Rabble roused: callers make Dublin sound like a cross between Trainspotting and Hogarth’s Gin Lane. Photograph: Culture Club/Getty

Joe Duffy’s show on RTÉ Radio 1 turns the capital’s descent into the abyss. Over on 2FM, Ryan Tubridy has an unexpectedly global o(...)

Nicky Byrne: effortlessly convivial

Nicky Byrne and Jenny Greene are cheery hosts but stunningly banal. It’s a chirpy John Murray who provides more substance

Audrey Carville: the journalist has been doing a sterling job as a summer presenter on Drivetime

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A documentary on four Donegal brothers with a passion for surfing has a romance of its own

Exit stage left: Garth Brooks in Croke Park in January. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The debacle surrounding the Croke Park concerts gets serious attention, with only Ray D’Arcy striking the right note

Stepping in as guest host for Marian Finucane (RTÉ Radio 1, Saturday and Sunday), O’Carroll’s talents are soon tested to the limit. Photograph:Brian McEvoy

Brendan O’Carroll brings a big heart into studio – he’s like a modern-day ‘Danny Boy’

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Mattress Mick, who was hailed by a desperate Tubridy as “the stuff of legend”. Photograph: Dave Meehan

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Ritual: ‘Documentary on One: Mairéad’s First Communion’ (RTÉ Radio 1, Saturday),   tracked the progress of a young girl as she prepared to take the sacrament despite the misgivings of her lapsed Catholic parents

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