Saved by the belligerent: Fionn Davenport’s  arid discussion of the Russian revolution on Inside Culture (RTÉ Radio 1, Monday) was enlivened by anti-communist firebrand Peter Hitchens.

Comedy, the saying goes, is tragedy plus time. The veracity of this proposition is one of the issues on Inside Culture (RTÉ Radio 1, Monday), in a spe(...)

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”

As a current-affairs presenter Miriam O’Callaghan rightly assumes that the public figures she interviews are well informed. In her role as host of Su(...)

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

A few minutes into his interview with Miriam O’Callaghan, Minister for Health Leo Varadkar drops his bombshell. It’s a piece of personal information t(...)

Exit stage left: Garth Brooks in Croke Park in January. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Many years ago, the English comedian Alexei Sayle joked that anything could be justified so long as it was for charity, the punchline being that if(...)

Mock no more: Liverpool-Irish country star Nathan Carter is the subject of a gushing paean by Marie-Louise O’Donnell

For a long time it was the love that dare not speak its name, but these days it is a ubiquitous lifestyle, and elements of its distinctive culture are(...)

Tweeted: Matt Cooper with Dennis Rodman

Jetlagged, his voice occasionally sounding ragged, Matt Cooper this week returned to our radios after a headline-grabbing trip to North Korea, enliven(...)

Simon Schama: unflappable charm and erudition. Photograph: Tim Kirby/Oxford Film and Television/BBC

A mere three weeks into its run, and already Today With Sean O’Rourke (RTÉ Radio 1, weekdays) has found a formula that works. Unfortunately, it’s the (...)