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    St Patrick's Day special

    A panel discuss what it means to be Irish and how we’ve expressed this through our art and culture; what are the words, the songs, the images, that speak to them of Ireland? 

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    Terry Pratchett RIP

    Professor Darryl Jones pays tribute to the fantasy writer Terry Pratchett who died today



    Daily arts and popular culture show.  Tonight's show was recorded in front of a live audience at Farmleigh House, at the invitation of writer-in-residence Theo Dorgan


    US Ambassador's 'Creative Minds' series with Ben Folds

    Kevin O’Malley, the American Ambassador to Ireland launches his initiative ‘Creative Minds' series whereby prominent American artists from various disciplines will share their experiences with an Irish audience. Tonight's guest is musician Ben Folds

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    Tallaght Hospital, therapy and the arts

    Music therapist Dr Hilary Moss and composer Ian Wilson explain how the National Centre for Arts & Health in Tallaght Hospital uses arts therapy to treat patients diagnosed with stroke, dementia and Parkinson’s disease

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    'Hero Hour' and poetry

    During the LINGO spoken word festival last October, 'Hero Hour' invited six well-known Irish personalities to discuss their favourite poem and explain what it means to them

    Senator David Norris - "Fern Hill" by Dylan Thomas 

    singer Mary Couglan - "An Old Woman Of The Roads" by Padraic Colum 

    2fm DJ Rick O'Shea - "Ozymandias" by Percy Bysshe Shelley 

    newsreader Aengus MacGrianna - "The Bed of Deal" (author unknown) 

    arts journalist/broadcaster Sinead Gleeson - "Daddy" by Sylvia Plath 

    rapper Temper-Mental MissElayneous - "The Flea" by John Donne 

    author Donal Ryan - "Cyrano de Bergerac" by Martin Dyer  

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    "Whose Hamlet Is It Anyway?", a panel discussion

    During the 2014 Dublin Theatre Festival, an Arena panel discuss Hamlet -the historical and personal context of the play and whether it has any relevance for contemporary audiences.  The panel were actor Marty Rea, associated professor at Trinity College's School of English Amanda Piesse, literary manager with Fishamble Theatre Gavin Kostick and Irish Times theatre critic Peter Crawley    


    Christmas Loves

    A range of guests talk about something they love about Christmas-time and what it means to them


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    Nighthawks Arts Collective

    Nighthawks Arts Collective live in studio for a Christmas celebration from musicians, comedians, poets and writers including Minnie & The Illywhackers, Alison Spittle, Fiach Moriarty, Carol Keogh & The City Fathers, Aidan O'Reilly, Ken O'Duffy (aka 'The Citizen'), John Cummins, Pierce McLoughlin & Enda Reilly and Helen Hutchinson

    Check out the Nighthawks at the Cobalt Café page on Facebook


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    First Fortnight

    Musician Kevin Nolan chats about his First Fortnight 'Hootenanny' taking place at St Patrick's Hospital on the 3rd of January 2015

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