Sounding as effortless as Tubridy does isn’t as easy as it seems.

Radio: Ryan Tubridy’s spiel shows his ability as a broadcaster. Sounding this effortless isn’t easy 

Liveline: Joe Duffy’s phone-in has played a crucial role in bringing to light the horrific secrets of Ireland’s clerical institutions

The week's radio shows let survivors set records straight, share their anger and ask crucial questions

Ray D’Arcy’s formula gels; if not chicken soup for the soul, then at least Cup-a-Soup for the tired mind. Photograph: Patrick Bolger/ RTÉ

This is mightily flimsy stuff, more suited to local radio. But, against the odds, it works

Sarah McInerney and Cormac Ó hEadhra: driving Drivetime to new heights

Ó hEadhra’s focused outrage and McInerney’s cooler tenaciousness has rejuvenated one of RTÉ Radio's flagship shows

Pat Kenny: the Newstalk presenter has sounded more engaged on air since the pandemic kicked in. Photograph: Frank Miller

Radio: Veteran host sounds relaxed and confident, though his unwitting comedic side remains

Claire Byrne. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Her RTÉ show can stray towards sounding a bit judgy, no matter how sensible its advice  

Ryan Tubridy on The Late Late Toy Show: Swore after accidentally spraying himself with fizzy orange

Presenter uses his RTÉ Radio 1 programme to insist he didn’t utter the F-word on Friday night

Miriam O’Callaghan: sounds so sincere that her touchy-feely public persona seems flinty by comparison. Photograph: RTÉ

She expresses her sorrow with uncharacteristic trepidation. Then it’s on with the show

 Joe Duffy’s trundlingly unfunny rhymes make the rapping of Dustin the Turkey sound like Wu-Tang Clan

Duffy’s unfunny rhymes make Dustin the Turkey sound like Wu-Tang Clan

Ciara Kelly’s medical background combines with her confidence as a broadcaster to good effect. Photograph: Tom Honan

Newstalk host sounds sceptical as Trinity College professor floats a novel idea to delay festivities

Settling in: Drivetime’s Cormac Ó hEadhra and Sarah McInerney

Sarah McInerney and Cormac Ó hEadhra gel as US poll unfolds, Joe Duffy gets populist about panto

Shane Ross: dubbed a  “tell-tale tattler” by Regina Doherty. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Shane Ross has a barbed confrontation with Regina Doherty... and a cosy chat with Brendan O’Connor

RTÉ’s Shay Byrne, host of Rising Time.

... while chirpy Ryan Tubridy leads listeners into lockdown with head-boy earnestness

Paschal Donohoe’s double act with Michael McGrath may have got off to a reasonable start, but they shouldn’t congratulate themselves too much just yet.

Claire Byrne's first post-budget phone-in is a disappointment as she fails to pin down ministers

Pat Kenny  worries about there being too much carrot and not enough stick when it comes to infractions. Photograph: Frank Miller

The professor’s conversation with Pat Kenny on Newstalk is unintentionally hilarious

Cormac Ó hEadhra and Sarah McInerney had their news chops put to the test on Monday. Photograph: Kieran Harnett

The newly partnered duo are still finding their feet, or at least trying not to tread on each other too much

It comes as a bit of shock when Dermot Whelan extols the virtues of meditation to Newstalk host Andrea Gilligan

Capering presenter discusses mindfulness as Andrea Gilligan hits a groove on her show

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly was defiantly upbeat when he appeared on The Last Word. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Radio review: Matt Cooper has a good day at the office. The health minister not so much

The problem, as Jennifer Zamparelli conceded, was she appeared to be inviting anti-maskers to explain their rationale, such as it is. Photograph: RTÉ

Controversy over 2FM presenter’s dropped discussion seems down to poor judgment

It’s not a good look when a high-profile broadcaster like Ray D’Arcy can’t be bothered to hide his lethargy as he does his well-remunerated job

The staleness of the presenter's sweet ‘n’ sour format is a long-running concern

Kieran Cuddihy takes over from  Ivan Yates as host of the Hard Shoulder (Newstalk, weekdays). 

