Documentary on One
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...
DocArchive (1966): Forty Years of Irish Radio
In 1926, Dr Douglas Hyde launched the first radio station in the Irish Free State, 2RN. This was the start of something very special in Ireland. In ‘Forty Years of Irish Radio’, RTE’s PP Maguire looks at the history of Irish radio, how it was...
Grace and Emmanuel
Grace & Emmanuel met at a children’s home in Louth. She was unsuccessfully placed for adoption – he was in care due to his mother’s alcohol abuse. Both had ambitions to go to America. Both made it. Emmanuel became a successful journalist. Grace died...
DocArchive (1961): Twelve Months Around Blessington
Blessington is a beautiful town in West Wicklow with a lot of history and culture. It’s a busy town, where a lot of important things happen. Norris Davidson lives close by and spent the year of 1960 meeting the local people, documenting their lives,...
Band of Gold
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...
DocArchive (1976): American Journey Pt 1
A journey by John Skehan across America in 1976. This documentary includes impressions of Washington, a visit to FBI Headquarters, St. Louis Missouri, Wisconsin black on black farmers, Milwaukee's Catholic history and American catholics (Broadcast...
Cork boxing manager Gary Hyde risked over 20 years in jail to smuggle amateur Olympic and world champion boxers out of Fidel Castro’s Cuba.
DocArchive (2004): The Irish at Eureka-Rebels or riff raff?
The Eureka affair of 1854 has been described as everything from a tax whinge to the birthplace of Australian democracy. Some 30 people died in the half-hour battle, most of them goldminers who had sworn to defend their rights and liberties (Broadcast...
Living Outside The Box
Rachel Breslin is desperate to find a way around the spiralling rents that are being charged for Dublin property.And she thinks she has hit on the perfect solution - acting as a guardian for properties that need to be protected from robbers and...
DocArchive (2005) : Speaking of Grief
Air India Flight 182 was operating on the Toronto-Montréal-London-Delhi-Bombay route. On 23 June 1985, disaster struck - it was blown up in midair, by a bomb, just off the south coast of Ireland. Many of Shalini Sinha's close family friends were...
The Man Who Played Offside
Patrick O'Connell was a superstar and a cheat. First Irish captain at Man. Utd; a manager who saved Barcelona FC. This Dubliner's soccer story is of passion, bribery and bigamy: he married two women with the same name and appearance and died in penury.
DocArchive: Waiting for U2
U2 are not only an Irish rock band, but one of the biggest in the world. This is the story of three young girls whose lives are totally bound up with their fascination with the Irish rock group U2. They, like many of their peers, are infatuated with...
Seven Years And Nine Months
After seven years of trying to have a baby, Dublin couple Rachel and Daniel have decided to try to complete their family through the emotionally turbulent and expensive surrogacy route. We follow them as they go to America and find a surrogate mother,...
DocArchive: Elected Silence
Franciscan nuns adhere to the teachings and spiritual disciplines of St Francis of Assisi and his main associates and followers including St Clare of Assisi, St Anthony of Padua and St Elizabeth of Hungary. This documentary explores the lives and...
DocArchive: Art on the block
In this ever-changing world, art remains a consistently sought-after addition to ones life and home. But how does one obtain an exceptional piece of art in modern Ireland? This documentary enters the weird and wonderful world of art auctions. We hear...
DocArchive: Essentially for Women
Belly-dancing is a type of Middle Eastern dance that requires movements of the torso. It has become very popular with young women in Ireland. In this documentary we meet some Irish women who talk about belly-dancing and what it means for them.
DocArchive: Here is the News
This is the story of the 50 years of news on Irish radio. This documentary traces the development from a single news editor in 1926 who took news from foreign stations to today's complex news gathering and assessment operations. (Broadcast 1976)
DocArchive: In Midst Of Woods Or Pleasant Grove
A documentary on people's views of our woods and forests - the importance of woods in our economy, on trees found in Ireland, a look at the national tree register documenting some of the finest collection of trees in Britain and Ireland (broadcast...
DocArchive: Bullet holes in the manuscripts
This is a documentary about the Irish National Archives and its destruction in 1922. The archives holds the records of the modern Irish State which document its historical evolution and the creation of our national identity. (broadcast 1991)
Through the Kilimanjaro Keyhole
An Irish surgeon's medical adventures in Africa involving Coca Cola gas, home-made fuses and a hotline to the Electricity Supply company. Emer Horgan gets to see at first-hand, the impact of the teamwork involved in surgical development in Tanzania....
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