The Documentary on OneThe Undetectables

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You can’t see HIV in someone’s face. But thousands of Irish people live with HIV today. Many of them are living in the shadows, hiding their HIV status, fearful of judgement from society. In The Undetectables, we meet four people affected by HIV – two women and two men. The numbers of people diagnosed with HIV in Ireland last year …

Documentary on OneDeath: Don’t Leave It To The Last Minute

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Gray Cahill emailed an idea to the Documentary On One last year  “Why don’t you make a documentary on how I am preparing for my death?” she wrote. Gray is not dying, although she’s 81 years of age, she’s healthy and hopes her demise is far, far away. But she’s been prompted to act by a visit to her GP.  She mentioned …

The Documentary on OneBrendan Behan in Paris

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This documentary reveals new audio archive and interview material on Brendan Behan’s time in Paris during the late 1940s and early ‘50s, including an interview with the writer that has never been previously broadcast. Behan reveals the influence Paris had on him as a writer and the opportunity it gave him to develop his work. The significance of Behan’s years …

Documentary on OneBenjy the Little Gay Bull

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In autumn 2014 a small article appeared in a provincial newspaper. It was about a farm in county Mayo and a little Charolais bull who was not performing as he should. Near the town of Kiltimagh, farmer Joe Kelly’s expensive new breeding bull was ignoring the herd of beautiful cows and was instead cavorting in the fields with a younger …

Documentary on OneReprisals

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Where may new-married women sit And suckle children now? Armed Men may murder them in passing by Nor law nor parliament take heed. Then close your ears with dust and lie Among the other cheated dead. from Reprisals by WB Yeats   November 1920 and Ireland is a dangerous place. It is the second year of the War of Independence, …

There's Something About Elephants

Documentary on OneThere’s Something About Elephants

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Amy Herron learns about her grandfather’s work as an elephant-keeper at Dublin Zoo. She finds out why he became a ‘superstar’ and how, ultimately, his job became unpopular and controversial. She also discovers what may have motivated him in his work.

Nan Delaney's children.

Documentary on OneI Hope You Will Be Home Soon

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Nan Delaney was born in Portlaoise in 1916 and travelled to Manchester as a teenager with her sisters for work. A childhood illness meant that her lungs were weak and her ill-health meant that she had to return home.  She married Johnnie in Clonad, Portlaoise in 1944 and together they had eight children. Clonad is a small townland that is now …

The Documentary on OneThomas and Tess

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The early 1920s in Ireland was a time gripped by violence and uncertainty. The War of Independence witnessed some of the worst acts of savagery this land has ever seen, but by May of 1921, the conflict with Britain was drawing to a close. The Documentary On One: Thomas And Tess focuses on one horrific violent incident on May 20th,1921 …