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Multi award winning documentaries from Ireland telling real life stories. With over 1,800 documentaries on offer, the Documentary On One Podcast has the largest archive of documentaries available in the world, dating as far back as 1954, right up to the present day. Winner of over 340 national and international awards. Producer of podcast series 'GunPlot' and 'The Nobody Zone'. Immerse yourself in a world of sound, story and character.
 
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Charlotte Devlin and the Documentary On One team return to the remarkable story of Felix Gretarsson, with exclusive access to the Icelander who waited years to receive the world's first full double arm transplant in a groundbreaking operation in France in January of 2021. (2021) Narrated by Charlotte Devlin Produced by Charlotte Devlin & Tim Desmon…
 
"Most harmless and yet the most dangerous woman in America” is how Irish woman Mary Mallon was once described after she was identified as the first known asymptomatic carrier of typhoid fever in the US. Found to be a super spreader of the disease and quarantined for 26 years, her story became a legendary cautionary tale in the history of public hea…
 
In May of this year a Ryanair flight was grounded by two military jets in Belarus. The story behind this event involves a remarkable woman and brings us from the Belarusian capital, Minsk to Vilnius in Lithuania to Roscrea, County Tipperary in the South of Ireland. Her name is Sviatalana Tsikhanouskaya. (2021) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and …
 
Margaret Tynan was a healthy, active woman in her seventies, a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Then she was diagnosed with Motor Neuron Disease. She agreed to let her daughter record whatever was to come. The family rallied round to care for Margaret and keep her at home for as long as possible, despite the global Covid 19 pandemic. (2021) See…
 
When a Cork schoolgirl researched a 100-year old story about the local IRA and a British officer, she came across some remarkable information. He had been held hostage near her home, in 1921 and actually became friendly with his captors. In a letter, he told his wife he was caught while out sketching but that may not have been true. (2021) See acas…
 
Journalists Peter Taylor and Fergal Keane have both been awarded OBE’s for their services to journalism. Both also reported extensively from Northern Ireland during the troubles. And both have been indelibly shaped by their experience of reporting from there. Now, all these years later, Peter and Fergal are returning to Northern Ireland to share th…
 
How a balmy summer’s evening quickly turned into a nightmare for cousins Sara Feeney (23) and Ellen Glynn (17) after they were swept out to sea on paddleboards last August. A miraculous rescue that captured the attention of the country and story of endurance as Sara and Ellen survived 15 hours at sea. (2021) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and op…
 
The death of American millionaire Arthur Kingsley Porter seems to have been the first inquest in Ireland to be held without a body. Together with his wife Lucy, Arthur was an art expert and a university professor. Having become fascinated with Ireland, the Kingsley Porter’s bought Glenveagh castle in Donegal and built a simple cottage on the island…
 
When documentary-maker Chris Nikkel and his wife bought their little cottage in the Cooley Mountains in county Louth, they discovered that it had once been owned by a famous psychiatrist. Her name was Elisabeth Kubler-Ross and she revolutionized how we think about death and grief. (2021) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.…
 
(NEW 2021 SEASON) In 1982 the Irish International Rugby Team won the elusive triple crown - beating England, Scotland and Wales for the first time in over three decades. They were national heroes. But just months beforehand they had had to spirit themselves out of the country quietly amidst a storm of controversy. See acast.com/privacy for privacy …
 
Back in 2009, when this doc was first broadcast, Mayo footballers had lost 5 All Ireland finals since their last win in 1951. They’ve since lost another 5 All Ireland finals. Looking back at the previous c.60 years of hurt wasn’t easy. But that could all change in September 2021 when Mayo get another chance to finally find success after 69 years of…
 
An Irish Army Captain goes on holidays – a strange kind of holiday. To a city where he knows there is likely to be ‘trouble’. He arrives as a three-day street battle, now known as 'the Battle of the Bogside', begins. And it changes everything (Ep1/8). To continue listening to this series, please subscribe to the 'GunPlot' podcast feed (Available fr…
 
A homeless Irishman is arrested on Clapham Common in London for stealing a wedding ring, only to murder another man in his police cell. When interviewed by police, he confesses to multiple murders. A new 8-part podcast series from RTÉ’s Documentary On One in Ireland and Third Ear Productions in Denmark. Episode 1/8. (Originally released Feb 18th 20…
 
On November 21st 1920, British security forces stormed a Gaelic football match in Croke Park Dublin, killing 14 and wounding dozens more. 100 yrs later, Vincent Murphy sets out on a 100 mile cycle as he explores his Grand Uncle Gus McCarthy’s story as one of the Tipperary players involved in what became known as Bloody Sunday (2020) See acast.com/p…
 
Decades ago The Wallace Sisters, Sheila and Nora, ran a small newsagents in Cork city. While many bought their paper and tobacco there, few knew of the secrets it held as an IRA Brigade HQ during the War of Independence. These fearless sisters led a double life from intelligence gathering to spy handling and deciphering codes. (2020) See acast.com/…
 
