RTÉ RADIO 1 PRESS PACK WEEK 33 (12 – 18 August)

WEEK 33 – 2006
Saturday 12 August – Friday 18 August
New series: Whistleblowers

A series in which prominent Irish people select the person who has most influenced them.
Programme 11: Emmy Award winning film maker Nuala O’Connor tells us why folk singer Jean Ritchie is the giant at her shoulder.
Producer: Marian Richardson        (First broadcast in 1999)
RTÉ Radio 1, Saturday 12 August, 8.30am

The core of the programme is an ‘ask about wildlife facility’ in which phone-in queries, letters and emails, are answered live in studio by our regular panel. The programme travels frequently with live, and recorded, on-location sessions from all over Ireland. Natterjack Toads on the Maharees peninsula, slow worms on the Burren and seal releases on the East Coast have all featured.
Presenter/producer: Derek Mooney         Researcher: Sinead Renshaw
RTÉ Radio 1, Saturday 12 August, 10.02am

Kildare native Susan McReynolds steps in for Marian Finucane on Saturday mornings during July and August.  Susan has a mix of news, interviews, reports and discussion on the programme.
Producer: Regina Looby
RTÉ Radio 1, Saturday 12 August, 11.02am

SATURDAY SPORT with John Kenny
Athletics:  European Championships, Gothenburg
Golf:   KLM Open Day 3
Racing:  Kilbeggan
Showjumping:  Dublin Show, RDS
Producer: Andrew O’Connor
RTÉ Radio 1, Saturday 12 August, 3.02pm

Andy O’Mahony’s guest this week is Michael Mills, who was Ireland’s first Ombudsman and held the post from 1984 to 1995. For most of his life, he worked as a journalist and broadcaster on matters of political interest. He was political correspondent of The Irish Press for some twenty years, during which time he wrote about the Arms Crisis, Seán Lemass, Jack Lynch and the rise of Charles J. Haughey. He was also one of the first panelists on the television programme ‘The Hurler on the Ditch’.  As Ombudsman,   he became acquainted at first hand with the problems of older people in getting certain benefits because of delays in dealing with their queries.  He also managed to highlight the failure of many public servants to appreciate the difficulties faced by elderly people in dealing with bureaucracy.
Producer: Bernadette Comerford
RTÉ Radio 1, Saturday 12 August, 6.30pm

Theobold Wolfe Tone is seen as the father of Irish Republicanism. Much has been said about him but what did he say?
Professor Tom Bartlett has studied Wolfe Tone’s various public and private writings to allow him speak again in his own words.
Programme 8: Return to Ireland
Producer: Cathal Poirteir  (First broadcast 1998)
RTÉ Radio 1, Saturday 12 August, 7.02pm

The Bloom of Youth is a summer series on RTÉ Radio 1 featuring some of our finest traditional musicians and singers between the ages of 18 and 30.
Ulster is celebrated on tonight’s programme with the gifted Donegal piano accordion player Martin Tourish who is studying for a music degree at Trinity College and DIT. The second guest is Tyrone singer Cathal Lynch who was influenced by the singing of Paddy Tunney and Geordie Hannah.
Presenter: Kieran Hanrahan  Producer: Peter Browne
RTÉ Radio 1, Saturday 12 August, 9.02pm

This documentary is about coping with alcoholism. Life treated Thomas well in his early twenties. He joined the Garda Siochána, settled down, married a beautiful woman, ran a successful pharmacy business with his wife, was blessed with two children and lived in a fine house.  However, Thomas’ drinking was ever present, daily As time passed Tom’s drinking became progressively worse and eventually came to a head in complete self destruction at the age of 32. Some would say Thomas lost his wife, his family, his job, his home and his way in life but, Thomas says that he threw them all away through his alcoholism.
However, 1987 was a new beginning for Thomas. He stopped drinking and began on his journey of recovery. Today, Thomas has not drank in almost 20 years.
Producer: Liam O’Brien            (First broadcast 11 March 2006)
RTÉ Radio 1, Sunday 13 August, 10.02am

SUNDAY SPORT with Jimmy Magee
Racing: Curragh, Downpatrick
G.A.A:  Guinness Hurling Championship Semi Final
Golf:  KLM Open
Athletics: Final Day of the European Championships in Gothenburg
Producer: Gary Moran
RTÉ Radio 1, Sunday 13 August, FM and LW 252, 2.00pm

