Documentary on One

A Song for Kathleen

The story of 87 year old Kathleen Tierney who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, but finds her spirit lifted and her health improve when she joins 'The Forget Me Nots' - a choir welcoming those affected by dementia an...

Documentary maker: Paula Flynn

Paula Flynn
Paula Flynn

Miss Paula Flynn is an independent radio documentary maker and this is the first time her work has been aired on RTE Radio One.

She approaches documentary making in a way that takes the listener to the subject instead of the other way around. She opens the door and invites the people to come with her on a journey. She has a sensitive and honest approach towards the people she is meeting and has a wonderful way of putting people at ease. She uses documentary making as a way to understand the world more fully and wants people to feel the story long after the programme ends.

The music she chooses is as important to her as the story she is telling and in this documentary 'Your Long journey' you will hear Paula singing as the music was made by herself and Greg McAteer.

Paula combines her love for music and radio. She is a singer songwriter and to many she's best known as the voice from the Ballygowan advert. Let's Dance became very popular very quickly. EMI released it as a single which reached number 1 in the download chart and number 5 in the physical charts. The song also won a Shark Award for best music used in an advert.

In 2009 she independently released her first solo album entitled 'Miss Paula Flynn' picking up nothing less than four out of five stars from reviewers.

Having worked in local radio, Paula then travelled to Tennessee, singing and working in a National Public Radio station, and it was there she consciously decided to become a broadcaster.

She graduated from DCU with an Honours Degree in Communication Studies specialising in Radio and received the Uaneen Fitzsimons award for her creativity and input to her time at university.

Paula has also been involved with RTE's Parlour Plays and Arts Live on RTE Television.

Paula now also presents 'The C Word', a weekly radio show on RTE's digital station 2XM. She plays old time country, bluegrass and some gospel, roots and blues.

Each week she interviews a musician - national artists like John Spillane and Mick Flannery, international artists like Kimmie Rhodes and Carlene Carter. Greg McAteer, from Hot Press, features a song that shaped the face of country and there is also 'something from her postbox' and a 'Hymn of the Hour'.

'The C Word' was one of the two entries into the PPI awards (national radio awards) by RTE for the digital station.

What the press have said about Paula on radio:


Lucille Redmond (Sunday Business Post) wrote, "Anyone who loves country and blues -the true old high and lonesome sound and the deep-set heart music should make The C Word a weekly date".


Peter Murphy (Hot Press) described The C Word as "the best show on radio".


Boriss M. (Ouch! Magazine. New York) described Miss Paula Flynn as having "a voice that is crystal clear and light as air, yet strong and expressive. She sounds like that perfect pastry tastes. She makes you feel, she makes stories, and she tells stories. Grab a glass of milk or a cup of coffee and indulge!"

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