Arena With Seán Rocks

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    Friday 19th December

    Celebrating Irish design

    Declan Long gets a preview tour of “In The Making”, an inaugural exhibition celebrating Irish design at Dublin Castle

    Musical gifts for Christmas

    John Meagher with ideas for Christmas gifts for music-lovers

    Book Review: 'Not That Kind Of Girl', a memoir by Lena Dunham

    Sinead Gleeson reviews “Not That Kind Of Girl”, a collection of personal essay and memories from American writer/actress Lena Dunham (published by Fourth Estate)

    Essay: last-minute Christmas gifts

    Kevin Gildea with an essay offering suggestions for some unique last-minute Christmas gifts

    Musical tribute to the Blasket Islands

    Composer Colm Ó Foghlú explains how the evacuation of the Blasket Islands inspired his two orchestral works 'The Star of Bethlehem' and 'The Island Lullaby', premiering in Smock Alley Theatre in January

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - serious financial cost to Sony with withdrawal of film 'The Interview', the Liam Neeson thriller 'Taken 3' gets a 12A cert

    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

    Celebrating Eileen Gray

    Mary McGuckian, director of the documentary film “The Price of Desire” and Jennifer Goff, curator of the National Museum of Ireland’s Eileen Gray exhibition and author of “Eileen Gray: Her Work and Her World” (published by Irish Academic Press)

    Film reviews

    Simon Maher and Sarah Griffin review 'Dumb & Dumber To', 'Night At The Museum: Secret of the Tomb' and 'Annie'

    Arts News

    with Abie Philbin Bowman - President Barack Obama reveals his favourite film of the year, fallout continues from the leaked/hacked Sony emails, first glimpse of Robin Williams' final role in the film 'Absolutely Anything'

    Wednesday 17th December

    Alternative Christmas songs

    Abie Philbin Bowman with some alternatives to the usual Christmas songs

    Book review: 'Special Deluxe: A Memoir of Life and Cars' by Neil Young

    Alan Corr reviews the memoir “Special Deluxe: A Memoir of Life and Cars” by Neil Young (published by Viking)

    Television for Christmas

    Rick O’Shea and Sinead Mooney with recommendations for what to watch on television over Christmas

    Best crime fiction of 2014

    Declan Burke with his selection of the best crime fiction of 2014

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - Minister Heather Humphreys announces competition for Ireland's nominee for European Capital of Culture 2020, tracks from Madonna's new album leaked online, Sinead O'Connor re-writes the Irish national anthem

    Tuesday 16th December

    Wu-Tang Clan

    Jim Carroll profiles the career of American hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan

    New Year's Festival and the spoken word

    Artistic director Ali Curran and poet Paul Curran explain what will happen at the Spoken Word events which are part of this year’s 3-day New Year’s Festival in Dublin

    Liam Ó Maonlaí

    Liam Ó Maonlaí talks about his collaborative album “Ré”

    'The American Lover' by Rose Tremain

    Rose Tremain talks about her latest book, a collection of short stories on the themes of isolation & loneliness – “The American Lover” (published by Chatto & Windus)

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - Garth Brooks and Frozen top the list of most-Googled subjects this year, celebrities slam the publication of hacked Sony emails, the Kerry actor Timothy V Murphy lands lead role in 'True Detective'

    Monday 15th December

    Cultural gifts for Christmas

    Rachel Breslin and Abie Philbin Bowman with recommendations for cultural gifts for Christmas

    Igudesman and Joo

    Igudesman and Joo talk about their act which combines classical music with physical comedy, ahead of their performance of 'A Little Silent Night Music' at the National Concert Hall tonight

    Music books for Christmas

    Simon Maher with recommendations for music memoirs for Christmas – “Chapter and Verse: New Order, Joy Division and Me” by Bernard Sumner (published by Bantam Press) “Play On: Now, Then & Fleetwood Mac” by Mick Fleetwood (published by Little Brown) “Dancing With Myself” by Billy Idol (published by Touchstone)

    Arts News

    with Sinead Mooney - nominees announced for the 2015 Folio literary prize include some Irish names, a 13-part tv series to come next year based on the epic poem Beowulf, America's Merriam-Webster dictionary announces it's 'word of the year'

    Friday 12th December

    Album reviews

    Rachel Breslin and Chris Wasser review “Monuments To An Elegy” from Smashing Pumpkins, “Vs (Other People’s Heartache Part III)” from Bastille and “A Los Campesinos Christmas” from Los Campesinos

    Book review: 'Watch Me: A Memoir' by Angelica Houston

    Tony Tracy reviews “Watch Me: A Memoir”, the second part of Angelica Houston’s autobiography (published by Simon & Schuster)

    Theatre review: 'She Stoops To Conquer' at the Abbey

    Sophie Gorman reviews “She Stoops To Conquer” at the Abbey Theatre

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - Minister for Arts announces an additional €2m funding for the Arts Council for 2015/2016 projects, Forbes unveils their music Rich List for 2014, JK Rowling releases a new Harry Potter short story online

