Time Of Our Lives [Radio Ulster]

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Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories, experiences and ambitions of older people in Northern Ireland.

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Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories, experiences and ambitions of older people in Northern Ireland.

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Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories, experiences and ambitions of older people in Northern Ireland.

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Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories, experiences and ambitions of older people in Northern Ireland.

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Colum Arbuckle is joined by close friends and fans of Gerry Anderson to remember both his music and broadcasting career.

20150816

Colum Arbuckle is joined by close friends and fans of Gerry Anderson to remember both his music and broadcasting career.

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A special outside broadcast recorded at the University of the Third Age in Newry and features, songs, stories and poems from the Party Pieces group that meets there.

Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories, experiences and ambitions of older people in Northern Ireland.

20151011

Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories, experiences and ambitions of older people in Northern Ireland.

A special outside broadcast recorded at the University of the Third Age in Newry and features, songs, stories and poems from the Party Pieces group that meets there.

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Stories, songs and poems from the U3A in Newry.

Life stories, experiences and ambitions of older people in Northern Ireland

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Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories, experiences and ambitions of older people in Northern Ireland. His guests this week are sisters Bridget Owens and Marian Keenan.

20151101

Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories, experiences and ambitions of older people in Northern Ireland. His guests this week are sisters Bridget Owens and Marian Keenan.

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Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories, experiences and ambitions of older people in Northern Ireland. His guests this week are Nick Menhinick and Bill Morrison.

20151129

Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories, experiences and ambitions of older people in Northern Ireland. His guests this week are Nick Menhinick and Bill Morrison.

20151206

Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories of older people in Northern Ireland. His guests in this show are charity worker Ian Campbell and retired teacher Grainne McCaffrey.

20151206

Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories of older people in Northern Ireland. His guests in this show are charity worker Ian Campbell and retired teacher Grainne McCaffrey.

20151213
20151213

Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories, experiences and ambitions of older people in Northern Ireland.

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Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories, experiences and ambitions of older people in Northern Ireland.

Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories of older people in Northern Ireland.

20160110
20160117
20160117

Colum Arbuckle's guests are photographer Stanley Matchett and writer and musician Bryan Gallagher.

20160117

Colum Arbuckle's guests are photographer Stanley Matchett and writer and musician Bryan Gallagher.

20160124
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Colum Arbuckle's guests are Anthea McWilliams and Bert McCormick. Anthea is a dancer who has danced the length and breadth of Ireland. Bert has been a music man since he was seven years old, performing with skiffle groups and showbands. Colum also speaks with Tyrone man Mick McIlkenny, who was one of President Kennedy's bodyguards during his visit to Ireland in the summer of 1963.

20160424

Colum Arbuckle's guests are Anthea McWilliams and Bert McCormick. Anthea is a dancer who has danced the length and breadth of Ireland. Bert has been a music man since he was seven years old, performing with skiffle groups and showbands. Colum also speaks with Tyrone man Mick McIlkenny, who was one of President Kennedy's bodyguards during his visit to Ireland in the summer of 1963.

20160501
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More inspiring stories from the third age with Colum Arbuckle, including the law lecturer who serenades students with his ukulele, the accountant recovering from burn-out and the creative path to good health.

20160515

More inspiring stories from the third age with Colum Arbuckle, including the law lecturer who serenades students with his ukulele, the accountant recovering from burn-out and the creative path to good health.

20160522
20160522

Colum Arbuckle's guests are the Galway girl who lived in Franco's Spain, the Belfast woman who has turned her mother's memories of the Blitz into a play and the Presbyterian minister with a passion for Punch and Judy.

20160522

Colum Arbuckle's guests are the Galway girl who lived in Franco's Spain, the Belfast woman who has turned her mother's memories of the Blitz into a play and the Presbyterian minister with a passion for Punch and Judy.

20160529
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Colum Arbuckle is joined by writers Angela Currie and Tom Jobling, who write about their very different life experiences - Spain during WW2 and sailing on the high seas.

20160612

Colum Arbuckle is joined by writers Angela Currie and Tom Jobling, who write about their very different life experiences - Spain during WW2 and sailing on the high seas.

20160619
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Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories, experiences and ambitions of older people in Northern Ireland.

20160703

Colum Arbuckle's are James Watson, a member of Men United who has also had a play broadcast by Radio 4, and Terry Munroe, a lifelong rower who competed until he was 75.

20160703

Colum Arbuckle's are James Watson, a member of Men United who has also had a play broadcast by Radio 4, and Terry Munroe, a lifelong rower who competed until he was 75.

20160710
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Colum Arbuckle's guests are are married couple Indu and Naresh Jarath who are originally from India's Punjab region and settled in Northern Ireland many years ago.

20160717

Colum Arbuckle's guests are are married couple Indu and Naresh Jarath who are originally from India's Punjab region and settled in Northern Ireland many years ago.

20160724

Colum Arbuckle travels back to the 1960s to relive the music and fashion of the decade.

As part of BBC Music's My Generation Week, Colum Arbuckle relives 1960s music and fashion in the company of musicians Jackie Flavelle and Muriel Day.

20160724

Colum Arbuckle travels back to the 1960s to relive the music and fashion of the decade.

Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories, experiences and ambitions of older people in Northern Ireland.

As part of BBC Music's My Generation Week, Colum Arbuckle relives 1960s music and fashion in the company of musicians Jackie Flavelle and Muriel Day.

20160731

Colum's guests are Gerry Scallon and Brendan McCann.

Colum Arbuckle's guests are well-travelled hotelier Gerry Scallon and Brendan McCann, a west Belfast man that spent 25 years in the army.

Colum's guests are Gerry Scallon and Brendan McCann.

Colum Arbuckle's guests are well-travelled hotelier Gerry Scallon and Brendan McCann, a west Belfast man that spent 25 years in the army.

20160807

Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories, experiences and ambitions of older people in Northern Ireland.

Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories of older people in Northern Ireland.

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Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories, experiences and ambitions of older people in Northern Ireland.

20160918

Colum Arbuckle's guests are film-maker and songwriter John T Davis, and Bill Cheney, who, after 40 years of working as an engineer, now fronts his own jazz quintet.

20160925
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20161002

Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories, experiences and ambitions of older people in Northern Ireland. Sheila Hughes was once a showgirl in the Empire Theatre in Belfast, where she trod the boards for many years and has plenty of gossip from the golden age of the musical hall. Jim O'Hagan is a local historian who has created a history trail which includes the old theatrical digs of Belfast.

Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories, experiences and ambitions of older people in Northern Ireland.

20161002

Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories, experiences and ambitions of older people in Northern Ireland. Sheila Hughes was once a showgirl in the Empire Theatre in Belfast, where she trod the boards for many years and has plenty of gossip from the golden age of the musical hall. Jim O'Hagan is a local historian who has created a history trail which includes the old theatrical digs of Belfast.

Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories, experiences and ambitions of older people in Northern Ireland.

20161009

As part of the BBC's My Generation series, Colum Arbuckle travels back to the 1970s in the company of singer and broadcaster Candy Devine, who became a household name during that decade and Michael Carlin, whose family ran one of the most famous record shops in Ireland. Plus, the man who introduced the Undertones to Terri Hooley.

20161009

As part of the BBC's My Generation series, Colum Arbuckle travels back to the 1970s in the company of singer and broadcaster Candy Devine, who became a household name during that decade and Michael Carlin, whose family ran one of the most famous record shops in Ireland. Plus, the man who introduced the Undertones to Terri Hooley.

20161016

Colum Arbuckle's guests are Betty Craig, who worked for the Queen's Festival for over 30 years, and Colin Agnew, who runs the tropical ravine at Belfast's Botanic Gardens.

20161016

Colum Arbuckle's guests are Betty Craig, who worked for the Queen's Festival for over 30 years, and Colin Agnew, who runs the tropical ravine at Belfast's Botanic Gardens.

20161023

Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories of older people in Northern Ireland. His guests this week are former srtunt man Ash McFadden and musisian Clive Culbertson.

