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Undersong

Undersong tells the story of the Irish-born poet Lola Ridge. First broadcast as a Lyric Feature on RTÉ lyric fm on Sunday 8th September 2019. 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 been largely forgotten. […]

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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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Victor Herbert, Son of Dublin

Broadcast on Sunday 27th January 2019 on RTÉ lyric fm. This programme won silver at the 2019 New York Festivals Radio Awards in the ‘biography/profiles’ category. 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 […]

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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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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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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. Broadcast as a Lyric Feature on Sunday 28th January 2018 on RTÉ lyric fm. Repeated on Sunday 30th December 2018. What makes a place a […]

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Home, Againe

In the Lyric Feature on RTÉ lyric fm broadcasted at 6 pm on Sunday 9th December 2018, poet John McAuliffe explores the legacy of the Elizabethan poet Edmund Spenser and the influence of Spenser’s work on his own poetry. A few years ago, John wrote a sequence of poems about a journey from England, where […]

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When the War is Over

When the War is Over – first broadcast on Friday 23 June 2017 at 7 pm on RTÉ lyric fm. Repeated on 22 November 2017. Listen to the programme on the RTÉ lyric fm soundcloud account: https://soundcloud.com/the-lyric-feature/when-the-war-is-over When the War is Over tells the story of the life and poetry of Francis Ledwidge, from his childhood […]

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Crystalline

Rockfinch produced a 40-minute documentary funded by the BAI’s Sound & Vision scheme telling the story of two extraordinary journeys undertaken by artist Siobhan McDonald: a physical journey to the Arctic circle; and a creative journey as she uses the images, sounds, samples and experiences gathered on her trip to create new artwork. This programme […]

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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 […]