skip to main content

Documentary on One

Mighty Mac

An award winning documentary that tells the story of Ger MacNamara, master upholster and world champion power lifter as he embarks on two challenges. Firstly, to repair a rare and collapsed 18th century Bellamy couch and in the same period attempt to break a power lifting record.

Rate this doc
  • 4.2/5 (126 ratings)
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
4.2/5 (126 ratings)

Documentary maker: Michael O'Kane

More Information

Documentary maker: Liam O'Brien

More Information

Mighty Mac

Master upholsterer and world champion power lifter, Ger Mac Namara, embarks on two challenges:

Firstly to repair a rare and collapsed 18th century 'Bellamy' couch and, secondly, in the same period, attempt to break a world power lifting record.

We listen in, as Ger balances the finer details of his restoration work in his Limerick workshop with the demanding regime that's required to remain as one of the world's greatest power lifters.

The Upholsterers trade is a dying one and true craftsmen are becoming more and more difficult to find. Ger Mac Namaras' customers travel from across the country.

In this programme we meet his eclectic mix of regulars and his loyal band of admirers. And are invited into his sporting life as he attempts to break a world record.

With deadlines and targets to meet, what evolves is a universal story rich in local colour and accent.

Compiled and narrated by Michael O'Kane
Sound Supervision by Phil Cooke
Production Supervision by Liam O'Brien

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


These are some of our favourites ...

If you have an Idea?

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