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 …

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 …

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 …

The Documentary on OneThe Man From Tallahassee

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The 1980s was a golden period for Irish basketball. It was the first time Ireland had professionals playing team sports, crowds were in their thousands at games up and down the country and the first ever shirt sponsorship deals were done. The success was due in part to the arrival of dozens of American professionals who played alongside the locals …

Majella Moynihan

Majella Moynihan“They thought they’d break me. They didn’t.”

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RTÉ Radio 1’s Documentary on One kicked-off a new season with The Case of Majella Moynihan last weekend. Within hours of airing, the story made headlines, began trending on social media and became a national talking point. This morning, the woman at the centre of the story joined Seán O’Rourke in studio to share her experience and her hopes for the …

Documentary on OneThe Last King of Ireland

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Patsy Dan Rodgers is the last King of Ireland. He’s ruled his remote North Atlantic fiefdom of Tory Island for more than 20 years and can trace an unbroken lineage back to Saint Colmcille who granted the title to an islander in the fifth century. Over the centuries led by their Kings – and in at least one case a …

Documentary on OneFinding Private Branch

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Dick Tynan couldn’t sleep. He was plagued by symptoms of anxiety and found it increasingly difficult to focus on the day-to-day of running a business. His furniture shop on the Dublin quays was doing fine. But he knew there was a problem. He needed to prove that the terrible thing he was remembering had actually happened. In Finding Private Branch, Dick Tynan’s daughter …

Documentary on One In Shame, Love, In Shame

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In 1946, in an act of defiance against the local clergy, a group of local men in Listowel, Co. Kerry force open the locked gates into the Parish Church. This action by the townspeople of Listowel never makes it into the newspapers, nor is it recorded anywhere else at the time. In fact, the incident has largely faded from the town’s …