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.
This award-winning doc tells the story of Jenny Tyrell who was adopted in 1972. But, Jenny was almost 9 before she found out she was adopted. In this story, Jenny and her birth mother reunite and speak candidly about the hurt, the pain and the love.
Sgt. Sharon Duggan applied to join the Irish Army while she was in secondary school. She was part of a group of women who marched into history as the first female recruits to the Irish Defence Forces. She embarked on a lifelong ambition to serve in Lebanon as part of the UN peacekeeping forces. How did Sharon adapt to life in this war-torn country?
Martin McKenna’s career began in a hay barn in Limerick and ended up with three best-selling books about dog behaviour in Australia - he could not read or write but he would become known as 'The Dogman'. (2010)
Ireland is the perfect place to sail around, the course retains a magic all of its own for most sailors. However, when the ingredients include a modern ocean racing catamaran, extreme weather from gale to calm, and a diverse crew attempting to break the all-time around Ireland record - the outcome is captivating. Will they succeed? (1986)
Two Dublin children, with a knack for bunking off school and fare dodging, embark on an unbelievable adventure. On a warm summer's day in 1985, they hop on a Dart and skip out to Dun Laoghaire, nothing much to be doing there, so they sneak on the ferry for Holyhead and make it all the way to London Heathrow where they board a plane to NYC. (2011)
Descendants of the Choctaw people return to their homelands in Mississippi to honour their ancestors, who had their land thorn away from them and were driven ruthlessly into a wilderness. What long-term effects did these relocations have on the Choctaw's way of life and their traditions? How difficult was it to keep their culture alive? (1992)
A beautiful story. Forget your celebrity 'Strictly Come Dancing' - this is the real deal. A chance meeting in East London leads to an unlikely friendship through dance as 86yr old Bob teaches 28yr-year-old Katie to waltz. Gold Award Winner @ UK Sony awards
Forcibly driven from their homelands in Mississippi, the Choctaw Indians trekked 500 miles on a journey that was to be known as the Trail of Tears. We retrace their footsteps and look at the hardships the people endured en route, as many suffered from exposure, disease, and starvation, and great numbers died before reaching their destination.
During World War II, 32 Irishmen spent 5 years in captivity at the Farge Concentration labour camp. They became known as "Hitler’s Irish slaves". In April 2014, we joined the last survivor of that group, as he travelled back to Germany for one final visit. (2014)
Bedridden following a serious accident on the Canadian railroads, playwright, George Shiels, was inspired by Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Paralysed and back in his native Ballymoney, he started writing short stories and plays. His work caught the attention of The Abbey where he later became their leading comic writer.(1981)
Do you ever think much about your knees? Well, Taragh Loughrey-Grant didn’t - until one of them was being cut open…. Then she discovered that knees are worshipped and even appear in movies and songs. (2014)
Vintage cars of all shapes and sizes travelling at a speed of 10mph splutter and chug their way along the streets of London. Cheering crowds wave their flags while sipping on hot cups of tea. This is the longest-running motor event in the world and the largest gathering of veteran cars. Can the old-timers make the journey from London to Brighton?
The Bra turns 100 this year. From the Backless to the Bullet, the Demi-cup to the Push-up, the brassiere has evolved from a simple breast support to a symbol of desire. We unclasp the story of the bra in Ireland, and caress our way through its history.
The indistinguishable voice of Leo Maguire, the host of RTÉ Radio's Walton's Programme which stayed on the airwaves for almost 30 years until its cancellation in 1981. Born in Dublin's inner city in 1903, Magure was a prolific composer writing over 100 songs including, "The Dublin Saunter" and his most famous hit, "The Whistling Gypsy". (1981)
A documentary by former world champion Bernard Dunne about Michael Gomez – the controversial bad boy of Irish boxing and a night in the national stadium when something strange and inexplicable happened - something never before seen in an Irish ring? (2014)