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A Letter to Olive

This is a powerful journey through a 36 year relationship - A husband writes a personal and honest letter to his late wife reflecting on the life they lived and the memories shared.

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A Letter to Olive

Olive Quinn, wife of broadcast and author, John Quinn, died suddenly in June 2001.

John Quinn met his wife Olive in Blanchardstown sanatorium. The shy, young teacher and the confident beauty fell in love – letters flew between them and diary entries recorded heady times. In June 2001, they went for a trip to Rosslare to celebrate Olive’s recovery from a recent illness. Olive went for a swim in the sea as John watched fondly from the shore – it was the last time he would see her alive.

The letter is a personal and honest reflection on a relationship that lasted thirty-six years. It is a frank exploration of love and loss using letters, diary extracts, memories and music.

This programme was first broadcast on March 31, 2002.

Produced by John Quinn.

A new updated edition of the book "Letters to Olive", based on the radio programme, has been published by Veritas Books & is available in all good bookshops or to purchase online

An Irish radio documentary from RTÉ Radio 1, Ireland - Documentary on One - the home of Irish radio documentaries.

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