In January every year in a small Norwegian town, a race starts. It’s one of the longest, toughest dog sled races in the world and it’s dominated by tough Nordic men. In 2019, someone different turns up at the start with her dogs. She’s a 5’1”, bespectacled, 35-year-old woman & she’s racing for Ireland. Heads are turned then the race starts. (2020) …
 
On November 22nd 1963, two shots were taken in Dallas, Texas. One was a gunshot, killing the President of The United States, John F. Kennedy. The other, was a camera shot which changed two families’ lives forever. Those families went their separate ways in life - until decades later, when they were about to have another date with destiny. (2020) Se…
 
In 1999, Sarah Mac Donald travelled to East Timor as a journalist undercover. Whilst violence erupted around her, Sarah became godmother to a little Timorese boy, Natalizio. But as the years went by, she lost touch with him and his family. 20 years after they last met, Sarah is returning to an independent Timor Leste, in search Natalizio. (2020) Se…
 
Part 2 of 2. As Derek Conlon finds out he’s been poisoned and dragged into a world of Russian espionage, he realises that’s just the start of his problems. With relations between UK and Moscow deteriorating, Derek escapes to a new life. But the nuclear poison Polonium-210 appears to have decided his fate. (Originally produced by Sky News Storycast)…
 
Ep 1 of 2. When ex-KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko was murdered in a nuclear poisoning in London in 2006, an Irish man got caught up in the crossfire. Derek Conlon accidentally drank from the same radioactive cup used to poison Litvinenko – dragging him into a Russian world of espionage, murder and deceit. (Originally produced by Sky News Storycast) S…
 
The amount of children being targeted by online predators is increasing every year. The strange man on the street used to be the person we warned our children about. Now, that stranger can be in your house, via an online device. We meet the people who police the internet, a survivor, and the Garda unit focused on stopping online child abuse. (2020)…
 
A pioneering adventure in overseas aid, when the Irish Red Cross assembled a 100-bed hospital and shipped it to bombed-out Normandy post-World War II. A group of young Irish doctors, nurses and support staff followed, bringing hope and healing to the shattered town of St-Lô as the survivors struggled to rebuild their lives among the ruins. (2020) S…
 
On a wet October Saturday over forty years ago a greyhound finished a race at Mullingar race track. The event was to turn Irish gambling upside down. Based in the small Irish towns of Listowel and Abbeyfeale, a quiet local betting coup in the days leading up the race saw bookies faced with paying out odds of almost a thousand to one. (2020) See aca…
 
Sam Millar’s life reads like pure fiction. After joining the IRA as a teenager, he spent years on the notorious blanket protest in Northern Ireland. He later admitted to taking part in a massive, seven million dollar armed robbery in the US before starting a new life as a writer of award winning crime novels. (2020) See acast.com/privacy for privac…
 
Helen Oxenham is getting a medal from the Queen of England – although Helen doesn’t have much time for the Queen. It’s for her work with victims of domestic violence in Australia. How did a woman, born in Cork and raised in Crumlin, Dublin end up there? Partly because of two men – both German – one she loved and one she came to despise. (2020) See …
 
Two 15-year old Dublin girls were mitching, drinking and shoplifting. Then they hear a group of handsome men singing - with shaved heads and saffron robes. Hare Krishnas. The girls decide to join them – for the men and the free food - but soon they are hooked on the strict life and become Hare Krishna nuns. But the dream sours. (2020) See acast.com…
 
Shane Healy has gone the distance in life. After spending years in an orphanage as a child, he travelled widely before hitch-hiking around the US, where he discovered he was a naturally talented athlete. It took more than that to get him to the 1996 Olympics where he ran for Ireland. Now after years away from the sport, Shane is back. (2020) See ac…
 
In 1972, a group of Irish protest riders gate crashed the Olympic Games road cycling race in Munich, Germany. They’d hatched a secret plan to scupper the official Irish Olympic cycling team. But events at the Games threw their own plans into chaos. Almost 50 years later a family is still trying to recapture a lost Olympic dream. (2020) See acast.co…
 
In 1981, heroin took hold of certain parts of Dublin. It changed everything for the communities it was affected by. The impact of addiction on the people there was devastating. But these communities weren’t going to just take it and the people decided to fight back against the dealers. (2020) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out informatio…
 
He was cheered on an open-topped bus through Dublin. Then he was homeless and jobless. He swept floors and slept on a campbed in the National Stadium. He stole his passport to flee Cuba - had a lucky meeting with a Shaolin monk, who saved him – met three Mayomen, who helped keep him safe - and now he teaches yoga to prisoners. Some life. (2020) See…
 
Felix Gretarsson lost both his arms in a work accident in Iceland in 1998. In the years that followed, his life spiralled into an abyss as he lost his health, status, relationship and sense of identity. After turning his life around, Felix now lives in France, where he’s waiting to receive the world’s first full double arm transplant. (2020) See ac…
 
Conor Walsh was a minimalist piano composer from Co. Mayo, whose musical career was just beginning when he died suddenly of a heart attack in 2016 aged 36. Within days of his burial, Conor's sister found 37 unpublished tracks on his laptop, and so began his family’s journey to release his posthumous debut album, The Lucid. (2020) See acast.com/priv…
 
