Documentary on OneThe Tattooed Irishman

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In 1829, James O’Connell’s ship sank off the coast of the Pacific island of Pohnpei. Making his way to shore, the Dubliner was welcomed by the island natives and treated as one of their own. That included a marriage to the leader’s daughter. And importantly, being the recipient of traditional tribal tattoos. Not wanting to stay on the island forever, James caught a passing ship some …

Documentary on OneThe Year General Franco Stole the Eurovision

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The year was 1968 and the UK was on track to win the Eurovision Song Contest for the second year in a row following the resounding success of “Puppet on a String”. After all, what could beat Cliff Richard and “Congratulations”? The Year General Franco Stole the Eurovision takes a look at the controversy surrounding Spain’s Eurovision win in 1968 and the rumours that General Franco rigged the contest. …

Being the Quietest Person in the room‘They say that you should never call someone ‘shy’. Kids, especially.’

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Pauline Dunne has always been quiet. Her radio documentary, “The Little Mouse in the Corner”, explores how the world treats quiet and introverted people. Pauline joined Ryan on The Ryan Tubridy Show to talk about the documentary. Pauline explained that this aspect of her personality has been a defining characteristic in her life. “I’m very quiet and that’s probably been the biggest defining feature about me. Like, through my …

Documentary On OneAn Unholy Trinity

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It’s February 1923. A baby is abandoned by a priest and his housekeeper in Dublin. One month later, a doctor is shot dead on a Leitrim street. These events are linked. Find out how in The Documentary On One: An Unholy Trinity. You can listen back online or podcast any of the 1,600+ Documentary On One productions available by downloading the DocOnOne mobile app to your iPhone, iPad or Android device. …

Documentary On One007 – The Irish Connection

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Film producer Kevin McClory read a series of books featuring a character called James Bond and decided the spy was a little boring. He co-wrote a script called Thunderball, taking Bond from the streets of London and depositing him in the Bahamas. Much to his surprise, Ian Fleming’s 9th Bond book was called Thunderball. McClory sued Fleming and won, going on to become the richest man in Ireland overnight upon producing the film …

Documentary On OneThe Orwell Wheeler

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30 years ago, Irish cyclist Stephen Roche’s family teased him that his trip to Paris to attempt the Tour de France would end in him taking a spin around the Eiffel Tower and returning home. He went on to win the three biggest cycling races in the world in a single season: The Tour de France, the Giro d’Italia and the World Championship – …

Documentary On OneThe Reindeer Santa Left Behind

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Last Christmas the Mulready family in Wexford had an unexpected visitor. Santa left one of his reindeer, Blitzen, with them until he was well enough to fly back to the North Pole. Blitzen hurt his hoof delivering presents to children last Christmas. Since reindeers use their hooves to fly, Santa decided the best place for him would be with the …