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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

DocArchive (1990): George Redmond Gentleman Piano Tuner

4/23/2019
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This is the life of 83 year old George Redmond from West Cork. He spent his lifetime tuning pianos for the great and good of Ireland, meeting many seasoned performers such as John MacCormack, Beniamo Gigli and Margaret Burke Sheridan. (1990)

Duration:00:39:35

Agatha Christie's Final Mystery

4/19/2019
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A radio documentary about how Dubliner John Curran's fascination with best selling novelist Agatha Christie has changed his life and brought a new Hercule Poirot story to the world for the first time in 30 years. (2010)

Duration:00:34:53

DocArchive (1959): To Boston and Back

4/16/2019
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RTÉ producer Norris Davidson travels on a flying visit to Boston, America for the first time on the first direct flight of an Irish airliner. He begins his trip with a visit to his GP, to clear himself of Smallpox, then his Visa & to the Airport to board St. Bridget. This two-part travel feature which was also a entry for Prix Italia 1959. (1959)

Duration:00:48:35

JG Farrell: 149 Days In The Life Of

4/12/2019
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JG Farrell, the 2 time Booker winning author moved to West Cork, Ireland in March of 1979. Shortly after, he drowned while fishing. Using interviews of neighbours, family and friends - this documentary tells the story of those 149 days in the life of JF Farrell. (2010)

Duration:00:35:58

DocArchive (1996): Irony? An Essay on Irony

4/9/2019
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Why has the world become so Ironic now? from those who say one thing but hold another view. Although Irony, is used each day by thousands of people, it's also influenced our music, art and buildings. Richard Herriott explores the world of Irony and if Irony was banned - how would it change our lives? (1996)

Duration:00:39:36

Dark Snow & Emma

4/5/2019
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Over the past decade Ireland has endured some extreme weather cycles from heavy snow to summer heat waves. There is an argument that these events are influenced by what's happening with the Greenland Ice Sheet. Each year the ice sheet is covered in new snow but recently more ice is melting than snow falling. Liam O'Brien visits to learn more.(2018)

Duration:00:41:14

DocArchive (1984): The Eastern Connection

4/2/2019
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Ireland has always been keen to attract new companies & multi-nationals to invest here, while also expanding trade links abroad. In 1984, Irish President Patrick Hillery traveled to Toyko, Japan with Irish delegates to enhance & expand trade links with the two countries. Business people speak of how our close trade relationship has grown. (1984)

Duration:00:42:26

The Cut

3/29/2019
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Young girls throughout Africa, Asia and the Middle East are subject to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) each year. A procedure where the genitals of young girls are deliberately cut for religious and social reasons. Journalist MIchael O'Kane meets women trying to end this practice which is seen as normal tradition within some cultures. (2018)

Duration:00:38:55

DocArchive (1991): What Will We Do When The Taxpayer Goes

3/26/2019
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Ireland has a long link with Africa after allocated millions of euro in foreign-aid over the past decades. Rodney Rice travels to one region that is being developed with help from the Irish Government, professionals and trades people. We hear from those living and working in Tanzania, who speak of the challenges and benefits of foreign-aid. (1991)

Duration:00:43:33

Chasin' Roe

3/22/2019
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In the 1980's, Kildare man Michael Roe was amongst the quickest drivers in the world. Destined to become a global household name, the biggest teams in Formula 1 scrambled for his signature. However, a critical decision sent Michael down a different road. But now he's back, helping his nephew James Roe Jr follw in his footsteps. (2018)

Duration:00:41:39

DocArchive (1959): Centenary of Lourdes

3/19/2019
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In 1858 Bernadette Soubirous, a fourteen year old girl had multiple visions of the Blessed Lady in a grotto in the outskirts of Lourdes, Frances. One hundred years later, The Catholic Church celebrated the Centenary of Lourdes. We follow those who travelled there for miracles including Irish clergy and Irish pilgrimages. (1959)

Duration:00:58:34

The Sinking of The Saint Patrick

3/15/2019
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We go in search of the truth behind one of Ireland's worst maritime disasters, the sinking of the St Patrick Vessel. A cross channel passenger ferry on the Rosslare-Fishguard route which was targeted by the German Air Force during World War Two, resulting in the death of 30 people. (2012)

Duration:00:32:46

DocArchive (1978): Incorporating The Skibbereen Eagle

3/12/2019
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We recall the story of the Irish provincial newspaper which became embroiled in international relations for its editorial; “keeping an eye on Russia”. The Skibbereen Eagle was quoted across Europe & in the House of Commons for it's clear editorial message to Russia. Editors & staff speak about the newspaper & it's successor The Southern Star (1978)

Duration:00:41:56

An Extraordinary Affair

3/8/2019
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As we celebrate International Women’s Day, we recall the story of two Irish women who were born into upper-class Anglo Ireland in the 17th century. Eleanor Butler and Sarah Ponsonby's relationship scandalised Ireland long before Ireland passed the same-sex marriage referendum, but were these two women the first openly Irish lesbian couple? (2011).

Duration:00:38:49

DocArchive (1986): Fathers Role Of Fathers In Today's World

3/5/2019
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Becoming a father for the first time is daunting to many men to say the least, as it’s not only mothers who find new parenting challenging. Fathers recall the challenges of access to maternity wards while unmarried, the importance of the son for the family farm and the pressures of life as this new chapter begins. (1986)

Duration:00:41:27

The Pope's Prisoners

3/1/2019
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Just before the Papal Visit to Ireland in 2018, we look back at the first-ever visit of a Pope to Ireland in 1979. We've come across two intriguing stories which have largely been forgotten. One about a Papal amnesty, where the government released 76 prisoners and the other about the hopes of people in Dublin's Sean McDermott Street. (2018)

Duration:00:40:53

DocArchive (1996): Confession

2/26/2019
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Confessions have played a multifaceted and powerful role throughout history in Ireland. Millions of people have shared their sins, not always revealing wrongdoing but they can often benefits the one who is confessing. RTE Producer Lorelei Harris investigates the cultural phenomenon of confession in modern Ireland. (1996)

Duration:00:42:08

The Last King of Ireland

2/22/2019
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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 Kinds 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 (2003): Monks Of Unreason and Abbots Of Misrule

2/19/2019
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The Feast of Fools was a popular festival held during the Middle Ages. During this festival a mock bishop or pope was elected. It was a cherished day, for it was the one day where Christian morals were abandoned and replaced with ridiculous rites. Performers wore animal masks, women's clothing, sang obscene songs and rolled dice at the altar (2003)

Duration:00:38:59

Riverchapel Ladies On Tour

2/15/2019
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The Riverchapel Ladies Group go on a Golden Years holiday to Westport, County Mayo. They dance, pray, sing, give out about each other and the hotel, post stuff or Facebook, hold starfish, keep each other company and chase the latest toy craze. Nathan is a young man with dreadlocks who joins them on the bus for this week long holiday (2018)

Duration:00:43:54