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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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The Banshee and the Tiger

In The Banshee and The Tiger American pianist Guy Livingston explores the influence of Ireland and Irish music on the work of American composer Henry Cowell. Broadcast on Sunday 21st January 2018 on RTÉ lyric fm. This programme won BRONZE at the 2018 New York Festivals Radio Awards in the Music category. Henry Cowell (1897-1965) […]

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Mince Pies and Minor Chords

Mince Pies and Minor Chords – broadcast on Friday 1 September 2017 at 7 pm on RTÉ lyric fm. A one-hour programme on the life and work of Amy H H A Beach (1867-1944), considered to be the first successful American female composer of large-scale art music, who again and again during her composing career returned […]

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His Chosen Islands

His Chosen Islands – first broadcast on Friday 4 August 2017 at 7 pm on RTÉ lyric fm. Repeated on Sunday 31st December 2017 at 6 pm on RTÉ lyric fm. Re-broadcast on Sunday 4th February 2018 as a tribute to the poet, who died on 30th January 2018. This programme was awarded SILVER at the 2018 New […]

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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. Re-broadcast on 22 November 2017 and Sunday 25th July 2021. Available as a Lyric Feature podcast on the usual platforms or to listen back to on the RTÉ lyric fm website: https://www.rte.ie/radio/lyricfm/clips/21986242/ When the War […]

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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 […]

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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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Counting the Milestones

Counting the milestones tells the story of the fascinating life and work of Irish author, tramp and ex-prisoner Jim Phelan (1895-1966) who published around 30 books, but today is practically forgotten. The programme features two original songs inspired by the story of Jim Phelan by singer-songwriter Ralph McTell (Streets of London, From Clare to Here). […]