Newstalk features documentaries covering a wide variety of subjects, from the plight of the Malawi people to the Aurora Borealis, and everything in between.
Yummy Mummy: Radio Drama Premieres on Newstalk this weekend ‘Yummy Mummy’ is an original radio drama by Aisling O’Connor and Siobhan Clarke about a woman’s struggle to find her place in a modern materialistic Ireland Lydia Cummings is a 40-year-old mother of two young teens, recently returned to live in Ireland from Australia. Her husband’s sales director's role in Ireland’s booming IT sector offers the family a dream home in Kildare, and Lydia, a new-found wealth and freedom. She is befriended by a well-heeled neighbour, Anna, who introduces her to a tight circle of 'ladies who latte' - Anna, Sophie and alpha female, Natasha. Losing a grip of her formerly down-to-earth home life, Lydia immerses herself in a Paltrow-esque existence where food is designer, fashion is a religion, and showcasing a ‘curated’ lifestyle is paramount... LIVE BROADCAST: ‘Yummy Mummy’ broadcasts on Newstalk 106-108fm on Sunday 29th March at 7am, and repeated at 9pm on Saturday 4th April 2020. Podcast goes live directly after first broadcast. PODCAST HERE: [audio mp3="https://media.radiocms.net/uploads/2020/03/27142215/Yummy_Mummy_Full-PODCAST.mp3"][/audio] PODCAST: Yummy Mummy is broadcast as part of the Drama On Newstalk Series, which showcases the best of original, homegrown and groundbreaking Irish Radio Drama. Podcast full series here: https://www.newstalk.com/podcasts/drama-on-newstalk In the new Irish Radio Drama, 'Yummy Mummy', writers Aisling O’Connor & Siobhan Clarke, set out to create a story that spoke to modern Irish women who yearn for value and acceptance beyond the realm of the family home. This drama, set during the latter stages of the recession, exposes the underbelly of the lifestyle phenomenon which gripped Irish culture during this time. The sub-theme looks at how non-career women can feel displaced by society once their children are reared, leading them to seek value in the veneer of looks and lifestyle. The drama looks at Irish culture’s obsession with a visibly curated lifestyle through a group of middle class women who rely on it in order to be valued via feelings of superiority and desirability. In this context the production is timely for Irish audiences as it offers an inside view of our society’s insecurity-driven pursuit of perfection. Yummy Mummy is brought to you by the multi-award winning and critically acclaimed team at Henchman Productions. Yummy Mummy features the same writer/director team that won the Best Drama Award at the PPI Radio Awards 2015. Henchman Productions have also won a number of New York Festivals International Radio Awards and competed at the Prix Europa in 2015 and 2016. CREDITS: ‘Yummy Mummy’ is a Henchman Production written by Aisling O’Connor and Siobhan Clarke. The drama was directed by Siobhan Clarke and produced by Aisling O’Connor and Daithí McMahon. The sound engineers were Sean Byrne and Daithí McMahon. Featuring Caroline Power, Karen Scully, Aoibheann McCann, Laura Kelly, Eva-Jane Gaffney, Fiach Kuns and Morgan C. Jones. Recorded at Tinpot Productions, Dublin. Funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland with the Television Licence Fee. ‘Yummy Mummy’ broadcasts on Newstalk 106-108fm www.newstalk.com on Sunday 29th March at 7am, and repeated at 9pm on Saturday 4th April 2020.
