Sean O’Rourke: Loves to talk about sport in general and the GAA in particular, the only topics outside current affairs that seem to animate him.

Radio review: Paul Williams is becoming Newstalk’s Mr Controversial while once-feared news presenter Sean O'Rourke enjoys himself,(...)

Meticulously composed cabaret: RIOT, at the Spiegeltent until September 25th

RIOT - Can a great night out also count as a political act?

Enda Kenny with Pat Kenny on Newstalk: the Taoiseach tells the host that he has “got his mojo back”, a phrase that draws so much mockery that Enda Kenny must wish he could lose it again. Photograph: Maxwells

Radio review: ‘Breakfast’, ‘The Pat Kenny Show’, ‘High Noon’, ‘Newstalk Drive’ and ‘Sean Moncrieff’

Dadaist pep rally: Release the Baboons creator Paul Currie

The latest Dublin Fringe festival reviews, featuring Release the Baboons, The Humours of Bandon and To Hell in a Handbag

Penny Arcade’s ‘Longing Lasts Longer’ is a kick-ass rejection of consumerism, celebrity culture and cupcakes

'Hope Hunt'/'Wrongheaded' double bill dissects effects of patriarchy as 'Megalomaniac' shows vaulting ambition

Empathy is like a tanning bed: This Beach, at the Project Arts Centre

The opening weekend of the Fringe festival bursts into life with disturbing future visions and exhilarating burlesque

During a harrowing discussion on sucide, Ray D’Arcy let flow his lively social conscience, which is less in evidence these days than when he was at Today FM.

Review: ‘Liveline’, ‘The Ray D’Arcy Show’

“I think RTÉ are being very brave with this,” says Don’t Quote Me presenter Sean Hughes

Apart from satirical shows such as Callan’s Kicks, comedy has been a bit ad hoc on RTÉ over the past 30 years. A new radio project(...)

Ping-pong: Minister of State for Financial Services – behind Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe – has the kind of charged argument that Matt Cooper revels in. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Radio review: ‘The Last Word’, ‘Lunchtime’, ‘Morning Ireland’, ‘Today with Sean O’Rourke’

In tune with his times: Richard Fariña plays harmonica with Eric von Schmidt in 1963. Photograph: Redferns/Getty

The late writer and musician made a big impression in the 1960s, whether playing with Bob Dylan or fishing in Ireland. Just beware(...)

Ryan Tubridy: the presenter is a good foil, conversing blokeishly while hearing out James Cawley’s tough experiences of life with arthrogryposis multiplex congenita

Radio review: ‘The Ryan Tubridy Show’, ‘The Anton Savage Show’, ‘Second Captains’

Jonathan Healy has a wryly low-key style

Radio review: ‘The Pat Kenny Show’, ‘Seán Moncrieff’

There are times when George Hook sounds like an inhabitant of the post-fact world. Photograph: Eric Luke

Review: Seán O’Rourke, The Right Hook, Marian Finucane and Off The Ball

Morning Ireland: Cian McCormack’s interview with Kim, a homeless single mother, is essential radio

Review: ‘The Anton Savage Show’, ‘Morning Ireland’, ‘Liveline’

 Matt Cooper: At his best Cooper is an informed, deft host with an accessible manner, but he doesn’t always resist the temptation to sound like the smartest guy in the room. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Radio review: Creationist guest prompts smug reaction from Today FM host, as Ray D’Arcy discusses mid-life crises and Theresa May’(...)

Brenda Donohue: her natural outlook is so positive one suspects she could see the bright side of a tenement slum

Review: ‘Like Family’, ‘Inside Culture’, ‘Neil Delamare’s Sunday Best’, ‘The Ian Dempsey Show’

“Let’s not talk about Brexit”: Sean Moncreiff’s plea was a vain aspiration. Photograph: Dylan Martinez/Reuters

Review: ‘Moncrieff’, ‘Drivetime’, ‘Morning Ireland’, ‘Breakfast’

“The C-word, which is the word of choice in these matters, is meant to dehumanise and belittle women,” says former Labour Party leader Joan Burton on Today with Sean O’Rourke. Photograph: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie

Radio review: Threats to women were to the fore of Sean O’Rourke’s shows after the murder of Jo Cox

Matt Cooper: unexpected moments keep The Last Word interesting

Review: ‘The Last Word’, ‘Liveline’, ‘Off the Ball’, ‘The Last Hook’

Brendan Howlin: “I answered that question at that time,” he says when Miriam O’Callaghan reminds him that he once denied being gay to the Star newspaper. “But I’m sorry I did. It shouldn’t be a question that you pose”

