RTE Donegal Archive Collection

RTE RADIO TELEFIS EIREANN - News Archive for Donegal

On 27th October 2017 Ireland’s state broadcaster Radio Telefis Eireann (RTE) put its news, sports and current affairs archive online.

Listed below are the Donegal links within that archive. Simply Click on the link to bring you to the story. The date shown is the year that it was broadcast on RTE.

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  1. Donegal Native Peadar O’Donnell 1966 – From Dungloe and Burtonport on the mainland of county Donegal to Rutland and Arranmore Islands. A profile of the early life of Donegal native, republican, socialist and writer Peadar O’Donnell.
  2. Reel History of Donegal 1985 – In the 1920s on his appointment as curate in Scotland, Father Thomas Doherty of the Dunfanaghy parish of Donegal bought his first movie film camera. Since then he filmed the life around him, amassing 50 years of Donegal life on film.
  3. Donegal Dump Floods BROADCAST: 1985.SEP.26 –  Problem of overflowing dump due to bad weather at Cloughfin Donegal.  Report shows overflow from dump along River Finn and adjacent fields. Interview with Councillor Danny Harkin, Independent on good record of Donegal County Council. Interview with farmer William Long on damage to his property from dump. The reporter Tommie Gorman.
  4. Tyrone Too Strong For Donegal in Ulster Replay 1995 – Having drawn the Ulster Football Final Donegal and Tyrone returned to Clones for the replay.
  5. All Ireland Football Final Dublin v Donegal 1992 – Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh manages to tell listeners about the Annals of the Four Masters completed in 1616 AD during his commentary on an All-Ireland Senior Football Final between Dublin and Donegal.
  6. Donegal Prepares for All Blacks 2005 – Donegal prepares for a visit of the All Blacks rugby team to commemorate the centenary of the first-ever All Black captain Dave Gallaher.
  7. Donegal Music Journalist 1970 – Donegal based music journalist Donal O’Boyle contracted polio when he was only a few months old. He spent 13 years of his life in hospital, only learning to walk when he was 20 years old.
  8. Donegal Win First All Ireland 1992 – Donegal are the All Ireland Football Champions for the first time.
  9. The Atlantis Commune In Donegal 1981 – ‘The Live Mike’ visits the Screamers Community in Burtonport, County Donegal and meets Atlantis founder Jenny James, her sister Snowy, daughter Becky and an Englishwoman Sally.
  10. Electronic Fishing In Donegal 1967 – A Donegal engineer has invented an electronic fishing machine.
  11. Donegal International Rally 1981 – Michael O’Carroll went in search of the true story behind the Donegal International Rally and this film has the lot, bar the smell of petrol and burning rubber.
  12. Water Rationing in Donegal 1985 – Despite a wet summer the Donegal town of Ballyshannon has had to introduce water rationing.
  13. Donegal Closure Of GPE Plant BROADCAST: 1985.SEP.24 – Controversy over closure by Údarás na Gaeltachta of ITC Company GPE in the west Donegal Gaeltacht. Report shows Workers protesting outside Gweedore Industrial Estate. Interior GPE plant. Workers sitting in at plant.
  14.  When Donegal Had A Railway 1977 – Railway workers recall the days when Donegal had a rail line. The narrow gauge railway closed down in December 1959.
  15. Donegal Mafia 1975 – The story of an Irish political party machine that came to be known as the Donegal Mafia.
  16. Fleadh Cheoil in Donegal 1976 – A visit to Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Buncrana county Donegal, seen through the eyes of a young man from Ballyfermot.
  17. Donegal Disco Doubles As Nuclear Bunker 1986 – Donegal hotel prepares for nuclear disaster and hopes to make some money in the process. Jackson’s Hotel in Ballybofey county Donegal is making an underground disco available as a nuclear shelter at a price of £250 a head.
  18. IDA Job Creation Donegal BROADCAST: 1985.APR.24 – 13 companies have benefited from Irish Development Authority (IDA) funding since the establishment of the small industries board in Donegal.
  19. Donegal Defence Stuns Sunday Game Panel 2011 – The Sunday Game panel analyse the first half of the 2011 All Ireland Football Semi Final between Donegal and Dublin. The infamous ‘Shiite’ football quote.
  20. Donegal Small Industries BROADCAST: 1985.MAY.21 – Irish language report on the increase in the number of small industries being started in County Donegal. 
