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    Friday 27th March

    Album reviews

    Sinead Gleeson and Laurence Mackin review “The Day Is My Enemy” by The Prodigy, “Kintsugi” by Death Cab For Cutie and “Carrie & Lowell” by Sufjan Stevens

    Profile of Frank O'Connor

    Dr Hilary Lennon, UCC School of English profiles Irish short-story writer Frank O’Connor as a new theatrical production based on his stories called ‘God Bless The Child” comes to the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin

    Russell Crowe directs 'The Water Diviner'

    Evelyn O’Rourke spoke to actor Russell Crowe about his directorial debut “The Water Diviner”

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - An Audience with Al Pacino coming to Dublin but ticket prices expected to be high, Donncha Ó Dúlaing to retire after 50 years in Irish radio, guitarist John Renbourn of 1970's folk/jazz band Pentangle dies

    Thursday 26th March

    Book review: 'The Defence' by Steve Cavanagh

    Declan Burke reviews “The Defence” by Steve Cavanagh, a thriller about former con man/lawyer Eddie Flynn being forced to defend a Russian mobster accused of murder (published by Orion)

    The Rubberbandits on tour

    Abie Philbin Bowman chatted with Blindboy Boatclub of the Rubberbandits ahead of their live show Continental Fistfight playing at venues around Ireland

    Film reviews

    Arlene Hunt and Rob Doyle review “Get Hard”, “Cinderella” and “The Face Of An Angel”

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - director Sam Taylor Johnson quits the Fifty Shades of Grey film project, tv series Downton Abbey to finish for good after next season, Pharell Williams' 'Happy' the most-played song on Irish radio in 2014, Benedict Cumberbatch reads British poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy poem at re-buriel of Richard III in Leicester Cathedral

    Wednesday 25th March

    Feis Ceoil 2015

    Rachel Breslin spoke to some of the competitors at this year’s Feis Ceoil, the 2-week long traditional music festival currently underway at the RDS

    Dublin International Game Music Festival

    Composer Eimear Noone, producer of the first Dublin International Game Music Festival at The Convention Centre Dublin which celebrates musical composition in video games

    Galway Dance Days Festival

    Abie Philbin Bowman spoke to some of the people behind this weekend’s Galway Dance Days festival where an international speakers will conduct a series of performances, panel discussions and workshops examining how dance can be used in conflict societies

    Book review: 'Motherless Child: The Definitive Biography of Eric Clapton' by Paul Scott

    Róisín Dwyer reviews “Motherless Child:The Definitive Biography of Eric Clapton” by Paul Scott (published by Headline)

    Kilkenny Arts Festival 2015

    Eugene Downes, director of the Kilkenny Arts Festival previews events at this year’s festival

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - Zayn Malik quits One Direction for good, a town in Tunisia used as a location in Star Wars is now being used as a stop-off point by ISIS fighters, first announcements of line-up at this year's Kilkenny Arts Festival

    Tuesday 24th March

    'Oklahoma' at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

    Evelyn O’Rourke chatted to the cast of the latest production of musical “Oklahoma” which opens tonight at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

    'Two Fridays In April' by Roisin Meaney

    Roisin Meaney, author of “Two Fridays In April”, the story of various members of a family dealing with grief and the way their lives change after family events on two days in April (published by Hachette Books)

    Documentary 'Shoulder The Lion'

    Musician Graham Sharpe and film directors/producers Erinnisse and Patryk Rebisz explain the story behind their documentary “Shoulder The Lion” which tells the story of three artists who have changed their lives after being diagnosed with sensory illnesses

    Michael Winterbottom, film director

    Michael Winterbottom talks about his latest film “The Face Of An Angel”, inspired by the unresolved murder of Meredith Kercher in Italy in 2007

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - Fox TV confirm that the X-Files coming back with original cast, Johnny Marr of The Smiths to publish his autobiography

    Monday 23rd March

    Dominic Thorpe, visual artist

    Evelyn O’Rourke talks about the visual artist Dominic Thorpe who is the first artist-in-residence at the UCD Department of Humanities

    PolskaÉire Festival

    Zbyszek Zalinski explains the events taking place during this week’s PolskaÉire Festival, a festival celebrating the cultural, sporting and social links between Ireland and Poland

    'Acts Of The Assassins' by Richard Beard

    Richard Beard, author of “Acts Of The Assassins”, part 2 of a 3-part series of crime thrillers set in the immediate aftermath of the death of Jesus Christ (published by Harvill Secker)

    'Young Eliot: From St Louis to The Waste Land' by Robert Crawford

    Robert Crawford, author of the biography “Young Eliot: From St Louis to The Waste Land”, the first of a proposed two-part biography of the poet TS Eliot (published by Jonathan Cape)

