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Egg Money: Documentary On Newstalk

Egg Money: Documentary On Newstalk

This weekend on Documentary on Newstalk, Producer Patricia Baker’s new radio documentary, Egg Money, celebrates a generation of women who worked to improve life in rural Ireland; countrywomen often stereotyped and overlooked in their roles as mothers, homemakers and farmer’s wives. These women, now aged between 70 and 90, tell their stories, and when woven together, highlight a very different story than the one expected. These women played a vital role in the development of rural Ireland. They were activists, lobbyists, and business women with very independent means. Photograph Courtesy of ESB Archives Egg Money is broadcast on Newstalk 106 – 108FM on Sunday 17th November at 7am, and again Saturday 23rd November at 11pm.  Quotes from Egg Money: “I had a journalist say to me once, ‘I went to an ICA Guild meeting wanting to talk about changing the world, and what did I finish up doing? I was asked to judge a jam making competition’.  And I said  ‘and are jam making and saving the world mutually exclusive’ ?” Mamo McDonald “My parents were farmers.  There was seven of us in the family, no bathroom, no electricity, very basic stuff. We all did jobs.  We had to milk the cows before we went to school in the morning, everyone had to milk by hand. Turning the turf in the evening, or the hay. Everyone just mucked in and did what they had to do.  Cleaned out the houses.  You just did it and there was no saying that you won’t, you just got on with it.” Eleanor Calnan “The one word that has come up all the time in my research is drudgery.  Housework was a constant drudgery at the time.  If you didn't have electricity, you’re cooking on an open fire., You had to light the fire in the morning if you wanted a cup of tea. Most people did not have running water in their houses, so you are talking about getting water from a well, or from a pump.  Washing clothes in a basin with a scrubbing board, it is hard manual work.  Also you’re talking about families where you could have anything up to four children in nappies at the same time, and no one had disposable nappies at the time.”  Dr Sorcha O’Brien design historian “Women were expected to bring in some income to keep the family afloat. They did it in various ways, child minding, knitting, sewing various. Poultry raring was seen as one for the women.   Egg Money was often the only income stream that the women controlled themselves.  It was put away to pay towards a child’s education, to improve conditions in the home.  It could be used for diverse purposes. It was pretty central to the life of the family.” Professor Emeritus UCD History Mary E Daly “My mother always had the Egg Money, and so did all the other women I knew, my aunties and grandparents, and myself, and it was never questioned.  We were independent enough, we did a lot of the work, the women milked the cows, cleaned out cow sheds. They did everything, pitched hay. We were brought up to be independent since the time we could walk.  My mother and all her counterparts regarded herself as business women, they knew a lot about running business in those days, and they were trained by their mothers.” Connie McEvoy. “They are hidden from all the statistics.  Farmwives were never counted as economically productive people in the census.” Professor Emeritus UCD History Mary E Daly “ICA was very good for interaction with women, different ages. The ICA would have been very vocal on women’s rights.”  Mary Therese Coen “I started off a conservative, I was as conservative as anyone.  I thought these radical women’s movement were … (pause) well I thought Neil McCaffrey had cloven feet. Then I meet her and heard her speak, and I thought she was very articulate, she was very funny, and I was also admiring of a lot of the things the radical women were doing. They were going along a different path to the one we were going, but they had echoes of one another.  I became a born again feminist.  I claimed our place in the women’s movement, because we were part of the wider women’s movement because we were working for women too. Mamo McDonald, Past National President of the ICA, founder of Age and Opportunity. Egg Money is broadcast on Newstalk 106 – 108FM on Sunday 17th November at 7am, and again Saturday 23rd November at 11pm CREDITS: Egg Money is a Curious Broadcast production funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland with the Television License Fee. It was narrated and produced by Patricia Baker, with edit and final mix by Gerry Horan at Contact Studio. Sound and Vision is a funding scheme for television and radio that provides funding in support of high quality programmes on Irish culture, heritage and experience, and programmes to improve adult literacy. The scheme is managed by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.    

