Marty in the Morning

Marty in the Morning

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Marty in the Morning Thursday 17 April 2014

All this week we are giving you the chance to be in the big draw on Friday for our trip to the
opera in Verona to see Carmen in association with the Travel Department.

Travel Department is a leading tour operator in Ireland specialising in guided group holidays to over 100 different destinations all over the world.  Lake Garda, Venice & Verona Opera Holiday with
RTE lyric fm’s Marty Whelan. 7 Nights for 2 people!

                                                                                                                                  Carmen at the Arena di Verona, 2015.

Join me for the opera trip of a lifetime. During this magical holiday, explore the historic towns that hug the coast of Lake Garda and stroll through quaint streets and squares, all set in the tranquil surroundings of blue waters and towering mountains. You will take in an unforgettable performance of Bizet's Carmen at the Arena di Verona, which is sure to leave you spellbound. First performed in 1875, Bizet’s acclaimed masterpiece tells the story of the downfall of Don Jose, a naïve soldier who is seduced by the fiery gypsy, Carmen.  

There are two further excursions included in this 7-night holiday. In Venice, gaze upon St. Mark’s Basilica; watch gondolas sail along the canals, and admire the stunning piazzas, bridges and gothic buildings that make this city so magnificent. You will also take a guided boat trip of Lake Garda to view some of the beautiful sites and places of interest on the lake, including stops in the towns of Malcesine and Limone.
With the serene waters of Lake Garda, the unique beauty of Venice, and the classic Italian romance of Verona, this trip to Italy is the perfect combination of opera, culture and history.

This fabulous prize includes:                                                            GH Liberty Hotel, Riva del Garda

  • Flights from Dublin to Milan
  • 7 night stay in the 4 *star GH Liberty Hotel, Riva del Garda on a half board basis.
  • Guided Boat tour of Lake Garda, with stop overs in the beautiful towns of Limone & Malcesine. 
  • Opera Performance of Bizet's Carmen on Friday 29th June
  • Full day guided excursion to Venice. 
  • T & C's apply

Travel Department offer holidays to suit a range of tastes and interests…...whether it’s some down time in down town San Francisco, a trip to discover the secrets of the Great Wall of China or soaking up the culture and sights in stunning Sorrento

Just answer the simple question set each day to be in with a chance to be in the draw on Friday:

TEXT: 51554 or email: for full details of all holidays.

Marty in the Morning

Join the dawn chorus with Marty as he takes the chill out of your early mornings with music, news, weather and travel updates.

Have a look back at some of our recent adventures!
Rome 2017 - Day 1

Rome 2017 - Day 2

Verona 2017


Music Played on the Show


Title: In Paradisum -- Requiem Op.48

Duration: 3:57


Title: Two For The Road

Performer(s): Earl Klugh (Guitar)

Duration: 4:39


Title: Holberg Suite - Praeludium

Duration: 3:12


Title: Carmen Suite: Seguedille

Duration: 2:18


Title: Independence Day

Composer: Springsteen

Performer(s): Bruce Springsteen

Album: The River / Cbs / CDCBS88510

Duration: 4:56


Title: Halfway To Paradise

Performer(s): Billy Fury

Album: 20 Timeless Love Songs of the Sixties - Love Is All Around (Re-Recorded Versions)

Duration: 2:39


Title: Libiamo Ne'lieti Calici -- La Traviata

Performer(s): Rolando Villazon (Tenor)

Duration: 3:24


Title: Romeo And Juliet: Love Theme -- Romeo And Juliet

Duration: 3:27


Title: Romeo And Juliet

Composer: Mark Knopfler

Performer(s): Dire Straits

Duration: 6:11


Title: O Mio Babbino Caro -- Gianni Schicchi

Performer(s): Cara O'Sullivan (Soprano)

Duration: 2:45


Title: What A Wonderful World -- What A Wonderful World

Performer(s): Louis Armstrong (Vocal)

Duration: 2:35


Title: Cello Concerto No.1 In C (3rd Movement) Allegro Molto -- Cello C

Performer(s): Jian Wang (Cello)

Duration: 6:40


Title: In Un Palco Della Scala

Performer(s): Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)

Duration: 3:36


Title: La Vie En Rose

Performer(s): Jack Nicholson

Album: Something's Gotta Give (Music from the Motion Picture)

Duration: 3:09


Title: Spanish Flea

Performer(s): Herb Alpert (Trumpet)

Duration: 2:23


Title: 1b (Appalachian Journey)

Performer(s): Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)

Duration: 4:13


Title: Ring Of Bright Water

Performer(s): Val Doonican (Vocal)

Duration: 3:17


Title: Goodnight Sweetheart

Performer(s): Al Bowlly

Album: Al Bowlly: 25 Classic Songs

Duration: 3:17


Title: I Am I Said

Performer(s): Neil Diamond

Duration: 3:44


Title: The Lonely Shepherd

Performer(s): Zamfir (Panpipes)

Duration: 4:35


Title: Northern Lights

Performer(s): Renaissance

Album: A Song for All Seasons

Duration: 4:20


Title: Parlami D'Amore, Mariù

Performer(s): Joseph Calleja (Tenor)

Duration: 3:02


Title: My Love

Performer(s): Paul Mccartney

Album: Good Evening New York City

Duration: 4:19


Title: Cavatina -- Cavatina

Performer(s): John Williams (Guitar)

Duration: 4:33


Title: Body And Soul

Performer(s): Tony Bennett & Amy Winehouse

Album: Body and Soul - Single

Duration: 3:35


Title: Swan Lake Op. 20 - Act 2 - No. 28 Pas De Deux 'Cygne Noir' - Iv

Duration: 1:54


Title: Line 'Em Up

Performer(s): James Taylor (Vocal)

Duration: 4:54


Title: Nixon In China: Landing Of The Spirit Of 76

Duration: 2:43



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Text:       '51554' welcome your comments and requests.

Especially one's like this from Mark Bourke who says... 

'Marty on Lyric is my inoculation from anything the day can throw at me, he’s up there with Byrne, Wogan & Andrews as Ireland’s greatest broadcaster.'..........Thank you Mark......Tenner in the post!!

Other messages......

His morning show on Lyric is quite simply the best radio in Ireland. He has such a perfect delivery. An encyclopaedia of clever dadjokes and puns but with a light touch, never hanging on for the applause. Reminds me of a jolly, self-deprecating Colonel Mustard.   Jonathan McCrea

...Thanks very much for all the good cheer every morning Marty and never going on about all the bad news out there!! You are a tonic to be sure!! ........Patricia in Offaly

....Good morning Marty, I am a nurse working on night duty and listen to lyric through the night. Always glad to hear your dulcet tones at 7am as I know I will be off duty soon. .... Keep up the good work and music and the 'corny' jokes....Moira in Dublin 6



Presenter: Marty Whelan

Producer: Sinead Wylde

Production Co-ordinator: Michael O' Kane


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