A Sea of Sound

Year: 2022 | Client: Newstalk fm | Link: Listen now | funded by: the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland

Over 90% of Ireland’s territory is under the sea and this vast underwater environment is home to 25 different species of whale, dolphin and porpoise, from deep diving beaked whales hunting squid in the spectacular mountains and valleys of the ocean floor off our west coast, and humpback whales feeding and foraging here on their long migratory routes from Africa to Iceland, to resident species such as the bottlenose dolphins living all year round in the Shannon estuary. All of these species effectively ‘see’ through sound. In the underwater environment sound travels five times faster and farther than it does above water. Marine Mammals use it to search for food, to breed, to navigate pathways through the ocean and connect with other individuals and groups. Some species of whale sing to one another across thousands of kilometres, even developing their own languages or cultures.

Vision: The story of Sister Margaret Coyne

Year: In production | Client: Newstalk | Funded: BAI

A radio documentary telling the untold story of Sister Margaret Coyne, who treated hundreds of thousands of people through the eye and polio clinic she built in Mekele, the capital of Tigray, located near the Ethiopian-Eritrean border, during a 24 year period in which the country was often ravaged by war and famine. This documentary talks to Margaret about her childhood in Mayo, her decades in Ethiopia and her retirement in London, as well as talking to her family and the sisters still running her clinic to this day. We also hear from a range of Ethiopian and Irish voices who worked in Ethiopia during the period Margaret ran the clinic, and those that still do, as the Tigray region once again finds itself embroiled in a brutal civil war.

EIRSAT-1: Ireland’s first satellite

Year: In production | Client: Newstalk | Funded: BAI

A documentary about a ground-breaking project being undertaken by a group of young Irish people who are determined to make Ireland a space-faring nation – by designing, building and launching Ireland’s first satellite into space.

Living on the Edge

Year: In production | Client: Newstalk | Funded: BAI

A radio documentary about the Delaney family from the travelling community in Galway who have been bringing up their children in Carrowbrowne, a ‘temporary’ halting site next to a rubbish dump on the edge of the city for over 14 years. This documentary will look at their struggles to get adequate accommodation for them and their children, explore their culture, their heritage and their family life, and look at some of the wider issues around traveller accommodation faced by the traveller community in modern Ireland.

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