The Lyric Feature

    Friday, 7 - 8pm

    Friday 9th October 

    Digitising Rita

    Rita Lynch was born in Macroom in 1914 and showed an early talent for singing which was encouraged by her mother. Despite having her early career disrupted by the Second World War she went on to record for HMV and to tour extensively performing in operas, concerts and oratorios in Ireland, the UK and the USA. In this programme Evelyn Grant visits the soprano’s daughter Mary Shaw as she sifts through the extensive personal archive of letters, programmes, costumes, recordings and stories which her mother left behind. We get a portrait of the singer and the times she lived in. Rita Lynch’s archive has now being digitised by Cork City Libraries. 

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    The Lyric Feature - History on a Plate Part 2 of 6

    History on a Plate is a new six-part radio documentary series that takes real recipes from Irish food history and puts them back on the menu. The presenters are historian Juliana Adelman and Irish Times restaurant critic Catherine Cleary, while Irish Times food writer and chef Domini Kemp re-creates the long-lost recipes.

    Programme 2 looks at the potato - the ingredient that dominates Irish food history – and considers the contrast between how the rich ate potatoes and their place in the diet of the poor. Historians Cormac Ó Grádá and Dorothy Cashman talk about a history of hunger and plenty that surrounds the potato, while Jonathan Bell, former director of the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, brings us into a cottage to show us how potatoes where cooked, and in the Museum of Country Life in Castlebar curator Clodagh Doyle demonstrates a range of utensils used to cook and mash potatoes. In this episode Domini Kemp cooks a potato pudding made with sugar and eggs, and the programme ends with Domini and the presenters tasting this unusual and very Irish dessert.

    The contributors to the programme are: chef Domini Kemp; historians Cormac Ó Grádá and Dorothy Cashman; Jonathan Bell, former director of the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum; and Clodagh Doyle, curator with the Museum of Country Living. The reader is Doireann Ní Bhriain.

    History on a Plate is written and presented by historian Dr Juliana Adelman and restaurant critic Catherine Cleary.

    The programme is produced by Claire Cunningham and the sound mix is by James Daly. This is a Rockfinch production ( for RTÉ lyric FM.

    History on a Plate is made with the support of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland

    Recipe for Potato pudding in this episode is from Mary Ponsonby's Recipe book p. 46 of MS5606 courtesy on the National Library of Ireland.


    The Lyric Feature is RTÉ lyric fm's weekly documentary and music feature programme. Programmes are produced in house by Lyric fm staff or in collaboration with independent production companies. Subject matter varies from week to week but most of the programmes aim to provide insight into music and music making.

    The Lyric Feature is currently accepting proposals from independent producers and production companies for the BAI's Sound and Vision III Round 24. See here for details

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