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Multi award winning documentaries from Ireland. With over 1,700 documentaries on offer, the Documentary On One Podcast has the largest archive of documentaries available globally. These productions are radio stories about real life and contain documentaries dating as far back as 1954, right up to the present day. A wealth of life, ideas and experiences are on offer - but most importantly - stories. Winner of over 320 national and international awards since 2008, why not immerse yourself in a world of sound, story and character.
1806 Episodes
We Say You Have To Go

We Say You Have To Go


In 1981, heroin took hold of certain parts of Dublin. It changed everything for the communities it was affected by. The impact of addiction on the people there was devastating. But these communities weren’t going to just take it and the people decided to fight back against the dealers. (2020)
He was cheered on an open-topped bus through Dublin. Then he was homeless and jobless. He swept floors and slept on a campbed in the National Stadium. He stole his passport to flee Cuba - had a lucky meeting with a Shaolin monk, who saved him – met three Mayomen, who helped keep him safe - and now he teaches yoga to prisoners. Some life. (2020)



Felix Gretarsson lost both his arms in a work accident in Iceland in 1998. In the years that followed, his life spiralled into an abyss as he lost his health, status, relationship and sense of identity. After turning his life around, Felix now lives in France, where he’s waiting to receive the world’s first full double arm transplant. (2020)
Conor Walsh was a minimalist piano composer from Co. Mayo, whose musical career was just beginning when he died suddenly of a heart attack in 2016 aged 36. Within days of his burial, Conor's sister found 37 unpublished tracks on his laptop, and so began his family’s journey to release his posthumous debut album, The Lucid. (2020)
The Long Run

The Long Run


In January every year in a small Norwegian town, a race starts. It’s one of the longest, toughest dog sled races in the world and it’s dominated by tough Nordic men. In 2019, someone different turns up at the start with her dogs. She’s a 5’1”, bespectacled, 35-year-old woman & she’s racing for Ireland. Heads are turned then the race starts. (2020)
And A Bit Off The Top

And A Bit Off The Top


Galway barber, Michael 'Chick' Gillen of Dominick Street is known as one of Galway's most famous characters. A man with a larger than life personality, an accomplished boxing trainer and barber. Two decades ago, we spent time with both Chick and his clientele as they talk their through the world of hair and life. (2000)
With These Hands

With These Hands


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. (2009)
In Tom Crean's Footsteps

In Tom Crean's Footsteps


In 1916, Tom Crean was part of one of the greatest stories ever told when he joined Ernest Shackleton's Expedition to the Antarctic. 100 years later, in October 2016, his Granddaughter Aileen, travelled thousands of miles to try and retrace her grandfathers footsteps. (2017)
What do you do when you're not practising Catholics but your daughter wants to make her First Communion? daughter Mairead is excited about making her First Communion with all her school friends. Mam Anne, is an Australian immigrant to Ireland and wants to understand why the celebration of First Communion is so popular in Ireland. (2014)
All around Ireland, people keep show chickens and with each one comes a dream, to become the next National Champion. This award winning documentary is a glimpse inside the wonderful world of Irish show chickens and their keepers, as producer Liam O'Brien, follows them in the run up to the 2012 National Poultry Competition. (2012)
As we bring the series to a close, what stories lie buried in Kieran Kelly’s home town of Rathdowney? Have we reached the end of the line? A new 6-part podcast series from RTÉ's Documentary On One in Ireland and Third Ear Productions in Denmark. Episode 6/6. (March 24th 2020). Released weekly.
As Kieran Kelly descended into a life of murder and violence, he displayed a number of sides to his character. But what were they, and what do they tell us about him? A new 6-part podcast series from RTÉ's Documentary On One in Ireland and Third Ear Productions in Denmark. Episode 5/6. (March 17th 2020). Released weekly.
The tape. In a smoke filled interview room in Clapham Police Station, Kieran Patrick Kelly confesses to multiple murders. Dates, times, locations. Should we believe everything he's saying? A new 6-part podcast series from RTÉ's Documentary On One in Ireland and Third Ear Productions in Denmark. Episode 4/6. (March 10th 2020). Released weekly.
Why do claims of the number of Kieran Patrick Kelly's past victims keep on rising? Fresh information is put to the test. A new 6-part podcast series from RTÉ's Documentary On One in Ireland and Third Ear Productions in Denmark. Episode 3/6. (March 3rd 2020). Released weekly.
In 2015, amidst claims by a retired police officer of mass murder and cover up, the British Police reopen the case files of Kieran Patrick Kelly. But is the new evidence to be trusted? A new 6-part podcast series from RTÉ’s Documentary On One in Ireland and Third Ear Productions in Denmark. Episode 2/6. (February 25th 2020) Released weekly.
A homeless Irishman is arrested on Clapham Common in London for stealing a wedding ring, only to murder another man in his police cell. When interviewed by police, he confesses to multiple murders. A new 6-part podcast series from RTÉ’s Documentary On One in Ireland and Third Ear Productions in Denmark. Episode 1/6, Feb 18th 2020. Released weekly.
In 1983 Kieran Patrick Kelly confessed to multiple murders. We enter a dark world where killer and victims mask their identities and where evidence is as hard to find, as it is to trust. A new 6 part true crime podcast from RTÉ in Ireland and Third Ear in Denmark. New episodes every Tuesday morning, beginning February 18th 2020.
Clouds in Harry's Coffee

Clouds in Harry's Coffee


During World War Two, 32 Irishmen spent five years in captivity at the Farge Concentration labour camp. They became known as "Hitler’s Irish slaves". In 2014, we joined the last survivor of that group, as he travelled back to Germany for one final visit. For over 60 years, Harry Callan suffered from recurring nightmares because of this era. (2014)
While George Bernard Shaw was busy working on his next play, he inherited property in Carlow. Now an accidental landlord, living in London - Shaw was receiving requests from tenants demanding financial support & repairs to his properties. News of his generosity traveled fast, with letters by him instructing his property manager to help. (1984)
On April 15th, 1941, German bomber planes began to bomb Belfast City during World War Two as part of their offensive on Britain. While Ireland remained neutral throughout the war, Taoiseach Eamonn De Valera puts its neutrality at risk by sending fireman from the Republic to help their northern brethern. (2011)
Comments (8)

P Gannon

Hooked! Fantastic work

Feb 25th

Sean Cody

A brilliant story accompanied by the perfect soundtrack. highly recommended

Oct 3rd


Fasinating story

Jun 26th

Gavin Gibson


May 14th

John Fowley

Great documentary.

Feb 27th

Linda Mcclean

found this podcast an hr ago & thoroughly enjoying the "does my bum look big in this" episode.

Jan 18th


big like

Jun 28th

John Allen

Hi your Documntarys are not up to date. Any chance of doing it. Thanks. John

Jan 2nd
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