    Thursday 11th December

    New series of 'Other Voices'

    Dylan Haskins previews the musical acts that will be taking part in the 13th year of “Other Voices”

    The Moth

    Neil Horgan tells his story on the theme of ‘busted’ from The Moth storytelling night

    Celebrating Eavan Boland

    Evelyn O’Rourke visited the exhibition “A Poet’s Dublin – Eavan Boland” currently on show in Maynooth University, which celebrates the poetry of Eavan Boland

    Film reviews

    Arlene Hunt and Paul Whitington review “The Hobbit: The Battle of the 5 Armies” and “The Green Prince”

    Arts News

    with Abie Philbin Bowman - the jury for next year's Man Booker Prize is revealed, Irish actor Moe Dunford voted a 'shooting star' at 2015 Berlin International Film Festival, Golden Globe nominees announced

    Wednesday 10th December

    'Blade Runner'

    Harvey O’Brien discusses the complicated history of the1982 classic film “Blade Runner”


    Author Lia Mills explains why she loves the Yeats collection at the National Gallery of Ireland

    New magazine 'Guts'

    Róisín Agnew editor and content consultant Brian Herron of “Guts”, a new bi-monthly magazine for confessional writing which was funded by Kickstarter

    Book review: 'Lila' by Marilynne Robinson

    Yvonne Nolan reviews “Lila” by Marilynne Robinson, the final book in an American trilogy set in the fictional town of Gilead and chronicling the lives of Minister John Ames and his friend Robert Boughton (published by Virago)

    Trio con Brio Copenhagen and Barry McGovern

    Barry McGovern and Trio Con Brio Copenhagen chat about their orchestral/theatrical adaptation of the 10th century poem “The Seafarer”

    Arts News

    with Abie Philbin Bowman - hacked emails reveal how Sony Pictures executives really feel about Angelina Jolie, Irish actor Briain F O'Byrne lands a role in US tv drama series, the most expensive photograph ever has been sold for $6.5m dollars

    Tuesday 9th December

    Christmas gifts and poetry

    Dave Lordan with his recommendations for Christmas gifts of poetry - 'Blood Oranges' by Dylan Brennan, 'Pirate Music' by Miriam Gamble, 'The Rooms' by Peter Sirr, 'The Zebra Stood In The Night' by Kerry Hardie Irish anthology of the year - 'Berryman's Fate: A Centenary Celebration In Verse'

    'Marco Polo' on Netflix

    Abie Philbin Bowman previews the new Netflix adventure series “Marco Polo”

    Book review: 'Yes Please' by Amy Poehler

    Sinead Gleeson reviews “Yes Please”, the memoir by American comedian/actress Amy Poehler (published by Picador)

    Arts News

    with Alan Corr - Dublin starts its bid for European City of Culture 2020, new research reveals exceptional attendances at arts events in Ireland, Bob Dylan to release a new studio album in 2015

    Monday 8th December

    'The Art Of McCartney' covers album

    Music producer Ralph Sall talks about the album “The Art of McCartney” he put together, with various legendary artists recording covers of Paul McCartney songs

    Theatre: 'Dublin Oldschool' at Project Arts Centre

    Evelyn O Rourke was at rehearsals for “Dublin Oldschool” by Emmet Kirwan, a play about two estranged Dublin brothers opening soon at the Project Arts Centre

    Essay: Christmas pop music

    Chris Wasser with an essay about being a Christmas pop-music addict

    Book review: 'The Woman Who Stole My Life' by Marian Keyes

    Edel Coffey reviews “The Woman Who Stole My Life”, the latest novel by Marian Keyes (published by Michael Joseph)

    Arts News

    with Abie Philbin Bowman - the Irish did well at last night's British Independent Film Awards, award for film about whistle-blower Edward Snowdon, U2 announce tour dates for 2015

    Friday 5th December

    Album reviews

    Rachel Breslin and Simon Maher review three compilation albums: “White Christmas”, “A Murray Christmas 2” and “Christmas At Downton Abbey” and also “Christmas Wishes” from Idina Menzel

    Dorothy Cross exhibition at IMMA

    Dorothy Cross explains her current exhibition “Trove” at IMMA in which she chose a variety of works from IMMA, Crawford Art Gallery, the National Gallery of Ireland and the National Museum of Ireland to present in a single exhibition

    Opera and the oldest woman in Limerick

    Fergus Sheil, artistic director of Wide Open Opera explains “The Oldest Woman in Limerick”, a musical project celebrating the oldest-living woman in the city of Limerick

    Arts News

    with Lorcan Clancy - Minister Heather Humphreys announces an extra €2m funding for the arts sector, a new novel next year from Russian-American novelist Ayn Rand, The Script save a woman at scene of car crash on a UK motorway

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