Review: ‘Sunday with Miriam’, ‘Today with Sean O’Rourke’, ‘The Ryan Tubridy Show’

Suspects: the Kinahan gang members believed to have shot Gareth Hutch, in CCTV footage

Review: ‘Morning Ireland’, ‘Moncrieff’, ‘Liveline’, ‘The Anton Savage Show’

Late Debate: Cormac Ó hEadhra invites on guests who have opposing views and contrasting styles

Review: ‘The Late Debate’, ‘Talking Point with Sarah Carey’

George Hook: “I’ve calmed down, but inside I’m burning up”

Review: ‘The Right Hook’, ‘The Pat Kenny Show’

Derek Mooney: “Don’t make me sound any weirder than I am”

Review: ‘Mooney Goes Wild: The Dawn Chorus’, ‘The Ray D’Arcy Show’ and ‘The Ryan Tubridy Show’

Compared with the blanket coverage given to the commemorations over Easter Weekend, the real centenary of the rebellion passes by on RTÉ with relatively little notice. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

RTÉ recalls the Rising with an evocative play while Radio Ulster has Great War love letters

Relaxed and engaged: Keelin Shanley has established herself as a top contender for promotion to a show of her own

Review: ‘Today with Sean O’Rourke’, ‘Drivetime’, ‘The Last Word’, ‘The Anton Savage Show’

Stephen Fry: Ryan Tubridy’s discussion of sexal abuse comes in the wake of the actor and writer’s comments about “selfpitying” sexual-abuse survivors. Photograph: Andreas Rentz/Getty

Review: ‘The Ryan Tubridy Show’, ‘Liveline’, ‘Inside Culture’, ‘The Ronan Collins Show’

Ray D’Arcy:  interview with former IRA member Shane Paul O’Doherty is a reminder of the inquisitive fizz of which he is capable

Review: ‘The Ray D’Arcy Show’, ‘Moncrieff’ and ‘Breakfast’ (Newstalk)

Never mind the experiences of civilians, children or British soldiers, Myles Dungan’s show recounts the untold stories of those who weren’t even born when the Rising began

Review: ‘The History Show’, ‘Sunday with Miriam’ and ‘Today with Seán O’Rourke’

Victims: flight attendant Nidhi Chaphekar, who was injured in the bombing at Brussels Airport. Photograph: Ketevan Kardava/courtesy 1tv.ge

Review: ‘The Anton Savage Show’, ‘Morning Ireland’, ‘Today with Sean O’Rourke’, ‘Liveline’, ‘Drama on One: 100’

Matt Cooper: the Today FM host’s persona is hardly that of a rabble-rouser, but he does stir up disagreement

Review: ‘The Ryan Tubridy Show’, ‘The Last Word’, ‘The Weekend on One’

“Why is it called the ‘ladies’ game’? That’s the one thing I never get”: Aine Lawlor during a discussion about women in the GAA

Review: ‘Marian Finucane’, ‘Off the Ball’, ‘The Pat Kenny Show’

Joe Duffy: for all his ability to read the electorate’s intentions, the Liveline host seems oblivious to voter fatigue

Review: ‘Liveline’, ‘Today with Sean O’Rourke’, ‘The Niall Boylan Show’, ‘The Right Hook’

Sean Moncrieff pulls off the seemingly impossible by hosting political slots that are entertaining and even enlightening. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Review: Today with Seán O’Rourke; The Last Word; The Anton Savage Show; Moncrieff; Rising Time

A long way from political tussles: the thrust of Pat Kenny’s show has changed since his move to Newstalk.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Review: ‘The Pat Kenny Show’, ‘The Ray D’Arcy Show’

The scene  of the fatal shooting of of Eddie Hutch Snr,  in his home on Poplar Row in  Dublin’s north inner city. Photograph:  Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

On-air analysis of killings prefers sensation to perspective, as Joe Duffy and Aine Lawlor hear

Terry Wogan on air: Gay Byrne, Brendan Balfe and Mike Murphy paid tribute to him on Sunday With Miriam (RTÉ Radio 1). Photograph: Katie Collins/PA

Review: Ryan Tubridy is the closest thing Irish radio has to the much missed Terry Wogan

Political pedigree: Ivan Yates and his fellow Newstalk Breakfast anchor Chris Donoghue

Review: ‘Breakfast’, ‘Liveline’, ‘The Right Hook’, ‘Sunday with Miriam’

Joe Rooney: the comedian chokes up when he tells Ryan Tubridy that his mother died when he was 11