A tribute season to Brendan Cauldwell
Lough Derg, Patrick Kavanagh’s land-mark poem read by Brendan Cauldwell.
Producer: Aidan Mathews  (First broadcast 1986)


The introductory episode of Tarry Flynn, the novel by Patrick Kavanagh, originally broadcast in Booktime in 1990, read by Brendan Cauldwell.
RTÉ Radio 1, Sunday 13 August, 8.02pm

Melanie Verwoerd presents highlights of Spectrum programmes from the past year.  Tonight, the Best of Spectrum features interviews with two leading international campaigners on issues of human rights and global reform – South Africa’s Archbishop Desmond Tutu and former Irish President Mary Robinson.
Producer: Tom Donnelly        Email: spectrum@rte.ie
RTÉ Radio 1, Sunday 13 August, 9.02pm

Programme 4: Blackbird
No piece of music, either in live performance or on disc, remains the same when performed by different artists.  ‘Interpretations’ explores different versions of well known pieces of music, asking: Is this what the composer intended? Is it right to take liberties with music? What’s the difference between an artistic interpretation and a ‘cover version’? And does repeated re-interpretation fundamentally alter the nature of the music?

The song ‘Blackbird’ turned up on the Beatles’ 1968 White Album, but has been reworked in the decades since for a capella voices, baroque chamber orchestra and piano trio.  With the interpretations of Lynne Arriale, Bobby McFerrin, Boreades de Montreal and Sarah McLachlan.
Presented and produced by Tom Donnelly
RTÉ Radio 1, Sunday 13 August, 9.45pm

It’s a little bit summer hits, a little bit classic albums, a little bit one hit wonders and a whole lot of love. Now there’s a recipe for a summer music series on RTÉ Radio 1.
Heading home from the beach, winding down after a long day or just looking for music that aims to please, this is the programme for you.
As he did in last year’s series, producer Alf McCarthy continues his search for summer memories across the decades. Cult heroes feature as well as live clips, soundtracks and the odd surprise too!
Starting from the June bank holiday, Alf McCarthy aims to please listeners this summer with a mix of music and memories on In The Mix.
RTÉ Radio 1, Sunday 13 August, 11.12pm

A series of programmes featuring the stories, sounds and music that catch the ear of producer Ronan Kelly.
This morning we’ll hear Noelle Fitzsimons, a volunteer with Victim support who works with the Court Support Services.       (First broadcast 19th June 2006)
RTÉ Radio 1, Monday 14 August, 11.02am

IN CONCERT – Tim O’Brien
A singer of unusual clarity and originality, a self-taught multi-instrumentalist of rare ability, and an incisive songwriter, Tim O’Brien has, over the last 20 years, made a lasting mark on what some are calling Americana music through his innate musicianship and his wide-ranging tastes. Whether it’s the reinterpretation of an old fiddle tune, a revitalized honky-tonk shuffle from the 1950s, or an original, bluegrass-inflected folk song, O’Brien’s music feels familiar and comfortable while never lapsing into the predictable. He describes what he’s been doing all these years more concisely: making something new out of something old.
Born in Wheeling, West Virginia, with a strong Irish background, Tim is a frequent visitor to Ireland and loves nothing better than exploring his Celtic roots in music. The concert was recorded by RTÉ in Whelan’s Dublin in 2005.
Producer: Aidan Butler
RTÉ Radio 1, Monday 14 August, 10.03pm

From the Church of Our Lady and St. Jarlath, Lavally, Tuam, Co. Galway.
The Lavally Church Choir conductor Gerarda McHugh.
Organist: Sinead Kelly
RTÉ Radio 1, MW & LW 252, Tuesday 15 August, 7.02pm

A four part series where presenter Kevin Hough takes a look at the lives of some Hollywood Greats and plays their hit tunes.
Programme 2: Howard Keel is the subject of this evening’s programme. Described as ‘a big hunk of masculinity’ by the notorious columnist Hedda Hopper he was born Harold Clifford Leek.  Kevin tells his story and plays his hits from the musicals.
Producer: Kevin Hough
RTÉ Radio 1, Tuesday 15 August, 7.30pm