20161023

Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories of older people in Northern Ireland. His guests this week are former srtunt man Ash McFadden and musisian Clive Culbertson.

20161030
20161030

Colum Arbuckle is in Enniskillen for a special Halloween edition of the programme, filled with stories - spooky and otherwise - from the Fermanagh Writers Group.

20161030

Colum Arbuckle is in Enniskillen for a special Halloween edition of the programme, filled with stories - spooky and otherwise - from the Fermanagh Writers Group.

20161106
20161106

Colum Arbuckle's guests this week are Lynda Tavakoli and Hilary Reid.

Lynda is a writer who has often drawn on childhood weekends spent in Fermanagh for inspiration. She has also been married three times - to the same husband!

Hilary was a teacher and is also a writer. At one time, she was the voice at the other end of the phone when Europeans called the Irish Tourist Board, and she once failed an audition for the legendary Northern Ireland home service programme Childrens Hour.

20161106

Colum Arbuckle's guests this week are Lynda Tavakoli and Hilary Reid.

Lynda is a writer who has often drawn on childhood weekends spent in Fermanagh for inspiration. She has also been married three times - to the same husband!

Hilary was a teacher and is also a writer. At one time, she was the voice at the other end of the phone when Europeans called the Irish Tourist Board, and she once failed an audition for the legendary Northern Ireland home service programme Childrens Hour.

20161113
20161113

Colum Arbuckle's guests this week are John Burns and Billy McCombe.

John travelled the world as an officer in the Merchant Navy and Billy was a photographer. Today, they perform together as a musical duo called Second Chance.

20161113

Colum Arbuckle's guests this week are John Burns and Billy McCombe.

John travelled the world as an officer in the Merchant Navy and Billy was a photographer. Today, they perform together as a musical duo called Second Chance.

Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories of older people in Northern Ireland and hears about the experiences and ambitions of this vibrant community.

20161120
20161120

Colum Arbuckle presents stories from people enjoying life in the 'Third Age.' His guests this week are Hazel Magowan, a former nurse who spent many years living in Jamaica. For the past 30 years, she has been involved with an organisation called Friendship Force International which welcomes people from around the world to NI..

Ida Martin is 91 years old and an active volunteer with special needs children. Her husband proposed to her on their very first (blind) date - and she said yes.

20161120

Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories of older people in Northern Ireland and hears about the experiences and ambitions of this vibrant community.

Colum Arbuckle presents stories from people enjoying life in the 'Third Age.' His guests this week are Hazel Magowan, a former nurse who spent many years living in Jamaica. For the past 30 years, she has been involved with an organisation called Friendship Force International which welcomes people from around the world to NI..

Ida Martin is 91 years old and an active volunteer with special needs children. Her husband proposed to her on their very first (blind) date - and she said yes...

20161204

Colum Arbuckle and guests share stories from life in the 'Third Age.' His guests this week are Maura Ward, who travels the world blogging under the name 'The Geriatric Traveller' and Gerry Egan, whose work as an organ restorer has also taken him to faraway places.

Colum tries the ancient art of Tai Chi and there's news of a very special concert of carols coming up at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast.

20161204

Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories of older people in Northern Ireland and hears about the experiences and ambitions of this vibrant community.

Colum Arbuckle and guests share stories from life in the 'Third Age.' His guests this week are Maura Ward, who travels the world blogging under the name 'The Geriatric Traveller' and Gerry Egan, whose work as an organ restorer has also taken him to faraway places.

Colum tries the ancient art of Tai Chi and there's news of a very special concert of carols coming up at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast.

20161211

Colum Arbuckle's guests this week are David Florida James and Seamus McAnee.

David has a most unusual middle name and how he came by it is a story worthy of a Hollywood blockbuster. Seamus was a singer and a swimming coach and it was during a music tour in America that a chance meeting led to a unique swimming alliance which will be celebrating a 35 year anniversary at the end of this month. Colum also meets a Pantomime Dame and has an exclusive interview with Santa Claus.

Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories of older people in Northern Ireland and hears about the experiences and ambitions of this vibrant community.

20161218
20161218

Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories of older people in Northern Ireland and hears about the experiences and ambitions of this vibrant community.

20161218

Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories of older people in Northern Ireland and hears about the experiences and ambitions of this vibrant community.

20161226

Colum Arbuckle unwraps a selection box of great stories, guests and features from Time Of Our Lives, including Audrey Bell and Roma Tomelty remembering the McCooeys, Una McCafferty recalling her encounter with Elvis and Sheila Morrison on the Empire Theatre's rebellious parrot, Ashby.

20161226

Colum Arbuckle unwraps a selection box of great stories, guests and features from Time Of Our Lives, including Audrey Bell and Roma Tomelty remembering the McCooeys, Una McCafferty recalling her encounter with Elvis and Sheila Morrison on the Empire Theatre's rebellious parrot, Ashby.

20170101

Colum Arbuckle revisits some of the programme's best stories from 2016, including the lady who married the same man three times, the man who swapped motor cars for jazz, the woman who grew up in a chocolate town and Candy Devine remembering the 1960s.

20170101

Colum Arbuckle revisits some of the programme's best stories from 2016, including the lady who married the same man three times, the man who swapped motor cars for jazz, the woman who grew up in a chocolate town and Candy Devine remembering the 1960s.

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Colum Arbuckle's guests this week are Felicity Graham and Cecil Holmes. Both are now retired, and Felicity spends her spare time writing and finds inspiration from her experiences both as a radio reporter and an auctioneer. Cecil is from Stranocum. He was a teacher and now spends six months of every year Cambodia, working in education. Colum also gets a lesson on the ukulele and meets the man who has turned his front room into a snooker hall.

20170115

Colum Arbuckle's guests this week are Felicity Graham and Cecil Holmes. Both are now retired, and Felicity spends her spare time writing and finds inspiration from her experiences both as a radio reporter and an auctioneer. Cecil is from Stranocum. He was a teacher and now spends six months of every year Cambodia, working in education. Colum also gets a lesson on the ukulele and meets the man who has turned his front room into a snooker hall.

20170122

Colum Arbuckle's guests this week are Gerry Coe, who began his career as a photographer over 60 years ago but who, since his retirement, has specialised in smart phone photography, and Trevor Foster, whose career in the oil industry took him to Italy, Norway, Sweden and, ultimately, Aberdeen.

20170122

Colum Arbuckle's guests this week are Gerry Coe, who began his career as a photographer over 60 years ago but who, since his retirement, has specialised in smart phone photography, and Trevor Foster, whose career in the oil industry took him to Italy, Norway, Sweden and, ultimately, Aberdeen.

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Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories of older people in Northern Ireland and hears about the experiences and ambitions of this vibrant community.

20170212

Colum Arbuckle's guests are James Armour and Alfie Davies. James grew up on a farm just outside Maghera and, after a career in the RAF and then another one training horses, he has written a book looking back on his early life. Alfie was a money man during his working life but music was always his passion. Playing it, teaching it, writing it and recording it, he has never been far from a stringed instrument since he was a young man. Plus, how to find the right words of love for St Valentine's Day.

20170219

Colum Arbuckle's guests are Margaret Dalloway and Patricia Donald. Margaret was a civil servant and worked for the Inland Revenue. Patricia went into nursing and became one of the Chief Nurses for Northern Ireland. Both ladies have retired now but are very active in the Pensioners Parliament, where the many skills they acquired during their working careers are being put to good use. Plus Colum finds out how playing golf can make retirement go with a swing.

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Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories of older people in Northern Ireland and hears about the experiences and ambitions of this vibrant community.

20170514
20170514

Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories of older people in Northern Ireland.

20170611

Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories of older people in Northern Ireland.

Colum Arbuckle's guests this week are Mary Hill and Pat McLaughlin. Mary has been teaching ballet since she was a young girl and still takes classes five days a week. Pat was an engineer in London before joining the BBC and becoming friendly with stars such as Harry Seacombe, Max Bygraves and Cilla Black. Plus, celebrating the music of Percy French, how do you do a magic trick on the radio?
And will it be a hit or a miss? - we remember Jukebox Jury.

