Joe Duffy: Liveline broadcast a retro-themed special for RTÉ’s Cruinnú na Cásca cultural festival

Radio Review: The RTÉ presenter gets fully into character for an Easter special, before showing his strengths on more familiar gro(...)

George Hook

Radio review: But novelist Howard Jacobson celebrates education with Matt Cooper

Ivan Yates: without a cohost, his outrage seems staged and his sense of humour loses its sparkle. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Newstalk adds more middle-aged male voices to its roster in the form of Yates and Bobby Kerr, but the formula is wearing thin

Tetchy team-mates: Paul Williams and Shane Coleman

Radio Review: The hosts bring real needle to their Odd Couple routine over cyclist issue

 Deputies  Clare Daly and Mick Wallace: Pat Kenny  discussed the topic of sartorial standards for TDs  at length with Solidarity-People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett and PR guru Terry Prone.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Radio Review: Ray D’Arcy shows the odd flash of prickly pedigree in a show that is sleepwalking through the schedules

Ryan Tubridy takes a swipe at eggheads with ideas of fancy learning. Photograph: Kinlan Photography

Radio review: He scorns political correctness like a grumpy old man, but in one respect he is still young at heart

Sean Moncrieff: runs out of patience with Bill Donohue’s declaration that “there’s no such thing as a mass grave” at the Tuam mother and baby home

Radio Review: Newstalk host takes Catholic Leaguer Bill Donohue to task over claim of baby mass grave ‘myth’ and ‘hoax’

Moby interviewed by Donal Scannell on Born Optimistic (RTÉ Radio 1 Extra, Monday).

Moving tale of quiet desperation on ‘Liveline’, while Moby is an antidote to gloom on digital

Newstalk Drive: if the intensity of Sarah McInerney’s irritation is surprising, it’s also entertaining – a fact not lost on her cohost, Chris Donoghue, who gleefully goads her

The radio presenter is never less than lively – especially when she takes a swipe at Pat Kenny

Al Porter: jokes about his annoyance when taxi drivers don’t recognise him but sounds delighted chatting to a Glasnevin chipper about speed-dating in her shop. Photograph: Brian Mcevoy

Radio review: Porter’s show sounds footloose and carefree. By comparison, Matt Cooper seems out of touch

Faced with this catalogue of hate crimes, it’s a wonder that any of the Galway Gaeilgeoirs who moved to Co Meath in the 1930s stayed there

Newstalk’s absorbing documentary recounts the rivalry of ‘planters’ from Connemara

Dermot and Dave: the appeal of their show depends on one’s appetite for  incessant slagging and a refusal to take anything too seriously

The Today FM duo's incessant banter is still tiresome despite their new slot

Scotsman David Milne: The Aberdeenshire homeowner has been standing up to the Trump organisation for some years now. Photograph: Michal Wachucik/AFP/Getty Images

Moncrieff is back to his offbeat best while Joe Duffy glumly hears tales of rural desperation

Cormac Ó hEadhra from Late Debate, RTÉ R1.

Former taoiseach says EU Brexit discussions won’t linger on ‘who threw the bottle out of the pram’

Ryan Tubridy: says he belongs to “a generation in transition” who are trying to get their heads around unfamiliar notions such as gender fluidity. Photograph: Kinlan Photography

Radio review: Northern Ireland and 'cosseted millennials' let the broadcasters show their true feelings

“Leonard Cohen: His Part in My Victory”: Joe Jackson interviews the great man. Photograph: RTÉ

The A&E trolley crisis has a wearily familiar sound. A bit like Joe Jackson’s Leonard Cohen tapes

George Michael in 2012 – remembered in Final Partings (RTÉ Radio 1, Friday) Photograph: David Wolff, Getty Images

Jim Lockhart hosts a grim chart countdown of the great musicians who died in 2016

Newstalk presenters: seated from left, Alan Quinlan, Colette Fitzpatrick , Sarah McInerney and Paul Williams; standing from left, Vincent Wall, Seán Moncrieff, George Hook, Shane Coleman, Pat Kenny and Chris Donoghue. Photograph: Maxwell’s

In a year when the commercial talk station turned angry and the national broadcaster stayed still, the music radio sector provided(...)

Simon Coveney TD and Minister of State for Housing and Urban Renewal Damien English. Coveney cut a slightly forlorn figure when grilled by Matt Cooper on the technicalities of the rental market.  Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister for Housing’s reminder of humanitarian acts sounds calculated on Last Word

Today FM presenter Alison Curtis: her interview with actor Patrick Bergin is pleasant but nondescript

The Today FM presenter is only slightly bland as she takes over from Anton Savage

RTÉ presenter Ryan Tubridy: given how his week has started, he can perhaps be excused for his curmudgeonly mood

Radio Review: RTÉ presenter is shaken by a terrifying tale of child sex abuse

Katie Hopkins: Pat Kenny’s guest has described migrants as cockroaches. Photograph: Ian Forsyth/Getty

Radio Review: ‘Liveline’, ‘The Pat Kenny Show’, ‘The Niall Boylan Show’

Ireland beat the All-Blacks: rugby triumphs provide cold comfort as RTÉ presenters discuss the Trump economy. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Radio Review: ‘Morning Ireland’, ‘Today with Sean O’Rourke’, ‘Documentary on One: Sin-é – Jeff Buckley’s Irish Odyssey’, ‘The Ray (...)

Donald Trump: gave a surprisingly gracious victory speech. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty

Radio review: ‘High Noon’, ‘Morning Ireland’, ‘The Pat Kenny Show’, ‘Marty in the Morning’

Today FM’s Anton Savage

Today FM’s morning presenter takes a surprisingly tough line with a GAA star’s gambling addiction, while Cormac Ó hEadhra’s scorn (...)

 Newstalk  hosts: Shane Coleman, Colette Fitzpatrick, Paul Williams and  Alan Quinlan. Photograph:  Maxwell’s

Radio Review: ‘Newstalk Breakfast’, ‘Newstalk Drive’ and ‘Liveline’

Peter Hook: The New Order bassist was challenged by Tom Dunne about including highly personal details about his marriage in recent memoirs. Photgraph: Lorne Thomson/Redferns

Radio Review: Ryan Tubridy, incensed by what he hears, and Tom Dunne, as Peter Hook talks about Caroline Aherne, handle the topic (...)

Paschal Donohoe and Michael Noonan on “Today with Sean O’Rourke”: Donohoe proves an emollient antidote to Noonan’s grizzled realist persona. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Review: ‘Liveline’, ‘Today with Sean O’Rourke’, ‘The Business’ and ‘High Noon’

Trading gleefully in Provo iconography: It’s Not Over. Photograph:  Babs Daly/Sarah Fox

THEATREclub’s sprawling drama is a rebuke to official views of the North’s recent history

“Two wrongs”: Pat Kenny. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Review: A harrowing revelation shocks Ray D’Arcy from his normally ironic poise

Tattoo you: Good sport Ian Dempsey promote’s Today FM’s  Dare to Care charity campaign.

Review: Today FM host endures tattooist’s needle as a troubled friendship plays out on 'Off the Ball'

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/

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

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:

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’

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