Special features

Friday 21st November

painting chosen by Kevin Barry

"The Devil's Disc" by Ernest Procter (c 1928) was chosen by Kevin Barry

painting chosen by John Boyne

"The Poachers" by James Arthur O'Connor (1835) was chosen by John Boyne

painting chosen by Donal Ryan

"An Ejected Family" by Erskine Nicol (1853) was chosen by Donal Ryan

Friday 14th November

Celebrating the Dublin Book Festival

Live from Smock Alley Theatre in conjunction with the Dublin Book Festival. Readings and conversation with authors Rob Doyle and Daniel Seery, poet Dimitra Xidous, author and illustrator Annie West ...

Thursday 13th November

Irish design project "Second Skin"

Abie Philbin Bowman spoke to the curator and two of the designers about the “Second Skin” project where four designers were challenged to design, source and create a garment entirely on ...

Tuesday 11th November


Author Deborah Levy explains why she loves the Kurt Cobain/Nirvana song "Smells Like Teen Spirit"  

Thursday 6th November


Hugh Masekele explains why he loves the jazz great Louis Armstrong

Wednesday 5th November


American stand-up comedian Michael Che explains why he loves the song “I Love It” by Icona Pop

Tuesday 4th November

Honouring John Count McCormack

Evelyn O’Rourke reports on the new civic square and sculpture in Athlone to honour local hero John Count McCormack

Friday 31st October

Halloween special

A look at the various literary, cinematic and musical works that terrify us - from ghost stories to horror films to spooky music, why do we continue to be repelled, ...



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Presenter: Seán Rocks


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