6:30pm – 7:30pm The Gospel According to Blindboy
Blindboy & Hilary Fannin
Our opening event of the festival features podcaster, author and Limerick man Blindboy of the Rubberbandits in conversation with Irish Times columnist Hilary Fannin. They’ll discuss his life, his politics and his acclaimed short stories.
7:45pm – 8:45pm Going The Distance
Sonia O’Sullivan & Joanne O’Riordan
Gold medal winning, world beating athlete Sonia O’Sullivan joins us from Melbourne to talk about her sporting life. She is in conversation with fellow Corkonian and Irish Times sports columnist Joanne O’Riordan.
6:30pm – 7:30pm Ok, Let’s Do Their Stupid Idea
Paul Howard & Patrick Freyne
Ross O’Carroll-Kelly creator Paul Howard and Irish Times features writer Patrick Freyne are two of the funniest people writing in Ireland today. They talk about the sometimes underestimated art of making people laugh.
7:45pm – 8:45pm Lessons For Living
Róisín Ingle & Edith Eger
In conversation with Irish Times columnist Róisín Ingle, celebrated psychologist and Holocaust survivor Edith Eger explores ways to change the thoughts and behaviours that can keep us prisoners of our past.
6:30pm – 7:30pm Yes, Commissioner
Mairéad McGuinness & Kathy Sheridan
Co Louth born MEP Mairéad McGuinness has been European Commissioner for Financial Stability, Financial Services and the Capital Markets Union since October 2020. She tells Irish Times columnist Kathy Sheridan about life since landing the big job.
7:45pm – 8:45pm Don’t Touch My Hair
Emma Dabiri & Sorcha Pollak
Irish-Nigerian author, academic and broadcaster Emma Dabiri talks to New To The Parish columnist Sorcha Pollak about racism, Ireland and the struggle for justice.
9pm – 10pm Two Men In a Zoom
Dara Ó’Briain & Pat Leahy
Comedian Dara Ó’Briain and Irish Times Political Editor Pat Leahy met and became friends as student debaters in UCD. They quiz each other about friendship, comedy, middle-aged angst, politics, space and much more.
6:30pm – 7:30pm Beyond Brexit
Nicola Sturgeon & Fintan O’Toole
Scotland’s First Minister and leader of the Scottish National Party Nicola Sturgeon talks to Orwell prize winning Irish Times columnist Fintan O’Toole about Brexit, Scottish independence and the state of the union.
7:45pm – 8:45pm Leading Through Lockdowns
Micheál Martin & Jennifer Bray
Micheál Martin became Taoiseach at a time of unprecedented challenges. Irish Times Political Correspondent Jennifer Bray asks him about leadership in a pandemic and his hopes for Ireland in 2021.
9pm – 10pm Is everything going to be alright?
Luke O’Neill & Jennifer O’Connell
Professor of biochemistry at Trinity College Dublin, Luke O’Neill was one of the leading scientific voices to emerge in 2020. Irish Times columnist Jennifer O’Connell picks his considerable brain about the light at the end of our pandemic tunnel.
6.30pm-7.30pm Walk on the Wild Side
Dara McAnulty & Freya McClements
"When young autistic people are nurtured, miraculous things can happen,"says sixteen-year-old Dara McAnulty, award-winning author of Diary of a Young Naturalist. The Co Down teenager explores his passion for the natural world in conversation with Irish Times Northern Correspondent Freya McClements.
7:45pm – 8:45pm Talking with Ghosts
Gabriel Byrne & Hugh Linehan
Dubliner Gabriel Byrne was one of Ireland’s first movie stars. He talks to Irish Times Arts and Culture Editor Hugh Linehan about his life and times from The Riordans to The Usual Suspects to publishing an acclaimed memoir at 70.
9pm – 10pm The American Dream?
John King & Fintan O’Toole
Just days after the presidential inauguration of Joe Biden, Washington-based CNN commentator John King will talk to Fintan O’Toole about his Irish roots, his Magic Wall and the future of post-Trump America.