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The Donkey: The forgotten hero of Kerry
In this 42 minute documentary produced by Joe McGill and Connie Broderick we examine the history of the donkey in Ireland. We look at the folklore and mythology of this fascinating creature and we’ll discover the role they played in rural life. We will hear the people of Kerry recall their memories of the donkey and we talk to people who still have donkeys today. Finally we’ll ask what does the future hold for this wonderful creature?
New Voices - Presented by Sari Houlihan
Return to Sender
‘Return to Sender’ is the story of the 1943 aircraft crash in the foothills of the Brandon Mountains in West Kerry in 1943.
The story of the documentary is based on a postcard that was on-board the aircraft which was later discovered by a local young girl Sheila Courtney (Mulcahy) and her father Jack. Sheila and her father were determined to deliver the postcard to the intended addressee and took it upon themselves to put it back together and forward the remnants of the postcard to the Mort family in Lanca
People discuss the things they keep that remind them of a special time. Produced by students of the Kerry ETB Diploma in Radio
500 Years of Harping in Kerry
JJ O`Shea explores the history of harp playing in Kerry in the company of Paul de Grae, Reidun Schlesinger, Kathleen Loughnane and Máire Ní Chathasaigh
The Seine Boat
Discover the history and tradition of the glorious Senie boat in Kerry. Produced by Joe McGill and Connie Broderick
Saltwater in my veins
Produced by Murt Mulcahy
The Cable Connection
What have a multi-Millionaire Entrepreneur of the 19th Century, The Knight of Kerry, two bothers involved in the 1916 rising, a Ballinskelligs man who rebelled against the landlords in 1887, all got in common? The answer lies in 'The Cable Connection' documentary produced by Radio Kerry’s Joe McGill and Connie Broderick. In this 52 minute Radio documentary you will hear about those people whose lives were shaped by the Transatlantic Cable Story and who also played their part in shaping the History of the Ca
St Patrick and the Woman in the Tavern
JJ O`Shea explores some of the folklore stories related to St. Patrick in the company of Ríonach Uí Ógáin, Padraig O’Héalaí and Salvador Ryan. Readings by Margaret O`Sullivan and Patrick O`Shea. Song by Joan Greene.
Hammer and Tongs
JJ O`Shea explores the story of industry in Killarney from the Bronze Age to the present day. Contributions from Conor Doolin, James O`Connor, Richard Hilliard and Michael Leane.
In Search of the Kerry Girls
JJ O`Shea explores the story of the Kerry orphan girls who participated in the Earl Grey Scheme during the Great Famine. The programme features contributions from Kay Caball, Trevor McLaughlin and Richard Reid together with several of the descendants of the Kerry Girls.
Song of the River
Sketches of The River Inny in words and music. JJ O`shea travels the River Inny in South Kerry in the company of botanist Dr. Therese Higgins and archaeologist Aoibheann Lambe. Original music for the programme is performed by Marc Eagleton, Reidun Schlesinger, Michel Meiffren, Sean Garvey and choral group Sionna.
Daniel O`Connell - Folk Hero
JJ O`Shea takes a look at the life and the folklore surrounding Daniel O`Connell with Rionach Ui Ogain, Paddy Bushe and Tim Dennehy. Readings by Hugh Jordan and Patrick O`Shea.
Ross Island: Killarney`s Mining Heritage
JJ O`Shea takes a look at the Bronze Age Copper Mines on Ross Island in Killarney in the company of archaeologist Prof William O`Brien and expert natural historian Cormac Foley.