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‘Sunshine On Leith- Hibernian F.C ’ broadcasts on Newstalk 106-108fm on Sunday the 8th March at 7am Saturday 14th March at 9pm. Podcast goes live after the first broadcast. Leith is a now gentrified part of Edinburgh with a unique identity. So much so that its old inhabitants refer to themselves as Leithers and deny they are from Edinburgh. It was once a mix of Catholic, Protestants, Scots and Irish and was also were the first Irish football team was founded, Hibernian FC. In ‘Sunshine On Leith- Hibernian F.C, producer Brian Kenny travels to Edinburgh to unravel the complex story of Hibernian which crosses religion, politics and football. Then we hear from fans, sociologists, historian and Leithers in the same week that Hibs are due to play Celtic the most notorious of Irish clubs in Scotland. However how unbeknownst to most Irish people it was not Celtic that first wore the green rather Hibernian football club of Edinburgh. Although nowadays it is their Glasgow rivals Celtic that are most well-known for their Irish identity it was indeed Hibernian or Hibs as they are more commonly known that first created a football club for Irish immigrants to Scotland to call home. The documentary explores a time when Irish people were flooding to Scotland for work and Irish Catholics were not always welcome. In Glasgow where industry was booming the Irish found jobs and settled in larger numbers whilst in the neighbouring city of Edinburgh jobs suitable for the Irish immigrants were less plentiful. Many of them settled in an area of Leith which had a unique identity separate entirely from that of Edinburgh. Historian Martin Mitchell tells us how Catholic identity of the new arrivals caused tension and amidst the staunch protestant communities there were protests when they Irish tried to set up their first church, many believed there was nowhere for them to go so they started their own football club Hibernian F.C. Michael Rosie a sociologist and fan of Hibs biggest rivals Hearts details how the club had hue initial success and attracted Irish from all over Scotland including Glasgow. However shortly after Hibs won the Scottish cup in 1887 and held a victory parade in Glasgow, Glasgow Celtic was formed and Hibernian was no longer the go to place for Irish immigrants to Scotland. We hear how they myth that Hibernian and their closest rivals Hearts mirror the situation of Celtic and Rangers. Fans tell us that it’s a rivalry based on the side of the city you were born nor whether you are Catholic or Protestant. In a shop outside the stadium we talk to fans of both clubs who distance themselves from the sectarianism that can often be associated with Celtic and Rangers. Finally we go on the road with the Hibs fans, chants banners and all as they make their way to play Celtic in the Scottish League cup semi-final and sing their anthem Sunshine on Leith at the top of their voices. BROADCAST TIMES: ‘Sunshine On Leith- Hibernian F.C ’ broadcasts on Newstalk 106-108fm on Sunday the 8th March at 7am Saturday 14th March at 9pm. LISTEN LIVE ONLINE: ‘‘Sunshine On Leith- Hibernian FC. can also be listened to online at: www.newstalk.com PODCAST: Podcast the show after the broadcast at: www.newstalk.com/documentaryonnewstalk CREDITS: ‘‘Sunshine on Leith- Hibernian FC. was written, edited, and produced by Brian Kenny. The programme was funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland with the television licence fee.
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This weekend, Documentary On Newstalk takes a trip back to 2002, when one of the greatest sporting icons in history sent a letter to Armagh GAA to wish them luck... in a new radio documentary: The Ali Ireland Final. In ‘The Ali Ireland Final’ Producer Jonathan Farrelly talks to Hugh Campbell, a member of the 2002 Armagh coaching staff who got Muhammad Ali to send a letter to inspire the team to glory.... BROADCAST TIMES: ‘The Ali Ireland Final’ will be broadcast on Newstalk 106-108fm on Sunday 16th February at 7am, with a repeat broadcast on Saturday 22nd February at 9pm. Before 2002, Armagh had never won an All-Ireland title. Appearing in finals in 1953 and 1977, it was a case of third time lucky when they struck gold in 2002. Hugh Campbell was recruited as part of the Armagh coaching staff that year. He didn’t have a background in the sport, but he specialised in sports psychology, something of an unknown quantity at the time. His initial appointment was met with scepticism from a sport that was notoriously traditional. It took a while for Hugh to settle in and gain the respect of the players. Hugh had just started to read ‘The Fight’ (Norman Mailer) about the infamous ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman. Hugh thought that if he could get the players to believe in themselves like Ali did, this could be their year. He also knew that in order for something to really hit home, he’d need something from the man himself. His neighbour was a TV producer and reached out to the Muhammad Ali Center. They told him Ali would be delighted to send a letter to each member of the team. The night before the final, Campbell gave a presentation to the team and finished up by saying, ‘'If Ali was here in his prime right now, what do you think he would say to you?' He left it at that and they all went to bed. The next morning, he got up early and slipped the letters under each player’s door. And the rest, as they say, is history... ‘The Ali Ireland Final’ will be broadcast on Newstalk 106-108fm on Sunday 16th February at 7am, with a repeat broadcast on Saturday 22nd February at 9pm. Podcast goes live on www.newstalk.com after the first broadcast LISTEN LIVE: ‘The Ali Ireland Final’’ can also be listened to online at: www.newstalk.com CREDITS: ‘The Ali Ireland Final’’ was produced, recorded, and edited by Jonathan Farrelly and was supported by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, through the television licence fee. ABOUT THE PRODUCER: Jonathan Farrelly is a writer and producer with over ten years experience in radio and TV, having produced sports content for BBC, RTE and Eir Sport.