    Arts News

    with Rachel Breslin - more Irish acts added to bill for this year's Slane concerts, Scottish band Mogwai announce Irish dates, winner of the literary Folio Prize will be announced tonight

    Friday 20th March

    Album reviews

    Aoife Barry and Simon Maher review “Chaos and the Calm” by James Bay, “Short Movie” by Laura Marling and “Sonic Soul Surfer” by Seasick Steve

    Irish film 'I Used To Live Here'

    Frank Berry, director of new Irish film “I Used To Live Here” about the impact teenage suicide has on a community in Tallaght

    'The Kindness' by Polly Samson

    Polly Samson talks about her latest novel “The Kindness”, the story of a couple named Julian and Julia (published by Bloomsbury)

    Arts News

    with Rachel Breslin - RTÉ's Road to the Rising takes over O'Connell Street on Easter Monday, An Post celebrate the Irish animation industry with a set of commemorative stamps, Michael Brown who was keyboardist with The Left Banke died today

    Thursday 19th March

    A tribute to Blossom Dearie

    Susannah de Wrixon pays tribute to jazz legend Blossom Dearie in her show “I’m Hip – A Tribute To Blossom Dearie”

    Simon Amstell, comedian

    Abie Philbin Bowman with a profile of comedian Simon Amstell

    Film reviews

    Brogen Hayes and Simon Maher review 'The Gunman' and 'A Second Chance'

    Arts News

    with Rachel Breslin - Zayn Malik takes a break from One Direction during their current tour, George RR Martin explains he is too busy to attend conventions because he is trying to finish his sixth novel, Irish actress Ruth Negga cast in pilot for new Seth Rogen television series 'Preacher'

    Wednesday 18th March

    'Postscript' by Noelle Brown

    Actor/playwright Noelle Brown talks about her autobiographical play “Postscript”, telling her experience of trying to trace her birth parents having been adopted from a Cork mother and baby home in the 1960’s

    Maurice Riordan, poet

    Maurice Riordan reads his poem “Gone With The Wind” from his latest collection “The Water Stealer” (published by Faber & Faber)

    Emmet Kane, artist/craftsman

    Emmet Kane, artist/craftsman talks about his craft of word-turning and the current exhibition of his work at Collins Barracks, 'A Journey'

    Theatre review: '12 Angry Men' at Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

    Sophie Gorman reviews “12 Angry Men” at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - Mountains to Sea book festival starts tonight, TV3 will host and televise two IFTA Awards ceremonies this year, Andy Fraser of rock band Free died this week

    Monday 16th March

    Search for Ireland's best busker

    Fiachna Ó Braonáin talks about the TG4 series Busker Abú, a search for Ireland’s best busker

    Essay: Ireland and writers

    Lia Mills with an essay pondering why Ireland has been such a fertile breeding ground for writers

    John Wilson and Essential Classics

    John Wilson, conductor of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra previews their new series of Essential Classics concerts at the National Concert Hall

    Arts News

    with Abie Philbin Bowman - James Bond film 'Spectre' makes a product placement deal with Mexico, Grayson Perry exhibition 'Who Are You?' at the National Portrait Gallery in London attracts a record number of visitors, Australia unveils its first-ever Eurovision entry

    Friday 13th March

    Album reviews

    Edel Coffey and Mark Whelan review “Froot” by Marina and the Diamonds, “Tracker” by Mark Knopfler and “Strangers To Ourselves” by Modest Mouse

    Book review: 'A Time For Friends' by Patricia Scanlan

    Mary McGill reviews “A Time For Friends” the latest novel by Patricia Scanlan (published by Simon & Schuster)

    Essay: loving Madonna

    David Turpin with an essay about his loyalty and admiration for Madonna

    Theatre review: 'Death Of A Comedian' at the Peacock

    Sophie Gorman reviews the play “Death Of A Comedian” by Owen McCafferty on the Peacock stage at the Abbey Theatre

    Thursday 12th March

    Film reviews

    Chris Wasser and Sorcha Kenny review “Suite Francaise” and “Kajaki”

    Stephen Skrynka, artist

    Stephen Skrynka explains his latest artistic project ‘A Matter Of Life and Death’, where he will attempt to ride a motorbike around a specially-constructed Wall of Death in the Rua Red Gallery in Tallaght

    Terry Pratchett RIP

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

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - sad news that DJ Tony Fenton and author Terry Pratchett both died today, Ellie Goulding covers Hozier single 'Take Me To Church'

    Wednesday 11th March

    Foil Arms & Hog

    Sketch from comedy trio Foil Arms & Hog – a Frenchman in Ireland looking for directions to a post office

    Essay: having 'one of those faces'

    Writer Daniel Seery with an essay about having ‘one o f those faces’

    Book review: “The First Bad Man” by Miranda July

    Claire Hennessy reviews “The First Bad Man” by Miranda July, the first novel from this film-maker, musician and artist (published by Canongate)

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