Review: ‘The Ryan Tubridy Show’, ‘Down to Business’, ‘Moncrieff’

David Bowie’s influential recordings were in short supply on Lyric and 2FM. Photograph: EPA/Maurizio Gambarini

Radio review: Lyric’s schedule is not for moving, while 2FM trumpets Eurovision star Nicky Byrne

Talk to Joe: listeners have to wait a full five days before hearing  Liveline’s first crime horror story of January

Review: ‘Liveline’, ‘Bowman: Sunday: 8.30’, ‘The Ryan Tubridy Show’, ‘Moncrieff’

Peter Sutherland is a vocal and sincere proponent for the rights of refugees, but his previous posts, at the head of the  World Trade Organisation and Goldman Sachs International, hardly mark him out as an instinctive champion of the downtrodden. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

With his elite CV, the UN envoy is an unlikely but vocal champion of refugees, while Brian Eno goes high and low in a compelling t(...)

Bertie Ahern: the former taoiseach made a shameless attempt to rewrite the past on Sunday with Miriam

Review of 2015: Compelling interviews, canny scheduling and engaging pairings boosted Radio 1, 2FM and Newstalk. But the best of l(...)

Accounts of damage caused by flooding dominated the airwaves: The river Suck at Ballinasloe after Storm Desmond hit the area over last weekend. Photograph: Airman Jamie Martin/Air Corps/PA

‘Breakfast’, Today with Sean O’Rourke, ‘The Last Word’, ‘Marian Finucane’

The second season of the Serial podcast focuses on the case of Bowe Bergdahl,  a US Army soldier who was captured by the Taliban in 2010. Image: serialpodcast.org

Podcast which became online sensation returns with new focus on Bowe Bergdahl case

Councillor Hugh Mc Elvaney from Monaghan filmed in a meeting with an undercover RTÉ Reporter

The county councillor’s account of his role in RTÉ’s ‘sting’ speaks volumes about the atmosphere of impunity in Irish politics

Pat Kenny’s coolly inquiring manner is a welcome reminder of his past career as a current affairs reporter. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Review: ‘The Pat Kenny Show’, ‘Liveline’, ‘Sunday with Miriam’

Will the real Cúchulainn please stand up: JC Leyendecker’s illustration of the Ulster hero. Photograph: Century

Long hair flowing from under his helmet, spear and shield in hand, the hero of the Ulster Cycle is the epitome of the valiant Celt(...)

George Hook: don’t expect him to cede his berth in the name of politically correct poppycock any time soon. Photograph: Eric Luke

Review: ‘The Right Hook’, ‘Breakfast’, ‘The Green Room’, ‘The Pat Kenny Show’, ‘Lighthouse Stories’

Geniality, erudition, arcane knowledge and humour: when Ryan Tubridy is at his best

Review: ‘The Ryan Tubridy Show’, ‘The Ray D’Arcy Show’

Anton Savage: The presenter veers between schoolboy enthusiasm and sober inquisition. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Review: The Anton Savage Show; Liveline; Documentary on One

Michael O’Flynn: concedes the “genuine, hardworking community” of developers made mistakes, but says bodies such as Nama have made things much worse. Photo: Daragh Mac Sweeney/Provision

Review: ‘The Marian Finucane Show’, ‘The Pat Kenny Show’, ‘Sunday With Miriam’

Brendan O’Carroll: “It’s a cliche, but whatever about being a hit in England and South Africa and Canada and New Zealand and Australia, you want to be recognised at home.” Photograph: Barry McCall

The comedian, who receives a lifetime-achievement Ifta next week, is finally doing ‘very, very well’. But his life and work have (...)

Question time: Brendan Howlin and Michael Noonan in the Today With Sean O’Rourke studio at RTÉ. Photograph: Eric Luke

Review: ‘Today With Sean O’Rourke’, ‘The Right Hook’, ‘Off the Ball’

Marian Finucane: Sidesteps any creeping unpleasantness during a discussion on rural crime.

Review: ‘Marian Finucane’, ‘The Pat Kenny Show’

An innovative Belgian production of The Cherry Orchard prioritises performance over text to absorbing effect

The acclaimed drama of a gifted but different teen’s family investigations yields startling theatrical fireworks

Joe Duffy uses pensioner’s account of satellite dish court case to tell a broader tale while Sean Moncrieff sets the airwaves abla(...)

