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Cigarettes and Samba

A story of football, war and farce as we look back at the Republic of Ireland soccer team's 1982 tour of South America, which took place during the Falklands War. But just how did half the squad end up being detained by a armed police? (2019)

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Documentary-maker: Ronan Kelly

Ronan Kelly has worked in RTE since 1987.

Prior to that he worked in CNN, Channel 13 in New York and as a commercial video producer.

He began in RTÉ TV as a presenter/reporter in health and environment programmes and then became a radio producer in 1990.

He originally produced daytime Radio 1 programmes: "Gay Byrne Show", "Today with Pat Kenny", "Liveline", "Five Seven Live", "Marian Finucane".

He also worked on new projects for RTÉ Radio: the computerisation of radio production and output (2000) and designing and launching the digital radio station, RTÉ Choice (now Radio 1 Extra) in 2007.

He has taught feature radio production in Dublin City University and has been a guest lecturer in IT Tallaght, Griffith College, NUU, Coleraine, BBC Northern Ireland, Goldsmiths College, London and at the Salt Institute, Portland, Maine, USA.


Since 2011, Ronan has worked full-time with "Documentary On One" including producing the short documentary series, "The Curious Ear" (now discontinued).

Ronan has also worked with RTÉ television, recording voice-overs for TV documentaries and as a video journalist for 'Nationwide'.

He is also one of the presenter/producers or RTÉ Radio's weekly compilation programme, "Playback"

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