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A series of shorter radio documentaries. Ronan Kelly tells stories using sounds and words gathered with his inquisitive microphone.

A series of shorter radio documentaries. Ronan Kelly tells stories using sounds and words gathered with his inquisitive microphone.
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Location:

Dublin, Ireland

Networks:

RTE Ireland

Description:

A series of shorter radio documentaries. Ronan Kelly tells stories using sounds and words gathered with his inquisitive microphone.

Language:

English

Contact:

Donnybrook Dublin 4, Ireland


Episodes

With These Hands

5/18/2018
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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.

Duration:00:41:25

DocArchive (1988): Sheriff Street Flat Complex

5/15/2018
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In the shadow of the multi-million Custom House Dock's scheme, the people of Sheriff Street wonder if this development will provide much-needed employment to the area, which has fallen into serious decline through the closure of local factories, but many locals are sceptical about the promises for a brighter future. (1988)

Duration:00:40:01

The Long Goodbye

5/11/2018
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The award-winning tender and loving story of a husband, Matt, and his wife, Mai, whose lives have changed entirely since Mai was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. This is a story of a solemn promise made in marriage 'In sickness and health, till death do we part'. (2007)

Duration:00:41:14

DocArchive (1994): War and Want

5/8/2018
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Two nations tell apparently separate stories, yet these are both tales of war and of want, and both trace their roots to the destructive effects of apartheid. Local villages in South Africa and Mozambique try to rebuild after years of neglect through self-aid schemes set up by community leaders. (1994)

Duration:00:42:25

More Irish than the Irish Themselves

5/4/2018
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In the last 100 years, we Irish have struggled with our native language. Now in 2011, less than 5% of us speak it on a daily basis. This is a story of passion - from 'non-Irish' people who see the beauty in the language and have been inspired to learn it. (2011)

Duration:00:39:03

DocArchive(1976): 80 Years of Cinema in Ireland: Sound Films

5/1/2018
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Sonny Boy, one of the most successful theme songs ever written, introduced the "talkie" picture to Ireland. It was sung by Al Jolson in The Singing Fool, the film has screened at the opening of the Capitol Cinema in 1929. But, it wasn't until 1936 that Tom Cooper produced the first really genuine native production, The Dawn. (1976)

Duration:00:43:12

An Extraordinary Affair

4/27/2018
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The story of a scandalous liaison between two Irish women, Eleanor Butler and Sarah Ponsonby, which began 250 years ago this year. Were these lovers - two upper-class Anglo-Irish women from Kilkenny - the first ever women to 'come out' in Ireland? (2011)

Duration:00:38:49

DocArchive (1976): 80 Years of Cinema in Ireland: Silent Films

4/24/2018
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A complete history of silent films in Ireland from one of the first moving pictures documenting Queen Victoria's visit in 1900, through to the pioneering feature films of Sidney Olcott, to the imported European films that were shown in Dublin's first cinema opened by James Joyce. (1976)

Duration:00:43:03

The Sweep and the Philosopher

4/20/2018
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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 2009).

Duration:00:37:44

DocArchive (1991): Keeping the Peace - His Story

4/17/2018
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Tommy O’Reilly remembers his passing out ceremony, proudly marching by his family in his Irish Army uniform. For Tommy, the decision to volunteer for active service in Lebanon was an easy one; he believes that it is his duty as a soldier. But, with recent reports of hostages captured in the region, this is an anxious time for his family.(1991)

Duration:00:43:30

Looking for Fairytale Castles

4/13/2018
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This award-winning doc tells the story of Jenny Tyrell who was adopted in 1972. But, Jenny was almost 9 before she found out she was adopted. In this story, Jenny and her birth mother reunite and speak candidly about the hurt, the pain and the love.

Duration:00:43:24

DocArchive(1991): Keeping the Peace - Her Story

4/10/2018
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Sgt. Sharon Duggan applied to join the Irish Army while she was in secondary school. She was part of a group of women who marched into history as the first female recruits to the Irish Defence Forces. She embarked on a lifelong ambition to serve in Lebanon as part of the UN peacekeeping forces. How did Sharon adapt to life in this war-torn country?

Duration:00:41:28

Dogman

4/6/2018
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Martin McKenna’s career began in a hay barn in Limerick and ended up with three best-selling books about dog behaviour in Australia - he could not read or write but he would become known as 'The Dogman'. (2010)

Duration:00:37:09

DocArchive (1986): Green Water Ribbon

4/2/2018
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Ireland is the perfect place to sail around, the course retains a magic all of its own for most sailors. However, when the ingredients include a modern ocean racing catamaran, extreme weather from gale to calm, and a diverse crew attempting to break the all-time around Ireland record - the outcome is captivating. Will they succeed? (1986)

Duration:00:44:35

Don't Go Far

3/29/2018
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Two Dublin children, with a knack for bunking off school and fare dodging, embark on an unbelievable adventure. On a warm summer's day in 1985, they hop on a Dart and skip out to Dun Laoghaire, nothing much to be doing there, so they sneak on the ferry for Holyhead and make it all the way to London Heathrow where they board a plane to NYC. (2011)

Duration:00:38:40

DocArchive(1992): Trail of Tears - A Vision Quest

3/27/2018
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Descendants of the Choctaw people return to their homelands in Mississippi to honour their ancestors, who had their land thorn away from them and were driven ruthlessly into a wilderness. What long-term effects did these relocations have on the Choctaw's way of life and their traditions? How difficult was it to keep their culture alive? (1992)

Duration:00:41:06

Heel, Toe Step, Together

3/23/2018
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A beautiful story. Forget your celebrity 'Strictly Come Dancing' - this is the real deal. A chance meeting in East London leads to an unlikely friendship through dance as 86yr old Bob teaches 28yr-year-old Katie to waltz. Gold Award Winner @ UK Sony awards

Duration:00:34:04

DocArchive (1992): Trail of Tears

3/20/2018
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Forcibly driven from their homelands in Mississippi, the Choctaw Indians trekked 500 miles on a journey that was to become known as the Trail of Tears. We retrace their footsteps and look at the hardships the people endured en route, as many suffered from exposure, disease, and starvation, and great numbers died before reaching their destination.

Duration:00:41:55

Clouds in Harry's Coffee

3/16/2018
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During World War II, 32 Irishmen spent 5 years in captivity at the Farge Concentration labour camp. They became known as "Hitler’s Irish slaves". In April 2014, we joined the last survivor of that group, as he travelled back to Germany for one final visit. (2014)

Duration:00:40:23

DocArchive (1981): Man in the Wee Room

3/13/2018
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Bedridden following a serious accident on the Canadian railroads, playwright, George Shiels, was inspired by Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Confined to a wheelchair and back in his native Ballymoney, he started writing short stories and plays. His work caught the attention of The Abbey where he later became their leading comic writer.(1981)

Duration:00:39:44

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