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Multi award winning documentaries from Ireland. With over 1,700 documentaries on offer, the Documentary On One 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 150 national and international awards since 2008, why not immerse yourself in a world of sound, story and character.
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Since the first Feis Ceoil of 1897, students and musicians from across Ireland and beyond have entered the annual music Feis Ceoil competition. James Joyce won the Bronze Medal in the Tenor Competition but left the stage as he did not agree with the stipulation that competitors had to do some sight-reading. (1996)
Amy Herron’s grandad was one of the most famous people in Ireland. He was Elephant-keeper at Dublin Zoo and entertained crowds with Sarah the elephant. Amy Herron finds out about the fun side of her grandad’s work but also learns about the treatment of elephants then that would not be tolerated now. (2019)
'There isn't much to do here but sleep the time away', the words of one doctor in a Dublin Mental Hospital, as Producer Bill Meek gets a tour of the Central Mental Hospital in Dundrum in 1992. In this documentary we hear of the isolation, treatments and recovery patients experience over their time there. (1992)
Back To The Rock

Back To The Rock

2019-08-0900:41:393

In August 1979, a massive Atlantic storm turned the Fastnet Yacht Race into the greatest yacht-racing disaster ever witnessed. In spite of the biggest peacetime rescue effort at sea, 21 people died, boats were dismasted, abandoned or sunk as the race became a fight to stay alive. On one of those boats was teenager John O'Donnell. (2019)
Michael O'Hehir, renowned for his sports commentaries on GAA matches and horse racing, became the voice of Irish sport for six decades. At the age of just 18, he applied to be a commentator with Radio Éireann. Shortly after, he made his first of many broadcasts from Croke Park in Dublin. (1976)
I Hope You Will Be Home Soon

I Hope You Will Be Home Soon

2019-08-0200:44:153

When Nan Delaney, from Co. Laois, died, her six children came across a small wooden box that she had kept private all her life. When they opened it, they discovered evidence of a time, in their family, when things were extremely stressful and frightening. In this documentary, the children recall that period with tears and laughter. (2019)
Thomas and Tess

Thomas and Tess

2019-07-2600:40:13

Tess Murray never forgot her first love. She was a young teacher, engaged to Thomas McEver, a chemist who had moved to Dunmore Co. Galway as the Irish War of Independence was drawing to a close in the spring of 1921. But fate took a tragic turn one night when Thomas was abducted, brutally murdered and accused of being a spy. (2019)
The Baron of Broadway

The Baron of Broadway

2019-07-1900:43:321

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. 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 (2019)
Cigarettes and Samba

Cigarettes and Samba

2019-07-1200:41:531

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)
The Whistleblower

The Whistleblower

2019-07-0500:38:232

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)
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Lorr

Fasinating story

Jun 26th
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Gavin Gibson

3

May 14th
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John Fowley

Great documentary.

Feb 27th
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Linda Mcclean

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

Jan 18th
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luk

big like

Jun 28th
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