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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 'Tiger Roll, The People's Horse', 'GunPlot' and 'The Nobody Zone'. Immerse yourself in a world of sound, story and character.
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Documentary on One Podcast RTÉ

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.4 • 124 Ratings

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 'Tiger Roll, The People's Horse', 'GunPlot' and 'The Nobody Zone'. Immerse yourself in a world of sound, story and character.
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    An Unholy Trinity

    An Unholy Trinity

    A Civil War Story. Exactly 100 years ago, in February 1923, a baby girl is abandoned on a doorstep in Dublin. A priest and his housekeeper seen acting suspiciously are handed over to the police. One month later, a young doctor is murdered, shot dead on the streets of a small town in county Leitrim. Are the two incidents connected? Was there a conspiracy of Church, State and Irish Rebel forces determined to cover up a scandal? A murder case was investigated by the authorities at the time, but has remained unsolved, until now... Narrated and produced by Tim Desmond with additional research by Ken Boyle.
    The documentary (first broadcast in 2017) is now a best selling book - The Murder of Doctor Muldoon - by Ken Boyle and Tim Desmond. Published by Mercier press and available to purchase at this link: 
    https://www.mercierpress.ie/irish-books/the-murder-of-dr-muldoon/

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    • 45 min
    Blackrock Boys

    Blackrock Boys

    From the ages of 12 to 17, two brothers, Mark and David Ryan, were both repeatedly sexually abused in Blackrock College in South County Dublin. Their abusers were from the Spiritan community at the school. Several court cases ensued as David and Mark fought for justice. Now grown men, David and Mark are ready to publicly tell their story for the first time. (2022) If you’ve been affected by any of the issues raised in this podcast, please visit www.rte.ie/support for helpline contact details. The Spiritans have asked that, should you wish to raise a concern to contact liam.lally@spiritanplt.ie head of their Safeguarding Office. Credits: Narrated and produced by Liam O’Brien. Executive producers were Seán Mac Giolla Phádraig and David Nally. Legal advice from Deirdre Ann Kelly and Eleanor Bleahene with further production assistance from the wider RTÉ Documentary On One team.


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    • 55 min
    Miss Folan's Last Wish

    Miss Folan's Last Wish

    Mary Folan, long emigrated to America, made a dying wish to be buried back home on her native island of Inis Meáin. But after Mary’s death, the unthinkable happened when an attempt was made to transfer her coffin from Shannon airport to the Aran island in a cargo sling attached underneath a helicopter. And that was only the start of things to come… (2022) Narrated and produced by Sarah Blake and Treasa Bhreathnach. Mix engineering by Peadar Carney. Readings by Karl Quinn and Roger Gregg. 
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    • 52 min
    Minding Mary - Has Ireland forgotten Carrickmines?

    Minding Mary - Has Ireland forgotten Carrickmines?

    A devastating fire at a halting site in South County Dublin on October 10th 2015 led to multiple members of three families losing their lives. We delve into the events of that night and travel to Bray, Co. Wicklow and to Carrickmines where, for the first time, all the families involved and some of those who tried to help speak about what happened. (2022) Narrated by Lisa-Marie Berry. Produced Lisa-Marie and Ronan Kelly. If you’ve been affected by any of the issues raised in this podcast, please visit www.rte.ie/support for helpline contact details. 
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    • 39 min
    Girl at the GPO

    Girl at the GPO

    In 2013, an upset and distressed young girl was found wandering in Dublin. In need of help, members of An Garda Síochána - the Irish police - brought her to the children's hospital. When they began speaking with her, she didn't talk but did draw pictures suggesting she was in serious trouble. What followed was one of the most unusual Garda investigations ever seen, and it became a global news story. The answers to that investigation lay with a woman named Samantha Azzopardi. Fast forward almost 10 years, and the girl at the GPO is still making headlines... (2022) Narrated by Áine Lawlor. Recorded and produced by Tim Desmond, Sharon Davis and Nicoline Greer. Production assistance from Liam O'Brien, Daemon Fairless, Ashley Mak and Eunice Kim. Original music soundtrack composed by Paddy Flynn. If you have any information or knowledge of Samantha Azzopardi or have been affected by her actions in any way please email us documentaries@rte.ie  


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    • 50 min
    Spike Island - Spontaneous Madness

    Spike Island - Spontaneous Madness

    In September 1985, a riot erupted on Spike Island Prison in Cork Harbour. The island fort had been turned into a prison for 'joyriders', but within months, they rebelled against the regime and set the prison on fire. During that chaotic night there were reports that prisoners who had escaped found they couldn’t get off the island and had to break back into the prison they had just escaped from. The Army was sent for and then sent away again. Civilian islanders were taken hostage by prisoners but then protected by them. So what really went on - and why? (2022) Narrated by Peter Mulryan. Produced by Peter Mulryan and Ronan Kelly.
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    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
124 Ratings

124 Ratings

anitanwright ,

Stories from an Ireland that no longer exists

I love listening to this podcast, especially the stories from pre-Celtic Tiger Ireland. It’s astonishing to me that as recently as the early ‘90s, Ireland was very much a different place to what we know now. These stories provide an insight into a world that, as an American, didn’t exist for me while I was growing up. Thank you for sharing and for allowing so many people to tell their stories.

Dagda9 ,

Love this podcast

A great podcast. No glimmer or softening but tells you about a significant period in Irish history. Very non partial to either side.

Bitsie62442 ,

This American Life meets Ireland

Less whimsy but more a vivid and lush snapshot of an Irish event or situation. It feels like being transported to that time. It’s special, give it a go.

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