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

Ray D’Arcy: any qualms that he might steer clear of contentious issues are dispelled on his second day

Review: Radio 1’s new presenter voices his opinions to bracing effect. The rebooted ‘Media Show’ could learn from such candour

Ray D’Arcy pictured as he started his new afternoon show on RTÉ Radio 1 at the RTÉ Radio Centre in Donnybrook, Dublin this afternoon. Photograph: Brian McEvoy

Topics range from the frivolous to profound on new incarnation of radio programme

Slipping into his new role: Anton Savage. Photograph: Robbie Reynolds

Review: Anton Savage, on Today FM, and Rick O’Shea, on RTÉ 2FM, get off to slow, uncertain starts in their new slots

‘I’m a proper northsider,’ Leo Varadkar told listeners on ‘Sunday With Miriam’. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Review: The airwaves were full of an issue that refuses to shed its significance

George Hook: scattergun opinions on a variety of hot topics

Review: Newstalk host’s need for controversy clouds his performance. Joe Duffy stays calm to better effect

Lively exchange on the Last Word about Liz Delaney’s pub in Coolock which was embroiled in controversy after advertising a Welfare Wednesday drinks promotion night. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Review: ‘Last Word’ host sees wider angles in story about cheap pints for unemployed

Photograph: Dennis Hallinan/Jupiter/Getty

Review: ‘From Dance Hall Days to Boogie Nights’, Will Leahy’s documentary on Irish nightclubs, is more interested in groping in th(...)

Triumphant: Ryan Tubridy. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Review: A good year for Ryan Tubridy, Pat Kenny and Sean O’Rourke. But where are all the women presenters?

Sean Moncrieff discussed the dangers of Christmas at home. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Review: Newstalk host brings wry view to seasonal jollity but comes unstuck on women’s issues

Alison Curtis: taking the helm in Ray D’Arcy’s old slot on Today FM

Review: Canadian finds her voice in RTÉ defector’s old slot, while Pat Kenny loses his cool in a fractious confrontation

Jon Kenny as Mr Hardcastle and Caroline Morahan as Miss Hardcastle

David Pearse steals the show amid a cast playing to the gallery with diverting, shameless slapstick

Jonathan Corrie who was found dead in a hallway near the gates of Leinster House

Review: TDs steered clear of tragic case of homeless man. Sean O’Rourke and Joe Duffy brought humanity

Photograph: Ste Murray
Review: Fused

This intriguing and irreverent show brings point and click action on to the stage. Game over or next level?

Swansong: Clive James’s appearance on The Book Show, on RTÉ, provided the radio moment of the week. Photograph: Hazel Thompson/New York Times

Review: Newstalk’s Breakfast presenter mixes wit and insight to win listeners, but even he cannot lift the lethargy as a guest on (...)

Photograph: Fergal Phillips

A man full of seemingly contradictory elements, the gritty, noirish writer says his new novel is a historical romance

Star of the show: Afternoon Tea

Review: Jelly stars might seem far removed from the Irish Water debacle. But they’re linked

Sean Megraw (right), with brother Kieran  and sister Deirdre Carnegie,  during an earlier  visit to the  bog in Oristown, Co Meath, where the body of their  brother Brendan was discovered. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The cruel plight of the families of disappeared, from an era of carnage that also poisoned sport

Michael O’Brien: ‘We decided to create a new literature for Irish children that didn’t exist. The area was dominated by the British, to the extent that they were reinventing Irish culture with very corny Oirish things, while Irish writers, in order to get published, were becoming Anglophile.’ Photograph: Fergal Phillips

The O’Brien Press is 40. In that time, its founder has broken a lot of ground, from true crime to children’s books

Hot water: Irish Water chief executive John Tierney, accompanied by Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly, talks to journalists at Ringsend waste-water treatment plant. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Review: Brian Dowling brings a tetchy ministerial response on RTÉ Radio 1. Over on Newstalk, George Hook finds a panto partner in (...)

