Time Of Our Lives [Radio Ulster]

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20181202

Colum Arbuckle's guests are Claire McElhinney and Fergus Cleary. Claire is a member of the Strule River String Band and has just published a book about her grandmother, who was a volunteer nurse in France during the First World War. Fergus is a retired psychiatric nurse, He was also once a showband man, a playwright and an actor and, when it comes to spinning yarns, you could safely say that he's a master at it. Plus, Colum meets Mary Mullan who has been doing voluntary work in Guatemala for many years and we travel back to 1968 for Elvis Presley's 'Comeback Special.'

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

20181209

Colum Arbuckle’s guests are Bill Gatt and John Rubery. Bill is a painter and an art tutor. His work appears in many public and private collections throughout the world and his pupils have been enjoying the benefits of his experience for over 30 years. John is also a painter. Born here, he grew up in Singapore and Malta. He has been both a bin man and a civil servant and has taken his passion for painting to a new level since his retirement.

Plus, a reflection on the Christmas season, Colum meets chorister Donald Hill and we travel back to December 1980 when the world lost a Beatle.

Colum Arbuckle's guests are Bill Gatt and John Rubery.

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

20181216

Colum Arbuckle's guests are Ursula Clifford, Sorcha Shannaghan and Gemma Walker- Farren.

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

20181223

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

Colum Arbuckle hosts festive music and stories from Coyle's Cottage in Ardboe.

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

Colum Arbuckle hosts his favourite guests of 2018 to see out the old and bring in the new.

20190106

Kate is a retired teacher and has taught all the way from Portrush to Darkest Africa And if you want to know a thing or two about local folklore, she could well be the person to ask.
Duncan was also a teacher but his passion has been bell ringing for for over half a century. Chances are if you heard the bells ringing out from St Thomas' church in Belfast, Duncan was involved in it in some way.
Plus, Trish Bennett celebrates the lure of the honey bee and we travel back to 1962 when Z Cars first took to the road.

Colum Arbuckle's guests are Kate Murphy and Duncan Scarlett.

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

20190113

Colum Arbuckle's guests are Florence Chambers and Pearl Hutchinson
Pearl grew up in Donegal and is from a family of 13. Her father had a ‘counter shop’ in the town. Pearl later worked as a computer programmer at the University of Ulster. Florence grew up on a small holding in County Down. Her mother was one of ten children and her father was a school teacher. Many of her mother’s family emigrated to America and Florence has many connections there. Plus, Colum hears about the magic of Banagher sand from historian Ken McCormack, and we travel back to January 1979 and the beginning of David Attenborough’s iconic ‘Life On Earth’ television series.

Colum Arbuckle's guests are Florence Chambers and Pearl Hutchinson.

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

20190120

Colum Arbuckle’s guests are Irene Hewitt and Dr Keith Monroe. Irene has been a tireless worker for a number of charities for many years and is currently Tesco's Community Champion. A retired GP, Keith was one of the founders of the Foyle Hospice. He has recently written a book about his great aunt, who campaigned for women's rights both here and in India. Plus, Colum takes part in some street theatre and we travel back to 1976 and the inaugural flight of Concorde.

Colum Arbuckle's guests are Irene Hewitt and Dr Keith Monroe.

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

20190127
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Colum Arbuckle’s guests are Adrianne Brown and Wesley Hutchinson
Adrianne spent her working life with the civil service. Now retired, she is active mentoring young people, as part of the U3A's Shared Learning Programme.
Wesley is originally from Harryville but has spent four decades as an academic in France, most recently as Professor in Irish Studies at the Sorbonne Novelle in Paris.
Plus, we travel back to June 1989 and the student demonstrations in Tiananmen Square and Colum visits an unusual tomb at Dungiven Augustinian Priory.

Colum Arbuckle's guests are Adrianne Brown and Wesley Hutchinson.

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

20190609

Colum Arbuckle’s guests are Roberta Calhoun and Jim Hamilton.
Roberta worked in the National Assistance department of the civil service before becoming a deputy returning officer with the Electoral Office during some of Northern Ireland’s most highly charged elections.

