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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. 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 […]

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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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A Fugue a Day

A fugue a day is a one-hour radio documentary on beloved music teacher and composer Joseph Groocock (1913-1997), who made an immense contribution to music education in Ireland. This is a Rockfinch production for RTÉ lyric fm funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland with the television licence fee. Broadcast on RTÉ lyric fm on […]

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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). […]

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Wagner’s Music in Ireland

Wagner’s Music in Ireland is a two-part documentary exploring the relationship of Irish audiences, authors, critics and composers with the music of Wagner over the past 150 years. In 2013, the bi-centenary year of Richard Wagner’s birth, Dr Michael Murphy investigates the peformance history of Wagner’s music in Ireland from the 1860s to today. Featuring […]

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A Tale of Two Siblings

A Tale of Two Siblings tells the story of the remarkable brother and sister Edith and Charles Hubert Oldham, who made significant contributions to Irish education in the late 19th and early 20th centuries in very different fields: music and commerce. This one hour programme is being made with the support of the Broadcasting Authority […]