Derek Mooney’s daily show is gone, but the chirpy presenter takes over weekend radio with a showbiz patter that has perils for the unwary

Review: The Mooney Show, Today With Sean O’Rourke , Nature On One: Ireland’s Wild People

Ray D’Arcy:  hasn’t quite lost the grasp of the public mood that once made him the populist king of the morning airwaves

Radio 1 presenter shows his populist touch in his exploration of an anti-Muslim assault

Beneath the Bone Moon, Smock Alley Boys School

Stylised drama aims for transgressive subversion but is let down by earnestness and a queasy sadism

Breda’s Way review: Solo show is ambitious if uneven, but buoyed by performer and pace

Don’t be afraid: On my last evening with my father, just before he was transferred to Blackrock Clinic, I spoke to him about pretty much anything except what was about to happen. Photograph: RTÉ

Seamus Heaney’s son writes about his father’s final message to his family: ‘Noli timere’

Ryan Tubridy: on his first day he invites his audience to text the show and visit its Facebook page. He then gleefully adds, “Here’s a revolutionary thought – you can just listen to it.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Review: ‘The Ryan Tubridy Show’, ‘Liveline’, ‘Moncrieff’

Robbie O’Connor and Aisling O’Mara

An overlooked story of actors who joined the rebellion

Shane O’Reilly

A striking show by writer and star Shane O’Reilly

Alice Malseed

Alice Malseed’s show about an alienated young woman is familiar but has a distinctive literary and regional twist

Reviewing the weekend’s GAA, Ryan Tubridy got his games mixed up and stated that Dublin had beaten Kilkenny. Tubridy returned to the post-Morning Ireland slot on RTÉ Radio 1, on Monday September 7th. Photograph: Gareth Chaney, Collins

Mick Heaney’s review: Anyone seeking edgy radio will be disappointed, but Ryan Tubridy sounds eager, concerned and engaged with hi(...)

Sean O’Rourke: his no-nonsense interview style sometimes comes across as heavy-handed

Review: ‘Today With Sean O’Rourke’, ‘The Documentary Hour: The Sandhogs’, ‘The Ray D’Arcy Show’

Former Fianna Fáil minister Conor Lenihan: clearly doesn’t feel his political past is anything to be embarrassed about. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Review: ‘The Last Word’, ‘Morning Ireland’, ‘Culture File Weekly’

Anton Savage: instead of a cliched mid-Atlantic twang he opts for a Mitteleuropa accent. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Review: ‘The Anton Savage Show’, ‘The Right Hook’, ‘Morning Ireland’ and Johnny Lyons

Joe Duffy: “Given he hosts a phone-in show, he probably has a whole stockpile of telephonically themed jokes.”  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Homelessness clouds the ‘Liveline’ air, while Pat Kenny tackles the issue with calm effectiveness

Dave Fanning: The veteran 2FM presenter is at times unable to stifle his ennui with the topics under discussion. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

The 2FM veteran sounds out of place in his temporary Radio 1 slot while Colette Fitzpatrick brings a welcome female presence to N(...)

Neil Delamere: the comedian and Today FM presenter hosts material not entirely befitting the Sabbath. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

Review: ‘Neil Delamare’s Sunday Best’, ‘Today With Sean O’Rourke’, ‘Morning Ireland’, ‘Daybreak’

Back in the studio after his cycle into work, a more recognisable Pat Kenny returns, by turns informed, inquisitive and toe-curlingly awkward. Photograph: Frank Miller

Review: The Newstalk presenter tries an invigorating new way into work, but embarrassing old habits emerge when discussing sensiti(...)

Tommy Tiernan: when he ventures near the knuckle it merely leaves a sour taste

The comic’s 2FM chat show has high ambitions but low wit, while Germaine Greer is wicked company for Miriam O’Callaghan

Dublin busker Guy (Tom Parsons) meets Czech girl (Megan Riordan)

The hit stage version of the cult film takes on new life in the city where it is set

George Hook: “my plan is to write a trilogy.”  Photograph: Dave Meehan

Review: Newstalk host’s literary venture sets pulses racing, as Anton Savage revels in silly season stories on Today FM

John Murray: gags and mischief on the last week of the show.  Photograph: Brian McEvoy

Review: ‘Today with Sean O’Rourke’, Brendan O’Connor on ‘Marian Finucane’

Longed for: Seven Years and Nine Months is about an Irish couple having a child through a surrogate mother

Review: ‘Documentary on One: Seven Years and Nine Months’, ‘Breakfast’, ‘The Pat Kenny Show’, ‘Tubridy’

Technical turmoil yields an unintentionally classic edition of ‘Liveline’, but also allows Joe Duffy to remind listeners of his professionalism. Photograph: Alan Betson