  21. Inishfree Island Donegal 1966 – Cathal O’Shannon visits the “heathery island” of Inishfree off the coast of Donegal.
  22. Donegal Gaeltacht 1972 – John O’Donoghue visits the Donegal Gaeltacht to find out about efforts to attract industry to the area.
  23. Packie Bonner Receives Freedom Of Donegal 2007 – Packie Bonner is granted the freedom of Donegal and recalls that penalty save against Romania.
  24. Donegal Fair 1987 – Traditions of spinning and weaving in Ardara County Donegal are alive and well on fair day.
  25. Carrickfinn Airport Donegal BROADCAST: 1985.MAY.24 – Irish language report on Carrickfinn Airport in Donegal.
  26. Four Missing In Donegal River BROADCAST: 1985.MAY.27 – Search underway for four people missing when their car left the roadway and sank in the river Finn at Castlefin in Donegal. 
  27. Hunger Strike Commemoration BROADCAST: 1985.AUG.31 – Members of NORAID and 20 New York police officers take part in Sinn Féin hunger strike commemoration in Bundoran Donegal.
  28. New School Ballinamore BROADCAST: 1985.NOV.01 – An Irish language report on how the Department of Education is to support post primary school in Ballinamore, in the County Donegal Gaeltacht 
  29. Opposition To Emerald Society Band BROADCAST: 1985.APR.24 – Condemnation of proposed visit of The Emerald Society Pipe and Drum Band from New York to participate in Maze Hunger Strike Commemoration at Bundoran in Donegal. Many members of the band are New York police officers.
  30. Mackerel Fishing Industry BROADCAST: 1985.DEC.18 – Report from Donegal on the mackerel fishing industry after European Economic Community (EEC) proposal to reduce Ireland’s mackerel quota.
  31. Taoiseach Local Election Campaign BROADCAST: 1985.JUN.01 – Taoiseach Garret FitzGerald campaigning in Donegal for local elections. Report shows An Taoiseach Doctor Garret FitzGerald meeting locals in Donegal Town. Taking part in question and answer session, on people taking dole and doing nixers.
  32. Breeding Golden Eagles in Donegal 2005 – Re-establishing a viable breeding population of golden eagles in the north west.
  33. Living in the Donegal Gaeltacht 1969 – Living in the Donegal Gaeltacht is the subject of a series of programmes broadcast throughout 1969.
  34. Donegal Car Found In Water BROADCAST: 1985.SEP.18 – Car found in water near Buncrana pier may be that of missing woman Sarah Mailey
  35. Problems Of Donegal Islands BROADCAST: 1985.OCT.04 – A report in Irish on the plight of islanders from Tory and Inisbofin during bad weather.
  36. Blessing of the Boats 1975 – Locals gather for the annual blessing of the Killybegs and Greencastle fishing fleets in County Donegal.
  37. Daniel O’Donnell’s Last Tea Party 2000 – The millennium open day at the singer’s home in Kincasslagh, Co. Donegal is to be the last.Daniel O’Donnell fans arrived in their droves on 3 August 2000 for what had become an annual event, tea with their idol. But the man itself felt it had got out of hand.
  38. Bundoran Hotel Fire 1980 – A Donegal seaside resort is devastated after a hotel fire leaves guests dead and injured. (Central Hotel, Bundoran.)
  39. Ancient Custom of Rambling Revived 1975 – In remote areas of Donegal there has been a revival of the ancient custom of rambling. So what exactly is rambling?
  40. Gola Goes Electric 2005 – Gola Island off the coast of Donegal, celebrated the arrival of electricity with a switching-on mass. Simultaneously, the island was also connected to mains water for the first time.
  41. Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 1975 – Buncrana, County Donegal welcomes festival goers for the Fleadh Cheoil.
  42. The Scholarship Factory 1964 – A report on the controversy surrounding the provision of extra tuition to primary school students in Donegal in 1964.
  43. Farmers and Dairy Workers Clash 2000 – Protest over loss leader milk escalates in Donegal. Scuffles broke out between farmers and dairy workers in Convoy Co. Donegal in a dispute over the price of milk.
  44. Electricity Comes to Inishfree 2000 – Donegal island welcomes descendants home as ESB connects Inishfree to the national grid.
  45. Demonstration to Legalise CB Radio 1980 – A convoy from Donegal to Letterkenny demands legalisation of CB Radio.
  46. Inishbofin Island 1986 – The island of Inishbofin in county Donegal was once a thriving community with its own school, town hall and church. Now only five people, two women and three men remain on the island during the harsh winter months.