20170611

Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories of older people in Northern Ireland.

Colum Arbuckle's guests this week are Mary Hill and Pat McLaughlin. Mary has been teaching ballet since she was a young girl and still takes classes five days a week. Pat was an engineer in London before joining the BBC and becoming friendly with stars such as Harry Seacombe, Max Bygraves and Cilla Black. Plus, celebrating the music of Percy French, how do you do a magic trick on the radio?
And will it be a hit or a miss? - we remember Jukebox Jury.

20170618
20170618

Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories of older people in Northern Ireland.

20170625

Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories of older people in Northern Ireland.

Colum Arbuckle's guests this week are Sheila Dodds and Richard Abbot.

Sheila was a very active trade unionist who married the man who lived next door to her sister. She loves to travel the world following her son, who works in the oil business.

Richard is an artist, musician, film-maker and songwriter. He became friends with Chuck Berry and wrote one of Ireland's entries for the Eurovision Song Contest.

We remember the beginnings of Harry Pottermania 20 years ago, and Colum learns how to waltz.

20170625

Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories of older people in Northern Ireland.

Colum Arbuckle's guests this week are Sheila Dodds and Richard Abbot.

Sheila was a very active trade unionist who married the man who lived next door to her sister. She loves to travel the world following her son, who works in the oil business.

Richard is an artist, musician, film-maker and songwriter. He became friends with Chuck Berry and wrote one of Ireland's entries for the Eurovision Song Contest.

We remember the beginnings of Harry Pottermania 20 years ago, and Colum learns how to waltz.

20170702
20170702

Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories of older people in Northern Ireland.

20170709
20170709

Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories of older people in Northern Ireland.

At this time of the year, when many of us are preparing to go on holiday, Colum Arbuckle meets some fascinating people for whom travel has been a life changer. Colum's guests include Betty Craig, who grew up in the Cadbury's town of Bourneville before settling in Belfast to work at the Belfast Festival. Writer Lynda Tavakoli moved to the United States, where she met and married a man from the Middle East and took him back to Lisburn, while Indu and Naresh Jareth settled in north Antrim in the 60s and have been here ever since.

20170709

Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories of older people in Northern Ireland.

At this time of the year, when many of us are preparing to go on holiday, Colum Arbuckle meets some fascinating people for whom travel has been a life changer. Colum's guests include Betty Craig, who grew up in the Cadbury's town of Bourneville before settling in Belfast to work at the Belfast Festival. Writer Lynda Tavakoli moved to the United States, where she met and married a man from the Middle East and took him back to Lisburn, while Indu and Naresh Jareth settled in north Antrim in the 60s and have been here ever since.

20170716
20170716

Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories of older people in Northern Ireland.

Colum Arbuckle visits the Arcadia in Portush, at one time one of the most famous ballrooms in Ireland. He talks to people who went there to dance in the 50s and 60s as well as those who attend the yoga, zumba and pilates classes that are offered for older people at the Arcadia today. Muriel Day, Billy McFarland and Noel McKeery provide the music.

20170716

Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories of older people in Northern Ireland.

Colum Arbuckle visits the Arcadia in Portush, at one time one of the most famous ballrooms in Ireland. He talks to people who went there to dance in the 50s and 60s as well as those who attend the yoga, zumba and pilates classes that are offered for older people at the Arcadia today. Muriel Day, Billy McFarland and Noel McKeery provide the music.

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Colum travels to the seaside for a special programme from the Arcadia in Portush.

Life stories, experiences and ambitions of older people in Northern Ireland

Colum Arbuckle visits the Arcadia in Portush, at one time one of the most famous ballrooms in Ireland. He talks to people who went there to dance in the 50s and 60s as well as those who attend the yoga, zumba and pilates classes that are offered for older people at the Arcadia today. Muriel Day, Billy McFarland and Noel McKeery provide the music.

20170723

Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories of older people in Northern Ireland.

Colum Arbuckle's guests this week are Majella Brady and Tom Sweeney who have both enjoyed long careers in music.
Majella turned down an offer of a job with the Joe Loss Orchestra before becoming a hit maker in her own right and Tom once got a call from the FBI ordering him to sing for the President at the Whitehouse.

Michael Carlin remembers his days as a 'boy smuggler' and this week's pick from the radio archives recalls how the moon landing of July 1969 inspired a pop classic.

20170723

Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories of older people in Northern Ireland.

Colum Arbuckle's guests this week are Majella Brady and Tom Sweeney who have both enjoyed long careers in music.
Majella turned down an offer of a job with the Joe Loss Orchestra before becoming a hit maker in her own right and Tom once got a call from the FBI ordering him to sing for the President at the Whitehouse.

Michael Carlin remembers his days as a 'boy smuggler' and this week's pick from the radio archives recalls how the moon landing of July 1969 inspired a pop classic.

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20170820

Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories of older people in Northern Ireland.

Colum Arbuckle's guests are Anne McClinton and Aidan Campbell. Anne always had ambitions to be a journalist and graduated from working in local newspapers to a career at Punch magazine in the 1970s. When ill health forced Aidan to retire from his job as a business consultant, he began a new career as a local historian. He now has fourteen books under his belt.

20170820

Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories of older people in Northern Ireland.

Colum Arbuckle's guests are Anne McClinton and Aidan Campbell. Anne always had ambitions to be a journalist and graduated from working in local newspapers to a career at Punch magazine in the 1970s. When ill health forced Aidan to retire from his job as a business consultant, he began a new career as a local historian. He now has fourteen books under his belt.

20170827
20170827

Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories of older people in Northern Ireland.

Colum Arbuckle's guests this week are Maureen Martin and Kevin Keenan.
Maureen is a model guest - quite literally. She has been on the catwalk since she was in her teens and now runs her own modelling agency.
Although he is based in Randalstown, Kevin's life revolves around Ethiopia. After taking early retirement, he and his wife started a charity which has built two schools there and they regularly travel to the country to check on their progress. Colum joins two ham radio enthusiasts as they tune into the big wide world, Thomas Jobling reads an extract from his new novel set on the high seas and there is news of what's on offer for a new season at the University of the Third Age.

20170827

Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories of older people in Northern Ireland.

Colum Arbuckle's guests this week are Maureen Martin and Kevin Keenan.
Maureen is a model guest - quite literally. She has been on the catwalk since she was in her teens and now runs her own modelling agency.
Although he is based in Randalstown, Kevin's life revolves around Ethiopia. After taking early retirement, he and his wife started a charity which has built two schools there and they regularly travel to the country to check on their progress. Colum joins two ham radio enthusiasts as they tune into the big wide world, Thomas Jobling reads an extract from his new novel set on the high seas and there is news of what's on offer for a new season at the University of the Third Age.

20170903
20170903

Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories of older people in Northern Ireland.

20170903

Colum Arbuckle with a special outside broadcast from Omagh.

Life stories, experiences and ambitions of older people in Northern Ireland

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Colum Arbuckle with a special outside broadcast from Omagh.

Life stories, experiences and ambitions of older people in Northern Ireland

Colum Arbuckle with a special outside broadcast from Omagh.|Life stories, experiences and ambitions of older people in Northern Ireland|

20170910

Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories of older people in Northern Ireland.

Colum Arbuckle's guests this week are John Cunningham and Gerry McCool. John was a youth worker during some of the toughest years of the Troubles. He has always been sporty too and now, in his seventies, he enjoys canoeing and Tai Chi. Gerry McCool spent years digging up interesting things during his career as an archaeologist. These days, he publishes stories and poems about his life as a doting grandad. Colum also meets musician Trevor Keys, and we'll have the usual written reflection and dip into the BBC archives.

20170910

Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories of older people in Northern Ireland.