Overeagerness aside, Cuddihy can make a success of his show, as can Andrea Gilligan

In her debut Today with Claire Byrne show, the host duly put the Taoiseach through the wringer about the Oireachtas Golf Society debacle. And scored a zinger. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The presenter’s interview with Taoiseach sets tone as she takes over Today show on RTÉ Radio 1


Best reads of 2020: The retired reporter’s rant on ageism proved too much for Sarah McInerney

Despite Ivan Yates’s retirement it’s business as usual, as the Newstalk presenter  grills his guests with his usual gruff impatience during his last week on air. Photograph: Newstalk

Newstalk’s morning host’s unguarded admission underlines his good mood, while his opinionated colleague retires with honesty

Ivan Yates. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

At home on radio, Yates was provocative without tipping into gratuitous offence

Gavan Reilly: The presenter lifts the Newstalk show beyond its limitations Photograph: Newstalk

Radio review: The Sunday morning programme needs more zip to compete with rivals

Matt Cooper: the Today FM host displays his fighting instincts in low-key but unmistakable fashion

Radio review: Last Word presenter goes toe to toe to get facts straight with Peter Tatchell

Cormac Ó hEadhra: the RTÉ Radio 1 presenter is not a natural diplomat

Radio review: Combative hosts struggle to make TDs rise to their Government-formation bait

Ray D’Arcy manages to conjure up a united Ireland over Zoom

Radio review: Glitches pile up as the host hears pandemic stories from all 32 counties

Ryan Tubridy despairs of the ‘contagion of misinformation’ in the online world. Photograph: RTÉ

Radio review: The chipper presenter barely referred to the pandemic this week

On Tuesday on RTÉ Radio 1, Sarah McInerney peppers her guests with pertinent questions, but maintains a relatively low-key presence

“You look delighted with yourself,” the RTÉ host curtly tells her cartoonish guest

On Liveline, Jow Duffy spoke to a publican who has decided to reopen his pub before the government’s proposed date in August.

Radio review: Joe Duffy sounds at a loss; Newstalk has snapshots from a US in turmoil

Brendan O’Connor: The pandemic flattens O’Connor’s usual spiky energy. Photograph: RTÉ

Radio review: The coronavirus crisis has dulled his once-sparky morning programme

Sarah McInerney: reserves her most fierce grillings for those in positions of power or wealth who appear to be spoofing

The former Newstalk presenter has firmly placed her stamp on RTÉ Radio 1 mornings

Ciara Kelly presents herself as someone who speaks her mind, whatever the consequences. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Radio: The presenter’s questions are less urgent health queries than audience clickbait

Locked down in Dublin: Matt Damon appeared on Spin 1038 to talk about being stranded in Ireland. Photograph: Elizabeth Weinberg/New York Times

Stranded Hollywood actor has spirit-lifting conversation with Spin 1038’s morning hosts

Sean O’Rourke. Photograph: RTÉ

He interviews both ministers and hairdressers with professionalism and passion

Normal People: Daisy Edgar-Jones and Paul Mescal in the TV adaptation of Sally Rooney’s novel. Photograph: Enda Bowe/Element Pictures/RTÉ

Joe Duffy can’t believe his luck – er, sorry, ears – when callers splutter about Normal People

Ray D’Arcy: monologue a mesmerisingly pointless exercise in solipsistic navel gazing. Photograph: Patrick Bolger/RTÉ

His rambling account of baking bread shows he’s the ideal presenter for our time

Formidable: Sean O’Rourke on his first day as presenter of RTÉ Radio 1’s Today show, in 2013. Photograph: Frank Miller

RTÉ will struggle to replace a host whose ease was accompanied by formidable news skills

Des Cahill: the likeable sports presenter seems a little lost on RTÉ Radio 1’s Des’s Island Discs

Radio Review: Presenter seems ill-suited to venerable format as Off The Ball carries on regardless

Welcome back Ryan.  We missed you. Photograph: RTÉ

The RTÉ star sounds uncharacteristically elegiac after his coronavirus experience

Ivan Yates takes a break from coronavirus coverage by allowing listeners to indulge in the nostalgically escapist pastime of bashing the Brits. Photograph: Newstalk

Sombre Newstalk host rediscovers irreverent persona for on-air prank, while Morning Ireland highlights the perils of shopping

 Liveline’s Joe Duffy has been urging his audience to wash their hands, using practically any opportunity to drive the message home.

Radio review: Joe Duffy hears tales of social distancing prompting antisocial behaviour

 Ciara Kelly told her listeners that she had contracted coronavirus. File photograph: Tom Honan

69 new cases of coronavirus had been detected the previous day. ‘I am one of them,’ she said

Ray D’Arcy: on Tuesday he spoke to an Irish woman living in the Chinese city of Suzhou, who describes everyday life in the country as it tries to control the virus. Photograph: Patrick Bolger Photography

He assures us he can broadcast from home. Some may not see that as an upside

Ray D’Arcy’s interview with Mary O’Rourke brought a light touch to  a tense week

‘How lovely to die on a rug in the garden with the sun beaming down,’ she tells Ray D’Arcy

Singer-songwriter Lesley Roy has been chosen to represent Ireland in the 2020 Eurovision in the Netherlands.

