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The Irishwoman Who Shot Mussolini

Four people tried to assassinate Italian fascist dictator Benito Mussolini. Only one person ever came close - her name was Violet Gibson and she was Irish. Violet spend the rest of her life in mental institutions, forgotten by society and by history.

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Documentary maker: Tim Desmond

Tim grew up in Cork city becoming a teenager just as punk exploded onto the music scene and not too long before the pope came to Ireland. 

After an initial involvement in ‘pirate’ radio in the early 1980’s , Tim joined the great exodus out of Ireland, moving to the UK in 1985. He returned to Ireland and set up in business, until at the age of 38 he decided  to return to education and re-enter the media.

Tim studied Social Science and journalism as a mature student in UCC and was taken on full time by RTÉ Radio after graduating from college. Before joining the Doc On One team full time, Tim made a number of award winning documentaries. Documentary making took him across Asia, Africa and Central America , with a particular focus on issues of social Justice and the legacy of war . He now works full time with the Documentary On One team. He produces his own documentaries and supervises the production of documentaries with independent documentary-makers.

Tim lives in Dublin. He is married to Adrienne who lives in New York city. 

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