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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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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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Peadar Mercier

Fri, 9 Sep 2016 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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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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Battle at the Bridge

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

The Battle of Mount Street Bridge was the most successful rebel engagement in Dublin during the 1916 Easter Rising. A detailed investigation leads to a modern re-imagining of the infamous battle that took place in a quiet Dublin suburb during the Easter rebellion. This documentary challenges long held views of the event. (First Broadcast 2016)

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Sandbags not Handbags?

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

Longford/Westmeath was a controversial constituency in General Election 2016. Why? For two reasons. The count took a full six days – and before the election was even called, gender quota caused uproar. Behind the scenes, what were the politics at play from a woman’s perspective? We follow two female candidates as they battle their way to the Dail.

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Once Were Champions

Fri, 26 Feb 2016 12:00:00 +0000

In 1985, Kerry club Castleisland Desmonds won their first and only men’s Senior Football All Ireland club title. 30 years on, clubman Dan Kearney examines the David and Goliath journey that his local team embarked on - and tells a story that encapsulates everything about club GAA - and a legacy that his small town is proud to have. (Broadcast 2015)

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Grace and Emmanuel

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 12:00:00 +0000

Michael Kealy tells the story of Grace, a Drogheda woman who emigrated to America in the mid-1990s in search of a new life. However, in 2011, whilst homeless on the streets of New York, she froze to death in the alcove of a church. A few days afterwards, Grace`s friend Emmanuel wrote a story about her for the New York Times.(First Broadcast 2015)

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Mick Meaney - Buried Alive

Thu, 10 Dec 2015 12:00:00 +0000

To the watching world in 1968, Tipperary man, Mick Meaney was an ordinary Irish emigrant to the U.K., with the extraordinary dream of breaking the world record for time spent buried alive underground. His bizarre record attempt was pushed along by Kerry publican turned promoter Butty Sugrue. But for how long and at what cost? (2015)

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Saudi Dreams of a Camper Van

Fri, 25 Sep 2015 12:00:00 +0000

An Irish nurse in Saudi Arabia records her life on her phone. At first, it’s the differences in the Middle East but the phone becomes an audio diary of her unravelling life back in Mayo and Kerry. She and her partner struggle to maintain their strained relationship by Skype. Themes: Emigration, Happiness, Relationship, Romance, Travel, Women.

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A Caravaggio in Tuam?

Fri, 11 Sep 2015 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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After The Shock

Fri, 14 Aug 2015 12:00:00 +0000

April 2015, earthquakes in the Asian country of Nepal result in over 8,500 deaths. Half a million homes lost. Tim Desmond travels to see the destruction and poverty first hand. Meeting families who lost relatives, livelihoods and farms, Tim examines how a country copes with disaster. Can new technology help improve things? (First Broadcast 2015)

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Johnny Jameson

Thu, 30 Jul 2015 12:00:00 +0000

Johnny Jameson is a Meath born DJ living in London who entertains Irish emigrants with music and one-liners. He's also a man with an incredible past which includes working with Johnny Cash, Diana Ross, The Monkees and the Miami Showband - as well as meeting Nixon, Springsteen and Bon Jovi! (Broadcast 2015) Themes: America, Music, Community

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Fine Gaeilgeoir

Fri, 24 Jul 2015 12:00:00 +0000

In July 2014, Donegal TD, Joe McHugh became Minister of State with responsibility for Gaeltacht Affairs. Only problem? Last time Joe spoke Irish was in school. He had to learn the language fast. We follow him over the last 12 months as he faces criticism, a public deadline and gets to grips with a language politics forced upon him (Broadcast 2015).

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Band of Gold

Fri, 10 Jul 2015 12:00:00 +0000

With over 25,000 weddings taking place every year in Ireland, it’s a very competitive industry for wedding bands. We follow bands from Dublin, Cork and Limerick whose full time job it is to give newlyweds in love a night they’ll never forget – and keep the dance floor moving, despite all the different tastes in music! (First Broadcast 2015)

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Come on Brigids

Fri, 13 Mar 2015 12:00:00 +0000

Damien O'Reilly charts the progress of the St. Brigid’s Senior Football team through the 2004 AIB club campaign, through the eyes of a supporter and includes interviews with players and supporters and footage from training sessions and matches.(2004)

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With These Hands

Sun, 11 Jan 2015 12:00:00 +0000

This multi award winning documentary is about Tralee man, Eric Roche - a world class virtuosic guitarist - and his younger brother Bryan. Considered by many as Ireland's greatest ever guitarists, this is a story of love, music, life and brotherhood.

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The Bridge

Fri, 12 Dec 2014 12:00:00 +0000

This is the story of Joan Bullock and Betty Leonard - two women from either side of the Cavan/Fermanagh border (divide between north and south Ireland), who were deeply affected by a series of brutal murders that took place on the border in 1972.

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