Remembering Mary Keane
This programme, presented by Deirdre Walsh, pays tribute to the late Mary Keane
Before the Curtain Goes Up
Produced by Aine Brennan and narrated by Zach Buggy
William Melville - Eve of War
Henchmen productios, written by Fred O'Connor, produced by Daithi McMahon, directed by Fred O'Connor, production assistance Aisling O'Connor & Ian McArthur, sound engineer Liam Hurley, sound editing Daithi McMahon,
Seconds from the Starting Gun
Sports documentary, "Seconds from the Starting Gun" An intriguing insight into the history of Irish cycling, the Ras and the story of how Paudie Fitzgerald from Lispole was arrested at the 1956 Olympics. You'll be on the edge of your seat - not to be missed! Seconds from the Starting Gun - Produced by Murt Mulcahy
Four Women of Kerry
The story of four remarkable women who deserve to be better known and celebrated. The women are Sister Mary Francis Clare, better known as "The Nun of Kenmare," who was the first known pioneer for women`s rights in Ireland, Lady Albinia Broderick, a member of the British aristocracy who was also a staunch Republican, Katie Donnelly, the sole survivor of the Moving Bog Tragedy in which her family perished and Killarney native Jane McCarthy who was a hero of the French Resistance in Pars in the Second World W
Liam O'Neill: Portrait of an Artist
Liam O'Neill from West Kerry is one of Ireland's most celebrated artists. His work hangs in galleries and stately homes around the world and he has painted everybody from Bruce Springsteen to Seamus Heaney, from Samuel Beckett to Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh. In this bilingual Radio Kerry documentary Marian O'Flaherty pays Liam a visit in his studio in Dingle to look back at his life, his work and to take a journey on 'Bóithrín na Smaointe'
The Trip to the Skelligs
The Skellig Islands are set to feature in the upcoming movie in the Star Wars franchise which is released this December. But what of these mysterious islands themselves which lie off the coast of South Kerry, where monks settled in the sixth century and which are also recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Marian O'Flaherty visited Sceilig Mhíchíl and the Sceilig Beag to find out.
John Main and the Path to Silence
The story of John Main, a Benedictine monk with roots in Ballinskelligs, who uncovered an ancient form of silent prayer that he termed "Christian Meditation."
William Melville - The Queen's Detective
William Melville - The Queen's Detective by Daithi McMahon
The Silent Wounded
The Silent Wounded by Audrey Galvin
100 Years of Valentia Radio
Documentary exploring the 100 year history of Valentia Radio. Produced by Joe McGill and Connie Broderick.
In the years after 9/11 “Kingdom Rising” tells the story of the men from Kerry who worked in concrete, steel, carpentry and architecture to rebuild ground zero and the 9/11 memorial after the terrorist attacks.
The Kerry Way Episode 3
Join J.J. O`Shea as he explores the legends, poetry, flora and fauna of a dramatic segment of The Kerry Way.
Bon Secours - Outside Broadcast - 22nd September, 2014
Afternoon Show Outside Broadcast, live from the Bon Secours Hospital Tralee
The Kerry Way Episode 2
J.J. O`Shea continues his trek along the Kerry Way in the company of flora and fauna expert Darren Reidy. The two travel from Glencar to Glenbeigh and then on to Cahirciveen. Contributors include Paddy Bushe, John Sheehan and Hugh Jordan. This programme was funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland with the Television Licence Fee.
The Kerry Way
J.J. O`Shea and Darren Reidy walk from Killarney to Glencar in winter along the Kerry Way walking route noting the visible impact of the ice age on the valleys they pass. Poetry from Paddy Bushe, local folklore from the 1938 schools project read by David Osborne and information on some of the Archaeological sites near the route from John Sheehan complete the picture. This programme was funded by The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland with the Television Licence Fee.
The Robber's Den
"The Robber's Den", explores the story of the legend of Eoghan O'Sullivan, Kerry's very own "Robin Hood".
This documentary was produced by Muireann Ní Loingsigh with the support of Sound and Vision; a funding scheme of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.
J.J. O`Shea explores questions of identity and his relationship with Ireland and Irish culture with contributions from his family.
This programme was made with the support of the Broadcast Authority of Ireland
Batting for Kerry
A Documentary on the growth of Cricket in Kerry by Cleo Murphy
Produced by the Radio Kerry/FAS school of Broadcasting
Hero: The Story of Donal Walsh
The story of the inspiring teenager from Blennerville who spent his last few months of life campaigning against suicide. Donal, who spent four years fighting cancer, wanted people to realise that there is always help out there. To contact the Donal Walsh #Livelife Foundation, email [email protected] broadcast on Radio Kerry, December 29th, 2013. Produced by Treasa Murphy.
A Rare Breed
Documentary by Cleo Murphy: www.cleomurphy.com
The O’Kalems - A True Kerry Hollywood Story
On the May Bank Holiday, Radio Kerry brought you The O’Kalems - A True Kerry Hollywood Story – of how a New York film company made silent films in Beaufort between 1910 and 1915.
Produced and presented by Anna Curtin