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

It is, unfortunately, a familiar story. Sean Moncrieff (Newstalk, weekdays) hears of a benign religious tradition whose meaning and message have be(...)

Ray D’Arcy: can he meet the challenge of sounding fresh within the comfortable walls of the RTÉ establishment?

Every few months, in what has become a traditional parade of floating heads and jagged graphs, radio listenership figures get a splash on the news (...)

RTÉ’s Seán O’Rourke: “I felt almost sense of bereavement when I heard the news.”   Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The final edition of the Connacht Sentinel has hit newsstands in Galway city as the tabloid becomes the latest newspaper to fall victim to challengi(...)

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

For a bona fide celebrity like Chris O’Dowd, embarrassing encounters with fans are presumably an inevitable byproduct of success: awkward as it surely(...)

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

Metropolitan sophisticates holding forth on livestock, urbane presenters recalling their rural roots and notables falling over themselves to pay ho(...)

Una McKevitt: talking about her play Singlehood led to a discussion of online dating. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Conversations about the big scary internet never go particularly well on radio, especially on RTÉ Radio 1, where half the time is spent explaining (...)

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

The sunshine may be giving the country a much-needed fillip, but not everyone welcomes the summer. Ryan Tubridy (2FM, weekdays), for one, bemoans the (...)

Sean Moncrieff: an accomplished radio performer who flirts with flippancy.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

He has a reputation as an erudite and informed chap, so it comes as something of a surprise to hear Sean Moncrieff (Newstalk, weekdays) suddenl(...)

True Detective. Woody Harrelson and Mathew McConaughey. Photograph:  Home Box Office, Inc

True Detective (Sky Atlantic, Saturday) is the story of two policemen with the same head (granite face, sensible side-parting) who in flash-forward(...)

Fiona Crouch of the Marine Biological Association of the UK, speaking during a survey as part of the launch of Shore Thing Ireland at Spiddal, Co Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy 3:58

Synthetic clothing, skin exfoliants and toothpaste may not sound too toxic, but to a lugworm or filter-feeding mussel they are lethal poison. (...)