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The main weekly documentary slot on RTÉ Radio 1 and the biggest arena to which listeners can tune to hear documentary work by RTÉ and independent producers. The fare is eclectic and varies greatly from week to week: human interest stories, issues, ideas, historical events, biography, music and literature.

The main weekly documentary slot on RTÉ Radio 1 and the biggest arena to which listeners can tune to hear documentary work by RTÉ and independent producers. The fare is eclectic and varies greatly from week to week: human interest stories, issues, ideas, historical events, biography, music and literature.
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Dublin, Ireland

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RTE Ireland

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The main weekly documentary slot on RTÉ Radio 1 and the biggest arena to which listeners can tune to hear documentary work by RTÉ and independent producers. The fare is eclectic and varies greatly from week to week: human interest stories, issues, ideas, historical events, biography, music and literature.

Twitter:

@RTEdoconone

Language:

English

Contact:

RTE Radio 1 RTE Donnybrook, Dublin 4 01-2083111


Episodes

DocArchive (1996): In For The Feis

8/20/2019
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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)

Duration:00:42:08

There's Something About Elephants

8/16/2019
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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)

Duration:00:40:59

DocArchive (1992): Visiting The Last Century

8/13/2019
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'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)

Duration:00:39:15

Back To The Rock

8/9/2019
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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)

Duration:00:41:33

DocArchive (1976): Over To You Michael O'Hehir

8/6/2019
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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)

Duration:00:59:35

I Hope You Will Be Home Soon

8/2/2019
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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)

Duration:00:44:09

DocArchive (1984): Murder At Lubango

7/30/2019
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A profile of Marius Schoon, the anti-apartheid activist who served 12 years in prison for a futile effort to blow up a radio transmitter at a police station in Johannesburg in 1964. After his time in prison, he spent time in exile in Ireland. He survived a parcel bomb that killed his wife, Jeannette, and daughter, Katryn, in Angola. (1985)

Duration:00:44:30

Thomas and Tess

7/26/2019
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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)

Duration:00:40:08

DocArchive (1999): One Small Step

7/23/2019
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In 1999, on the 30th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar mission, Leo Enright recalls the moment the first humans walked on the moon on July 20th 1969. On landing Commander Armstrong said "Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed." (1999)

Duration:00:42:30

The Baron of Broadway

7/19/2019
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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)

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

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