SOUND STORIES   (Part 3/4)
Luke Clancy returns with a second series exploring our experience of sound, from the noise of urban streets to experiments in modern music
Programme 3: Space is the Place
Science writer, Dava Sobel – author of the bestsellers, Longitude and The Planets explains the many associations the planets have with sound and music.
Producer: Kevin Brew
RTÉ Radio 1, Tuesday 15 August, 8.02pm

This series features the traditional and contemporary folk singers of Ireland, England and Scotland and looks at issues affecting the development of folksong in the three countries.
Presenter/producer: Ian Lee
RTÉ Radio 1, Tuesday 15 August, 10.03pm

A five part series based on the works of Gilbert & Sullivan. Librettist W. S. Gilbert (1836–1911) and composer Arthur Sullivan (1842–1900) collaborated on a series of fourteen comic operas in Victorian England between 1871 and 1896. In this series Fionn O’Leary and Gerry McArdle share their passion for the duo.
Programme 3: Is life a Boon?
The man behind the music of Gilbert and Sullivan
Presenter: Fionn O’Leary  Producer: Gerry McArdle
RTÉ Radio 1, Wednesday 16 August, 7.02pm

International friendly between the Republic of Ireland and the Netherlands at Lansdowne Road.
Commentators: Gabriel Egan and Eoin Hand
RTÉ Radio 1, MW & LW 252, Wednesday 16 August, 7.02pm

The Great Plains of Africa by Patricia McAdoo from a selection of short listed entries to the Francis MacManus short story competition 2005.
This story is about a man at his mother’s death bed reflecting on the happiness of his childhood.  Producer: Peter Mooney
RTÉ Radio 1, Wednesday 16 August, 7.45pm

In this the fourth programme in the series A Bed for the Night Donna O’Sullivan pays a visit to the historic Enniscoe House in Ballina, Co. Mayo.
Here she meets with the owners the Kellett family, who have opened this last surviving great house in North Mayo to paying guests. She talks to Loretta Clarke who organizes the shop on the estate as well as being a committed collector.
There’s an agricultural museum to investigate as well as the North Mayo Heritage Centre. The programme also explores the restored walled garden and surrounding parklands and Donna tries her hand at a little brown trout fishing on local Lough Conn.
RTÉ Radio 1, Wednesday 16 August, 8.02pm

Joe Jackson presents the albums every music lover should own.
Programme 7: The ’68 Comeback Special
‘If ever there was music that bleeds this is it’ wrote rock historian Greil Marcus – Joe Jackson agrees and in this show plays the musical highlights from Presley’s 1968 special as well as rare rehearsal material not included on the official LP.
Producer: Aidan Butler
RTÉ Radio 1, Wednesday 16 August, 10.03pm

With the SSIA accounts coming to fruition, Tina Leonard, Manager of the European Consumer Centre in Dublin, brings listeners advice on how to spend their windfall. Whether it’s how to clear an outstanding debt, make an investment, or simply have the holiday of a lifetime, Tina will have experts on hand to deal with all possibilities. If you have any unusual ideas for how to spend SSIA money please email: howtospendit@rte.ie
Producer: Aonghus McAnally  Presenter: Tina Leonard
RTÉ Radio 1, Thursday 17 August, 11.02am

Please see attached press release
A three-part series on RTÉ Radio 1
Turncoats?  Snitches?  Rats?  Whistleblowers play an increasingly high-profile role in today’s news agenda. 
In a three-part series starting on August 17th, Alan Torney talks to prominent whistleblowers who risked their careers and changed the face of their areas of work. 
RTÉ Radio 1, Thursday 17 August, 7.00pm

The ‘bible’ for cruising sailors is the book of Sailing Directions, published by the Irish Cruising Club. Sailors depend on it when sailing the Irish coastline and the updating and publication of a new edition is a major occasion for those in boats, powered and under sail. A new edition has just been published for the South and West Coasts and on this week’s Seascapes, Tom MacSweeney talks to the Editor, Norman Keane, who is based in Courtmacsherry about the changes and developments in the harbours and bays along the shore.
Presented from Cork by Tom MacSweeney
RTÉ Radio 1, Thursday 17 August, 7.30pm

