Arena Wednesday 26 March 2014

coming up on Friday's show....a special on "Fermata: Writings Inspired by Music", a new anthology which explores the connection between music and the written word...Fairytale of New York, Hofstetter's Serenade and Blueberry Hill - just some of the hits which have provided inspiration for poets and writers through the decades


Would you like to be in the audience for our special Christmas programme on Tuesday the 20th of December at 6.30pm? The Army No. 1 Band will be joined by soprano Mairead Buicke and members of the New Dublin Voices Choir for some lovely seasonal music.  To apply for tickets to this recording just email by Monday 19th December with your full name, address and number of tickets required to 



Daily arts and popular culture show.

LittleThing, Big Thing

LittleThing, Big Thing is a new play from the Fishamble: The New Play Company. The story follows Larry and Martha as they travel across Ireland. It's written by Donal O'Kelly.

Simone Felice

Simone Felice is a Catskills singer who helped launch the new wave of alt Americana in the band The Felice Brothers. He has now brought out his second solo album 'Strangers'.

Sonya Kelly Essay

Sonya Kelly is a playwright and comic and she's also a regular contributor here on Arena. Sonya has rather a unique method of eating apples....

Joao Almino

Joao Almino is a Brazilian author whose novel,The Book Of Emotions, has been longlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. One of a collection of novels called The Brazilia Quintet, The Book of Emotions'focuses on the story of a man called Cadu who is also the narrator. The Book Of Emotions by Joao Almino is published by Dalkey Archive.

Irish Mammies

This weekend is Mother's Day, and to mark the annual holiday, our reporter Abie Philbin Bowman has been looking into the unlikely resurgence of the Irish Mammy in comedy... and she divides the critics, but there is no getting away from one Agnes Brown.

Music Played on the Show

Wandering Star

Wandering Star





Simone Felice


Running Through My Head

Running Through My Head

Simone Felice




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