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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

In Shame, Love, In Shame

8/16/2018
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In 1946, in an unprecedented act of defiance against the local clergy, a group of Listowel men from Co. Kerry forced open the locked gates into their Parish Church. What led to this – and what has happened since? This story examines the devastating impact that the Church and State have had on three generations of one Irish family. (2018)

Duration:00:41:46

DocArchive (1975): Art College

8/13/2018
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NCAD was a scene of heated controversy and disturbance in the late sixties and seventies. This documentary meets the man who stepped in to the role of Director following that time. Welsh man Jonah Jones talks about his vision for art and design and how he will repair the years of neglect by the government, education system and public.

Duration:00:43:13

DocArchive (2000): Sing Out Gloria

8/7/2018
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This documentary followed the progress of Ireland's only lesbian and gay choir 'Glória' from final rehearsals to their appearance on stage at GALA 2000, an international choral festival for lesbian and gay choirs. The first Irish choir to sing at such an event. It also examines the importance to its members of being part of an openly gay.

Duration:00:42:16

The Pope's Prisoners

8/2/2018
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Just before the Papal Visit to Ireland in 2018, the Documentary On One look back at the first ever Papal Visit to Ireland in 1979. They come across two intriguing stories which had largely been forgotten – one about an amnesty prisoners and the other about the hopes of people in Sean McDermott St., Dublin (2018)

Duration:00:40:53

DocArchive (2001): The Mahrs of Dublin

7/30/2018
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The second of two documentaries by Gerry Mullins about the 1932 to 1939 correspondences between Dr Adolf Mahr, the great Nazi archaeologist based for some years in Dublin, and his Jewish friend, philanthropist Albert Bender. This second part tells the story of what happened to Adolf and his children after their return to Nazi Germany.

Duration:00:42:56

The Last King Of Ireland

7/26/2018
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Patsy Dan Rodgers is the last King of Ireland. He’s ruled his fiefdom of Tory Island for more than 20 years and can trace an unbroken lineage back to the 5th century. Over time, Led by their Kings – and in at least one case a Queen – the Islanders have seen off Vikings, marauding Pirates and invaders from the mainland. (2018)

Duration:00:42:07

DocArchive (1998): In Good Cheer

7/23/2018
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'In Good Cheer' goes beyond the bottle to meet the numerous personalities and the heritage involved in producing Ireland's very own liquid gold. Presenter Julie Duane who once worked in the laboratory at Irish Distillers visited Bushmills Distilleries, the oldest licensed distillery in the world in Midleton Co.Cork and Co. Antrim.

Duration:00:42:00

Riverchapel Ladies On Tour

7/18/2018
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Nathan is a young man with dreadlocks who joined his neighbours on holidays to record a documentary about them. His neighbours are a group of older women (a ladies' club), from Riverchapel in Co.Wexford. They were going on a Golden Years holiday...

Duration:00:43:54

DocArchive (1999): Pope in Ireland

7/17/2018
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From papal stools to singing priests to a youth mass, all part of the papal visit to Ireland in 1979. This documentary celebrates the 20th anniversary of Pope John Paul’s visit to Ireland. Over 2.5 million people attended seven events over two and half days. The visit marked the centenary of the reputed apparitions at the Shrine of Knock.

Duration:00:42:15

Johnny Cash’s Lost Tour Of Ireland

7/13/2018
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A Documentary On One listener shares a recording he had for safe keeping. It brings listeners closer than ever to Johnny Cash on his first tour of Ireland, twelve gigs in ten days. Few people remember the very first Irish performances by the country music legend who would come to love Ireland and be loved by the Irish. (2018)

Duration:00:39:45

DocArchive (1976): Yer Only Man

7/10/2018
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Who is the man Myles na gCopaleen? Brian O'Nolan was regarded as a major figure in twentieth century Irish literature. His novelswere written under the pen name Flann O'Brien, whilst his satirical columns were written under Myles na gCopaleen. Various friends and colleagues remember different aspects of the man. Produced by John Skehan.

Duration:00:43:38

Blonde Hair, Blue Eyes

7/6/2018
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In October, 2013, a four year old blonde-haired, blue-eyed girl named Maria was discovered peeping out from underneath a blanket on a Roma camp in Greece. Her discovery would prompt a wave of near hysteria around the globe. Within days, two Irish children with similar features would be taken from their Roma parents here in Ireland (2018)

Duration:00:45:36

White Noise

6/29/2018
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What happens when sounds only exist inside your head? How do you cope with an internal soundtrack from which you can’t escape? We explore the mysterious world of tinnitus (a hearing problem), meet with sufferers and investigate how they live their lives accompanied by their own secret symphony. How do you learn to live with it? (2018)

Duration:00:40:50

Doc Archive (6/3/93): No Less Than Men

6/26/2018
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Four Irish women relive their experiences of London during World War II. They expressed views on Ireland's neutral stance as adopted by Eamon De Valera and war in general. Presented and produced by Eoin Ronayne.

Duration:00:41:57

Sisters

6/22/2018
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Beginning in 1888, hundreds of Irish teenagers were sent to a convent in Texas that was dedicated to educating emancipated slaves after the American Civil War. A lifetime later, the grand niece of two of these nuns uncovers their stories, which chronicle a century of change in the Catholic Church, race relations, and women’s rights (2018)

Duration:00:38:28

Doc Archive (1993): Till The Morning Comes

6/18/2018
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Till The Morning Comes: Night Life in Dublin is a documentary portrait of Dublin while the city sleeps. Producer Yetti Redmond finds out about the night owls, shift workers and even heros that keep Ireland's capital ticking.

Duration:00:40:38

Forum: National School System 1831

6/12/2018
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'Forum: National School System 183' explores the founding of our national school system which was originally multi-denominational. This documentary features many voices on the school system, text books, legislation and religion.

Duration:00:43:15

Does My Bum Sound Big In This?

6/8/2018
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Joyce, is by her own admission, only living a ‘half-life’. A funny, vibrant, creative person with lots of friends, she rarely leaves the house. She’s morbidly obese. Recorded over the last two years, we follow Joyce as she tackles the complex reasons behind her weight, tries to shed her shell and ‘find her way back to normal’. (2018)

Duration:00:41:28

DocArchive (1997): Time Piece

6/5/2018
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Mary Mulvihill’s makes a visit to Time Piece Antiques in Dublin where old clocks are restored.

Duration:00:39:28

Richard Hayes, Nazi Codebreaker

6/1/2018
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If you were battling Nazi Germany which individual would you chose to take on the role? A soldier? Perhaps a great statesman? How many of you would choose a librarian? Well, this is exactly what happened in wartime Dublin. Marc McMenamin tells the story of Richard Hayes, Nazi Codebreaker. (2017)

Duration:00:39:18