44 mins

22 November Finished

Science Gallery: 10 Years of Art Meets Science: Documentary On Newstalk

Science Gallery: 10 Years of Art Meets Science: Documentary On Newstalk

In our latest Documentary on Newstalk, producers Shaun O’Boyle and Maurice Kelliher present a programme which marks the first 10 years of Science Gallery; a game-changing public gallery space in Dublin that redefined the relationship between science, art, and culture—in ‘Science Gallery: 10 Years of Art Meets Science’. In 2008, a former car park on Pearse Street, at the edge of Trinity College Dublin, was replaced by a new kind of science museum: Science Gallery Dublin. A world first, Science Gallery has altered the cultural and scientific landscape in Ireland—and internationally. Before 2008, there was a widespread mistrust of science and scientists in Ireland, despite a massive investment by the government since the 1980s in scientific research. Irish scientists wanted to change that, but still hadn’t figured out the best way to connect with the public on scientific issues. Unlike most countries, Ireland has never had a traditional science museum, a place to house artefacts of our scientific history or interactive exhibits pointing at our scientific future. Strangely, this has worked in our favour. When the opportunity for Ireland to have its first space dedicated to bringing science to a public audience, we ended up with something far from your typical science museum. Science Gallery was born at a time when ideas around museums and galleries [and their audiences] were evolving: moving away from large museums and towards smaller spaces, connecting with audiences, ushering in a culture where galleries and museums were in a ‘conversation’ with their audiences. Science was also changing. Scientists were moving away from the strict boundaries that used to enclose each scientific discipline, and instead embracing the potential for discovery and innovation when you break down those barriers and work across those disciplines. In fact, some of the most exciting ideas were coming from collaborations between scientists and those working in the arts and humanities. So, when Michael John Gorman was appointed as the Founding Director of Science Gallery, he set out to create a space that would capture this new culture of science, culture, and creativity. Science Gallery Dublin became a space (both physically, and intellectually) where science converses with art; and an ever-changing programme of exhibitions and events meant that audiences could keep coming back to explore art/science investigations into subjects such as: personal data, love, risk, memory, infection, weather/climate, and trauma. 2018 marked the 10th birthday of Science Gallery in Dublin, a game-changing public space that redefined our relationship with science, art, and culture. As this idea, born in Ireland, becomes a massive international network, we look at how this small gallery on Pearse Street became such an important cultural and scientific space—nationally and globally. The radio premiere of Science Gallery: 10 Years of Art Meets Science will air on Newstalk on Sunday 10th November 2019 at 7am, with a repeat broadcast on Saturday 16th November at 9pm Podcast from www.newstalk.com after the first broadcast Credits: Produced, recorded, and edited  by Shaun O’Boyle and Maurice Kelliher (aka Bureau). The programme was funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland. Photo: Science Gallery Dublin. About the producers: Shaun O'Boyle and Maurice Kelliher (aka Bureau) make radio documentaries and podcasts on a diverse range of subjects; and have made programmes for: Documentaries on Newstalk, BBC Radio 4, Science Gallery Dublin, UCD x Dr Judith Harford, Irish Design 2015, LGBT History Month (UK), Inspirefest, Science Gallery International, Festival of Curiosity, Dr Shane Begin x UCD, Science Foundation Ireland, and BBC World Service. Their radio documentaries have been funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, ID 2015, and the Mary Raftery Journalism Fund. In 2016 they were shortlisted for the worldwide Whicker Foundation Audio Achievement Award—for their documentary ‘Prejudice and Pride’. http://www.akabureau.com The BAI Sound And Vision Scheme: Sound and Vision is a funding scheme for television and radio that provides funding in support of high quality programmes on Irish culture, heritage and experience, and programmes to improve adult literacy. The scheme is managed by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.  

46 mins

15 November Finished

Peace and Love in a Time of Trouble: Documentary On Newstalk

Peace and Love in a Time of Trouble: Documentary On Newstalk

A new radio documentary, premiering on Newstalk this Sunday, tells the story of two sisters from Northern Ireland who left their family and faith for an alternative spiritual journey with the Hare Krisna community in the 1990's. Peace and Love in a Time of Trouble is produced by Magi Scully and takes the listener on a journey from Christianity to Krishna with Karuna Smith-Ryan, from Co. Down. Peace and Love in a Time of Trouble will be broadcast on Newstalk 106-108fm on Sunday 13th October at 7am, and repeated on Saturday 19th October at 9pm.  Podcast goes live on www.newstalk.com after first broadcast. Living in Northern Ireland during the troubles, the Smith sisters  moved with their husbands to rear their families among the Hare Krisna community at Inis Rath Island in Lough Erne on Fermanagh. A relatively new religion, the Hare Krisna's were founded in New York in 1966, and were best known in Ireland for their street singing and chanting, as well as vegetarian food restaurants. Beatle band member, George Harrison, became a devotee and helped the spiritual organisation with funds for printing books, recorded albums and made the significant donation of a manor house in Watford, which is the UK headquarters today. Karuna Ryan Raised among the island community, Karuna's daughter Ekhadasi, was educated by Christians and moved to study fashion design in the UK, where she is a weekly visitor to the Temple in Watford. Karuna Ryan now runs Karuna's Kitchen Catering at Temple Bar food market Dublin on Saturday and People's Park, Dun Laoghaire on Sunday. Sukhada Smith-Repass founded the Ray of Light, which is located at the Shambala Holistic Centre in Derrylin Co. Fermanagh. www.rayoflight108.com Since the 1990’s, the number of Hare Krisna’s living on Inis Rath has dwindled. A small community are presently fundraising to maintain the temple, and open for retreats and events including the masters of calm festival. For more information, visit: www.Krishnaisland.com CREDITS: Peace and Love in a Time of Trouble was edited by Heather Mcleod,  Produced and Presented by Magi Scully. The programme was funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland with the Television License Fee. Thank you to Karuna and Ekhadashi Ryan, to Sukhada Smith – Repass, Radha Mohan Das and Keshto and the Hare Krisna communities at Bhakti – Vedanta Manor and Inis Rath. Peace and Love in a Time of Trouble will be broadcast on Newstalk 106-108fm on Sunday 13th October at 7am, and repeated on Saturday 19th October at 9pm.  Podcast goes live on www.newstalk.com after first broadcast.

