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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(2001): They Sang Freedom

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

A treasure of recordings found in producer, Bill Meek's attic. Untouched for over three decades, they tell the story of the Civil Rights Movement in America's Deep South. Journeying from heartland of bluegrass to the heart of the blues to find out more about the injustices and brutality that people suffered as they fought for equal rights.(2001)

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A Man Out Of Time

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:00:00 +0000

Fr. Pat Noise died when his carriage plunged into the Liffey in 1919. His death is commemorated by a plaque on O'Connell Bridge, installed without permission by a mysterious group. This was also where the Millennium Clock was lowered into the Liffey before disappearing after a few months. Was it coincidental that both events happened at this spot?

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The Tattooed Irishman

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 12:00:00 +0000

In 1836, Dubliner James F O’Connell published a book which told of his incredible life story. Shipwrecked on the remote Pacific Island of Pohnpei, he was forcibly tattooed about the body by natives. Eventually escaping, he landed in New York and quickly gained fame. O’Connell is fêted as the first man to publicly display tattoos in America (2017)

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Do No Harm

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

Have you ever thought about what might happen at the end of your life? Dr Luke Dillon explores the controversial and divisive subject of euthanasia. From the Netherlands to Co. Wexford, Luke discovers some very difficult cases of extreme suffering and end-of-life care dilemmas. In Holland, he meets a doctor who has euthanised over 60 people. (2017)

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DocArchive (1987): The Story Fatima

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 12:00:00 +0000

The miracle of Fatima began in May 1917 when three children tending their sheep claimed to have been visited by the Virgin Mary. She reappeared to them over the next 6 months, her final visit became known as The Miracle of the Sun. 70yrs on this documentary looks at the Cult of Our Lady of Fatima and the people who make this pilgrimage each year?

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Colombia – Making the Peace

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

Almost 20 years on from the Good Friday agreement, the Colombian government has made peace with the FARC rebels. Veterans of the Northern Irish peace process are helping to make sure Colombia’s journey to peace stays on course. Luke Holland travels to South America where he encounters Former FARC rebels, victims and others making the peace. (2017)

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Cairo Cellmates

Fri, 6 Oct 2017 12:00:00 +0000

After 4yrs in an Egyptian prison, Ibrahim Halawa, a 22yr old Irish student, was acquitted of all charges against him in Sept 2017. We revisit the documentary we made on Ibrahim’s story in June 2016 with Peter Greste, the acclaimed journalist, who shared a cell with Ibrahim and who had never previously spoken out about this controversial case.

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Return to Shark Island

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0000

When a group of people arrived on Achill Island in May, 1951 nobody foresaw that only two of them would leave alive. The film they had arrived to make – “Shark Island” - would end in tragedy. Actor Claire Mullen was in that film and returns to Achill to finally try to achieve closure on what was one of the worst film accidents in history.

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Ireland and the KGB

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0000

Spy stories typically start on dimly lit streets in Eastern Europe, not in Dublin suburbia. But this isn’t your typical spy story. An Irish KGB ring, deadly poisonings, arms deals - Irish people have been involved, knowingly or unknowingly, in the deeply secret world of Russian spying. Enter the shadowy realm of Ireland and Russian espionage (2017)

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Cause Of Death

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0000

More than ten thousand deaths a year in Ireland are reported to the Coroner's office. Two thousand of those will proceed to an inquest hearing .Ruairi McKenna follows the work of two coroners, in Kerry and Mayo and meets the people they serve, hearing stories form people who are looking to establish their loved ones' cause of death. (2017)

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The Brigadier

Thu, 7 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0000

Eric Dorman O'Gowan was an Irish general in the British Army who fought in WW1 and outfoxed the Germans during WW2, yet was sacked by a British Prime Minister. He later became an advisor for the I.R.A, turning his back on the British. Delve into the unorthodox life of one of Ireland's most remarkable mavericks, known as ‘The Brigadier’ (2017).

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Pisusuuq, The One Who Walks

Fri, 1 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0000

60 years ago, Mick Mallon left his home in Ireland, eventually settling in remote arctic Canada. Fascinated by language, Mick began to learn Inuktitut, the native language of the Inuit Eskimo. But not only did he learn to speak one of the most difficult languages in the world, he created a way to teach it - and save it from extinction. (2017)

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Being Slaughtneil

Fri, 25 Aug 2017 12:00:00 +0000

Hidden in the hills of the Sperrin Mountains in south Derry is a tiny GAA club with a massive reputation. This year they were going for a hat trick of sporting achievements with their hurling, camogie and football teams all set for All Ireland Club Finals. But, this incredible success story goes way beyond sporting field. (2017)

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An Unholy Trinity

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 12:00:00 +0000

A baby girl is abandoned on a doorstep in Dublin in 1923. A priest and his housekeeper seen acting suspiciously are handed over to the police. One month later a young doctor is shot dead on the streets of a small town in county Leitrim. Was there a conspiracy of Church, State and Irish Rebel forces determined to cover up a scandal? (2017)

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Love Letter to Wezz

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 12:00:00 +0000

Mention “disco” and “Donnybrook” to people in Ireland and they’ll have a vague notion of a get together for teenagers. Numerous articles have been written speculating on what happens behind the doors of Old Wesley with many parents dreading the day that their kids start mentioning the word, Wezz! But for those who went, what was it like?(2017)

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007, The Irish Connection

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 12:00:00 +0000

First appearing on cinema screens in 1962, James Bond brings many famous names to mind - Ian Fleming, Sean Connery, Pierce Brosnan, Daniel Craig – the list goes on. However, Dubliner Kevin McClory is rarely a name that people connect with 007. We take a look at how one Irishman is inextricably connected to the most famous spy of them all. (2017)

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Polar Opposites

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 12:00:00 +0000

In 1935, Iceland legalised abortion making it the first Western nation to create what we might now recognise as an abortion legalisation policy. We travel to Iceland to meet Corkman Fr Denis O'Leary who leads a very small Pro-Life group named Lífsvernd. We also meet staff working in the area of abortion at the National Hospital of Iceland (2017)

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The Orwell Wheeler

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 12:00:00 +0000

Road cycling is one of the world’s toughest sports. In 1987, Stephen Roche did the unthinkable - winning the three biggest cycle races in the world, the Giro d'Italia, Tour De France and World Championship. He was hailed a cycling hero across the world. 30yrs on, we look back at his iconic sporting achievement, which is yet to be repeated (2017)

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Roar and Pace

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 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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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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