Chris O’Dowd: toe-curling interview with Miriam O’Callaghan. Photograph: Getty Images

Miriam O’Callaghan could learn a lot from Seán Moncrieff’s detached style

Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The American writer has resuscitated Frank Bascombe for ‘Let Me Be Frank With You’, his new, very funny book. Its stories, like th(...)

Eloquent: abuse survivor Maíria Cahill outside Government Buildings this week. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Review: Party TDs stay on message in the IRA sex-abuse controversy, but others are less reticent during a week of compelling radio(...)

Deceptively amiable: Cormac Ó hEadhra

Cormac Ó hEadhra brings shock jock chutzpah to RTÉ’s panel show, while ‘Liveline’ shows the budget hasn’t ended people’s pain

Kathleen Chada outside Dublin Central Criminal Court this week after her husband was jailed for murdering their sons. Photograph: Collins Courts

Review: Heartbreaking moments as mother recalls her ‘bright, gorgeous, happy boys’

Review: Spring Awakening

Frank Wedekind’s 1981 drama gets a subtle upgrade in this enthusiastic DYT production

Rough magic: Benjamin Verdonck

An actor’s pottering around a ramshackle stage may not be dramatic but it becomes quietly hypnotic

Review: Spinning

Deirdre Kinahan captures the claustrophobia of small town society and family life in a play that transcends its bleak premise

Cheering for Ireland: Charlie Chawke. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Review: The publican’s staff preferences rile the 2FM presenter, as Pat Kenny has a telling chat with Fine Gael’s humbled Seanad c(...)

Lisa Dwyer Hogg and Sam O’Mahony. Photograph: Pat Redmond
Review: The Mariner

Hugo Hamilton’s nuanced first World War drama looks at the family fallout after the return of an injured sailor

Heavy lifting: Mark Ryan and John Kennedy of the HSA stand at the National Ploughing Championships. Photograph: Alan Betson

Review: While Sean O’Rourke, on RTÉ, and Pat Kenny, on Newstalk, get stuck in at the National Ploughing Championships, ‘Breakfast (...)

Clean living: former AIB trader John Rusnak in one of the laundries he now runs in Baltimore

Review: A banker’s remorse makes for rare radio when John Rusnak appears on the RTÉ presenter’s show. On Newstalk, George Hook mak(...)

Peter Coonan and Gary Lydon in Borstal Boy
Review: Borstal Boy

The stage version of Behan’s classic lacks subtlety but makes for rollicking entertainment

This show, exploring the life of Peig Sayers, pushes the limits of decency to breaking point

Review: The Belle Bottoms

This pair might have sass to burn, but the lame jokes mean this comedy never quite gets off the ground

Poet Paul Muldoon: “Even at his most vituperative there was a vitality”

Arts community praises Paisley’s vitality, but some find it hard to forgive his divisive role

Slice of the Apple: U2 with Apple’s chief executive, Tim Cook, in California. Photograph: Stephen Lam/Reuters

The band’s free album prompts cosy memories on ‘Liveline’, but Ray D’Arcy takes a more jaded view

Review: Lurky! Lurky!

This ‘live edited dance film’ undercuts its erotic charge with goofy comedy

Review: Dublin Oldschool

It fizzes, it cracks, it whips and raps: Dublin free style

Review: Wrapped

Wrappers delight in this narcotic-flavoured character study

Lad humour: Dermot Whelan and Dave Moore

Blokey gags fail to mask deeper failings. For a lesson in radio control, tune in to Pat Kenny

Ill-judged narration: Blathnaid Ni Chofaigh

Despite a misfiring narrator, ‘The Scandal of Mrs Leeson, Lyric FM’s documentary about a madam in Georgian Dublin, is compelling f(...)

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

Impartiality unintentionally skews RTÉ news show’s coverage of Palestinian conflict, while Jon Snow’s outrage is more deliberate (...)

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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