In December 2016, Eileen Kenny lost a long battle with cancer. It was not the only battle that Eileen fought in the previous years. Dissatisfied with her treatment, and seeking answers, she had been through a struggle with both her treating doctor and the Irish Medical Council. A struggle that has left her family without closure. (2019) See acast.c…
 
In 1996, Gardaí deployed on UN peacekeeping duties in Cyprus saw two men killed. Unarmed, and caught up in the violence within the UN buffer zone, Garda Frank Flood witnessed both killings at close hand. Now, for the first time in almost a quarter-of-a-century, Frank is returning to Cyprus to revisit those events and find out more (2019) See acast.…
 
Thousands of Irish people live with HIV today. You can’t see it in their face. Many of them are living in the shadows, fearful of judgement. The numbers of people being diagnosed with HIV are higher than they have ever been. We meet four people affected by HIV and find out what it is really like to be HIV positive in Ireland today. (2019) See acast…
 
When an 81 year old woman, in good health, pitched an idea into us about death and dying, we had to find out more. So in early 2019, we began following Gray Cahill as she put a plan in place for when she dies. In planning ahead, she's also looking back over her life. As Gray says, “Dying is part of living, and living is part of dying.” (2019) See a…
 
Brendan Behan is one of Ireland's greatest writers. Some of his most important work was influenced by time he spent in Paris just after World War II where he mixed with some of the most important writers of the 20th century. In an interview never previously broadcast, Behan reveals the influence Paris had on him as a writer. (2019) See acast.com/pr…
 
Set in South Galway against the backdrop of one of the bloodiest months of the Irish War of Independence, th dramatic story the short life and tragic death of 24-year-old Eileen Quinn who was shot by uniformed men outside her home in 1920. Almost 100 years later Eileen’s grand-niece pieces together events from that fateful day (2019) See acast.com/…
 
The story of how a little bull from the west of Ireland made national & international headlines which soon became an online viral sensation. In 2014 Joe Kelly, a farmer in county Mayo bought Benjy the bull to breed with his herd of cows but Benjy had no interest with the cows and soon found himself in danger of life at the slaughterhouse. (2019) Se…
 
Amy Herron’s grandad was one of the most famous people in Ireland. He was Elephant-keeper at Dublin Zoo and entertained crowds with Sarah the elephant. Amy Herron finds out about the fun side of her grandad’s work but also learns about the treatment of elephants then that would not be tolerated now. (2019) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-…
 
Tess Murray never forgot her first love. She was a young teacher, engaged to Thomas McEver, a chemist who had moved to Dunmore Co. Galway as the Irish War of Independence was drawing to a close in the spring of 1921. But fate took a tragic turn one night when Thomas was abducted, brutally murdered and accused of being a spy. (2019) See acast.com/pr…
 
In August 1979, a massive Atlantic storm turned the Fastnet Yacht Race into the greatest yacht-racing disaster ever witnessed. In spite of the biggest peacetime rescue effort at sea, 21 people died, boats were dismasted, abandoned or sunk as the race became a fight to stay alive. On one of those boats was teenager John O'Donnell. (2019) See acast.c…
 
When Nan Delaney, from Co. Laois, died, her six children came across a small wooden box that she had kept private all her life. When they opened it, they discovered evidence of a time, in their family, when things were extremely stressful and frightening. In this documentary, the children recall that period with tears and laughter. (2019) See acast…
 
This is the near-unbelievable story of a man who, in the 1950s, tried to purchase the six counties of Northern Ireland and gift them to the Republic of Ireland. In 1914, West Limerick man John J Hanley left for New York to gentrify his persona into the 'Baron of Broadway'. He became hugely rich and focused on Irish reunification (2019) See acast.co…
 
The Irish soccer team’s 1982 tour of South America during the Falklands War was a farcical episode in Irish sport. 4 games, 3 defeats, 2 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 in the cigarette smoke and samba of Brazil’s 1982 World Cup Squad? (2019)…
 
In 1976 the Cork to Dublin mail train was robbed of £200,000. Cormac Breatnach’s brother Osgur was arrested for it, confessed and was jailed for 12 years. But there was a catch. He didn’t do it. The devastation of the injustice was enormous as Osgur’s family tried to come to terms with what had happened. Cormac turned to music. (2019) See acast.com…
 
Author Carlo Gébler, son of award-winning Irish writer Edna O’Brien, spent three decades teaching creative writing within the Northern Ireland prison system. Carlo was told that his job was not to teach, but to be a human being. Returning to Magilligan Prison, Carlo asks if he made any real difference to the prisoners he taught (2019) See acast.com…
 
In 1985, an unnamed female Garda was threatened with dismissal from An Garda Síochána. Following an internal Garda investigation, she was charged with having pre-marital sex with another Recruit Garda, and for having given birth to a baby outside of marraige. Majella Moynihan has remained silent for the past 34 years - until now. (2019) See acast.c…
 
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