Special features

Monday 16th February


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

Friday 13th February

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

(for copyright reasons this item is not available to download as a podcast)

Tuesday 27th January

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

Further details:  www.amnch.ie

Friday 2nd January

'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  

(for copyright reasons this prog not available to download as podcast)   


Monday 29th December

"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    

Wednesday 24th December

Christmas Loves

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


(for copyright reasons this item is not available to download as a podcast)

Tuesday 23rd December

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


(for copyright reasons this item is not available to download as a podcast)

Monday 22nd December

First Fortnight

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

(for musical copyright reasons this item is not available to download as a podcast)


Full details:  http://firstfortnight.ie


110th anniversary of the Abbey Theatre

As it prepares to celebrate its 110th anniversary, director and CEO of the Abbey Theatre Fiach Mac Conghail, literary director Aideen Howard and actor Pat Laffan look back on the history of this vital Irish cultural institution

Thursday 18th December

Jackie Nickerson, photographer

Jackie Nickerson explains what inspires her to travel to remote countries to take pictures of local communities, like her recent pictures featured in Time Magazine’s Person of the Year award to those fighting Ebola

(pic: Dr Jerry Brown, medical director and surgeon, Monrovia, Liberia) 

Official website:  www.jackienickerson.com



Contact the Show

Email: arena@rte.ie

Twitter: @RTEArena

Text: 51551

Presenter: Seán Rocks


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