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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 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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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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