Colum Arbuckle's guests this week are John Cunningham and Gerry McCool. John was a youth worker during some of the toughest years of the Troubles. He has always been sporty too and now, in his seventies, he enjoys canoeing and Tai Chi. Gerry McCool spent years digging up interesting things during his career as an archaeologist. These days, he publishes stories and poems about his life as a doting grandad. Colum also meets musician Trevor Keys, and we'll have the usual written reflection and dip into the BBC archives.

20170910

Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories of older people in Northern Ireland.

Colum Arbuckle's guests this week are John Cunningham and Gerry McCool. John was a youth worker during some of the toughest years of the Troubles. He has always been sporty too and now, in his seventies, he enjoys canoeing and Tai Chi. Gerry McCool spent years digging up interesting things during his career as an archaeologist. These days, he publishes stories and poems about his life as a doting grandad. Colum also meets musician Trevor Keys, and we'll have the usual written reflection and dip into the BBC archives.

20170917
20170917

Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories of older people in Northern Ireland.

Colum Arbuckle's guests are Madeline McCulley and Jim Corr.

Madeline is a painter, a book Illustrator, a writer and a collector of stories. Jim was once a rodeo rider in America. He has sailed on the Tall Ships, and is also a musician and songwriter.

Colum joins the Memory Walk in aid of dementia research, and we travel back in time to September 1965 and the launch of the iconic television series Thunderbirds.

20170917

Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories of older people in Northern Ireland.

Colum Arbuckle's guests are Madeline McCulley and Jim Corr.

Madeline is a painter, a book Illustrator, a writer and a collector of stories. Jim was once a rodeo rider in America. He has sailed on the Tall Ships, and is also a musician and songwriter.

Colum joins the Memory Walk in aid of dementia research, and we travel back in time to September 1965 and the launch of the iconic television series Thunderbirds.

20170924

"Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories of older people in Northern Ireland.

Colum Arbuckle's guests are Gill Magill and John Livingstone. Both are retired teachers, but with very different tales to tell. Gill is a Lancashire lass who met her husband on a blind date and, after a few moves around England, came to live in Larne where she now spends much of her time writing crime fiction. John is originally from Belfast. He contracted TB when he was just 16 years old, met his future wife in hospital, qualified as a teacher and spent his professional career on the island of Jersey, where he still lives.

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20170924

Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories of older people in Northern Ireland.

Colum Arbuckle's guests are Gill Magill and John Livingstone. Both are retired teachers, but with very different tales to tell. Gill is a Lancashire lass who met her husband on a blind date and, after a few moves around England, came to live in Larne where she now spends much of her time writing crime fiction. John is originally from Belfast. He contracted TB when he was just 16 years old, met his future wife in hospital, qualified as a teacher and spent his professional career on the island of Jersey, where he still lives.

20170924

Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories of older people in Northern Ireland.

Colum Arbuckle's guests are Gill Magill and John Livingstone. Both are retired teachers, but with very different tales to tell. Gill is a Lancashire lass who met her husband on a blind date and, after a few moves around England, came to live in Larne where she now spends much of her time writing crime fiction. John is originally from Belfast. He contracted TB when he was just 16 years old, met his future wife in hospital, qualified as a teacher and spent his professional career on the island of Jersey, where he still lives.

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20171001

Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories of older people in Northern Ireland.

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20171008

Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories of older people in Northern Ireland.

Colum Arbuckle's guests this week are Maureen McKeown and Sylvia Anderson.

Maureen was recently diagnosed with motor neurone disease but that hasn't deterred her from writing a book about her great aunt who, when she was a nun in Australia, ran away from a convent in the middle of the night with nothing but a nightdress to her name.

Sylvia was once a holiday rep in Crete but, after she took up amateur dramatics when she was in her 50s, she managed to enrol as an extra in many well-known films and TV shows, including Game of Thrones.

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Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories of older people in Northern Ireland.

Colum Arbuckle's guests this week are Maureen McKeown and Sylvia Anderson.

Maureen was recently diagnosed with motor neurone disease but that hasn't deterred her from writing a book about her great aunt who, when she was a nun in Australia, ran away from a convent in the middle of the night with nothing but a nightdress to her name.

Sylvia was once a holiday rep in Crete but, after she took up amateur dramatics when she was in her 50s, she managed to enrol as an extra in many well-known films and TV shows, including Game of Thrones.

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20171015

Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories of older people in Northern Ireland.

Colum Arbuckle's guests this week are Desmond Donnelly and Stewart Barbour. Both men lived in Africa in their younger days. Stewart actually lived there in a car and once woke up with a rhino too close for comfort. Desmond worked on the railway in Zambia, then became a priest and moved to America where he once met John Wayne in a diner.

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Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories of older people in Northern Ireland.

Colum Arbuckle's guests this week are Desmond Donnelly and Stewart Barbour. Both men lived in Africa in their younger days. Stewart actually lived there in a car and once woke up with a rhino too close for comfort. Desmond worked on the railway in Zambia, then became a priest and moved to America where he once met John Wayne in a diner.

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20171022

Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories of older people in Northern Ireland.

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Colum Arbuckle's guest are Colin Craig and Clark Wilson.

Colum Arbuckle's guest are Colin Craig and Clark Wilson. Colin was a director of Corrymeela, before becoming an international advisor on conflict dialogue in many infamous troubles around the world. Clark is a musician whose musical journey has taken him from playing flute in a marching band to rehearsing a repertoire of Van Morrison songs with members of the Ulster Orchestra. Colum also celebrates Halloween with the Cosy Club.

Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories of older people in Northern Ireland.

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20171105

Colum Arbuckle's guests are Pauline Ross and Patsy Cavanagh.

Colum Arbuckle's guests are Pauline Ross and Patsy Cavanagh. Both have completed their dreams of building a theatre completely from scratch - Pauline in a disused school right in the centre of Derry City and Patsy in the grounds of his family home in Greencastle Co Donegal. Plus, Colum spends an afternoon at the pictures.

Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories of older people in Northern Ireland.

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Colum Arbuckle's guests are Pauline Ross and Patsy Cavanagh.

Colum Arbuckle's guests are Pauline Ross and Patsy Cavanagh. Both have completed their dreams of building a theatre completely from scratch - Pauline in a disused school right in the centre of Derry City and Patsy in the grounds of his family home in Greencastle Co Donegal. Plus, Colum spends an afternoon at the pictures.

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20171112

Colum Arbuckle's guests are Mary Cunningham and Florence Stuart.

Colum Arbuckle's guests are Mary Cunningham and Florence Stuart. Mary was a teacher, she was part of Marriage Encounter, she has rafted down the Grand Canyon and she once had a change of life experience while sitting under a tree in America. Florence is a retired forensic scientist. She worked for the State Pathologist and feels that she has a special connection to one of the victims she had to photograph during the Troubles.

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Colum Arbuckle's guests are Mary Cunningham and Florence Stuart.

Colum Arbuckle's guests are Mary Cunningham and Florence Stuart. Mary was a teacher, she was part of Marriage Encounter, she has rafted down the Grand Canyon and she once had a change of life experience while sitting under a tree in America. Florence is a retired forensic scientist. She worked for the State Pathologist and feels that she has a special connection to one of the victims she had to photograph during the Troubles.

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Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories of older people in Northern Ireland.

Colum Arbuckle's guests this week are Faith Coates and Alan Hogan. Faith is originally from Coleraine, Alan hails from Dublin and both went to live in Canada with their parents when they were very young. They reunited later on a blind date, romance blossomed and they are now married and have become professional house-sitters.

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Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories of older people in Northern Ireland.

Colum Arbuckle's guests this week are Faith Coates and Alan Hogan. Faith is originally from Coleraine, Alan hails from Dublin and both went to live in Canada with their parents when they were very young. They reunited later on a blind date, romance blossomed and they are now married and have become professional house-sitters.

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Colum Arbuckle's guests are Bill Jeffreys and Tom Mackin.

Colum Arbuckle's guests are Bill Jeffreys and Tom Mackin.

