Documentary on One
Small Lives and Great Reputations11/21/14
On the 25th anniversary of his release from prison, Paddy Armstrong of the Guildford Four visits London and Guildford with his wife. Wrongfully convicted and having spent 15 years in prison, Paddy reunites with the solicitor and MP who fought his case.
Con Carey and the Twelve Apostles
The only man in Kerry to be buried twice they say. Con Carey was a bachelor labourer who died on his way home from the pub in 1978. His story is still spoken of. Why? Because of what happened him after death and of the 12 locals involved - the 12...
Doc Archive: The Swilly
The Lough Swilly Bus offers a network of services to some of the most remote parts of Donegal. Departing Derry City, the route travels along the old railway route of the Lough Swilly Railway Company. This is the story of the people who use the Swilly...
DocArchive: The Sweep and the Philosopher
Two unlikely men meet to swap jobs. One is a 70-year-old chimney sweep, who left school at 13, the other a professor of philosophy at UCD. The professor cleans a chimney while the sweep delivers a talk to the Philosophical Society at UCD (Broadcast...
DocArchive: The Strange Thing I Am
On Easter Monday 1916 Patrick Pearse stood on the steps of the GPO and read the Proclamation. John Cunningham questions how our view of Pearse has evolved from the adulation of the early years to his relevance today (Broadcast 2005).
DocArchive: The Starry Frame
When Helen Townsend was researching her family history, she found a series of letters written to her great grandfather in Australia from his family in Co. Tyrone. The letters date from 1852 to 1892 and tell the story of those left behind in Ireland...
Walking The Line
The story of a family of 'the disappeared' – the Megraw’s, whose brother Brendan was murdered and buried in secret by the IRA and the man, Geoff Knupfer, whose job it is to find the body after thirty six years.
DocArchive: The Sky Ran Away
A documentary with Tommy McKearney, a 1980's Provisional IRA prisoner - and John Nixon - a then member of the INLA - A story of two men's experience of their years on the blanket and the inevitability of hunger strike.
DocArchive: The Orphans That Never Were
On February 23rd 1943, a fire in St Joseph's industrial school in Cavan Town, an orphanage run by an enclosed order nuns caught fire. 35 orphans and one elderly woman died that night. This is the story of the people who died and those who were left...
John Purcell sells caravans and saves souls. The caravans are apt because John is from a Traveller family. The saving souls is more difficult because John has never read The Bible; he is illiterate.
DocArchive: A Long Way Home
Keiko was a male orca who starred in the three Free Willy movies. This documentary charts Keiko's journey from a Mexico city amusement park to the Westman islands in Iceland where he is preparing for freedom - on his way back home. (2001)
DocArchive: Last Brigadista
A documentary on Irish man, Ned Murphy, believed to be the last survivor of the Irish Brigade which fought for Franco in the Spanish Civil War. This is Ned's story, told in his own words and those of his family.
Palm Oil Republic
The rise in global demand for Palm oil is putting pressure on agricultural land and rural communities across the developing world. Palm oil is in half of all products we buy in the supermarkets. Tim Desmond went to Honduras to investigate this business
Bombs, Balls & Beyoncé
A football team and its billionaire owner - some bling and lots of politics: Before the world knew of Maidan Square in Kiev, we knew of Dynamo Kiev and Shakhtar Donetsk soccer teams - football has nothing to do with politics? In Ukraine it does - lots.
DocArchive: The Guest
Cellist Richard Groocock lost his young son to suicide. Kevin, a promising trombone player, was 20 when he took his life. This story explores whether music can still be played and enjoyed in a family whose core has been shattered. (2007)
DocArchive: The Joe Lynch Story
A look at the career of one of Irelands best loved entertainers - Joe Lynch. Focusing at his years with Radio Eireann and with the Abbey, and his cross channel work in the 1970s which established him in an international career. (1976)
DocArchive: The Glen Road to Carrick
Fiddle player Paul O'Shaughnessy's revisits The Glen area of Co Donegal which was a place of formative experience for him. This documentary is an exploration of a musical style told through this tune and the memories of those who've played it. (2006)
The Common Thread
The Bra turns 100 this year. From the Backless to the Bullet, the Demi-cup to the Push-up, the brassiere has evolved from a simple breast support to a symbol of desire. We unclasp the story of the bra in Ireland, and caress our way through its history.
DocArchive: The Ffrench Connection
This is the story of two great estates, one in Monivea, County Galway - the other in Simbirsk, Russia. It is also the story of the woman who owned those two estates - Kathleen Ffrench - and her cousin Rosamunde ffrench. (2009)
DocArchive: From Val Vousden Till Now
Fifty years of entertainment recalled by Maureen Potter, Jack Cruise, Joe Linnane and many others, together with excerpts from radio shows down the years. (1976)
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