Documentary on OneThe Baron of Broadway

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The near-unbelievable story of a man who, in the 1950s, tried to purchase the six counties of Northern Ireland and gift them back to the Republic of Ireland.  During the ‘Roaring Twenties’ in New York City, a young man, short in stature but round in girth, decided to gentrify his persona. He named himself The Baron of Broadway, a moniker …

Kate Mulgrew

Kate Mulgrew“I believe who I am in every way was defined by that decision.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Star of ‘Orange Is The New Black’ and ‘Star Trek: Voyager’, Kate Mulgrew spoke to Ryan about her complex relationship with her father and how it inspired her latest book ‘How To Forget: A Daughter’s Memoir’.

Apollo50“The whole space community has been preparing for this for at least a year.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Dr Niamh Shaw is an actor, artist-in-residence and space enthusiast, who’s currently experiencing what Ryan Tubridy described as her “spatial mardi gras”. Because, let’s face it, this is a great time to be a ‘space enthusiast’. On 17 July 1969, Apollo 11 was speeding towards the moon and celebrations that have been in preparation for a long time are building …

Documentary on OneCigarettes and Samba

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The Republic of Ireland soccer team’s 1982 tour of South America was one of the most farcical episodes in Irish sport. Travelling during the Falklands War, the team had four games, three defeats, and two cancellations. But how did half the squad end up being detained by armed police? And how did a carpet salesman from Limerick end up sitting …

Investigative journalist Irvin Muchnick“He is basically hiding in plain sight.”  

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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In 1993 a Supreme Court ruling determined that former Irish swimming coach George Gibney could not face trial on 27 counts of indecent assault and unlawful carnal knowledge, because of the time that had elapsed since those allegations were made. Not long after the judgement was handed down, George Gibney relocated to America, where he currently resides. Sports journalist and …

Documentary on OneThe Whistleblower

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In March 1976 the Dublin to Cork mail train was robbed near Sallins in County Kildare. Two hundred thousand pounds was taken, never to be recovered. Within days, five men had been arrested. After signing confessions, they were sent to jail for 12 years. It was a crime they had not committed. The men claimed they had been abused and …

Damien O'Connor, Brown Bag

Animator Damien O'Connor“If I go out there and work hard and do my best, things will come right.”

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Not to be wishing the summer away, but, before we know it the Leaving Cert results will be out. Every paper from The Irish Times to the Limerick Leader will have photos of beaming teenagers sporting a brace of A1s on the front page. TDs will take to Twitter to remind everyone that it’s not the be-all and end-all, and …

Poetry jukebox

The Poetry Jukebox“We are putting something gentle and beautiful into public space”

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A somewhat mysterious looking, periscope-shaped object has popped up in Dublin’s Docklands, just outside EPIC – The Irish Emigration Museum. What does it do? Who is it for? Why is it there? The word on the street is that it’s a Poetry Jukebox. The people behind the project joined Seán Rocks on Arena to tell him more. The Poetry Jukebox, …