Bill is originally from Belfast, was educated in Dublin and his smattering of the Irish language, not to mention the Orange Sash up his jumper, would come in very useful when his line of work took him all over Belfast during the height of the Troubles.

Tom is also a Belfast man and spent 22 years in the army. When he was back in civilian life and raising his family, tragedy struck and the entire course of his life was changed forever.

Plus, musicians in the North West are Rellin' In The Years, Hurricane Debbi was a force to be reckoned with in 1961, and how Rudolph almost didn't make it!

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Colum Arbuckle's guests are Brian Clarke and Billy Johnston.

Colum Arbuckle's guests are Brian Clarke and Billy Johnston.

Brian lived for a time in Singapore when he was a youngster. His career took him into Air Ministry intelligence as a radio operator. He was posted all over the world including a spell at the famous Bletchley Park where the German Enigma code had been deciphered during the war.

Billy is a Belfast and a shipyard man. The next time you go past Harland and Wolff and you look up the the giant cranes Samson and Goliath, you will see some of the work he completed there during his many years of service.

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Colum Arbuckle's guests are William Brown and Bob Lucas.

Colum Arbuckle's guests are William Brown and Bob Lucas.

William has been a farmer most of his life: He has bred poultry, turkeys and even prize-winning racehorses. He now runs a care home where many of the residents are much younger than his 89 years of age.

Bob is from the Moy. After his school days, he worked in a linen mill and he lived for a while in Germany where he and his family had many adventure travelling around Europe in a VW Beetle.

Plus Colum visits a breakfast club at the Rosses and travels to Garvagh for a Christmas tree festival.

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Colum Arbuckle's guests are Gertie Jameson and Andy Moore.

Colum Arbuckle's guests are Gertie Jameson and Andy Moore.

Gertie was born near the halfway house between Dromore and Banbridge. She had a long career as a nurse but she now travels around the country with the Dromore and District Male Voice Choir - she is their piano player.

Andy was 'to the manor born'. Quite literally. He was brought up in the splendid surrounding of Redburn House, owned by the Dunville family. But whereas the family were very definitely living upstairs he was downstairs in the laundry room.

20171224

Colum Arbuckle hosts an afternoon of Christmas chat, seasonal song and festive fun.

Life stories, experiences and ambitions of older people in Northern Ireland

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Colum Arbuckle and his guests celebrate New Year's Eve with stories,songs and reflections.

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Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories of older people in Northern Ireland.

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Colum Arbuckle's guests are Phyllis Graham and Peter Quigley.

Colum Arbuckle's guests are Phyllis Graham and Peter Quigley. Phyllis has been visually impaired since birth but that hasn't stopped her getting on life and learning to cope in a world designed for a sighted population. Peter was adopted, lived an idyllic young life in a farm just outside Dungiven and eventually tracked down his birth mother who had been living in England.

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Colum Arbuckle's guests are Betty Scott and Frank Liddy.

Colum Arbuckle's guests are Betty Scott and Frank Liddy. Betty has had a colourful life in show business and was recently awarded a BEM for her charity work. Frank is Belfast City Council's first Zen chaplain and he is also a mindfulness practitioner for Aware, the Northern Ireland based depression charity.

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Colum Arbuckle's guests are Hilary Bailey and Eric Browett.

Colum Arbuckle's guests are Hilary Bailey and Eric Browett.
Eric worked in Malawi for 9 years. He met his late wife Irene there - she was originally from the Castlereagh Road in Belfast. They did a lot of travelling together - to neighbouring countries such as Rhodesia (later Zimbabwe), Mozambique, and the northern part of South Africa. They crossed the Zambezi River several times and visited Victoria Falls and the Kariba Dam.

Hilary has written five books for children, all featuring her springer spaniel, Sky. She's a Gobbins guide, sings in her local choir and is in charge of this year's Burns Supper in Islandmagee.

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Colum Arbuckle's guests are Gill Totten and Louis Humphrey.

Colum Arbuckle's guests are Gill Totten and Louis Humphreys. Gill is a nurse who trained in London and while she was there she developed a love of rock music which years later qualified her to manage local Led Zepplin tribute act The Rubber Plants. Louis is an artist and an illustrator who has been involved in many high profile advertising campaigns. He has now taken his love of art into a whole new medium and paints beautiful bespoke designs on high heel shoes. Plus, golfer Bert scores his second hole in one and we travel back to the origins of Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.

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Colum Arbuckle's guests are Tommy Doherty and Andy Gordon.

Tommy was once the Narrator in Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and enjoyed it so much that, when the final curtain came down, he decided to write his own musical. And then he wrote three more! Andy was a teacher and when he retired after 40 years in the profession he taught himself to play the Ukelele. He is now a member of The Strule River String Band.

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Stories and songs from the home of Sean and Elizabeth Donnelly.

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Colum Arbuckle's guests are Jane Talbot and John Bradley. Both are published authors.

Jane fell asleep under a fairy tree, and when she awoke she wrote her first book The Faerie Thorn. Was there a connection?

John's completed his first story, Ballyduff House, when he retired and it also has a supernatural twist.

Plus, Colum visits Foyle U3A Folk Club and we remember the Cassius Clay v Sonny Liston fight from 1965.

Colum Arbuckle's guests are Jane Talbot and John Bradley, both published authors.

Colum Arbuckle's guests are Jane Talbot and John Bradley. Both are published authors.

Jane fell asleep under a fairy tree, and when she awoke she wrote her first book The Faerie Thorn. Was there a connection?

John's completed his first story, Ballyduff House, when he retired and it also has a supernatural twist.

Plus, Colum visits Foyle U3A Folk Club and we remember the Cassius Clay v Sonny Liston fight from 1965.

20180304

Colum Arbuckle's guests are father and son Harry Hamilton and...Harry Hamilton, who are better known by their nicknames. Harry senior is 'Trixie' and junior is 'Flash.'

Both have devoted their lives to music. Trixie's career stretches from the glory days of the dance hall bands, through many well-known showbands and now, in his 80's, he still gigs regularly.
Flash Harry fronts a highly acclaimed Queen Tribute Band and once replaced Freddy Mercury himself in Freddy's first band, IBEX.

Plus, Colum visits a 'Hen's Shed' in the North West and we travel back to February 1959 and 'the day the music died.'.

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Colum Arbuckle's guests are father and son Harry Hamilton and Harry Hamilton.

Life stories, experiences and ambitions of older people in Northern Ireland

20180311

Colum Arbuckle hosts a special programme in the company of The Percy French Players.

Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories of older people in Northern Ireland.

20180311

Colum Arbuckle hosts a special programme in the company of The Percy French Players.

Life stories, experiences and ambitions of older people in Northern Ireland

20180318

Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories of older people in Northern Ireland.

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Colum Arbuckle's guests are people who have been part of the NI folk scene.

Life stories, experiences and ambitions of older people in Northern Ireland

To mark the Radio 2 Folk Awards taking place in Belfast on April 4th, Colum Arbuckle's guests for a special Time Of Our Lives are people who have been part of the folk scene here for many years, as performers, promoters and fans.
Fil Campbell and Tom McFarland are a husband and wife duo who regularly perform and record together with- as they put it - a 'fun' approach to songs old and new. Frances Rogers sings in the Irish traditional style of sean-nos. John Moulden has been singing, collecting and publishing songs for many, many years. Robin Morton is also a great collector of songs as well as being a former member of the Boys Of The Lough and at one time manager of the Scottish Traditional group - The Battlefield Band.

20180408

Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories of older people in Northern Ireland.

Life stories, experiences and ambitions of older people in Northern Ireland

20180408

Colum Arbuckle visits the Arcadia in Portrush, once one of the most famous ballrooms in NI

Life stories, experiences and ambitions of older people in Northern Ireland

Colum Arbuckle visits the Arcadia in Portrush, at one time one of the most famous ballrooms in Ireland. He talks to people who came here to dance in the 50s and 60s as well as those who attend the Yoga, Zumba and Pilates classes that are offered for older people at the Arcadia today.

