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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 their letters and their respective children help tell a story that’s partly about friendship, possibly about deceit but absolutely involves bicycles.

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Narrated and Produced by Peter Mulryan

Production Supervision by Liam O’Brien

First broadcast: August 4th 2012 @2pm

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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 engaged in a long running and bitter dispute over the positioning of a fence. The friendship between the two men had by this stage disintegrated into a very bitter and public dispute with a court date set for the following month.

The police never prosecuted Foley. His family blame the police for not capturing the ‘real’ murderer. The community blame the police for not catching Foley.  Angry at no conviction, some locals took the law into their own hands, a boycott of Foley was organised and he was forced to live on the very margins of the mountain community. Twice rifles were fired on his home and once it was dynamited.  Foley died before his time five years later, not far from where Moss Moore’s body was recovered.

After his death, John B Keane wrote the play The Field, basing his central character “the Bull McCabe” on Foley. But Foley’s only living relatives now claim there is one major difference between fact and fiction: Dan Foley was not a murderer.

Compiled and presented by Ciaran Cassidy

Production Supervision by Peter Woods

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On A Cape Clear Day

This is Cape, as seen through the eyes of a blow-in called Chuck. A blow-in who never wants to blow-out. Cape Clear wouldn’t let him, or Nell for that matter.  Narrated and produced by David Young. Production Supervision by Liam O’Brien. First broadcast 3rd March 2012.

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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”.

The book chronicled and railed against the economic decline of his Mayo home town. For “Flux”, Ronan Kelly visits Charlestown and gets a snapshot of the place from behind the counter of the local Gala convenience store.  Kelly visits Charlestown and gets a snapshot of the place from behind the counter of the local Gala convenience store. The kind of shop unknown 40 years ago – it sells everything: breakfast rolls, petrol, coal, phone credit.

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…” are far behind. However, there are one or two who fear the days Healy wrote about will return.

Music used: Gemma Hayes, “Undercover”

First broadcast, March 2007

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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 them.

And so, when a dozen women met in 1974 in the West Cork countryside to talk about a book they’d read, their families wondered what it was they were up to – ‘you’re getting together to talk about a book?’ they asked, confused. But these women kept meeting, and kept reading and kept discussing, and they’ve been doing this for nearly forty years. This is their story.

The Literary Dozen are Patsy Devoy, Nan Fitzgerald, Leigh Hudgens, Pat Lewis, Shevaun McDonnell, Imelda Murphy, Gretta O’Regan, Mary Purcell, Eileen Sherrard, Sesca Tyrell, Deirdre Wall and Marcia Wrixon.

Narrated and produced by Jools Gilson.

Production supervision by Nicoline Greer.

Sound supervision by Anton Timoney.

First broadcast: June 9, 2012

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Happy Saint Patrick’s Day

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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..    For the residents of Woodlawn, on the outskirts of the city boundary, the streets and avenues always have an Irish theme with delis selling soda bread and bars showing the GAA matches from home. Of 122,000 Irish born residents of the United States, many of the elder New York residents live here within streets of each other, maintaining friendships, visiting their local Irish community centre, The Aisling.

Yvonne Judge brings us to Woodlawn during Saint Patrick’s week to meet a few of the elder residents who left Ireland in the 1950s as young men and women.   98 year old Joe Cunningham drives Yvonne around the Bronx in his Buick car, Joe’s wife Rose celebrates her 92nd birthday in the Aisling with cake and soda bread.  Martin O’Malley shows us around Gaelic Park, and listeners will meet Eileen Moran and Julia Doyle, best friends who have lived in the same apartment building for years.

This is the story of four witnesses to history; the adventures of leaving Ireland on ships, the friendships and matches, the Irish dancehalls and Saint Patrick’s Day in the city where it probably has most resonance; New York.

Produced by Yvonne Judge.

Sound supervision by Richard McCullough and Damien Chennelles.

First broadcast Thursday 17th March 2011.

Famine Girls

A documentary about four thousand Irish orphan girls sent to Australia after The Great Famine
Producer: Siobhan MacHugh

(First broadcast April 2001)

Music used:

A Stor Mo Chroí (Fintan Vallely)
A Stor Mo Chroí (Maire Ni Cheileachair)
Donnchadha Bán (Mairéad Ní Oistín)

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Mayday, Mayday

This month’s Documentary on One choice is a celebration of the first day of our summer in song, word and music.
It was produced by Gerry McCardle and first broadcast 1st May 2002.

 

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The Walsh-Cassidy’s at Lissadell House

In 2003, Edward Walsh and Constance Cassidy purchased Lissadell House, Co. Sligo as private property. Their vision was to transform the estate into a flagship for tourism in Sligo and the North West, and to provide a secure environment for their seven children. With that in mind, they set out restoring the house and gardens to their former glory. The end goal was to make Lissadell self-sustaining.   However, on 1st December 2008 Sligo County Council, without any notice, passed a resolution that the Council “amend the current County Development Plan to include in it a provision for the preservation of the public rights of way along routes through the Lissadell Estate” in accordance with section 14 of the Planning and Development Act 2000. The council chose the four main avenues in Lissadell, including the avenue running right in front of the doors of the house itself.

Legal action soon followed, and the trial began in the High Court in October 2009, and continued in January, February, March, April, May and June 2010. Judgment was delivered on 20th December, 2010 declaring the four main avenues public rights of way in daylight hours. On Feb 3rd, 2011 costs were awarded in the case. Because of the judgment, the Walsh-Cassidy’s insist that Lissadell is incapable of operating as a family home or tourist facility for reasons of security, insurance and maintenance.

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.

Produced by Ann Marie Power

First broadcast Saturday 12th February 2011.


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 the town of Carrick on Shannon at the intersection of Bridge street and Main street it was fully re furbished in 1997 to provide it’s patrons with comfortable new seating, a new screen, new decor, state of the art Dolby Surround sound, new scope and flat screen lenses.

Alas, it is no more……

Compiled and presented by Brian Leyden

Production Supervision by Lorelei Harris

First Broadcast in 2007