  47. New Helicopter for Tory Island 1985 – A transport link for remote Donegal island. A new helicopter service was introduced to Tory Island in 1985 to give inhabitants a connection to the Donegal mainland in winter.
  48. Rory Gallagher Exhibition 2001 – Rory Gallagher memorabilia goes on show at the Tirhugh Centre in Ballyshannon, County Donegal.
  49. Christmas Shopping for Tory Islanders 1989 – How do you do your Christmas shopping if you live on a rural island off the coast of Donegal?
  50. Teenage Romance Valentine’s Day1990 – ‘Jo Maxi’ compares teenage romance in Paris and Donegal in these Valentine’s Day vox pops.‘Jo Maxi’ presenter Clíona Ní Bhuachalla travels to Paris to see how French teenagers will be spending Valentine’s Day while Ray D’Arcy visits the Convent of Mercy in Ballyshannon, Donegal.
  51. Witnesses To Mountbatten Murder 1979 – On 27 August 1979 Lord Mountbatten was murdered while fishing just off the shore near Donegal Bay when bomb exploded killing Mountbatten and two teenagers on board.
  52. Mary From Dungloe Competition 1986 – Kathleen Watkins visits Donegal in this episode of the summer series ‘Faces and Places’, where she meets some of the contestants taking part in the Mary From Dungloe competition.
  53. 18th International Letterkenny Folk Festival 1986 – International groups descend on Letterkenny in County Donegal as part of the annual folk festival.
  54. Beating Men in Car Rallies 1980 – Rosemary Smith wins Ladies Award at the Donegal International Rally.
  55. Town and Country Homes Conference BROADCAST: 1985.MAR.25 – The annual conference of Town and Country Homes Association is held in Donegal Town.
  56. McGill Summer School BROADCAST: 1985.AUG.20 – Patrick McGill Summer School honours Donegal writer Peadar O’Donnell. The report includes an interview with Joe Mulholland of the McGill Summer School as well as Peadar O’Donnell himself.
  57.  GPE Workers Protest Redundancy BROADCAST: 1985.SEP.04 – Workers from GPE in Annagry Donegal protest outside Údarás office for better redundancy deal.
  58. Ó Dochartaigh Clan Reunion BROADCAST: 1985.JUL.15 – Reunion of the Ó Dochartaigh (Doherty) Clan in Inishowen in County Donegal. The Clan gathering is held in Inch House.
  59.  Glencolmcille Folk Village BROADCAST: 1985.OCT.24 – Report shows Glencolmcille Folk Village and Museum in County Donegal. Interview with Father James McDyer on the museum in Glencolmcille and the work of James Horan in getting Knock Airport built.
  60.  Irish Folklore Commission BROADCAST: 1985.OCT.25 – Irish language report on The Irish Folklore Commission celebrating its golden jubilee in Donegal.
  61.  Daniel O’Donnell Tea Party1994 – For many years, one of the highlights of the Mary from Dungloe Festival was the annual tea party hosted by singer Daniel O’Donnell at his mother’s home in Kincasslagh, Co. Donegal.
  62.  Cardinal Opens Inishkeel House Extension BROADCAST: 1985.JUL.25 – Opening of extension to Inishkeel House centre for reconciliation in Donegal.
  63. St Patrick’s Day Letterkenny BROADCAST: 1985.MAR.18 – Report shows scenes from the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in Letterkenny, Donegal. 
  64. Neil Blaney Invited To Rejoin Fianna Fáil BROADCAST: 1985.APR.10 – Neil Blaney invited to rejoin Fianna Fáil by the Rosnakill Cumann
  65. Dunree Fort To Become Museum BROADCAST: 1985.NOV.25 – Report shows: general views of Fort Dunree, County Donegal, interview with member of the Defence Forces on the history of Dunree, general views of restoration work in progress on the museum and forge by An Chomhairle Oiliúna (AnCo) trainees, and general views of items to be housed in the museum.
  66. Strongest Man In Ireland BROADCAST: 1985.NOV.29 – Report on Noel Gallen from outside Killygordon, Donegal, a competitor in the Strongest Man in Ireland Competition.
  67. Spanish Trawlers DetainedBROADCAST: 1985.APR.23 – Two Spanish trawlers arrested by the Irish Navy for illegal fishing. Report shows the two trawlers ‘Cove De Balea’ and ‘Mercedes Vieira’ coming into Killybegs harbour in Donegal.
