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The Curious Ear

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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

The Baron of Broadway

7/19/2019
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In 1914, West Limerick man John J Hanley left for New York to gentrify his persona into the 'Baron of Broadway'. He became hugely rich and focused on Irish reunification. This is the near-unbelievable story of a man who, in the 1950s, tried to purchase the six counties of Northern Ireland and gift them to the Republic of Ireland (2019)

Duration:00:43:26

DocArchive (1984): Murder At Lubango

7/16/2019
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A profile of Marius Schoon, white south African supporter of black rights. The death threats he endured since prison days, He spent a long time in exile in Botswana, Angola, Ireland, Tanzania and Zambia. He survived the parcel bomb that killed his wife, Jeannette, and daughter, Katryn, in Angola. (1985)

Duration:00:44:30

Cigarettes and Samba

7/12/2019
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The Irish soccer team’s 1982 tour of South America during the Falklands War was a farcical episode in Irish sport. 4 games, 3 defeats, 2 cancellations. But how did half the squad end up being detained by armed police? And how did a carpet salesman from Limerick end up sitting in the cigarette smoke and samba of Brazil’s 1982 World Cup Squad? (2019)

Duration:00:41:47

DocArchive (1990): New Life

7/9/2019
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In 1990, RTÉ Producer Sheila De Courcy went behind the walls of the National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street to hear from woman before & after giving birth. Woman speak of childbirth for the first time, the contractions, the pain & the excitement, one woman shares the last moments of labour, moments later, meeting her baby girl. (1990)

Duration:00:40:05

The Whistleblower

7/5/2019
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In 1976 the Cork to Dublin mail train was robbed of £200,000. Cormac Breatnach’s brother Osgur was arrested for it, confessed and was jailed for 12 years. But there was a catch. He didn’t do it. The devastation of the injustice was enormous as Osgur’s family tried to come to terms with what had happened. Cormac turned to music. (2019)

Duration:00:38:18

DocArchive (1991): Dark Is A Way Light Is A Place

7/2/2019
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Writer and broadcaster Bill Long traces the life and torturous spiritual journey of the 16th century Spanish mystic of Saint John of The Cross. A Carmelite friar and priest of Marrano orgin, orphaned as a child, he developed a close relationship with Saint Teresa of çvila. (1991)

Duration:00:42:27

The Man From Tallahassee

6/28/2019
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Ed Randolph came to Ireland to play Basketball in the 1980s. While most of his fellow American players went back home, Ed met Ann, settled down and had a family in Bray. He made a sporting life coaching and playing the game he loves well into middle age. (2019)

Duration:00:39:47

DocArchive (1981): Social Partners in Europe

6/25/2019
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Our Documentary archive from 1981 looks at the EEC's Economic and Social Committee, the organisation known before the European Union was formed. We hear from diplomats and politicians in Europe about the structure and issues of such an organisation, as Ireland was a relatively new member and many felt it could do more for Ireland at home. (1981)

Duration:00:39:13

Inside Stories

6/21/2019
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Author Carlo Gébler, son of award-winning Irish writer Edna O’Brien, spent three decades teaching creative writing within the Northern Ireland prison system. Carlo was told that his job was not to teach, but to be a human being. Returning to Magilligan Prison, Carlo asks if he made any real difference to the prisoners he taught (2019)

Duration:00:43:26

DocArchive (2004): D-Day 60 Years On - The Forgotten Heroes

6/18/2019
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To mark the 60th anniversary of the D-Day landings. Derek Davis visits the Normandy Beaches where the largest amphibious invasion in military history was held on June 6th 1944. Paratroopers & glider troops were already on the ground behind enemy lines, Davis hears from Irish-men who fought and killed with Allies in Normandy. (2004)

Duration:00:40:10

The Case of Majella Moynihan

6/15/2019
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In 1985, an unnamed female Garda was threatened with dismissal from An Garda Síochána. Following an internal Garda investigation, she was charged with having pre-marital sex with another Recruit Garda, and for having given birth to a baby outside of marraige. Majella Moynihan has remained silent for the past 34 years - until now. (2019)

Duration:00:41:59

DocArchive (1977): A Tenor, An Artist and A Gentleman

6/11/2019
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The person in question is of course that of John McCormack, an acclaimed Irish tenor of his time. Born in Athlone he went on to become one of Ireland's most talented singers and McCormack made hundreds of recordings over his lifetime. He settled in America where his friends included the likes of Errol Flynn and John Barrymore. (1977)

Duration:00:38:58

Sin-é: Jeff Buckley's Irish Odyssey

6/7/2019
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In the mid 1990s, Singer and Songwriter Jeff Buckley was set to become as big as Bob Dylan or Bruce Springsteen. But he died tragically aged just 30. With over 4 million record sales to his name, Jeff remains a huge musical figure across the world. In 2016, Journalist Steve Cummins explored Jeff Buckley’s connections to Ireland. (2016)

Duration:00:41:13

DocArchive (1970): Shannon, Where Ireland Meets The World

6/4/2019
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The stories and people of the Shannon Region made famous by Shannon airport, Bunratty Castle and the Cliffs of Moher. In this documentary we hear from those working in the Airport to the people working in local factories. A Prix Italia entry in 1970. Produced by RTÉ Producer and Presenter Donncha Ó Dúlaing. (1970)

Duration:00:38:38

The Loophole

5/31/2019
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A story of betrayal, scheming, paranoia, money and one of the world's most prestigious law schools, The Loophole looks at the lengths people will go to in order to realise their dreams and the callousness of those who try to shatter them. (2015)

Duration:00:39:31

DocArchive: A Universal Affliction, Loneliness

5/28/2019
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Often described as the worst form of human suffering, loneliness can affect anyone and any person of any age. Producer P.P McGuire traces the reasons why people feel lonely. In this documentary, people living with loneliness share their experience while one doctor shares his experience of helping patients recover. (1975)

Duration:00:37:28

Peadar Mercier

5/24/2019
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Peadar Mercier, the first ever professional bodhrán and bones player, captured the pulse of Irish traditional music. 25 years after his death, his son Mel traces his father's unique life story - from his protestant heritage, to world tours with The Chieftains & a 10 year adventure with composer John Cage into the world of experimental music. (2016)

Duration:00:41:40

The Irishwoman Who Shot Mussolini

5/17/2019
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Four people tried to assassinate Italian fascist dictator Benito Mussolini. Only one person came close - her name was Violet Gibson and she was Irish. Violet spent the rest of her life in mental institutions, forgotten by society and by history. (2014)

Duration:00:41:05

DocArchive (1997): That Lady

5/14/2019
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Kate O’Brien, known as one of Ireland’s famous 20th century authors, born in 1897 in Limerick into a Catholic family. Her acclaimed writing career included plays, novels, short fiction & journalism. This documentary includes dramitised extracts of her work which often explored the subjects of personal desire & sexuality within homes. (1997)

Duration:00:42:23

Return to Shark Island

5/10/2019
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When a group of people arrived on Achill Island in May, 1951 nobody foresaw that only two of them would leave alive. The film they had arrived to make – “Shark Island” - would end in tragedy. Actor Claire Mullen was in that film and returns to Achill to finally try to achieve closure on what was one of the worst film accidents in history. (2017)

Duration:00:40:27