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The Brady Bunch

Travel down a long and winding road to a small village in county Monaghan to meet the county's only horse racing trainer, the larger than life, Oliver Brady, a 'small man' competing in 'the sport of kings'.

The Brady Bunch

This documentary takes you down a long and winding road to a small village in Monaghan to meet the county's only horse racing trainer, the larger than life, Oliver Brady.

Oliver recalls his childhood, his father died from an old war wound when he was just four years old.

After a falling out with his local church as a young man, he became a preacher with Ian Paisley, all whilst in the shadow of the ongoing Troubles in Northern Ireland.

Back in 1981, one extremely lucky bet saw Oliver win £108,000 - like winning the lotto - it saw him earn enough to set up his stables.

His experiences as a trainer have earned him a unique place in the hearts of Irish racegoers because of his enthusiastic and theatrical celebrations in the winning enclosure whenever his horse is successful.

His career is a real David and Goliath story, the small man competing in 'the sport of kings'.

Away from the track Oliver has faced a number of serious health scares from cancer to quadruple bypass surgery in a way that will give inspiration to all.

Confronted with his own mortality Oliver has responded by setting up his own charity to help cancer patients in Ireland and poor children in Africa.

The Brady Bunch was compiled and produced by John Scally.

Narration by Sarah Blake.

Sound Supervision by Mark McGrath.

Production Supervision by Liam O'Brien

First broadcast January 30th 2010.

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

Documentary maker: John Scally

John Scally

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