Documentary on One

Never Knocked Down

Sean Mannion is a boxer from Connemara who has been compared to Muhammad Ali - So, how did this quiet humble hero from the West of Ireland blaze a trail to a World Title shot in Madison Square Gardens in 1984? ...

Documentary maker: Liam O'Brien

Liam O'Brien is the Series Producer of the Documentary on One and a Cork-man....

Liam holds a B.A (Hons) in Music from Waterford Institute of Technology and an M.A. (Hons) in Music Technology from the University of Limerick.

After leaving college in 2000, he began work with RTÉ, where he worked as a production co-ordinator with RTÉ LyricFM in Limerick. During that time, he also studied part-time, achieving a Dip. in Journalism (Hons)

In 2003, having become a producer, he moved to Dublin to begin working with RTÉ Radio 1. In his first year he produced the 'Tonight with Vincent Browne' show. He then went on to produce in radio drama before moving on to produce a number of radio feature series.

Liam began working in radio documentaries in 2005 and has since worked occasionally across daytime programming within RTÉ Radio 1 (Today with Pat Kenny, Mooney Show, Radio Sports, Liveline).

Liam created, presented and produced a number of series for RTÉ Radio 1 including, Colour Matters, Architect's Eye, Musical Vistas, Engineer's Eye, Animal Farm and Mytunes.

Liam also created and produced Grin and bear it (presented by Brendan Fitzpatrick), Educating John (presented by Niamh Hourigan) and 'The Story of Irish Whiskey' (presented by Pat McGrath).

'The Story of Irish Whiskey' was developed into a double CD which is available for purchase from the RTE Shop.

In 2006, Liam achieved a scholarship place on the European Broadcasting Union Masterschool for young radio documentary makers.

Liam has won numerous national and international awards in both radio documentaries and radio drama. Liam was appointed as Series Producer to the Documentary on One in September 2008, and since 2008 the strand has gone on to win almost 70 national and international awards - making it the most successful radio documentary unit in the world at present - and the most successful programme strand in the history of RTÉ Radio and/or TV.

To date, Liam has been involved in almost 200 Documentary on One productions.

In October 2009, Liam became the first Irish representative to tutor on the European Broadcasting Union Masterschool 2010-2011

Liam has also occassionally produced live programming for RTÉ 2FM, including their festival content from the Oxegen Festival held at Punchestown, the Electric Picnic Festival held in Stradbally and the SXSW festival held in Austin, Texas.

He lives near Youghal Co. Cork with his wife, 2 dogs, some fish, some chickens - and has notions of farming - but not just yet..... and outside of work, he likes to not work.....

"Saol é do Maireachtála - Life is for Living"

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