Documentary on One - RTÉ Documentaries
Summary: Multi award winning documentaries from Ireland. With almost 1,000 documentaries on offer it has the largest archive of documentaries available anywhere. The productions are radio stories about real life and contain productions dating as far back as 1954. A wealth of life, ideas, experiences, events and perspectives is on offer - but most importantly - stories. Download the Documentary on One iphone app from the App store.
JG Farrell - the 2 time Booker winning author moved to West Cork in March 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 JG Farrell.
Senator Joseph McCarthy became synonymous with anti-communist persecution and paranoia in the United States in the 1950’s.This first of two documentaries explains the rise in power of the senator from Wisconsin. McCarthyism has since been defined as “the practice of making accusations of subversion or treason without proper regard for evidence”
Five years ago, on the tenth anniversary of the Saipan sporting controversy Irish people still felt as divided as they did back in 2002. They were finding it very hard to get over it ! (2012)
It is thought that cidermaking in Ireland stretches back 2000 years, the religious orders were instrumental in its early production. In the 19th century, cidermaking became a business of some importance, although the industry suffered a decline following the two world wars. In 1949, the cider factory in Clonmel shared its brewing secrets.
One day three people in different parts of the world went online, the meet in a chat room, they talk with each other, it will change their lives forever. (2013)
Ballroom dancing enjoyed a revival during the 1980s in dancehalls all over the country, especially in the west. People flocked to their local community halls to listen to music which brought back memories of youth and past romances. Might they find new love on the dancefloor?
In 1968, Cliff Richard, the favourite to win the Eurovision Song Contest was pipped to the post by Spanish singer, 20-year-old Massiel. The rumour mill went into overdrive with accusations that General Franco rigged the competition. Why would the Spanish dictator be interested in interfering in a song contest? (2014)
The island of Arranmore is one of the largest inhabited islands off the coast of Donegal. The winters are long and the wild ocean cuts the islanders off from the mainland. Community is vital to the island's survival; local people meet to sing songs, tell stories, watch television and play bingo. But is this enough for the younger generation?
Irish man Michael Keogh claims to have saved Hitler's life before he became 'Führer'. Could a Carlow man, who left home at 16 and lived a life of pseudonyms, disguise, conspiracy, and war, have had such an impact on modern history?
The 12th of December 1955, the opera house in Cork was destroyed by fire. The destruction of the Old Opera house affected the people on an emotional level. The burning is equivocated in the minds of Cork people with that of the assassination of John F Kennedy - everyone remembers where they were on that wet and stormy winter's night.
2014 was Mount Everest darkest year. In April of this year, Irishman Paul Devaney was approaching Base Camp as the biggest tragedy to hit the legendary mountain struck.
The Fastnet biennial race challenges the most experienced sailors as the unpredictable weather means it is one of the most dangerous races in the world. The 1981 race has an air of trepidation as the last time it took place, in 1979, 15 sailors died in what became known as one of the biggest ocean disasters in history.
On Apr 15th 1941, Germany rained down bombs on Belfast - part of their WW2 offensive on Britain. The hidden story of that night is how the Republic of Ireland put its neutrality at risk by sending its firemen to help their northern brethern.
What are the chances of striking gold in your own backyard? What if your discovery turns out to be priceless? In 1979, Michael Webb and his son, also named Michael, unearthed a treasure hoard on an ancient monastic site in Tipperary that included the Derrynaflan Chalice. Who is entitled to this priceless find, the state or the person who found it?
Four people tried to assassinate Italian fascist dictator Benito Mussolini. Only one person ever came close - her name was Violet Gibson and she was Irish. Violet spend the rest of her life in mental institutions, forgotten by society and by history. (2014)