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Radio Ulster brings together some of the best radio documentaries from UK and Irish broadcasters.

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Radio Ulster brings together some of the best radio documentaries from UK and Irish broadcasters.

    Troubles Shared - EpisodeTwo

    Troubles Shared - EpisodeTwo

    The journalists Peter Taylor and Fergal Keane have each been indelibly shaped by their experience of reporting on the Northern Ireland Troubles. Both witnessed the horror and pain of the conflict close up. Both would see the mixed fortunes brought by peace and reconciliation.

    Peter Taylor first arrived in Northern Ireland on the night of Bloody Sunday in 1972. A Yorkshire man with no family or personal connections to Ireland, he would go on to become one of the most distinguished journalists and broadcasters associated with the Troubles.

    Fergal Keane grew up in County Cork and first came to Belfast as an RTE reporter in the late 1980s. Keane's family past is deeply entwined with Ireland's history of armed insurrection, stretching back to the Irish War of Independence and Civil War.

    Now Peter Taylor and Fergal Keane are back in Northern Ireland to share their personal experiences of reporting on the troubles and ask what it all means now.

    In the concluding episode of this two part series, Keane and Taylor talk about the role played by key figures in helping to bring peace to Northern Ireland.

    Producer: Conor Garrett

    • 26 min
    Troubles Shared - Episode One

    Troubles Shared - Episode One

    The journalists Peter Taylor and Fergal Keane have each been indelibly shaped by their experience of reporting on the Northern Ireland Troubles. Both witnessed the horror and pain of the conflict close up. Both would see the mixed fortunes brought by peace and reconciliation.

    Peter Taylor first arrived in Northern Ireland on the night of Bloody Sunday in 1972. A Yorkshire man with no family or personal connections to Ireland, he would go on to become one of the most distinguished journalists and broadcasters associated with the Troubles.

    Fergal Keane grew up in County Cork and first came to Belfast as an RTE reporter in the late 1980s. Keane's family past is deeply entwined with Ireland's history of armed insurrection, stretching back to the Irish War of Independence and Civil War.

    Now Peter Taylor and Fergal Keane are back in Northern Ireland to share their personal experiences of reporting on the troubles and ask what it all means now.

    In the first episode of this two part series, Keane and Taylor begin a journey through Northern Ireland to revisit some of the key sites they associate with what happened and what they saw.

    Producer: Conor Garrett

    • 26 min
    The Sinking of the Jack Buchan

    The Sinking of the Jack Buchan

    Enda McClafferty meets the sole survivor of the 1958 fishing trawler tragedy that killed his great uncle and four others.

    • 26 min
    The Upsides of Lockdown

    The Upsides of Lockdown

    Conor Garrett knows he's one of the lucky ones. None of his family or friends have contracted Coronavirus so far and he hasn't had to spend the time in quarantine alone. But working from home while trying to home-school two young sons hasn't been without its challenges. Conor's dad is also seriously ill and his niece Imogen - a recent medicine graduate - is facing one of the biggest dilemmas of her life: whether to join the NHS frontline helping to tackle Covid-19. As Conor loses track of the days and runs out of odd-jobs, he tries to find the positives in these tough times.

    • 25 min
    Alone Together - Across Ireland

    Alone Together - Across Ireland

    From having your wedding cancelled, to closing the doors of your business, and being hospitalized to making a recovery - people across Ireland share how their lives have been impacted due to COVID-19, from 16th March to the present day.

    Featuring Patricia McGinnis, Richard McBride, Maura Sloan, Angie Tandon, Ed Canning, Niamh Ni Chonchuir, Órfhlaith Ní Chearnaigh, Ryan Gaston, Lenny White, Jessica Anderson, Michelle Gallen and Luke McCann.

    • 26 min
    Alone Together in China

    Alone Together in China

    People from Ireland share their experiences of being at the heart of the COVID-19 pandemic in China. We hear from those living and working in Wuhan and other cities, as well as getting the perspective from the NI Chinese community, as people talk of face masks, fear and hi-tech surveillance - but also of hope. The programme traces the emergence of COVID-19 in January, through China’s near total lock down and onto the first signs that the virus was receding. Did the Chinese government’s draconian measures make it possible to beat COVID-19 and are these something we could ever achieve here? And with the threat of a second wave of infection from people coming into the China from abroad, how are foreigners there being viewed? This programme tells a story that touches every nation on earth but from a uniquely local perspective.

    • 26 min

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