Joe Duffy’s bad studio day underlines his calming persona while Ray D’Arcy forsakes balance for indignation in abortion report

Matt Cooper dusts off his hitherto untapped skills as a game show host to gleefully interview competition winners

Evergreen talents of Matt Cooper and Ian Dempsey take second place to cash prizes, but Dermot and Dave make light of matters

Averil Power: her interview on Moncrieff provided a rare glimpse of a politician throwing off the pressures and hypocrisies of party loyalties. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Review: Sean Moncrieff, Today With Sean O’Rourke, Bright Sparks and The Pat Kenny Show

Loaded with symbolism: Prince Charles at Mullaghmore, in Co Sligo, where his great-uncle Lord Mountbatten and three others, including two children, were killed by an IRA bomb in 1979. Photograph: Arthur Edwards/AFP/Getty

Review: ‘Morning Ireland’, ‘Today With Sean O’Rourke’, ‘Drivetime’, ‘Marian Finucane’, ‘The Anton Savage Show’, ‘The Pat Kenny Sho(...)

John Murray talked to Margaret, a Cork native whose massive shoe collection inevitably prompts the host to dub her ‘the Imelda Marcos of Ireland’

Review: The John Murray Show, The Last Word

John Waters: says the same-sex marriage amendment would dilute concepts of a special procreative link between parents and children. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Review: ‘Liveline’, ‘The Sunday Show’, ‘Morning Ireland’, ‘The Right Hook’ and ‘Drivetime’

Iarla O Lionáird: the sean-nós singer wants to know “why we sing and what happens to us when we do”

‘Vocal Chords’, ‘Voices’ podcast, ‘The Ray D’Arcy Show’ and ‘Today With Sean O’Rourke’

Ivan Yates: “We’ve had a dog licking his testicles; we’ll have people feeling their testicles,” says the Newstalk presenter. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Review: ‘Breakfast’, ‘The Pat Kenny Show’, ‘Liveline’

Abducted: April Jones, whose parents, Coral and Mark, told Ryan Tubridy about their ordeal. Photograph: Dyfed-Powys Police/PA Wire

Review: ‘Morning Ireland’, ‘Ryan Tubridy’, ‘The Anton Savage Show’

Hyperactively chirpy: Derek Mooney

Review: ‘Mooney Goes Wild’, ‘Drama on One: Deep’, ‘The Right Hook’ and ‘The Tom Dunne Show’

Joe Duffy:  only really starts to sound relaxed again on Wednesday, as Liveline resumes its role as the nation’s outlet for gripes about contemporary life.  Photo:  Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

Liveline host happier with more familiar gripes, as John Murray is bowled over by kid’s fighting talk

Dropping the ball: Brendan O’Connor

Review: ‘The John Murray Show’, ‘The Last Word’, ‘Sunday With Miriam’

Hulk-like transformation: Pat Kenny in his studio at Newstalk. Photograph: Frank Miller

Review: ‘Playback’, ‘Drivetime’, ‘The Pat Kenny Show’ and ‘Down to Business’

Norman Tebbit: Miriam O’Callaghan’s open-ended approach allows glimpses of the person beneath the steely exterior and apparently unfeeling monotone

Review: ‘Sunday With Miriam’, ‘Breakfast’, ‘The Right Hook’, and remembering Tony Fenton

Emmet Kirwan and Nyree Yergainharsian: respond well to the changes in mood, never letting light or dark dominate their performances

The sharp dialogue and narrative energy of this drama of unintended pregnancy mask the timelessness of its core themes

Tony Fenton 1961 - 2015

Tributes paid to Today FM broadcaster who was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2010

Thought-provoking: Colette Kinsella and Seán Duke, presenters of ‘Life Matters’ on RTÉ Radio 1

Review: Animal rights provoke debate on ‘Life Matters’, but it’s Niamh Cosgrave’s horrific story that makes presenter Sean O’Rourk(...)

Standout: Joe Brolly is a spiky guest on Ray D’Arcy’s show, forthright in his opinions about the GAA while starkly honest about donating a kidney to a friend. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ray D’Arcy’s show lacks fizz but motor enthusiast Anton Savage is heading in the right direction

Pat Kenny: can lack spark. Photograph: Frank Miller

The Newstalk presenter’s waning pulling power is leading to an odd mixture of blandness and dramatic asides

Ryan Tubridy: tackles more serious matters without lapsing into portentousness. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Review: On 2FM, being laid back yields an attractive mix of froth and reflection. On Newstalk, the host’s anger rebounds on him

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