  68. Spanish Trawler Ignore Fishing Regulations BROADCAST: 1985.APR.26 – Following the arrest of Spanish trawlers in Killybegs Donegal a look at why Spanish fishermen are ignoring Irish regulations.
  69. Emerald Society Band May Not March BROADCAST: 1985.MAY.02 – The Emerald Society Police Pipe and Drum Band will review decision to take part in Maze Commemoration March in Bundoran Donegal.
  70. AnCO Community Service BROADCAST: 1985.MAY.17 – Irish language report on how An Comhairle Oiliúna (AnCO) employees engage in community services projects. (Gweedore).
  71. Arrested Trawlers In Killybegs BROADCAST: 1985.DEC.17 – First of two Donegal trawlers arrested off the Scottish coast arrived back in Killybegs. Report shows: night shots of trawler ‘Paula’ arriving into Killybegs, well-wishers on quay, families being united, deck of ‘Paula’, ‘Paula’ skipper Tom Doyle leaving trawler, ‘Paula’ alongside quay showing deck and mackerel catch.
  72. Calf Born In Cnoc Fola BROADCAST: 1985.MAY.22 – Report from Cnoc Fola Bloody Foreland in Donegal shows farmer in field with cow in labour. Cow licking her newborn calf and setting it on its feet.
  73. Battle of the Leprechauns 2012 – Glenties and Bandon compete for Guinness World Record for the greatest number of people dressed as leprechauns gathered in the one place.
  74. Letterkenny on the Threshold of Change? 1975 – Once known for a hiring fair and being a major railway connection to the north west of Ireland what now for Letterkenny?
  75. Tory An Island Transformed 2000 – Twenty years ago Tory Island was on the verge of extinction as the population declined but now the island and its population is undergoing investment and regrowth.
  76. Arranmore Boat Disaster 1985 – As preparations are underway to mark the 50th anniversary of the Arranmore boat disaster, RTÉ News meets Paddy Gallagher, the sole survivor.
  77. The Inishowen Women of the Sea 1994 – In 1994 the Inishowen Women of the Sea appeared on the television programme ‘Nationwide’. Their story is one about a group of fishermen’s wives who fight for better working conditions for their husbands.
  78. Holiday on Arranmore 1991 – Plans to augment the traditional indigenous fishing industry on Arranmore Island with new tourism initiative to create and ‘ultimate tourist destination’.
  79. Lough Derg Pilgrimage 1986 – A visit to St. Patrick’s Purgatory at Lough Derg, where pilgrims of all ages engage in ritual prayer and fasting.
  80. Screamers to Leave Burtonport 1980 – RTÉ News reported on 10 January 1980 that the Atlantis Commune was to leave Burtonport in Co. Donegal. Known locally as the Screamers, the group practised primal screaming as a form of therapy.
  81. Inishowen Report Published BROADCAST: 1985.AUG.12 – Interview with Jack O’Herlihy Study Group Co-Ordinator, on community groups and resources and emigration, in Inishowen peninsula.
  82. Course For Psychiatric Nurses BROADCAST: 1985.SEP.18 – Course in behavioural science for psychiatric nurses at Saint Conal’s Hospital Letterkenny
  83. Increased Border Security BROADCAST: 1985.SEP.20 – Report shows: general views of Gardaí and Irish army units on duty at checkpoint in Donegal.
  84. Mackerel Catch Reduction BROADCAST: 1985.OCT.14 – Fishermen told to reduce mackerel catch due to species being endangered by over fishing. Report shows Killybegs Harbour. Fishing nets being loaded on to trawler.
  85. Glenveagh Park Development BROADCAST: 1985.JUN.14 – Glenveagh National Park is being developed by Office of Public Works. Report shows general views park and restoration work inside Glenveagh Castle.
  86. RUC Not Interested In Extradition BROADCAST: 1985.JUN.14 – Gardai in Carrigans release two men released after admitting armed robbery in County Derry.
  87. Homer Scott Kidnapping BROADCAST: 1985.DEC.06 – Five men questioned in connection with the kidnapping of Homer Scott, the horse trainer. Charles John McAnenna and Thomas James Collins have been charged with the kidnapping at Lifford court. 
  88. Lough Swilly Bus Dispute BROADCAST: 1985.APR.02 – Lough Swilly Bus Company drivers in dispute over dismissal.
  89. Neil Blaney On Rejoining Fianna Fáil BROADCAST: 1985.APR.14 – Neil Blaney meets with his organisation to discuss his possible rejoining of Fianna Fáil.
