Sunday, March 30, 2014

What's It All About: THE BRAIN


Come with us on a journey of discovery where we examine the wiring in the brain. Find out how it can go wrong, and what can happen when it does. 

Join us for four episodes where we ask WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT?

Produced and presented by Sean Duke and Colette Kinsella for RTÉ Radio 1
Sound mastering by Tinpot Productions

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The Dublin Welsh Chapel


There's a small piece of history hidden away in plain sight in Talbot Street, Dublin. Behind the facade of the internet cafe at the end of the street you'd find a tiny slice of Welsh sailor life in Dublin.

Produced by Colette Kinsella for Countrywide on RTÉ Radio 1

First Broadcast in March, 2013


Sunday, November 10, 2013

Stories from the Great Blasket


The Great Blasket is a tiny island just 2 miles off-shore in the south-west of Ireland. It was inhabited until 1953 when the last, aging residents were moved to homes on the mainland.
The story of life on the Great Blasket is one of hardship and perseverance. Although geographically close to shore, the island was often isolated by the weather, and the islanders were left to fend for themselves.The History Show on RTÉ Radio 1
I spoke to the oldest living native of the island about his life there.
First broadcast on The History Show on RTÉ Radio 1on 10th November, 2013.
Produced by Colette Kinsella

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

First jobs: Jerry Fish

Jerry Fish was part of one of Ireland's most successful indie banks: An Emotional Fish. But before Jerry made it big in music, he had a very different career altogether.

I met Jerry outside a Temple Bar recording studio in Dublin and he took me on a tour of the streets where he has literally left his mark.

Broadcast on The Business on RTÉ Radio 1 as part of the First Job series.

Produced by Colette Kinsella for The Business.


Saturday, July 27, 2013

First jobs: John Spillane

John Spillane is a successful singer/songwriter from Cork. Before he became famous, though, he had quite a different job.

We at The Business on RTÉ Radio 1 visited him to find out what he first worked at when he left school.

Produced by Colette Kinsella for  The Business on RTÉ Radio 1

Part of the "First Jobs" series on The Business.


Thursday, July 25, 2013

Robots!

How do you get kids interested in maths and science? Why, teach them to make robots, of course!

I visited the two amazing guys behind Colmac Robotics who are holding robotics summer camps in a few locations in Ireland this summer. And the camps are a huge hit!

Produced by Colette Kinsella for The Business on RTÉ Radio 1


Sunday, March 31, 2013

Doggies!

Every year some 26,000 dogs descend on Crufts dog show in Birmingham, England. I met three Irish people and their very bouncy dogs who were preparing for Crufts 2013 competition.

First broadcast on The Business on RTE Radio 1 on 9th March, 2013.

Produced by Colette Kinsella

Colette and the Chocolate Factory


It's Easter and RTE Radio 1's Countrywide dispatched me to Lily O'Brien's chocolate factory in Newbridge, Co. Kildare, to find out what exactly goes into the making of those Easter eggs we all love to tuck into...
(Have I mentioned how much I love my job?)

First broadcast on Countrywide on RTE Radio 1 on 30 March, 2013.


Produced by Colette Kinsella


Sunday, February 24, 2013

Stories from The Dolls' Hospital Diaries



Melissa Nolan opened her Dolls' Hospital in Dublin in the 1980s. For years she's been repairing teddies and dolls and listening to incredible stories about people's favourite toys. She collected lots of these stories in a book and shared some of them with producer Colette Kinsella.
First broadcast on The History Show on RTÉ Radio 1 on 24 February, 2013.
Produced by Colette Kinsella


Monday, February 18, 2013

A Giant of Irish Science: John Tyndall




John Tyndall was born in 1820 in Co. Carlow, Ireland. He was one of the most famous experimental physicists of his day and he was also one heck of a mountaineer. As well as being proclaimed the father of meteorology and climate change, he also had a number of first ascents, i.e. he was the first person to reach the peak of a number of unclimbed mountains.

Despite his achievements, he has been largely forgotten by the general public.

In this podcast we step back in time to a lecture theatre in London in the mid-1800s where Tyndall is about to astound his audience with something akin to magic.


Produced by Colette Kinsella
Contributor: Science writer Seán Duke
First broadcast on The History Show on RTÉ Radio 1 on 17 February, 2013