small hotel in Clogheen, Co. Tipperary. ‘Vee house’ has huge emotional value to her, and it has been in her family for years. But the hotel has been closed since her childhood. Kathriona is trying to decide what to do with it – should she keep it, live in it, run it or get rid of it? (First Broadcast 2016)

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The Sound of Sport

Fri, 29 Jul 2016 12:00:00 +0000

To mark the beginning of the Olympics in Rio, a documentary on a group of people who listen to the events more than watch them: TV Sport sound designers. They use their skills to enhance the pictures but sometimes add little touches of their own - to some people’s annoyance. (A Falling Tree Production for BBC Radio 4.) Broadcast 2016

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The Broken Hearted Farmer

Fri, 22 Jul 2016 12:00:00 +0000

Joe Flynn and his wife Mary from Westmeath wrote ‘The Broken Hearted Farmer’ in the late 1960s - a song that told the story of farming protests at that time. They were hoping for a No. 1 hit, but it never happened. They have always believed RTÉ banned the song due to government pressure. 50 years later we find out what really happened… (2016)

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Ireland's Secret Hangman

Fri, 15 Jul 2016 12:00:00 +0000

In the 1940's the Irish state secretly recruited its own native executioner. Counted as one of Ireland's great historical mysteries, the true identity of this Irish hangman has never been revealed. We’ve spent over 2 years searching for this man, from Dublin to Manchester to Swaziland – and finally to Cork. He believed he’d never be found… (2016)

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High Heels and Horses

Fri, 24 Jun 2016 12:00:00 +0000

Emma Cahill had a dream of representing Ireland at the Olympics on the National Showjumping team. But in 2011 those dreams were ended when Emma suffered an accident when a horse fell on her, paralysing from the waist down. The story of how she pursued her dreams of becoming an athlete and to dance again in high heels. (First Broadcast 2016)

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The Anaconda Road Massacre

Fri, 17 Jun 2016 12:00:00 +0000

In 1916, Thomas Manning left Ireland to work in the copper mines of Butte, Montana. Mining hotspots like West Cork were dying – emigration to America seemed the only choice. However, just 4yrs later, on a union strike mixed in the politics of the day, Thomas was shot and murdered. 95yrs later, we go in search of his forgotten story (Broadcast 2015)

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Cairo Cellmates

Fri, 10 Jun 2016 12:00:00 +0000

August 2013 - Ibrahim Halawa, a 17yr old Irish student, left his Dublin home for Cairo. Within months he was facing the death penalty and has since spent the last 3yrs in an Egyptian Prison. Peter Greste, an acclaimed journalist, shared a cell with Ibrahim. For the first time, this is his searing eyewitness account of the controversial case (2016)

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We've Got a Game to Win

Wed, 8 Jun 2016 12:00:00 +0000

With Euro 2016 about to begin, John Kenny from RTÉ Sport looks back to Euro '88 - 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. Packie Bonner, Ronnie Whelan, Ray Houghton, Jack Charlton and many more recall that epic journey. (2012)

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The Loudest House on the Street

Fri, 3 Jun 2016 12:00:00 +0000

Cathy Moorehead opens up the door of her home to reveal an exceptional experience shared by just a very, very small group of people. Cathy is a C.O.D.A – a child of deaf adults. In a warm, intimate and often humorous tale, Cathy reveals how growing up with a deaf mother and a deaf father created a unique soundtrack that has shaped her life (2016)

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Roar & Pace

Fri, 27 May 2016 12:00:00 +0000

Ever thought of what it’s like to hurtle through the countryside at speeds in excess of 100mph - and not be in control? You rip out the seats and soundproofing of your car. Then what? Join us as we delve into the world of rallying in Ireland, through the eyes of co-drivers. Meet those who watch, guide and drive these cars right to the edge… (2016)

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Bruno the Chimpanzee

Fri, 20 May 2016 12:00:00 +0000

In 1988 an accountant came across a tiny chimpanzee tied to a tree in a rural village in the West African state of Sierra Leone. Its mother had been killed by hunters, and the accountant and his wife decided to rescue the Chimpanzee they named Bruno. They had no idea how profoundly this would change their lives. First broadcast May 2016.

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The Case That Never Was

Fri, 6 May 2016 12:00:00 +0000

In the most in-depth and far-reaching investigation RTÉ Radio has ever undertaken, an international recruitment company is taken to court by one of its workers. Referred to the European Court of Justice, the outcome could change EU labour law for millions of people. The only problem? The worker at the heart of the case knows nothing about it(2015)

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Sand, Sea and Smugglers

Fri, 29 Apr 2016 12:00:00 +0000

Amas and Ammar Al-Kadry are two Syrian brothers who put themselves in the hands of ruthless people-smugglers to escape their war-torn country. From the deserts of Algeria to lawless Libyan towns and rickety over-crowded boats, it’s a long way from Damascus to Mayo. (First broadcast 2015) Themes: Adventure, Conflict, Development, Foreign

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My Uncle Jack

Fri, 22 Apr 2016 12:00:00 +0000

A story of emigration and sport. Jack Dowling survived an orphanage in Waterford and an industrial school in Cork. He moved to the UK to work in the mines and went on to become an international race walker. Jack was good enough to represent Ireland, but never got the chance. He did set many records, some of which still stand (Broadcast 2015)

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The All-Ireland Behind Barbed Wire

Thu, 24 Mar 2016 12:00:00 +0000

In 1916, a GAA match between Kerry and Louth footballers took place on a pitch named Croke Park, at a prisoner of war camp in Frongoch, Wales. 100 years on, three relations of men who played in that 1916 match retrace their forbearer’s footsteps. In the wake of the 1916 Easter Rising, Frongoch became home to 1,800 Irish volunteer prisoners. (2016)

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