There is music from Billy McFarland, Muriel Day and Noel McKeery.

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Colum Arbuckle visits the Arcadia in Portrush, once one of the most famous ballrooms in NI

Life stories, experiences and ambitions of older people in Northern Ireland

Colum Arbuckle visits the Arcadia in Portrush, at one time one of the most famous ballrooms in Ireland. He talks to people who came here to dance in the 50s and 60s as well as those who attend the Yoga, Zumba and Pilates classes that are offered for older people at the Arcadia today.

There is music from Billy McFarland, Muriel Day and Noel McKeery.

Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories of older people in Northern Ireland.

20180415

Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories of older people in Northern Ireland.

Life stories, experiences and ambitions of older people in Northern Ireland

20180415

Colum Arbuckle's guests are Sue Hogg and Eamon McMullan.

Life stories, experiences and ambitions of older people in Northern Ireland

Colum Arbuckle's guests are Sue Hogg and Eamon McMullan.

Sue left Belfast during the Troubles to run a boating business with her husband on Lough Erne.

Eamon lives in Newcastle but is originally from Strangford. In the 1950s, he left to join the American Air Force. Upon his return, he has dedicated himself to collecting stories and photographs from his home town.

Plus, Johnny Cash may have passed on but his spirit is still very much alive,.

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Colum Arbuckle's guests are Sue Hogg and Eamon McMullan.

Life stories, experiences and ambitions of older people in Northern Ireland

Colum Arbuckle's guests are Sue Hogg and Eamon McMullan.

Sue left Belfast during the Troubles to run a boating business with her husband on Lough Erne.

Eamon lives in Newcastle but is originally from Strangford. In the 1950s, he left to join the American Air Force. Upon his return, he has dedicated himself to collecting stories and photographs from his home town.

Plus, Johnny Cash may have passed on but his spirit is still very much alive,.

Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories of older people in Northern Ireland.

Life stories, experiences and ambitions of older people in Northern Ireland

20180422

Colum Arbuckle's guests are Mary Murphy and Brian McCluskey.

Life stories, experiences and ambitions of older people in Northern Ireland

Colum Arbuckle's guests are Mary Murphy and Brian McCluskey. Mary was a teacher, an actress and a writer. Brian was a prison nurse and now runs a Mens Shed in Ballykelly. Plus, Tommy Swarbrigg represented Ireland twice in the Eurovision Song Contest, Linda Diffin remembers summer holidays in Bundoran and we travel back to 1970 and the beginning of Earth Day.

Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories of older people in Northern Ireland.

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Colum Arbuckle's guests are Paul Haller and Frank Liddy.

Life stories, experiences and ambitions of older people in Northern Ireland

Colum Arbuckle's guests are Paul Haller and Frank Liddy.

Both are practising Zen Buddhists. Paul once lived in a cave in Thailand when he was studying Buddhism and he is now the Zen Abbot of San Francisco. Frank lives in Belfast and his Zen name is 'Genzan Zenan,' which actually translates as 'Black Mountain.'

Plus, Colum meets the late Joe Dolan's brother Ben to relive the great showband era, and we travel back to May 1968 and the student riots in Paris.

20180506

Colum Arbuckle's guests are Paul Haller and Frank Liddy.

Life stories, experiences and ambitions of older people in Northern Ireland

Colum Arbuckle's guests are Paul Haller and Frank Liddy.

Both are practising Zen Buddhists. Paul once lived in a cave in Thailand when he was studying Buddhism and he is now the Zen Abbot of San Francisco. Frank lives in Belfast and his Zen name is 'Genzan Zenan,' which actually translates as 'Black Mountain.'

Plus, Colum meets the late Joe Dolan's brother Ben to relive the great showband era, and we travel back to May 1968 and the student riots in Paris.

Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories of older people in Northern Ireland.

20180520

Colum Arbuckle presents a special programme to mark Dementia Action Week.

Life stories, experiences and ambitions of older people in Northern Ireland

Colum Arbuckle's guests are Kate Crawford and Dr.Fred Wright.
Kate lives in a caravan overlooking the sea at Ballycastle. She has been diagnosed with early stage Alzheimer's but this hasn't stopped her from making plans to travel around France in a camper van.
Dr Fred Wright is a retired Radiologist. During his long career he worked in the Far East and he once set up an x ray department in India. When his family was young he even travelled around Europe in a converted ambulance! Today, he is caring for his wife who has dementia. Liz Morrison has details on the upcoming Dementia Action Week and schoolchildren and residents of Kirk House residential home in Belfast take part in an intergenerational reading project.

20180520

Colum Arbuckle presents a special programme to mark Dementia Action Week.

Life stories, experiences and ambitions of older people in Northern Ireland

Colum Arbuckle's guests are Kate Crawford and Dr.Fred Wright.
Kate lives in a caravan overlooking the sea at Ballycastle. She has been diagnosed with early stage Alzheimer's but this hasn't stopped her from making plans to travel around France in a camper van.
Dr Fred Wright is a retired Radiologist. During his long career he worked in the Far East and he once set up an x ray department in India. When his family was young he even travelled around Europe in a converted ambulance! Today, he is caring for his wife who has dementia. Liz Morrison has details on the upcoming Dementia Action Week and schoolchildren and residents of Kirk House residential home in Belfast take part in an intergenerational reading project.

Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories of older people in Northern Ireland.

20180527

Colum Arbuckle's guests are Claire McRoberts and Linda Diffin.

Life stories, experiences and ambitions of older people in Northern Ireland

Colum Arbuckle's guests are Linda Diffin and Claire McRoberts Linda is Italian through and through, although she has never actually lived there. Her grandparents were Italian, her mother was Italian and her father was from Bassiano. Claire is as Northern Irish as Linda is Italian. She is from East Belfast and worked in the Probation Service for 30 years until Multiple Sclerosis forced early retirement just a few years ago. Plus, Denise Hayward from Volunteer Now has news of the upcoming Volunteer Week.

Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories of older people in Northern Ireland.

20180603

Colum Arbuckle visits the 'Party Pieces' group in Newry.

Life stories, experiences and ambitions of older people in Northern Ireland

Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories of older people in Northern Ireland.

20180610

Colum Arbuckle's guests are Iris Pendergast and Gerry McBrien.

Life stories, experiences and ambitions of older people in Northern Ireland

Colum Arbuckle’s guests are Iris Pendergast and Gerry McBrien.
Iris is from Belfast but spent her working life with the America Cancer Society and travelled all over the world setting up their Relay For Life fundraising event.
Gerry is a school principal in Banbridge and he is also an awarding winning member of the St Agnes Choral Society.

Also on the programme, Bert the Golfer will tell you that getting a hole in one is not just a lucky strike.

And the year is 1978, and 'Grease' is the word...

Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories of older people in Northern Ireland.

Life stories, experiences and ambitions of older people in Northern Ireland

20180617

Colum Arbuckle\u2019s guests are Robin Macefield and Walter Raydar.

Life stories, experiences and ambitions of older people in Northern Ireland

Colum Arbuckle’s guests are Robin Macefield and Walter Raydar

Originally from Oxford, Robin has lived in Northern Ireland since the mid-seventies. He has travelled to many exotic places around the world and has written guide books based on his experiences.

Walter has devoted his life to youth work and sits on the panel which decides who gets the Queens Award For Voluntary Service.

Also this week, Colum visits a Community Garden in North Belfast and we replay the World Cups of yesteryear.

Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories of older people in Northern Ireland.

20180624

Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories of older people in Northern Ireland.

Life stories, experiences and ambitions of older people in Northern Ireland

20180624

Colum Arbuckle's guests are Carmel McCafferty and Sean O'Tarpaigh.

Life stories, experiences and ambitions of older people in Northern Ireland

Colum Arbuckle’s guests are Carmel McCafferty and Sean O'Tarpaigh.
Sean is a psychotherapist and part-time actor. Carmel was a hairdresser and has done some acting herself.
Carmel once cut Dusty Springfield's hair and Sean was involved in the first gay kiss on Irish television.
Plus, Joan knows a bit about betrayal and Tommy believes in the value of volunteering.