  90. Garda Representative Association Conference BROADCAST: 1985.APR.17 – Garda Representative Association (GRA) annual conference in Bundoran.
  91. Donegal Jerseys For World Cup 2002 – World Cup supporters wear jerseys made from yarn produced in a Letterkenny factory.
  92. Problems Of Donegal Islanders BROADCAST: 1985.OCT.08 – An Irish language report on a Council of Islands discussion on problems of islands, especially in relation to co-operatives. 
  93. Local Elections Donegal BROADCAST: 1985.JUN.12 – Report shows County Council offices in Lifford. Agricultural show road under repair border crossing and border town.
  94. Lord Mountbatten Murdered 1979 – On 27 August 1979 Lord Mountbatten was murdered while fishing just off the shore near Donegal Bay.
  95. Leaving Tory Island 1981 – Donegal County Council have offered 10 Tory Island families homes on the mainland in Falcarragh, but some islanders fear this move will spell the beginning of the end for life on the island.
  96. Christmas Visit To Tory 1981 – The islands of Ireland have their own unique traditions at Christmas time. Pádraic Ó Catháin presents ‘Cuairt Nollag ar Thóraigh’, a filmed report of a visit to Tory Island off the coast of Donegal.
  97. Roy The Bull Sets Sail For Arranmore 2002 – Following a generous gesture by a group of Donegal farmers to their counterparts on Arranmore, a pedigree bull by the name of Roy sets sail for the island.
  98. Goats Don’t Shave 1991 – Goats Don’t Shave perform ‘Las Vegas In the Hills of Donegal’ from their debut album ‘The Rusty Razor’.
  99. Music In A Killybegs Pub 1978 – ‘A Job of Journeywork’ travelled to Killybegs in County Donegal to hear two young musicians, Mairéad Ní Mhaoinaigh and Frankie Kennedy, playing in a pub session.
  100. How Many Saint Patricks In Ardara? 2012 – Ardara in Donegal attempts to set the first world record for the largest number of Saint Patricks gathered in one place.
  101. Diving For Gold In Lough Swilly 1982 – On 25 January 1917, the Laurentic was sunk by a German mine in Lough Swilly, county Donegal. The luxury liner was carrying £5 million worth of gold.
  102. Ballyshannon Folk Festival 1986 – RTÉ News reports from Ballyshannon in County Donegal where preparations are underway for the 9th annual Ballyshannon Folk Festival.
  103. Inishbofin Votes 2011 – Voting in the presidential election and two referendums took place on five islands off the coast of Donegal today.
  104. Clannad At The Embankment 1976 – Traditional music group Clannad, from Gweedore in the Donegal Gaeltacht, perform ‘An t-Oileán Úr’ at The Embankment Tallaght, Dublin.
  105. Tory Island Primitive Art 1992 – The Blasket Islands are associated with writers, but Tory Island, off the north-west coast of County Donegal, is linked with a different art form; primitive painting.
  106. Daniel O’Donnell Visitor Centre 2012 – Dungloe in County Donegal is thronged with Daniel O’Donnell fans for the official opening of a new visitor centre dedicated to the singer.
  107. Daniel O’Donnell And Mary From Dungloe 1992 – Beautiful scenery, a pageant, family values and Daniel O’Donnell all come together in a small Donegal town for the annual Mary From Dungloe Festival.
  108. Hen Flying Competition 1977 – The main attraction of the Harvest Fair in Ballyshannon, County Donegal is a somewhat controversial hen flying competition.
  109. Spanish Armada Canon 2002 – A canon that lay on the sea bed off the Donegal coast for four centuries, has been restored and is now on display in the National Museum.
  110. Arranmore Island Ferry Row 1987 – The turbulent saga of ‘Misneach’ the ferry built to link Arranmore Island to the mainland in County Donegal.
  111. Garda Representative Association Conference BROADCAST: 1985.APR.16 – Garda Representative Association (GRA) conference at Bundoran County Donegal.
  112. Heavy Snowfalls BROADCAST: 1985.DEC.29 – Heavy snowfalls in Sligo and Donegal. Conditions were made worse by freezing fog and Gardaí warned motorists to drive with extreme caution.
  113. The Success Of Clannad1987 – As Clannad prepare to release their 10th album album singer Máire Brennan reflects on the Donegal band’s international renown.