Jim was a press officer who worked at Stormont for many years. He was the man to ask for information about President Clinton’s visit to Northern Ireland in 1995.

Plus, Colum meets a celebrity snapper in Letterkenny, and we travel back to June 9 1915, when guitar legend Les Paul was born.

*Listeners to Radio Ulster DAB will hear live coverage of the Cavan v Armagh Ulster SFC semi-final replay & All-Ireland qualifiers.

Colum Arbuckle's guests are Roberta Calhoun and Jim Hamilton

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

20190616

Both are farmer's daughters but their lives have taken very different directions.
Mary's changed when. moved by the poverty of the people of South America during a trip there in 1990, she made up her mind to go back and help if she ever got the chance.
Bridgeen was a medical secretary during her working life and, now retired, she has dedicated her time to researching the history and archaeology of the area where she was brought up in.
Plus, Colum finds out about the million dollar violin found under a bed Londonderry, Lena has the story of Half-A-Pint Mickey and we travel back to June 16th, 1961 when a superstar Soviet dancer defected.

Colum Arbuckle's guests are Bridgeen Rutherford and Mary Mullen.

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

20190908

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

20190915

Todd is from Hollywood – not County Down but California.
He has rubbed shoulders with many big stars and he was a carpenter on the sets of a number of famous films, including Jurassic Park 3.
Peter is a practising solicitor and had to try his first case before his father, who was the judge. He is also a keen sportsman and has visited 70 countries around the world. Most of them would be familiar with his iconic photograph holding the Olympic torch high above the Giants Causeway.
Plus, Colum finds out about General Hart and his faithful servant Balloo and we look back at the Man in Black.

Colum Arbuckle's guests are Todd Gfeller and Peter Jack.

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

20190915

Todd is from Hollywood – not County Down but California.
He has rubbed shoulders with many big stars and he was a carpenter on the sets of a number of famous films, including Jurassic Park 3.
Peter is a practising solicitor and had to try his first case before his father, who was the judge. He is also a keen sportsman and has visited 70 countries around the world. Most of them would be familiar with his iconic photograph holding the Olympic torch high above the Giants Causeway.
Plus, Colum finds out about General Hart and his faithful servant Balloo and we look back at the Man in Black.

Colum Arbuckle's guests are Todd Gfeller and Peter Jack.

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

20190922

Colum Arbuckle's guests are Liam Kelly and John Somers.
Liam was a Butlins Red Coat and knew many of the big stars of the 60s and 70s.
John is a guitar player and can often be seen at jazz festivals around the country.
Plus, Mary Farrell remembers her first musical and we travel back to September 1975 and the opening of Fawlty Towers

Colum Arbuckle's guests are Liam Kelly and John Somers.

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

20190922

Colum Arbuckle's guests are Liam Kelly and John Somers.
Liam was a Butlins Red Coat and knew many of the big stars of the 60s and 70s.
John is a guitar player and can often be seen at jazz festivals around the country.
Plus, Mary Farrell remembers her first musical and we travel back to September 1975 and the opening of Fawlty Towers

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

20190929
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Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories of older people in Northern Ireland.

20190929

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

20191006

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

20191006

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

20191013
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Colum Arbuckle shares the life stories of older people in Northern Ireland.

20191020
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Colum Arbuckle’s guests are Jane Talbot and Roger Gregg. Jane settled in the north-west after she met her Ballymoney-born husband on a blind date at the City Of Derry Airport. Now in her fifties, she has embarked on a year of intense physical challenges she calls 'Old Dog, New Tricks.'

Roger, who is from Ohio, settled in Cork in the late 1970s when he found out that he could save a few dollars by completing his education there. He is now an award-winning writer, sound effects creator and performer.

Also on the programme, Ken McCormick visits a very special well where you just might be able to cure a wart. And we travel back to April 1961, when Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first person to journey into outer space.

Colum Arbuckle's guests are Jane Talbot and Roger Gregg.

