We are delighted to have teamed up with our national radio broadcaster RTE to bring you deep into the archives of their multi award winning radio show Documentary On One.   Documentary On One has become one of Ireland’s leading radio shows for its eclectic mix of Irish stories about people, places and events.    

We will be bringing you a handpicked selection of some of these excellent radio documentaries on a variety of topics, which all make engaging listening. To listen to our latest offering from this vast archive from The RTE Documentary On One click into the highlighted section below. 

  • Message in a Bottle – RTE Documentary on One The extraordinary story of Frank and Breda, an American GI and an Irish milk maid who ‘met’ via a message in a bottle which Frank threw overboard. In the early 1950s this story was a worldwide news sensation. 60 years later we find out what really happened.   Frank and Breda are no longer with us, but ...
  • Death in Kerry: The story behind ‘The Field’ In 1959, Moss Moore, a wiry fifty year old bachelor farmer was found murdered in rural Kerry. After a ten-day search, his badly beaten body was recovered hidden in a ravine twenty yards from his cottage.  The community didn’t look far for a suspect.  Moore’s nearest neighbour Dan Foley, a tall burly ex-IRA fighter, was ...
  • On A Cape Clear Day What makes someone move to a rock in the ocean? Cape Clear Island, the most southerly inhabited part of Ireland, is home to Chuck and Nell Kruger, a couple who retired early and moved there over 20 years ago.
  • No One Shouted Stop – 40 Years on In 1968, writer John Healy published a work that made Charlestown, Co. Mayo famous: “No One Shouted Stop: Death of an Irish Town”. Ronan Kelly hears from customers and staff, like Lisa and Bernie (pictured). From behind the deli counter, Charlestown seems in rude economic health and the days of “No One Shouted Stop…” ...
  • The Book Club This podcast is a documentary about one of Ireland’s oldest book clubs. In rural Ireland in the 1970s, it was hugely challenging for women in domestic contexts to have an intellectual life. In 2012 book clubs are enormously and increasingly popular. But things were different in Ireland in the 1970s, when no one had heard of ...
  • Happy Saint Patrick’s Day A very happy Saint Patrick’s Day to one and all. For those if you who might have missed this remarkable documentary last year here is another chance to enjoy it. Recorded during Patrick’s week in New York with the city bedecked in green and preparations underway for the Fifth Avenue parade.. ...
  • Famine Girls Telling the story of four thousand Irish orphan girls sent to Australia after The Great Famine.
  • Mayday, Mayday A celebration of the first day of our summer in song, word and music – Produced by Gerry McCardle first broadcast 1st May 2002.
  • The Walsh-Cassidy’s at Lissadell House Recorded over a period of 18 months, this documentary tells the story behind the Lissadell dream – a dream, the family says, that is now dead.
  • Closing The Gaiety Cinema in Carrick-on-Shannon The story of the final night at the Gaiety Cinema in Carrick-On-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. In 1997 it was fully refurbished with new seating, a new screen and state of the art Dolby Surround sound. But it was never going to be that easy-and now its gone forever. The Gaiety Cinema was located at the centre of ...
  • Arctic Fox In this documentary from the Mooney Goes Wild team, ecologist and lecturer Eanna Ni Lamhna looks at the life of the Arctic Fox
  • This Place Speaks to me First broadcast in the year 2000, this week’s RTE Documentary on One selection looks at the Dublin musician and actor Don Baker and his time spent at Daingean Reformatory from 1963 to 1965.
  • In the Shadow of the New Forest In the shadow of the New Forest is a documentary about The New Forest Estate in County Galway and the people who lived and worked there.
  • Don’t go far… “Don’t go far…(your dinner’s nearly ready)” tells the story of a DART train ride that took friends Keith and Noel on an amazing adventure. Twenty five years on, Keith Byrne recalls the fascinating tale that started with the two young boys taking a train journey and ended thousands of miles away.
  • The Summer of the Moving Statues In the first of our featured podcasts from RTE’s Documentary on One we go back to the phenomenon of the moving statues that gripped the country at the time.
 RTE Documentary On One’s website can be accessed by clicking here.