Documentary

Players of the Faithful

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Players of the Faithful is the story of the 1982 Offaly team that famously ended Kerry’s bid to become the first county to win five All Ireland football titles in a row.

That day, Mick O’Dwyer’s great Kerry team ran out of the Croker tunnel with immortality within their grasp. All the while, the men from […]

Joe Brolly – A Perfect Match

A year ago, Ireland’s most controversial sports pundit, Joe Brolly, donated a kidney to a man he hardly knew.
It was an astonishing act of kindness.
Shane Finnegan – a Belfast based PR executive and father of three – was seriously ill with renal failure.
Both men hoped that the transplant would be the end of a long […]

Micko

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For a small country, Ireland has been blessed with some of the world’s best sports people and some of the world’s best sports stories.
But there are few greater than Mick O’Dwyer – a national treasure and the most successful manager in the history of Gaelic Football. Harvesting previously untold tales, this natural storyteller brings the viewer on a […]

A Parting Gift

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Every year in Ireland, about 120 people donate their bodies to medical science and education. Unlike organ donation, the person decides to gift their entire corpse to one of Ireland’s six medical schools; becoming ‘silent teachers’ after death.
In the Anatomy Department at Trinity College Dublin, the Body Donation programme is overseen by Joint Chief Technical […]

All Ireland Day: The Hurling Final

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The All Ireland hurling final is a sporting occasion unlike any other. It takes narratives of Irish history, folklore and culture and plays them out in Croke Park in front of the world. It’s a day when the people of Ireland come together regardless of county colours, where the shared occasion becomes as important as […]

All Ireland Day

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Each year, wherever green is worn, Irish people gather on the third Sunday in September for a real celebration of sport. Kitchen radios and sitting room televisions across the world tune into events in Croke Park regardless of county allegiance. It’s not only a day for the two finalists, it’s a day for all to […]

Rugby’s Wheelchair Challenge

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Rugby’s Wheelchair Challenge asks some of Ireland’s top rugby players to sit into a wheelchair and experience first-hand the everyday experiences, frustrations and challenges of being physically disabled in Ireland.

Four rugby heroes will be asked to make their way from Dublin’s Aviva Stadium to Limerick’s Thomand Park while confined to a wheelchair. Irish vice-captain Jamie […]

The Sound Barrier

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Filmed over nine months, The Sound Barrier follows a number of people who have made the decision to receive a cochlear implant and captures their individual remarkable journeys from silence to sound.

The ability to hear is something that most people take for granted. While for some deafness is a cherished identity, for others it’s a […]

Guess Who’s Dead

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Ardal O’Hanlon travels Ireland trying to figure out what is behind our national obsession with death notices and going to funerals.

Ireland has an obsession with death notices: in the newspaper, on local radio, or online. It’s a uniquely ingrained cultural hunger for the bare facts of a death – a social roadmap for our public […]

The Festivals

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Horse-racing runs deep in the Irish psyche. It’s a sport. An industry. A way of life. But it’s also an excuse for fun, and fashion, and for communities to celebrate themselves, especially during the big annual festivals. In this series, we look at four such festivals: each a local showcase and a milestone in the […]

(Return of) The Rod Squad

In 2003, the four-part documentary series The Rod Squad followed the adventures of Irish football manager Roddy Collins at the helm of English club, Carlisle United. The story ended in tears but the documentary series was warmly received and won an IFTA award later that year.

Ten years later, the sequel was finally filmed, as Return […]

Pride of the Parish

To celebrate 125 years of the GAA Pride of the Parish a six part documentary series, offers snap shots of six very different clubs and and the local passions that keep Gaelic Games alight. It captures the essence of the Association’s unique place within every community in the country.

Heart of the Matter

The Heart Of The Matter is a one-hour documentary presented by George Lee which tells a startling new story about cardiovascular disease – Ireland’s biggest killer.

At the centre of the documentary is one of Ireland’s most successful entrepreneurs – David Bobbett.

A global entrepreneur, he is the majority shareholder in H&K International, a manufacturing business that […]

Galvinised

Twelve months is a long time in sport. And a very long time in the life of Paul Galvin, the most controversial, enigmatic and divisive personality in Gaelic Games.
Loved and loathed in equal measure, he was crowned Player of the Year last October – a prestigious honour that acclaimed his outstanding contribution as Kerry cruised […]

Ar An Oileán

Everyone in Ireland says they live on an island. But for the people of Cape Clear and Inis Meáin, this claim has a very different meaning.
RTÉ’s new four part series, Ar an Oileán, which begins on Monday the 12th of November at 7.30pm on RTÉ One, will explore as Gaeilge what it means to live […]