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.
An Exclusive - Recorded over the last year, this is the incredible story which began last Christmas Eve just as Santa arrived into Ireland and Blitzen, one of his reindeers got badly injured.
Douamour climbs into a small fishing boat to travel across the open sea to the Island of Mayotte - a lesser-known Southern border of the EU. The stretch of water around Mayotte has been described as "the widest cemetery in the world" – thousands have died when their boats capsized. Why is Douamour making this treacherous journey? (2017)
A journey through the boroughs of London city meeting Irish people who left their home to seek fortune in this bright and fast-moving metropolitan. London offers many young Irish a life of opportunity and adventure. But, at this time of year, the city can be a lonely place for those who cannot make it back home for Christmas. (1985)
Niamh has decided to turn over a new leaf for Christmas: she has decided to give up shoplifting. This time of year, it's no easy task - the festive season turns a tidy profit. Niamh wants to go straight for her grandson. She wants him to know her, not as someone with a "five-finger discount” but instead as a local Facebook celebrity and a poet.
Pádraig Ó Caoimh is regarded as one of the most influential fiddle players of all time and the greatest in the Sliabh Luachra style. Born in 1887 in Gleantán, he was the eldest of 8 children from a musical family. A music master, he passed his skills to many pupils and his influence on traditional music can be heard everywhere today. (1980)
Being a shy person is often seen as something that you will overcome as you get older. Many introverts feel that there is something wrong with them. Being an introvert is perfectly normal and defining it as something you lack doesn't seem fair. Pauline Dunne decided to challenge the common perceptions. Think you know introverts, think again!
Sendero Luminoso take their name from Peru's first prominent Marxist, José Carlos Mariátegui, who said that Marxism will open the shining path to revolution. That path has been tarnished by their brutal campaign. Throughout the 1980s Peru's long-suffering people were caught between the violence of the Sendero and terror by the state. (1993)
In August of 2006 a small group of anti-war demonstrators from Derry in Northern Ireland took on the might of a multi-billion dollar US defence and weapons contractor with ties to some of the most powerful countries in the world. The protesters faced serious consequences for their actions (2017).
A treasure of recordings found in producer, Bill Meek's attic. Untouched for over three decades, they tell the story of the Civil Rights Movement in America's Deep South. Journeying from heartland of bluegrass to the heart of the blues to find out more about the injustices and brutality that people suffered as they fought for equal rights.(2001)
Fr. Pat Noise died when his carriage plunged into the Liffey in 1919. His death is commemorated by a plaque on O'Connell Bridge, installed without permission by a mysterious group. This was also where the Millennium Clock was lowered into the Liffey before disappearing after a few months. Was it coincidental that both events happened at this spot?
The experiences of Irish immigrants living and working in London are dramatised in this documentary. Arriving in London with nothing but the clothes on their back, sleeping rough in Victoria Station, wandering the streets as they struggle to get work, robbing to feed themselves, and drinking their sorrows away. (1988)
In 1836, Dubliner James F O’Connell published a book which told of his incredible life story. Shipwrecked on the remote Pacific Island of Pohnpei, he was forcibly tattooed about the body by natives. Eventually escaping, he landed in New York and quickly gained fame. O’Connell is fêted as the first man to publicly display tattoos in America (2017)
Accrington, like a thousand towns across Europe, enjoyed the flaming summer of 1914, but life in the East Lancashire town was not one of contentment. The boom time was coming to an end and the Great War offered young men an escape from the daily drudgery and the chance of an adventure. Sadly, many would never return home. (1998)
When Frank Stagg died he had three funerals, not only that, he had two graves and three headstones. That's because when Frank Stagg died in 1976 there was a sort of tug of war over his body between the Irish Government and supporters of the Provisional IRA. Where was Frank Stagg's final resting place? (2017)
Tallymen have a passion for politics and most would have been canvassing in the run-up to this election. But today, the Tallymen are centre stage, it is all about compiling the data to make early predictions. This election is hard to call with Sinn Féin tipped to win and Fianna Fáil doing badly in the polls. Can they handle the pressure? (2002)