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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? ...

Have an Idea? Tips on what to do with it...

We broadcast every Saturday @2pm on RTÉ Radio 1, 88-90FM, Repeated Sunday evenings @7pm

The Documentary on One team are always looking for ideas for future radio documentaries.

We consider absolutely everything.

In fact, what you might think is a trivial enough story or idea, we might think a gem - so don't be afraid to contact us.

As many of you will know, we touch on a huge variety of topics, stories and people in our documentaries. However, we do have general criteria of how we assess ideas.

Here are some tips on what we feel makes a good radio documentary.

1: A Story

2. An Event

3. Intimacy i.e. direct access to the people/events/storytellers. Second hand information can dilute the subject matter, person or event.

4. Something you care about - If you don't care, why should anyone else?

5. Characters - Real people, real accents, young and old, male and female

6. Scenes / Audio pictures - Places, scenes and imagery bring stories to life - A scene can as simple as a kitchen, a field or a car.

7. Sound - One of the greatest gifts of radio is its ability to provide scenes/Audio pictures, thus allowing the listener into that space. We always record out and about. What's happening in the background can sometimes be as important as what's being said - i.e. seagulls, laughter in a pub, a tractor/machine, water/wind/fire etc

8. Imagination - Is there a new way to approach an 'old' idea? We always try to capture peoples imaginations.

Contact us:

By email

By Post: Documentary on One, RTÉ Radio 1, RTE, Donnybrook, Dublin 4.

By Phone: 01-2083111 (main switchboard). Ask for the 'Documentary on One' team in RTÉ Radio 1.

If you have an Idea?

If you want to suggest a subject or you want to make a documentary? Let us know