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    “Gather up the pots and the old tin cans... the mash, the corn, the barley and the bran...run like the devil from the excise man...keep...
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    • madeinireland What are the crafts and skills that say something about our culture, our heritage and our sense of being Irish? What stories do the people who practiced these skills have to tell, and how have these skills and traditions been passed on to new generations of Irish people? Made in Ireland is a 13 part radio series, presented by Ella McSweeney, which tells the stories of what we used to make in this country, and how such traditions and skills are continuing today. It's the story of Ireland's manufacturing past, present and future. The series will be broadcast live on the "Today with Pat Kenny Show" on RTE Radio 1, and on RTE Digital. Episode 1 will be broadcast on RTÉ Radio during the Today with Pat Kenny show on Monday 3rd October and runs for 13 weeks. Episode 1 - Microwaved Wood When you burn wood in the absence of oxygen, what’s left is a powerful substance that can burn at 2,700 degrees Celsius. Not only that, but Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci would have been lost without it; it makes soils more productive; and it can be used in tablet form to aid digestion. Charcoal wasn’t produced in traditional earth kilns in Ireland until the early 20th century. The practice dates back over 1,000 years and today, charcoal production is having a comeback. Liam O’Sullivan from Durrow, Co. Laois shows Ella how he makes charcoal for fuel and for drawing, while Niall Kenny takes her to a site where one of Ireland’s most impressive charcoal pits was excavated in Westmeath.
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    • athenamediaie Episode 5, Broadcast on the 31st October 2011 on the Today with Pat Kenny Show, presented by Ella McSweeney Pain Blanc, Waterford-style A small, rotund, white floury bap tells the story of the French Huguenots who arrived in Waterford in the late 1600s. Persecuted in France, they came to east Ireland and set up industries such as linen making, but it was their bakers who inspired the local people. White flour, imported from France, was used to make ‘pain blanc’ - white bread. The locals loved it so much, they made it their own. Today, over 20,000 Waterford Blaas are made every day and Dermot Walsh, a third generation baker whose family have been making bread since the 1920s, is a dab-hand at the Blaa.
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    There is only one local abattoir left in Middleton. It's owned by Frank Murphy, who is the 8th generation butcher in his shop. He cycles...
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    Máirtín MacConrai tells Ella about his experiences making poitin with his father in rural Connemara 50 years ago...
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    Take soda, lime, silica, aluminum oxide and a few other substances, pour into a furnace at 1680 degrees Celsius and you’ve got yourself...
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    Ella McSweeney goes deer stalking in Wicklow with Angus Lee, game keeper at Killruddery House, and Ed Hick, a master butcher from Dublin.
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    • madeinireland Episode 4 is Broadcast on the 24th of October 2011 on the Today with Pat Kenny Show on Rte radio 1, presented by Ella McSweeney Seeing the Light “One day you will get out of bed and it will just happen”, so said the Irish stained glass artist Willie Earley to his young apprentice, Evan Connon, who had spent 3 years perfecting the art of drawing in his Dundrum studio. Stained glass artistry was in the blood. Evan’s grandfather worked for the genius Harry Clarke. Evan shows Ella his studio and shows her his favourite piece of Harry Clarke work in North Dublin. She meets Willie Earley and sees one of his last pieces of work in Co. Meath.
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    • athenamediaie Episode 10 - Poitin will be broadcast on 05th December with Ella McSweeney on Today with Pat Kenny from 10am
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    • athenamediaie Episode 6 Silversmiths broadcast on 7th November with Ella McSweeney on Today with Pat Kenny on RTÉ Radio 1 from 10am
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    • athenamediaie Episode 4 Broadcast on the 24th October 2011 on the Today with Pat Kenny Show, presented by Ella McSweeney Seeing the Light “One day you will get out of bed and it will just happen”, so said the Irish stained glass artist Willie Earley to his young apprentice, Evan Connon, who had spent 3 years perfecting the art of drawing in his Dundrum studio. Stained glass artistry was in the blood. Evan’s grandfather worked for the genius Harry Clarke. Evan shows Ella his studio and shows her his favourite piece of Harry Clarke work in North Dublin. She meets Willie Earley and sees one of his last pieces of work in Co. Meath.
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    • athenamediaie Episode 2 broadcast on 10th October 2011 on the Today with Pat Kenny Show, presented by Ella McSweeney Hide and Sow: Leather-working in Ireland It’s no surprise that Ireland used to export vast quantities of leather hide across Europe. Shoes, saddles, sofas - our leather was in demand. But today, there are no tanneries left in the country and only a handful of people are working with leather. Ella meets Willie Power, who spent decades working in Portlaw Tannery in Waterford; she also talks to Paul Ronan who ran the last tannery in Ireland. George Tutty is one man who uses leather every day - for 60 years his family has handmade shoes in Kildare. Ella meets him to find out more.
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    • athenamediaie Episode 10 - Poitin will be broadcast on 05th December with Ella McSweeney on Today with Pat Kenny from 10am
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    • madeinireland Episode 3 broadcast on 17th October 2011 on the Today with Pat Kenny Show on RTÉ Radio 1, presented by Ella McSweeney The Woolly Way It’s a fact all too well known if you farm sheep for a living – but it’s still a surprise to those of us who don’t - to learn that Irish wool, once a premium product, is hardly ever used in knitting anymore. Aran Sweaters, Foxford Rugs, Donegal Tweed - all synonymous with Ireland, and all made with imported wool. One lady who is trying to boost the market for Irish wool is Freda McGill, who keeps rare breed Wendsleydale Sheep in Co. Down. She runs the “Wool Initiative” that connects craftspeople with farmers.
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    • athenamediaie Episode 7 - Instrument making will broadcast on 14th November with Ella McSweeney on Today with Pat Kenny from 10am.
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    • athenamediaie What are the crafts and skills that say something about our culture, our heritage and our sense of being Irish? What stories do the people who practiced these skills have to tell, and how have these skills and traditions been passed on to new generations of Irish people? Made in Ireland is a 13 part radio series, presented by Ella McSweeney, which tells the stories of what we used to make in this country, and how such traditions and skills are continuing today. It's the story of Ireland's manufacturing past, present and future. The series will be broadcast live on the "Today with Pat Kenny Show" on RTE Radio 1, and on RTE Digital. Episode 1 will be broadcast on RTÉ Radio during the Today with Pat Kenny show on Monday 3rd October and runs for 13 weeks. Episode 1 - Microwaved Wood When you burn wood in the absence of oxygen, what’s left is a powerful substance that can burn at 2,700 degrees Celsius. Not only that, but Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci would have been lost without it; it makes soils more productive; and it can be used in tablet form to aid digestion. Charcoal wasn’t produced in traditional earth kilns in Ireland until the early 20th century. The practice dates back over 1,000 years and today, charcoal production is having a comeback. Liam O’Sullivan from Durrow, Co. Laois shows Ella how he makes charcoal for fuel and for drawing, while Niall Kenny takes her to a site where one of Ireland’s most impressive charcoal pits was excavated in Westmeath.
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    • madeinireland Episode 11 - Lacemaking will be broadcast on 12th December with Ella McSweeney on Today with Pat Kenny from 10am
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    • athenamediaie lovely hats pieces about the craft of millinery and hat-makers in Ireland
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    It wasn’t too long ago when you could buy a blanket, scarf or jumper that was made from wool off an Irish sheep. Not any more. Today,...