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Colum Arbuckle\u2019s guests are Sharon Dempsey and Adam Harbinson.

Life stories, experiences and ambitions of older people in Northern Ireland

Colum Arbuckle’s guests are Sharon Dempsey and Adam Harbinson.

Sharon has written many books and articles to help parents who are going through a grieving process and at the moment Adam is researching a book he is writing about angels.
But both have a darker side to their writings. A few years ago Sharon published a crime novel set in Belfast and Adam studied criminology as a mature student at Jordanstown. Plus, movies make memories in Belfast, Pamela McDowell visits 'The Old House' and Superman is 80 years old.

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Colum Arbuckle\u2019s guests are Sharon Dempsey and Adam Harbinson.

Life stories, experiences and ambitions of older people in Northern Ireland

Colum Arbuckle’s guests are Sharon Dempsey and Adam Harbinson.

Sharon has written many books and articles to help parents who are going through a grieving process and at the moment Adam is researching a book he is writing about angels.
But both have a darker side to their writings. A few years ago Sharon published a crime novel set in Belfast and Adam studied criminology as a mature student at Jordanstown. Plus, movies make memories in Belfast, Pamela McDowell visits 'The Old House' and Superman is 80 years old.

Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories of older people in Northern Ireland.

Life stories, experiences and ambitions of older people in Northern Ireland

20180708

Colum Arbuckle visits the County Down home of Sean and Elizabeth Donnelly.

Life stories, experiences and ambitions of older people in Northern Ireland

20180708

Colum Arbuckle visits the County Down home of Sean and Elizabeth Donnelly.

Life stories, experiences and ambitions of older people in Northern Ireland

Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories of older people in Northern Ireland.

20180715

Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories of older people in Northern Ireland.

Life stories, experiences and ambitions of older people in Northern Ireland

20180715

Colum Arbuckle's guests are Doreen Muskett and Alan Clarke.

Life stories, experiences and ambitions of older people in Northern Ireland

Colum Arbuckle’s guests are Doreen Muskett and Alan Clarke. Doreen is the Chairman of the Northern Ireland Amenities Council which organises the annual Best Kept Towns and Villages Awards. Alan has been a professional dance teacher with Clarke’s School Of Dance in Belfast for 40 years. Plus, movie memories in east Belfast and 12 years of tweets.

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Colum Arbuckle\u2019s guests are two salty sea dogs - John Harkin and Andy McCarter.

Life stories, experiences and ambitions of older people in Northern Ireland

20180729

Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories of older people in Northern Ireland.

Life stories, experiences and ambitions of older people in Northern Ireland

20180729

Colum meets John McAllister and Derek Harrison, and visits Strabane Community Project.

Life stories, experiences and ambitions of older people in Northern Ireland

This week Colum Arbuckle meets Accountant turned Crime Novelist John McAllister and also chats to the Egg Entrepreneur who once owned an Airport in Hungary – Derek Harrison.

Colum also visits Strabane Community Project to find out about the Luncheon Club that has been running for thirty years.

Our reflection is read by Noel McBride of Ards Writers. Plus from the BBC Archive Vault we learn how on this day in 1987, work began on the Channel Tunnel.

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Colum meets John McAllister and Derek Harrison, and visits Strabane Community Project.

Life stories, experiences and ambitions of older people in Northern Ireland

This week Colum Arbuckle meets Accountant turned Crime Novelist John McAllister and also chats to the Egg Entrepreneur who once owned an Airport in Hungary – Derek Harrison.

Colum also visits Strabane Community Project to find out about the Luncheon Club that has been running for thirty years.

Our reflection is read by Noel McBride of Ards Writers. Plus from the BBC Archive Vault we learn how on this day in 1987, work began on the Channel Tunnel.

20180812

Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories of older people in Northern Ireland.

Life stories, experiences and ambitions of older people in Northern Ireland

20180812

Colum meets Declan Hasson of Austins and Diane Greer of Paddy Nash & The Happy Enchiladas.

Life stories, experiences and ambitions of older people in Northern Ireland

This week Colum Arbuckle chats to Declan Hasson who formerly ran Austins Department Store in Derry/Londonderry and Diane Greer of Paddy Nash and The Happy Enchiladas. Plus Colum visits a garden created by a newly married couple Jim Nelis and Maureen Moriarty – who transformed the street beside their house instead of going on honeymoon. Plus in this week's reflection Michael Mulholland recalls his childhood ‘Living in Gallagher’s Shadow’.

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Colum meets Declan Hasson of Austins and Diane Greer of Paddy Nash and The Happy Enchiladas.

Life stories, experiences and ambitions of older people in Northern Ireland

This week Colum Arbuckle chats to Declan Hasson who formerly ran Austins Department Store in Derry/Londonderry and Diane Greer of Paddy Nash and The Happy Enchiladas. Plus Colum visits a garden created by a newly married couple Jim Nelis and Maureen Moriarty – who transformed the street beside their house instead of going on honeymoon. Plus in this week's reflection Michael Mulholland recalls his childhood ‘Living in Gallagher’s Shadow’.

Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories of older people in Northern Ireland.

20180819

Colum Arbuckle's guests are retired nurse Geraldine Gaw and Dr Benny Glover.

Life stories, experiences and ambitions of older people in Northern Ireland

20180826

Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories of older people in Northern Ireland.

Life stories, experiences and ambitions of older people in Northern Ireland

20180826

Colum's guests this week are Leo Convery of Portglenone and Pauline Hart of Ballycastle.

Life stories, experiences and ambitions of older people in Northern Ireland

Colum Arbuckle's guests this week are Leo Convery of Portglenone & Pauline Hart of Ballycastle.

After leaving school at the age of 14, Leo 'hated the pen' – until he decided to start writing his own stories and poetry at the age of 70.
Pauline was brought up by Irish parents in Shropshire, England, and later in her life, she decided to take the plunge and follow her lifelong dream to move to Ireland.

Patsy Cavanagh tells Colum about the song he composed – ‘Home to Donegal’ which has since found worldwide success.

And this week’s reflection is delivered from Patricia Fawcett of Ards Writers who nostalgically looks back to the summer of 1968.

Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories of older people in Northern Ireland.

Life stories, experiences and ambitions of older people in Northern Ireland

20180826

Colum's guests this week are Leo Convery of Portglenone and Pauline Hart of Ballycastle.

Life stories, experiences and ambitions of older people in Northern Ireland

Colum Arbuckle's guests this week are Leo Convery of Portglenone & Pauline Hart of Ballycastle.

After leaving school at the age of 14, Leo 'hated the pen' – until he decided to start writing his own stories and poetry at the age of 70.
Pauline was brought up by Irish parents in Shropshire, England, and later in her life, she decided to take the plunge and follow her lifelong dream to move to Ireland.

Patsy Cavanagh tells Colum about the song he composed – ‘Home to Donegal’ which has since found worldwide success.

And this week’s reflection is delivered from Patricia Fawcett of Ards Writers who nostalgically looks back to the summer of 1968.

20180902

Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories of older people in Northern Ireland.

Life stories, experiences and ambitions of older people in Northern Ireland

20180902

Colum meets a farmer turned writer Anne McMaster and retired deep sea diver Brian Revels.

Life stories, experiences and ambitions of older people in Northern Ireland

This week Colum Arbuckle meets a farmer turned writer - Anne McMaster and a retired deep sea diver who has a connection with the Titanic - Brian Revels.

Plus in Lower Drum, Dungiven, Seamus O'Kane shares some special bodhran making techniques. And The Rubber Plants call in to tell us about a Led Zeppelin tribute concert coming up. Plus, Antoinette Bradley reads 'The Loan of a House' in this week's reflection.

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Colum meets a farmer turned writer Anne McMaster and retired deep sea diver Brian Revels.

