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Phil Coulter
Phil Coulter
Mary Peters
Mary Peters
Hiring Fairs
Hiring Fairs
Phil Coulter reveals how he hated his first piano lessons - "In My Youth" (1986).
Winning olympic gold - race commentary and interviews with a jubilant Mary Peters
Roy Hamilton, in the "What's West" programme looks at hiring fairs. These, up until 1920's/30's, were how young men and women found work on farms.
Amelia Earhart
Amelia Earhart
Memories of summer seaside magic are conjured up in "Holiday Places Apart: Newcastle", which was broadcast in July 1994 on BBC Radio Ulster.
In 1932, Amelia Earhart became the first woman pilot to cross the Atlantic. She took off from Newfoundland, heading for Britain, but landed well off-course in an open field near Londonderry.
Easter was an important occasion, people liked to look their best and it was often the first outing for new clothes and a beautiful Easter bonnet.

Other archive programmes - click on any link below...

  • Showbands
    The great days of the showbands, and the reason for their demise, are recalled in "Recollections: Dave Glover" (broadcast 1989)

  • Roses
    The Northern Ireland tradition of growing the 'Queen of flowers', the rose, is examined in "Everything's Coming Up Roses" (broadcast in 1986)

  • Nature Search 1982 took to the slopes of Belfast's Cavehill to experience natural greenery such as willow, sycamore, elm and wild garlic, as well as 'town hall clock' Ireland's rarest plant.

  • St.Patrick
    Thousands of people the world over celebrate St Patrick's Day in style on 17th March each year. Here's a programme from 1986 marking the Saint's day.

  • Rathlin
    Cyril Troy visited Rathlin in 1978 to find out whether islanders were hopeful for the future of their island or whether fears of depopulation were justified.

  • De Lorean
    This feature travelled 'back to the future'. In 1979, John De Lorean arrived in Northern Ireland promising hundreds of new jobs in creating the ultimate sports car.

  • The McCooeys
    Grandpa McCooey receives a mysterious parcel from America, in this extract from the popular BBC Northern Ireland series, "The McCooeys".

Archive Interviews - click on any link below ....

  • Titanic Survivor
    Edith Russell talks about how, when the Titanic hit the iceberg, some of the passengers used the ice to make snowballs!

  • Ruby Murray
    Ruby talks about her career, starting at the age of 11.

  • George Best
    George claims he's not a playboy and that he always regrets losing his temper on the pitch. He also talks about his Manchester landlady, who he calls his 'second mother'.

  • Kilkeel Boat Builder
    Bill Quinn talks to Walter Love about sea faring and local characters in the Kilkeel area. (find audio of interview at bottom of 'Kilkeel Boat Builder' page)

  • World War II pilot
    Douglas Cooper talks to Paul Moore about flying bombers over Germany, his time in POW camps and how he has become firm friends with a German pilot he was in battle with.

You can listen to a programme of your own choosing. A wealth of radio recordings are held in the BBC Northern Ireland Archive at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, Cultra. This collection incorporates such diverse subject matter as the arts, music, politics, sport, industry and folklore. To listen to these programmes, contact the Archive Unit at the Museum on (028) 90 428428 or by email at . (Please note, this is a listening facility only and copies of programmes cannot be provided.)

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