A series in which Pauric Dempsey talks to eminent Irish scientists whose work has made a global impact.
Programme 2: Professor Patrick Cunningham. Traceability has become an important aspect of the food industry Prof Patrick Cunningham developed a test that is now used globally and allows beef to be traced back to its source. He also did ground breaking work on the DNA of thorough bred horses as well as working to improve cattle stocks in the Third World.
RTÉ Radio 1, Thursday 17 August, 8.02pm

Michelle Harding, who presented Round Midnight on Friday nights from January to May this year, talks to two women songwriters about their work and the trials and tribulations in getting published and recording deals.
Leslie Dowdall who started with In Tua Nua and has been working hard maintaining a very successful solo career alongside teaching is back in studio recording a new album – her insights into the recording industry are a must for any aspiring song writer.
Karine Polwart is a new kid on the block. From Scotland she is one on the new up and coming female singer songwriters. She has gone down the independent route of publishing herself and has endured all the pitfalls along the way. 
Producer: Aidan Butler
RTÉ Radio 1, Thursday 17 August, 10.03pm

Soccer:   Eircom League
Golf:    News from the USPGA. The final major of the golf season
Presenter: Con Murphy Producer: John Farrell
RTÉ Radio 1, Friday 18 August, Medium and Long Wave 252, 7.30pm

Local historians and writers Mícheál Ó Dúshlaine and Danny Sheehy take us on a three-part tour around the Blasket Sound – Bealach an Oileáin – with stories of shipwrecks and drownings, baliffs and bible readers, island poets, people and their published writers.

Tugann Mícheal Ó Dúshláine agus Dónal Mac an tSíthigh cuntas dúinn ar Bhealach an Oileáin agus ar chuid de na heachtraí a thit amach ar an Bhlascaod Mór agus ar na farraigí thart timpeall air.
Producer/Léiritheoir: Cathal Póirtéir
RTÉ Radio 1, Friday 18 August, 8.02pm

A selection of contemporary Irish country music presented by Les Vickers. Les is from Bray, Co. Wicklow. In 2000 Les began his professional radio career at East Coast radio where he enjoyed presenting various different shows. Les then went on to Dublin’s Country 106.8 where he presented Everything Irish. Having a great knowledge of the Irish music scene he hopes to promote the Irish Industry in a new light.    Producer: Aidan Butler
RTÉ Radio 1, Friday 18 August, 10.03pm


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A three-part series on RTE Radio 1

Turncoats?  Snitches?  Rats?  Whistleblowers play an increasingly high-profile role in today’s news agenda.  Whether in the fields of big business [Enron, WorldCom], government [Deep Throat, Mark Felt], or health [the mid-wife ‘Ann’ in the Neary controversy], the risks they take to expose perceived misconduct or corruption have forced significant changes.
In a three-part series starting on August 17th, Alan Torney talks to prominent whistleblowers who risked their careers and changed the face of their areas of work.  Among the interviewees are the following:
Christophe Meili
In the late-1990s, Swiss banks were accused of profitting from the Holocaust by holding on to money invested by deceased Jewish clients.  In January of that year, Christophe Meili, a 29-year old night watchman at UBS Bank in Zurich, discovered that the bank was destroying Holocaust-era account information, in violation of Swiss law.  Having recently watched ‘Schindler’s List’, Meili decided to save what he could of ledgers and pass them on to Jewish authorities.  For his troubles, Meili lost his job, was pursued by Swiss police for breaching the bank’s security, and was the subject of death threats from neo-Nazis.  He fled Switzerland and the US Senate granted political asylum to him and his family.  He eventually got a $1m settlement from the Swiss banks, but this came five years too late to save his marriage which fell apart under the strain.
Jeffrey Wigand
In the early 1990s, Dr. Jeffrey Wigand was vice president of research and development at a major tobacco company, Brown & Williamson. In 1994, when he watched the CEOs of America’s biggest tobacco companies testify under oath that they believed tobacco not to be addictive, he decided to expose his company’s policy of intentionally boosting the effect of nicotine in cigarettes.  Wigand was subsequently harassed and received anonymous threats on his life, and his marriage broke-down.  In the film, ‘The Insider’, he was played by the actor, Russell Crowe

Whistleblowers, RTÉ Radio 1, Thursday 17 August, 7pm
Producer: Alan Torney

Date: 27 July 2006

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