David Bowie’s influential recordings were in short supply on Lyric and 2FM. Photograph: EPA/Maurizio Gambarini

As a presenter with the challenge of cheering up those souls up and about before 7am, Shay Byrne’s greatest asset is his sanguine affability. As he pl(...)

Noah Doyle, an 11-month-old who suffers from congenital heart disease.

The father of an 11-month-old boy with congenital heart disease has spoken about having to go to Northern Ireland on Christmas Day to get help denied (...)

Geniality, erudition, arcane knowledge and humour: when Ryan Tubridy is at his best

On Tuesday the air is thick with the sound of Ryan Tubridy droning away. Nothing unusual there, the cynics might say, but this is different. Openin(...)

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

He’s only been back on RTÉ Radio 1 a week and already it feels as if Ryan Tubridy has never been away. That’s partly because he wasn’t really gone,(...)

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