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’

World Cup Supporters’ Club: John Murray

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

The seasonal news lull is certainly a challenge for talk-radio hosts, but last week’s items sank like a saggy mattress

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

From first communion to the Tuam home, some Irish rites and institutions are enough to confound anyone

Tuam scandal: a grotto at the site of the former mother-and-baby home  in Co Galway. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Niall Boylan of 4FM has a personal angle on the Tuam scandal while John Bowman revisits an anti-jazz campaign

Philip Boucher-Hayes: his air of patrician forbearance sounds close to breaking point at times

RTÉ Radio 1’s phone-in, hosted by an election-fatigued Philip Boucher-Hayes, is high on opinion but low on coherence. For a quietl(...)

Marty Whelan: He do the police in different voices

Marty Whelan is an odd fit on Lyric FM, but even his wacky style is a good deal more inspirational than daytime on 2FM

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