Life stories, experiences and ambitions of older people in Northern Ireland

This week Colum Arbuckle meets a farmer turned writer - Anne McMaster and a retired deep sea diver who has a connection with the Titanic - Brian Revels.

Plus in Lower Drum, Dungiven, Seamus O'Kane shares some special bodhran making techniques. And The Rubber Plants call in to tell us about a Led Zeppelin tribute concert coming up. Plus, Antoinette Bradley reads 'The Loan of a House' in this week's reflection.

Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories of older people in Northern Ireland.

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Colum Arbuckle hosts an afternoon of storytelling with the Tullycarnet Yarnspinners.

Life stories, experiences and ambitions of older people in Northern Ireland

Colum Arbuckle hosts an afternoon of storytelling from the Tullycarnet Library in east Belfast, where the Yarnspinners have been telling tales for over twenty-five years and from where the first Northern Ireland Storytelling bursary has been launched. Featuring Liz Weir, Ian Coulter, Pat Ryan and many more.

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Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories of older people in Northern Ireland.

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Colum Arbuckle's guests are Bob Spiers and Errol Walsh.

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Colum meets pantomime lover Geraldine McCullagh and craft enthusiast Jeannie Hunter.

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Colum Arbuckle meets Pantomime lover and Foster Carer Geraldine McCullagh from Warrenpoint and Craft enthusiast and retired cashier on the high seas – Jeannie Hunter from Ballygally.
Liz Shaw reads this week’s reflection called – ‘My Bucket List’
And we visit the BBC Archive on this day in 1974 – when the world’s first teletext service Ceefax was launched.

Colum meets pantomime lover Geraldine McCullagh and craft enthusiast Jeannie Hunter.

Life stories, experiences and ambitions of older people in Northern Ireland

Colum Arbuckle meets Pantomime lover and Foster Carer Geraldine McCullagh from Warrenpoint and Craft enthusiast and retired cashier on the high seas – Jeannie Hunter from Ballygally.
Liz Shaw reads this week’s reflection called – ‘My Bucket List’
And we visit the BBC Archive on this day in 1974 – when the world’s first teletext service Ceefax was launched.

Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories of older people in Northern Ireland.

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Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories of older people in Northern Ireland.

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Colum Arbuckle\u2019s guests are Ann Collins and Sandra Maze.

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Colum Arbuckle\u2019s guests are Ursula Walsh and Gerry McCloskey.

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Colum Arbuckle\u2019s guests are Ursula Walsh and Gerry McCloskey.

Life stories, experiences and ambitions of older people in Northern Ireland

Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories of older people in Northern Ireland.

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Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories of older people in Northern Ireland.

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Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories of older people in Northern Ireland.

Life stories, experiences and ambitions of older people in Northern Ireland

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Colum Arbuckle's guests are Joan and John Hayes and Lawrence Cinnamond.

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Colum Arbuckle hosts 60 minutes of stories and yarns.

Life stories, experiences and ambitions of older people in Northern Ireland

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Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories of older people in Northern Ireland.

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Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories of older people in Northern Ireland.

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Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories of older people in Northern Ireland.

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Colum Arbuckle visits the Party Pieces group in Newry.

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Colum Arbuckle visits the Party Pieces group in Newry.

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Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories of older people in Northern Ireland.

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Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories of older people in Northern Ireland.

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Colum Arbuckle's studio guests are Barbara Sands and Norman Wilson.

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Colum Arbuckle's guests are Arlene Allen and Lynda Tavakoli.

Life stories, experiences and ambitions of older people in Northern Ireland

Colum Arbuckle's guests are Arlene Allen and Lynda Tavakoli.
Lynda is a writer who splits her time between Lisburn and the Middle East, where her husband is from.
Arlene is a former secondary school teacher who for ten years also taught prisoners in Long Kesh.
Plus, news of a radio drama project for older people in east Belfast and celebrating 50 years of '2001: A Space Odyssey.'.

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Colum Arbuckle's guests are Arlene Allen and Lynda Tavakoli.

Life stories, experiences and ambitions of older people in Northern Ireland

Colum Arbuckle's guests are Arlene Allen and Lynda Tavakoli.
Lynda is a writer who splits her time between Lisburn and the Middle East, where her husband is from.
Arlene is a former secondary school teacher who for ten years also taught prisoners in Long Kesh.
Plus, news of a radio drama project for older people in east Belfast and celebrating 50 years of '2001: A Space Odyssey.'.

Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories of older people in Northern Ireland.

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Colum Arbuckle's guests are Siobhan Heaney and Pat Coull.

Life stories, experiences and ambitions of older people in Northern Ireland

Colum Arbuckle's guests are Siobhan Heaney and Pat Coull.

Siobhan combined her profession as a psychologist with her passion for music and singing to come up with a therapy she calls 'SingTonicity.'

Pat lived for a while in a Glasgow Tenement, went to school very close to a German u-boat base in Germany and somehow managed to design her own house while living in Singapore.

Plus, Ben Dolan remembers his brother Joe, there's a bit of a mix up at a family funeral and we travel back to 1960, when a Royal Wedding was televised for the first time.

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Colum Arbuckle's guests are Siobhan Heaney and Pat Coull.

Life stories, experiences and ambitions of older people in Northern Ireland

Colum Arbuckle's guests are Siobhan Heaney and Pat Coull.

Siobhan combined her profession as a psychologist with her passion for music and singing to come up with a therapy she calls 'SingTonicity.'

Pat lived for a while in a Glasgow Tenement, went to school very close to a German u-boat base in Germany and somehow managed to design her own house while living in Singapore.

Plus, Ben Dolan remembers his brother Joe, there's a bit of a mix up at a family funeral and we travel back to 1960, when a Royal Wedding was televised for the first time.

Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories of older people in Northern Ireland.

Life stories, experiences and ambitions of older people in Northern Ireland

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Colum Arbuckle's guests are Carmel McCafferty and Sean O'Tarpaigh.

Life stories, experiences and ambitions of older people in Northern Ireland

Colum Arbuckle’s guests are Carmel McCafferty and Sean O'Tarpaigh.
Sean is a psychotherapist and part-time actor. Carmel was a hairdresser and has done some acting herself.
Carmel once cut Dusty Springfield's hair and Sean was involved in the first gay kiss on Irish television.
Plus, Joan knows a bit about betrayal and Tommy believes in the value of volunteering.

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Colum Arbuckle's guests this week are Carol Doey and Shirley Bork. Carol runs The Hub - a multi-cultural centre in Cookstown. Shirley was born in Yorkshire and came to Northern Ireland with a burning ambition to work in television. She eventually worked as a set designer on the 'Billy' plays with Kenneth Brannagh and James Ellis.

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Colum catches up with photographer Bobbie Hanvey and stand-up comedian Phyllis McKenna.

Life stories, experiences and ambitions of older people in Northern Ireland

This week Colum Arbuckle catches up with Bobbie Hanvey - a Psychiatric Nurse turned Photographer & Phyllis McKenna - who decided to take up stand-up comedy in her retirement. Our reflection this week comes from Doreen McBride who shares the folk tales of her grandmother on weather prediction. And we meet Harley Davidson Enthusiasts ahead of the HOG'n'BOG rally taking place this weekend in Newcastle. Plus from the BBC archive we pay tribute to Marilyn Monroe who died on this day in 1962.

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Colum catches up with photographer Bobbie Hanvey and stand-up comedian Phyllis McKenna.

Life stories, experiences and ambitions of older people in Northern Ireland

This week Colum Arbuckle catches up with Bobbie Hanvey - a Psychiatric Nurse turned Photographer & Phyllis McKenna - who decided to take up stand-up comedy in her retirement. Our reflection this week comes from Doreen McBride who shares the folk tales of her grandmother on weather prediction. And we meet Harley Davidson Enthusiasts ahead of the HOG'n'BOG rally taking place this weekend in Newcastle. Plus from the BBC archive we pay tribute to Marilyn Monroe who died on this day in 1962.