Lesley Roy’s song has been billed as a game changer. For once, the plaudits might be justified

Today with Sean O’Rourke on RTÉ Radio 1, weekdays at 10am.

RTÉ's Sean O'Rourke and 98FM shock jock Adrian Kennedy tamp down fears but Ciara Kelly has other ideas

Ivan Yates  suffuses a discussion on Irritable Bowel Syndrome with a disarming sense of humour. Photograph: Newstalk

Yates doesn’t so much grill politicians as turn them over an open fire on a spit roast

Joe Duffy: like any good referee in a sparring match, he  knows  his audience likes nothing better than a good scrap

The conversation turns ugly the moment the post-election Liveline opens

A singular presence: Michael Healy-Rae. Photograph: Tom Honan

Kenny may be out of step with the restive public mood, but his interviews are memorable

Senator Catherine Noone: her comments this week were a talking point on the Ray D’Arcy Show. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Radio review: Ray D’Arcy shows all politics is personal, while Ciara Kelly ties herself in knots

The Tonight Show Leaders’ Debate featured presenter Ivan Yates, Labour leader Brendan Howlin, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Solidarity/People Before Profit’s Mick Barry, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin, Social Democrats’ co-leader Catherine Murphy, Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald, Green Party leader Eamon Ryan and presenter Matt Cooper. Photograph:  Maxwell Photography

TV review: Leo Varadkar is the weakest link in a game show-style political contest

Ryan Tubridy got more political than he meant to last week. Photograph: RTÉ

Radio review: The presenter reacts sensitively to Úna Keane's tale of a harrowing attack

It’s noticeable that Ivan Yates, who can often be heard merrily baiting ‘pinko lefties’ himself, keeps his counsel on this occasion, instead focusing on the victims of the gang feud.  Photograph: Newstalk

Radio review: Newstalk host has comparatively quiet week while Mary Wilson chips away at political guests

Well-known broadcasters Marian Finucane and Larry Gogan passed away within seven days of each other in early Janaury. Photographs: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times and RTÉ/PA Wire

Radio review: In a sad week, RTÉ presenters pull together to remember broadcasting legends

RTÉ broadcaster Larry Gogan in 1969. The naturally warm voice ensured his career flourished.

The radio DJ with a voice ‘as smooth as a billiard ball’ will live long in the collective memory

Larry Gogan  has died at the age of 81. Photograph: RTÉ/PA Wire

The 2FM broadcaster, who has died at 85, was one of our first and best radio DJs

RTÉ’s Marty Morrissey. Photograph: James Crombie/©INPHO

Radio review: RTÉ’s preview of 2020 turns unexpectedly sombre, as Second Captains get more sport from a determined diplomat

Marian Finucane pictured in 1993 during her Liveline days. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

‘Her death has robbed RTÉ – and Ireland – of a protean talent who had enduring charisma’

Today with Sean O’Rourke on RTÉ Radio 1, weekdays at 10am

RTÉ host gets to the heart of the childcare crisis , as O’Shea welcomes all book-lovers

Review: Every radio show has filler, but Ciara Kelly has had the trowel out a lot recently

Katie Hannon: versatile and personal

Radio review: The host waits for guests to slip up before she turns the screw

Sean O’Rourke was Radio 1’s strongest performer.

The contrast between RTÉ’s obvious disdain for Lyric and indulgent attitude toward 2fm sent out a deeply negative signal

The Book Show would seem to throw Rick O’Shea a lifeline, but its run has only been guaranteed until Christmas. Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

The man born Paul Crossan has gone from pop jock to credible host of RTÉ's Book Show

DJ Niall Boylan from Classic Hits 4fm. In enthusiastically encouraging people to vent on both real problems and pet peeves, the host walks a fine line between airing grievances and fuelling resentment. Photograph: Michael Donnelly/4fm

Defiant farmers cause 4FM presenter to drop the F-bomb, but his shock jock instincts remain

Marian Finucane: ‘Finucane also adopts an air of bemused wonderment at the ordinary and obvious’

Radio review: For nearly two decades, she has reigned supreme in a coveted weekend slot

The independent TD for Kerry is on the show for a discussion about fellow TD Noel Grealish. File Photograph: Alan Betson

Radio review: Her interview with minister Eoghan Murphy is more reconciliation than rematch