47 mins

30 October Finished

Peace and Love in a Time of Trouble: Documentary On Newstalk

Peace and Love in a Time of Trouble: Documentary On Newstalk

A new radio documentary, premiering on Newstalk this Sunday, tells the story of two sisters from Northern Ireland who left their family and faith for an alternative spiritual journey with the Hare Krisna community in the 1990's. Peace and Love in a Time of Trouble is produced by Magi Scully and takes the listener on a journey from Christianity to Krishna with Karuna Smith-Ryan, from Co. Down. Peace and Love in a Time of Trouble will be broadcast on Newstalk 106-108fm on Sunday 13th October at 7am, and repeated on Saturday 19th October at 9pm.  Podcast goes live on www.newstalk.com after first broadcast. Living in Northern Ireland during the troubles, the Smith sisters  moved with their husbands to rear their families among the Hare Krisna community at Inis Rath Island in Lough Erne on Fermanagh. A relatively new religion, the Hare Krisna's were founded in New York in 1966, and were best known in Ireland for their street singing and chanting, as well as vegetarian food restaurants. Beatle band member, George Harrison, became a devotee and helped the spiritual organisation with funds for printing books, recorded albums and made the significant donation of a manor house in Watford, which is the UK headquarters today. Karuna Ryan Raised among the island community, Karuna's daughter Ekhadasi, was educated by Christians and moved to study fashion design in the UK, where she is a weekly visitor to the Temple in Watford. Karuna Ryan now runs Karuna's Kitchen Catering at Temple Bar food market Dublin on Saturday and People's Park, Dun Laoghaire on Sunday. Sukhada Smith-Repass founded the Ray of Light, which is located at the Shambala Holistic Centre in Derrylin Co. Fermanagh. www.rayoflight108.com Since the 1990’s, the number of Hare Krisna’s living on Inis Rath has dwindled. A small community are presently fundraising to maintain the temple, and open for retreats and events including the masters of calm festival. For more information, visit: www.Krishnaisland.com CREDITS: Peace and Love in a Time of Trouble was edited by Heather Mcleod,  Produced and Presented by Magi Scully. The programme was funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland with the Television License Fee. Thank you to Karuna and Ekhadashi Ryan, to Sukhada Smith – Repass, Radha Mohan Das and Keshto and the Hare Krisna communities at Bhakti – Vedanta Manor and Inis Rath. Peace and Love in a Time of Trouble will be broadcast on Newstalk 106-108fm on Sunday 13th October at 7am, and repeated on Saturday 19th October at 9pm.  Podcast goes live on www.newstalk.com after first broadcast.

