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Listen again to a selection of the best bits from BBC Radio Foyle's output.

 

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JAIL SHOCK

"Like a death in the family" - one father's reaction to his son's jail sentence for throwing a petrol bomb.

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EGYPT EVACUEE

A schoolteacher originally from Strabane is told to leave her home in Alexandria following unrest.

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NIGHT OUT - ON STREET

Will people who drink on the streets of Strabane take any notice of a new "tougher" approach? Eve Blair investigates.

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NICEST LITTLE WARDEN

Kate performs a song that lifted spirits during the Derry Blitz - about one particularly nice air raid warden.

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BATHTUB SAILOR

A pensioner decides that the Irish sea is there to be conquered - in a bath tub.

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MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE

A six-year-old girl finds a bottle that had drifted more than two thousand miles across the Atlantic.

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COOPER ON CHESNEY

Ivan Cooper says he believes Fr James Chesney had a role in the Claudy bombing.

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NEW WORDS

The very matchy-matchy Anita Robinson is disappointed in cheeseball, Enda McClafferty.

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BOMB WITNESS

Lotfi Jalloul saw the bomb blast that caused damage to his kebab shop when it exploded outside Strand Road police station in Derry.

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HURRICANE RESPECTS

One of Alex Higgins greatest fans makes the journey to Belfast to pay his last respects.

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NICE GERRY

Gerry informs Sean Coyle that he is kind, sensitive, and with a heart of corn.

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NO TAX PLEASE

A Derry man living in Donegal says he will go to jail before he pays the tax to import his car to the republic.

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VEHICLE STAND-OFF

A Donegal woman who didn't pay Vehicle Registration Tax is interviewed during her six-hour stand-off with customs officials.

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OUTLAWED SKUNK

The owner of a "head shop" speaks to Mark Patterson after spending the day bringing goods that had just been banned by the Irish authorities to the Gardai.

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HOUSEBUYING FRENZY

Hundreds of people bought houses over just a few hours in Ballykelly.

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PITCH FOR A HOUSE

Would you camp out in a tent just to get a chance to buy a house? .

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TAKE CARE

As the Western Trust cuts its home care bill, one woman explains how much she values the care she receives.

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MOBILITY TEST

Radio Foyle's Teresa Craig takes a mobility scooter out for a test drive

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INDEPENDENT CLOSES

The last independent supermarket in Strabane closes, with the loss of dozens of jobs.

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HEART ACHY

Gerry Anderson discovers what Sean Coyle's been playing while he was away.

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BRIDGE TAKES SHAPE

Derry's new footbridge over the Foyle begins to take shape.

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UNHEALTHY DANCE?

Irish dancing can seriously damage your health, say researchers.

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KNOTTY PROBLEM

Who you gonna call if you've got an invader on your land that can grow through concrete?

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"POINTLESS" INQUIRY

Alliance leader, David Ford, says he stands by his view that the Bloody Sunday Inquiry is "pointless".

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BEAUTIFUL DUMP

Dan Stanton investigates an illegal dump on a scenic mountain-top in Donegal.

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RETURN TO TOWN

A former minister returns to the town he once preached in 20 years after he was forced to leave.

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DIAMOND DUST

Mary discovers a strange phenomenon during one of the coldest, foggiest, nights of the year.

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WRINKLED GERRY

Gerry Anderson takes exception to Sean Coyle's tone of voice.

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TAXI "AMBUSH"

A taxi driver was injured when rocks were thrown at him from a gate in Derry city.

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OLIVES BLEEDING

A cairn is to be erected to a young Tyrone man who died in the olive groves of Spain.

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FIREBALL

Joss Scott spots a spectacular space rock hurtling through the sky.

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GROUNDHOG DAY

An animal rights group says we should replace groundhogs with animatronics .

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HEAVEN'S DOOR

Paddy Quinn says she doesn't mind dying, but she doesn't want to be injured.

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DON'T TOUCH

Laura Doherty grew up as a mixed race child in an otherwise all-white school.

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SKIN

A mother says her child tried to wash her skin white after racial taunts.

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BRING BACK TOWNLANDS

Barry McElduff admits he comes from "the field where giddy people might congregate".

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VOODOO

An African man responds to claims the Haitian earthquake was sent by God to punish the practice of Voodoo.

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RAYTHEON

Eamon McCann says the closure of Raytheon factory in Derry is "mission accomplished".

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SNOWED IN

Eve Blair goes in search of Jo, who was snowed in for three weeks.

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ICY FLOW

Ice sheets have been spotted on the River Foyle. Jenny Witt went to investigate.

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WARZONE CAMERAMAN

Warzone cameraman, Mark McCauley, spoke to Mark Patterson about his life and choices.

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SLEDGE RIDE

Radio Foyle newsreader, Jenny Witt, took her chances on a slippery slope after a snow flurry.

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STAMPED OUT

It's the season of good will but, it appears, we're not saying it with as many Christmas cards this year.

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PERCEPTION

A Derry City Councillor, Billy Page, has been describing how illness changed his perception of his life.

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WELCOME TO IRELAND

Would you be offended to get a text message welcoming you to Ireland whenever you cross the border?

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TRAVELLER'S DIARY

An Irish traveller, keeps an audio diary for a day in her life, in Derry.