Gay Byrne with his portrait in the National Gallery of Ireland in 2000. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Broadcaster’s death prompts on-air eulogies from colleagues, plus some self-revelation

 Gay Byrne’s great strength as a radio host was his capacity to listen: his listeners   trusted him with secrets they would not share with their nearest and dearest. Photograph:  Photograph: Eddie Kelly/The Irish Times

Radio show arguably even more important catalyst for change than The Late Late

Ivan Yates: ‘It’s a national sport in Ireland to be a begrudger.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Radio review: Sometimes ‘excessive self-admiration’ is justified, says Newstalk presenter

Joe Duffy discussed the gunpoint robbery in Dublin on Liveline this week

Joe Duffy hears how two men pointed a gun at a tourist and robbed her handbag

Matt Cooper: savvy enough to realise there’s life after Brexit. Photograph: Brian McEvoy

Today FM host acknowledges jaded public mood, while Jennifer Zamparelli reveals a gritty side of Irish life

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg. Photograph: David Zalubowski/AP

The condition is triggered by exposure to a Swedish girl who doesn’t want the world to end

Mark Cagney: Having exited his longtime role as host of Virgin Media’s television show Ireland AM, he has recently been popping up on Newstalk, in this instance as a stand-in for Ivan Yates. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Erstwhile TV host brings a light touch to Newstalk stint as Lorenzo and Brexit rage on

Greta Thunberg: Ryan Tubridy has been criticised for his on-air remarks about the activist. Photograph: Tom Jamieson/New York Times

Presenter catches flak over his clunky concern for teenage activist’s health

The Bluffer’s Guide to Suburbia: a piece of sensory, stimulating theatre. Photograph: Colm Hogan

Dublin Theatre Festival: Ray Scannell’s ambitious musical drama is performed with aplomb but lacks focus

Whelan sounds in his element at “the Ploughing”

Radio Review: Classical music station fulfills its public broadcasting remit with variety and wit – why is it under threat?

Vespertilio: an endangered bat is at the centre of this engaging two-hander. Photograph: Liz Isles

Dublin Fringe Festival: Mismatched outsiders form romance in wistfully charming two-hander

Grounds for Concern: Alan Bradley tells his story with verve and veracity. Photograph: Tina Brady

Dublin Fringe Festival: Inventive one man show deals with a young player's mental health struggles

Stephen Rea: Miriam disarms Rea’s lugubriously diffident public persona. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Review: By the end of a compelling interview, O’Callaghan positively embraces her self-parodying side

Shane Coleman has a considerably more successful week at Westminster than the British prime minister, Boris Johnson

Radio Review: Newstalk Breakfast presenter captures the charged atmosphere in London, while Ray D’Arcy looks at problems closer to(...)

Miriam O’Callaghan’s recent radio slot was a chance for common sense to prevail on vaccines.

Radio Review: Guests on RTÉ and Newstalk’s Pat Kenny Show have no truck with anti-vaxxers

Newstalk’s Lunchtime Live presenter Ciara Kelly describes her mentality as “partitionist”. Photograph: Tom Honan

Radio: The Newstalk host appears to share callers' doubts about reunification

Maggie Doyle, stand-in host on the Ryan Tubridy Show, fails to  curry favour with Tubridy and his fans over Paul McCartney.

Stand-in presenter shows her strengths while spinning out sparse material, as Jonathan Healy hears of heroic resistance to a helli(...)

Miriam O’Callaghan shows that for all her famed one-on-one interviewing skills, she’s in her element hosting current affairs conversations.

Presenter helms discussions on drugs and Boris Johnson, as Ivan Yates gets crash course on cocaine

Katie Hannon: versatile and personal

Presenter brings her own experiences to charged exchanges on Liveline, while Ciara Kelly shows her bedside manner in bleak convers(...)

Murphy said more houses are required so people can ‘rent with sustainability’. Or, to put it another way, not be made homeless. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Minister is defensive on housing crisis with Today FM, as Morning Ireland debates definitions of disaster

Ryan Tubridy: at his best he is entertaining on-air company

He hits the right note for early silly season. At his best he is entertaining on-air company

Majella Moynihan pictured in the grounds of RTE. Majella spoke on RTÉ’s Documentary on One about being investigated by gardaí when she became pregnant by a male member of the force. Photograph: RTÉ

Radio review: Her tale of forced adoption sounds like the stuff of fiction but is all too real

  Liveline host Joe Duffy’s investigative skills make for interesting listening

Radio review: The presenter shows off his digging skills over a racist incident on the train

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