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One Day / Lá dá Raibh

Equal parts radio play, poetry and music, One Day / Lá dá raibh combines words by Irish poet Louis de Paor with music by New York-based composer Dana Lyn. First broadcast: Sunday 14 March, 2021 on RTÉ lyric fm. Broadcast in English at 18:00. Broadcast in Irish at 18:30. Somewhere in the Venn diagram of […]

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The Inishlacken Project

First broadcast: Sunday 28 March 2021, 6 pm, in The Lyric Feature, RTÉ lyric fm In 1951 the Belfast artist James MacIntyre spent a summer on the tiny island of Inishlacken, just off the Galway coast, with fellow artists Gerard Dillon and George Campbell. Years later, he wrote a lively account of the mishaps, friendships […]

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No Egos No Divas: New Poets in Irish

Despite the fact that Irish is an endangered language, poetry in Irish is experiencing a remarkable resurgence. In No Egos No Divas: New Poets in Irish, on BBC Radio 4 on Sunday 28th July at 16:30, Louis de Paor meets young poets defying the odds. He meets Aifric Mac Aodha, co-editor of the bilingual anthology […]

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Undersong

The story of the Irish-born poet Lola Ridge. First broadcast as a Lyric Feature on RTÉ lyric fm on Sunday 8th September 2019. Re-broadcast Sunday 29th November 2020. When poet Lola Ridge died in 1941, the New York Times described her as one of the leading poets of America, but, until recent years, she has […]

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Home Thoughts

A one-hour programme which is part meditation, part performance, as poet Gerald Dawe and singer Eleanor Shanley explore the idea of ‘home’, with prose, poetry and songs from Belfast, Galway and Dublin. First broadcast as a Lyric Feature on Sunday 28th January 2018 on RTÉ lyric fm. Repeated on Sunday 30th December 2018. What makes a place […]

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Ducks Down

Primary School children of today try out games recorded 80 years ago in the Schools’ Folklore Collection in UCD. First broadcast on RTÉjr as 20 short features in Early Birds with Ray Cuddihy, starting on 22 October 2018. BACKGROUND In a revolutionary scheme initiated by the Irish Folklore Commission in 1937, tens of thousands of children […]

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What’s for homework, Miss?

In ‘What’s for homework, Miss?’ producer Claire Cunningham brings us the story of a remarkable project from the 1930s to collect folklore from all over Ireland. Created by the children of Ireland 80 years ago, and with the help of the children of today, this programme explores the wealth of stories in the Schools’ Folklore […]

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Victor Herbert, Son of Dublin

Victor Herbert, Son of Dublin tells the story of the life and work of the composer Victor Herbert, whose works dominated Broadway in the early years of the 20th century. First broadcast on Sunday 27th January 2019 on RTÉ lyric fm. Victor Herbert was of the most prolific and highly regarded composers of light classical […]

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Making the Grade

Making the Grade explores the history, people, music and stories of the local centre exams which have been held by the Royal Irish Academy of Music from small beginnings in 1894, when just a handful of students sat the exams, to today, when around 42,000 students a year aim for certificates in dozens of musical instruments […]

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The Sounds of Grief

The Sounds of Grief is a 40-minute documentary funded by the BAI’s Sound & Vision scheme telling the story of one of our most infamous and persistent traditions – caoineadh/keening – the Irish funeral cry. Presented by Traditional Arts researcher and Sound Art practitioner Michelle Collins, the programme features contributions from: James Wilce, author of Crying Shame; Emeritus […]