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BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE

Ireland fares badly when a website dating service is launched which is only available to "beautiful people".

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CARING SISTERS

Two sisters were so worried about their mother, who has dementia, they cared for her in hospital.

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CHILD MIGRANT

A Brandywell woman who was sent to Australia as a child waited more than fifty years to hear an apology.

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WATCH OUT

Peggy calls for a neighbourhood watch for her beloved Elmwood Street in Derry City.

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FLOODED FARM

Robin Walsh stood in his flooded farmyard with Joe Doran.

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MAKING A MUCKLE

If you're starving, would you have a poke of ice cream, or just put on a ganzie?

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ON FIRE

Rodney didn't believe he'd caught fire when someone decided it would be fun to put a firework down his vest.

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BUZZARD SOCKED

Marlene wonders whether she was right to put a sock on the head of an injured buzzard.

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SHOOTING

A Derry woman says she'll leave home after shots were fired through the living room window.

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ATTACKS ON CARS

Some drivers are avoiding parts of Derry city after a number of cars were attacked with mud balls and rocks.

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WASTE OF MONEY

Ratepayers in Derry and Strabane paid nearly £5m in three years to dump their household rubbish.

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BOXED IN?

Can boxing help your state of mind?

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GREEN DYING

More and more people are considering getting buried in a "green" coffin.

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LIVING FORGERY

Kate Smurthwaite passed herself off as a genuine Goretti Horgan.

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SEARCHING FOR LIMBO

Mary contacted the Sarah Brett show to ask if anyone knew where her baby was buried.

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FIGHTING FIRE

How do you fight a fire when it's got a hold in half a million tyres?

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ALL IN A NAME

Should GAA clubs have funding cut if they adopt the name of dead IRA members?

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COMING OF AGE

Maureen retired reluctantly. Tim leapt at the chance. But should you have to retire at 65?

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ON QUEUE

Billy was surprised at where he was asked to queue when he arrived at City of Derry airport.

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PEDESTRIAN SCARE

A blind pedestrian tried to cross a pedestrian crossing in Derry - to find that drivers were also passing through.

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MICKEY O'HANLON

Tributes are paid on the death of one of the last members of the Clipper Carltons, Mickey O' Hanlon.

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GATES

A gang of people forcibly removed gates in the Bogside that had been put up to curb antisocial behaviour.

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EPILEPSY

The mother of an epileptic man beaten with sledgehammers and iron bars in Strabane says her son's lucky to be alive.

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COMPENSATION

Mary Hamilton, who was injured in the Claudy bombing, says she was treated like a commodity when she received compensation.

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BRIEDGE'S STORY

Briedge doesn't blame children for their antisocial behaviour directed at her. She blames their parents.

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MUSIC FESTIVAL

Ireland's largest festival of music, song and dance could be making its way to Derry, for the first time.

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ELECTRICITY SHOCK

A pensioner is told it'll cost him £70,000 to have electricity installed in his home.

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EDDIE IZZARD

Michael O'Donnell discovered the "primal" side of comedian, and marathon runner, Eddie Izzard.

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COMMUNITY HERO

A man who contracted polio as a toddler, and cannot use his legs, is named an “active community hero”

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SUPERGLUE

Who would superglue the used clothing bins of a local charity?

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CLAMPED

Tina on the woes of being clamped outside her own house.

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WEATHER LORE

It seems only one man got the weather forecast for the summer right. Amateur weatherman, Michael Gallagher.

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CLOCK WATCHING

Eric White joined Derry's players in training for their Europa League clash with CSKA Sofia.

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WOLF WHISTLING

Freya McClements investigates the phenomenon of wolf whistling in Irvinestown.

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GIVING UP BABY

Monica tells how she gave up her baby, and never was able to hold her.

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RATS

A Creggan woman says she's so worried about rats she won't let her children out.

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SWINE FLU

Enda gets caught up in a swine flu scare following a family holiday.

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POSTCARD

Gerry Anderson bemoans the lack of postcards in his correspondence.

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VICTIM

The victim of a "sectarian" attack in the Fountain speaks to Sarah Brett.

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SHIPS THAT PASS

Teresa Craig investigates Derry's disappearing cruise ships.

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WHITE SNAKE

Sharon tried to trap a snake with a feather duster and a plastic bag.

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HONEY TRAP

Richard Martinez denies that hiring a private investigator to spy on your partner is immoral.

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CHARITY DODGERS

Charity collector, Peter Jack, says he's practically given up street collecting.

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BOG SNORKEL

Conor explains how to become a champion bog snorkeller.

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MONA'S WAR

How Mona became a World War Two bride.

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FLUFF PLAGUE

Catherine encounters a downpour of white fluff.

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WANDERER

A centenary celebration sparked memories of wartime - and the GIs - for Teresa.

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TERRORISE

How do you hold young people accountable if they terrorise their own community?

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HOVER

An unusual British invention celebrates its fiftieth birthday.

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SUMMER DRINK

In the summertime thoughts turn to drinking in a park.

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TAXI DRIVER

Terry keeps an audio diary of one weekend driving a taxi.

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BUS STOPS

John wonders when is a bus stop not a bus stop.

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AIRPORT COSTS

Liam came across some surprising airport costs.

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