47 mins

16 October Finished

Knives At Dawn: Documentary On Newstalk

Knives At Dawn: Documentary On Newstalk

Producer Francesca Lalor explores the world of the professional kitchen, as seen through the eyes of Irish chefs “My ethos of food is that the hero of the dish is the ingredients…and my life’s work is to make them sing…” Chef Gavin McDonagh Knives At Dawn will be broadcast on Newstalk 106 – 108fm on Sunday 8th September at 7am, and repeated on Saturday 14th September at 9pm.  Podcast from www.newstalk.com after the first broadcast The working life of a professional chef involves long hours, split shifts, ferocious stamina, practiced skill, and above all, the quest for culinary perfection... In her latest radio documentary, premiering this weekend on Newstalk, producer Francesca Lalor follows the lives of Irish chefs, from the start of their training, through their experiences working in kitchens around the world; from Michelin-starred restaurants in Paris, to poky dive-bar kitchens in the Lower East Side of New York, and back to Ireland. Their passion for food is contagious. Their backroom tales of all the drama, steam, sound and fury that take place in professional kitchens are at times extreme, at times hilarious, and always gripping. This documentary, Knives At Dawn aims to capture their stories. There was a time, not so very long ago, when garlic was practically unheard of in Ireland. When you couldn’t get a decent cup of coffee anywhere. Where eating Italian meant visiting your local chipper. Exotic ingredients like balsamic vinegar, Jalapeño peppers, Parma ham or mozzarella were either unheard of or highly unusual. But now, Ireland has a burgeoning culinary scene that is experimental, vibrant and modern. A scene that is holding it’s own against any food scene in the world. And one of the reasons for this is that many of our chefs emigrated, trained and worked around the world, and have now returned, armed with new knowledge, skills and experience. So where did these chefs end up cooking? What experiences did they have on their travels, armed only with the tools of their trade: their precious set of knives wrapped in their apron? In this programme, we follow the lives of Irish chefs as they tell the story of their careers in their own words. Beginning with their origins, right back in their early training days, we travel with them as they recount their experiences of emigrating and working in kitchens around the world, before we journey back with them to Ireland, as they return with their new-found skills, ready to break into the Irish culinary scene. Who will tell the story? Knives At Dawn features Irish chefs who have developed their reputations in International kitchens. Each of our chefs comes from a very different background, and each took a very different path over the course of their chefing careers. What they share is that they are passionate about their jobs. They are also excellent storytellers, with the passion to bring their varied experiences in kitchens worldwide to life. They are the upstarts, the returned rebels, the innovators...and they represent the future of the Irish food scene. Chef Brendan Keenan, currently trains chefs in Cathal Brugha Street at the Technological University Dublin: Originally from Ardee in Co.Louth, Chef Brendan Keenan was meant to take up a job as an accountant, but opted to rebel, and trained as a chef instead. In 1989, he won a Green Card to the US in a visa lottery, and secured a scholarship to train in New York. “I got lucky”, he says. “I just walked up Broadway and got a job”. Working in top kitchens, including the Waldorf Astoria, he cooked for the great and the good, before returning to Ireland. One of Brendan’s claims to chefing fame is that he cooked for Margaret Thatcher when she was in Dublin for political talks in the ‘80s. “The British Secret Service insisted on coming into the kitchen, and standing over me as I prepared her food. They made me taste each ingredient before it went into the pot”, he remembers. Brendan now trains budding chefs back home in Dublin, bringing his wealth of experience and passion for ingredients garnered abroad to a new generation of trainee chefs. Chef Gavin McDonagh, formerly of Brioche Restaurant, and currently development chef with the Dylan McGrath Restaurant Group: Originally from Crumlin, Gavin McDonagh started training as a chef at the age of 16 in his local college, Crumlin College, before continuing his training in Cathal Brugha Street and Tallaght IT. He started cooking “just to have a trade”, but when he entered a chef competition in Hotel Olympia in London, and won three gold medals, he got bitten by the bug. Returning to Ireland, he walked into L’Ecrivain Restaurant in Dublin, and got hired as an apprentice chef, under the tutelage of Derry Clarke. “Derry mentored me constantly”, he says, “and encouraged me to compete at Eurotoques with the Irish National Team”. In 1995, he won the Baileys Young Chef of The Year, and his prize was a four month stint working as an apprentice chef in Paris in a 1-Star Michelin Restaurant, in a very old classical style restaurant called Le Petit Colombier, under Chef Bernard Fournier. There, Gavin developed a love for classical French cooking. “In Paris, I learnt the ethos of what flavour should come out of food, and the old-school way of doing things…One of my jobs was to go the market at 5am every Tuesday. I learnt about ingredients…you’re picking up kilos of Morel mushrooms, that would cost a fortune in Ireland, and using them for stews…truffles are being used as if they’re free…” Returning to Dublin, via stints in kitchens in Germany and the U.K., he landed a job cooking in the Michelin-Starred Restaurant Patrick Guilbauld…”In my formation as a chef, I got to experience two different styles of Michelin starred food, and that’s what informs my cooking. My ethos of food is that the hero of the dish is the ingredients…and my life’s work is to make them sing…”. Gavin currently works as development chef with the Dylan McGrath Restaurant Group. Knives At Dawn will be broadcast on Newstalk 106 – 108fm on Sunday 8th September at 7am, and repeated on Saturday 14th September at 9pm. Podcast after first broadcast from www.newstalk.com Francesca Lalor is an award-winning radio documentary/drama maker. She is Series Producer of Documentary & Drama On Newstalk 106-108fm. She also lectures in radio production in DLIADT and Griffith College Dublin. This is her 20th feature-length radio documentary/drama. CREDITS: Knives At Dawn was produced, recorded and edited by Francesca Lalor. Mastered by John Murphy of Guerrilla Sounds. The programme was funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, with the Television License Fee. With thanks to Chef Brendan Keenan, currently training chefs in Cathal Brugha Street at the Technological University Dublin; and Chef Gavin McDonagh, formerly of Brioche Restaurant, and currently development chef with the Dylan McGrath Restaurant Group.   Sound and Vision is a funding scheme for television and radio that provides funding in support of high quality programmes on Irish culture, heritage and experience, and programmes to improve adult literacy. The scheme is managed by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.  

48 mins

8 September Finished

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