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This weekend, Drama on Newstalk will broadcast the premiere of new radio drama “Secrets” in which IMRO-nominated producer Brian Gallagher travels back in time to a seaside holiday in Sixties Ireland, during which two women face an intriguing moral dilemma. “Secrets” tells the story of the extended Lawlor family who take a seaside holiday in Bray, County Wicklow, in 1964. Unaware that such holidays will be soon made redundant by package holidays to sun destinations, they go about their usual two-week break. Despite the surface good humour, tensions are evident in the family dynamic, and when the Lawlors cross paths with a holidaying Scottish family the seeds are sown for a dramatic outcome. The 1964 scenes are viewed through the eyes of twelve-year-old Damian Lawlor, while simultaneously the now-adult Damian looks back on the action. Reappraising the moral choices of that summer, over fifty years later, giving Damian another dilemma now as he has to decide whether or not to leave the past undisturbed. Starring Aonghus Og McAnally, Mark O’Regan, Mary Murray, Marion O’Dwyer, and Claudia Carroll, “Secrets” was written and produced by Brian Gallagher. The programme was funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland with the Television License Fee. BROADCAST TIMES: “Secrets” will be broadcast on Newstalk 106-108fm on Sunday 26th January at 7am with repeat broadcast on Saturday 1st February at 9pm LISTEN LIVE ONLINE: “Secrets” can also be listened to online at: www.newstalk.ie PODCAST: Podcast available at: www.newstalk.ie/documentaryonnewstalk after the broadcast.
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In the latest Documentary on Newstalk, Producer Brian Kenny takes a look at the effect of our housing and homeless crisis on society and highlights the connection to the plight of Irish migrants forced into homelessness in the UK in the recent past...in “Bricks and Mortar” Bricks and Mortar will air on Newstalk 106-108fm on Sunday 19th January at 7am, with a repeat broadcast the following Saturday 25th January at 9pm Bricks and mortar tackles the widely covered subject of our current housing/homeless crisis in Ireland whilst looking from different angles. Rather than solely focusing on the causes and effects of the current deficit in accommodation supply, we look at the larger impact of homelessness and the concept of a house and a home itself. Brian Carey from Trinity colleges department of Philosophy investigates the possible cause of society’s paralysis in fixing this issue that all everyone agrees needs to be addressed. The tireless Christina Noble tells us that unfortunately nothing has changed in Ireland since as a homeless child on the streets of Dublin she dug a hole in the grounds of the Phoenix Park to find shelter. One thing that is certain when looking at the root causes of this crisis is that it’s something that not everyone agrees on. Karl Dieter gives us his perspective on the differences between the government building houses in the '50s and the lack of construction happening now while smashing the myth of the Golden age Fallacy that Europeans do this much better than us. Another international comparison is gained through an interview with Bobby Gilmore. Bobby worked throughout the '70s and '80s with Irish homeless people in London, Manchester and Birmingham and talks us through some harrowing tales of individuals who he came across in his work. We hear how homelessness affects the soul of people and how easy it is to get trapped in a negative cycle. Bobby tells us how the people he worked with in England often chose not to access state services initially as they always felt like they were going to go home to Ireland until they became lost. Importantly though, he tells us that there often was accommodation and social housing available to people in England whereas coming back to Ireland Bobby is shocked to see a homeless problem where state services are not available to those who are (unlike his experience in the UK) actively looking to access them. Homelessness was traditionally seen and still is by many people as individuals sleeping rough but we have learned that there are very major distinctions in what is involved in the sheer numbers of people without accommodation in Ireland. We hear from professionals working with the medical charity Safety Net who talk us through the differences between people who are on the streets due to substance and mental health issues against people who are unable to access accommodation due to a housing shortage. These are very important distinctions, as without grasping these we cannot effectively look at how to solve the issue. Through Safety Net we talk to homeless individuals who are on the streets for years about their stories and how for them homelessness is not a new thing rather has been going on for far too long. Bricks and Mortar raises many questions of us as a nation and indeed tackles many of the false narratives currently circulating around the homeless and housing crisis. BROADCAST TIMES: Bricks and Mortar will air on Newstalk 106-108fm on Sunday 19th January at 7am, with a repeat broadcast the following Saturday 25th January at 9pm PODCAST: Download Podcast from www.newstalk.com after the first broadcast CREDITS: "Bricks and Mortar” was produced by Brian Kenny and Malachy Smyth and was supported by a grant from the Columban Missionary Society.
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