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

0220190421

Colum Arbuckle’s guests are Dr John Johnston, John Fleck and Maura Ward.
John number one has been a folk singer, a wood turner, a rocking horse maker and a teacher.
John number two is a retired GP, choral singer and local historian.
Plus the ‘Geriatric Traveller’ has news of her latest challenge – to climb Mount Fuji - and Colum discovers the link between eggs and Easter.

Colum Arbuckle's guests are Dr John Johnson, John Fleck and Maura Ward.

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

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Colum Arbuckle's guests are Byddi Lee and Elizabeth Hoy. Elizabeth is Cullybackey born and bred and researches the 'forgotten people' of the area. Byddi has lived all over the world and swum with dolphins off the Great Barrier Reef. Plus, Colum visits a project for first time musicians and we say 'Happy Birthday' to country legend Willie Nelson.

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

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Colum Arbuckle’s guests are Cathy Mullan and Francis Robson.

Cathy is a trained teacher who didn't teach, she worked in the health service but didn't tend the sick, and she was in a theatre group but didn't act!

Francis overcame a childhood illness to fulfil a lifetime's ambition of becoming a teacher. She has been a public appointee and, if you are having difficulty deciphering Sanskrit, she might just be the one to give you a bit of help.

Plus, Colum visits County Tyrone in the company of writer and historian Ken McCormick to hear the story of Finvola Gem of Roe. and we travel back to May 1971, when a Stone stopped rolling to get hitched.

Colum Arbuckle's guests are Cathy Mullan and Francis Robson.

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

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Colum Arbuckle hosts a special programme from the home of Fitz Howard in Letterkenny

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

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Colum Arbuckle’s guests are Josie Herbison and Tom Clugston
Josie is a member of the Antrim Historical Society and has a vast knowledge of the town and of the characters who roamed its streets in times gone by.
Tom was a professional actor for 20 years. He has trodden the boards on countless occasions with many well-known names of the thespian world.
Colum also meets Elaine McConnell, who is walking from her home in Belfast to Donegal to raise money for Alzheimer's awareness.
Plus, we travel back to July 6th, 1957 and the first meeting of Lennon & McCartney – at a church fete in Woolton.

Colum Arbuckle's guests are Josie Herbison and Tom Clugston.

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

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Colum Arbuckle's guests are Ann Hayes and June Martin.

Anne was a nursing sister, looking after patients with MS. June has been a great traveller all her life.

Also on the programme, a simple phrase sparked a collaboration between Roy and Maura, and we travel back to July 13 1985, when the world rocked for famine relief.

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

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Colum Arbuckle’s guests are Gill Michael and Hubert Curran – both were in health care during their long careers.

Gill was an almoner in London, and then she went on to become a lecturer in social studies on both sides of the Atlantic.

Hubert was at the cutting edge quite literally. He was a surgeon before eventually settling down to general practice in East Belfast.

Also on the programme, when it comes to Mood Swings, five Derry ladies know what it’s all about.

Doreen McBride has written a children’s book… with a difference.
And it’s July 21 1969, and Neil Armstrong makes a giant leap for mankind…

Colum Arbuckle's guests are Gill Michael and Hubert Curran.

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

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Colum Arbuckle's guests are Maura Johnston and Charlie Heron.

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.

Colum Arbuckle's guests are Judy McGaffin and Billy Bones. Judy is a former dentist who is now a Church of Ireland minister. Billy is a former railway man who now writes plays.

Historian and writer Ken McCormack explains why Marconi came to Ballycastle, Dorothy Byrne celebrates a souped-up scooter and we travel back to August 1962, when Hollywood lost a legend.

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Colum Arbuckle hosts a special edition of the programme from the Arcadia in Portrush. Once one of the most famous ballrooms in Ireland, today the Arcadia is home to classes in art, yoga and zumba for older people.
Colum’s guests include those who came to dance in the 1950s and 60s and others for whom the Arcadia has given them a new lease of life in their retirement.

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

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Colum Arbuckle visits Rosie's Cottage in Kilrea.

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

Colum Arbuckle visits Rosie's Cottage in Kilrea.

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.

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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