Marian Finucane

    Saturday, Sunday, 11 - 1pm


    Saturday 25th October

    Neven Maguire

    Neven joins Marian to talk about some seasonal favourites.


    November 9 marks the official day the Berlin Wall began to fall 25 years ago. Joan Scales was in Berlin last week to see a city transformed. Andreas Hess is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology in UCD who was himself a student in Berlin 25 years ago. And Conor Crighton has called the city home for the past 6 years.

    Poverty and Bad Decisions

    Behavioural psychologist with the ESRI, Pete Lunn joins Marian in studio.

    Undercover Cop

    An extraordinary story has been unfolding in the UK regarding an abandoned mother and son and an undercover policeman. The womans name is Jacqui and she joins Marian on the line and former detective with the London Metropolitan police John Murphy in studio.

    Sunday 19th October

    Elgin Marbles - Pat Wallace

    Former director of the National Museum of Ireland Pat Wallace joins Marian in studio to talk about the Elgin Marbles.

    Widows of 1916 - Sinead McCoole

    'Easter Widows: Seven Irish Women who lived in the shadow of the 1916 Rising' gives a fascinating insight into the lives of these extraordinary women. Sinead McCoole is the author and she joins Marian in studio.

    Bishops Synod in Rome - Paddy Agnew

    Paddy Agnew of the Irish Times joins Marian from Rome with an update.

    Boko Haram - Nigerian School Girls

    Alex Crawford joins Marian on the line with the latest on the abduction of 200 Nigerian school girls by Boko Haram.

    The Panel

    Suzanne Kelly - Tax Lawyer, Stephen Kinsella - Economist – University of Limerick, Susan Mitchell - Health Correspondent SBP, Dermot Hanley - Managing director and founder of, Michael O’Regan - Parliamentary Correspondent Irish Times

    Saturday 18th October

    Childrens Books - Enda Wiley

    Enda Wiley joins Marian to talk about childrens books.

    Reverend Dermot Dunne

    Reverend Dermot Dunne joins Marian to talk about homelessness in Ireland.

    Linda Tirado - Hand To Mouth

    Linda Tirado talks about her experience of being poor which is the subject of her book: Hand To Mouth.

    Dermot Bannon - Love Your Home

    Architect and presenter of Room to Improve, Dermot Bannon joins Marian to talk about his new book: Love Your Home

    Frank Flannery

    Former director of the Board of Rehab and Fine Gael strategist Frank Flannery joins Marian in studio.

    Sunday 12th October

    Anne Merriman

    Anne Marriman - Founder and Director of International Programmes, Hospice Africa Uganda joins Marian in studio.

    Bishops Synod in Rome

    Paddy Agnew of the Irish Times joins Marian from Rome with an update.

    Islamic State

    Colonel Colm Doyle joins Marian to talk about the Islamic State.

    The Panel

    The Panel: Darragh O’Brien - Fianna Fail Senator – Leader of FF in the Senate, Niamh Lyons - Political Correspondent of the Irish Daily Mail, Dearbhail McDonald - Associate Editor & Legal Editor at the Irish Independent, Stephen O’Byrnes - Director MKC Communications, David Hall - Director of the Irish Mortgage Holders’ Organisation

    Saturday 11th October

    Lets Trail

    Marian is joined by Fiona O'Doherty, Pier Kuipers and Miriam Brennan who talk about the off-beat travel guide - Lets Trail.

    Open House

    Julien Clancy joins Marian with a taste of what this years 'Open House' has to offer.


    Liam Doran of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation talks to Marian about our preparedness to a possible outbreak of Ebola.

    Brian Dowling - The By Election

    Brian Dowling joins Marian to talk about by-elections in Dublin South-West and in Roscommon-South Leitrim.

    US Ambassador Kevin F. O'Malley

    Newly appointed Ambassador of the United States of America to Ireland, Kevin F. O'Malley joins Marian in studio.

    John Cleese

    Marian talks to John Cleese about his autobiography 'So, Anyway'.

    Sunday 5th October

    Volunteers Fair

    Marian is joined in studio by Olive Fives, a management consultant who spent a year in India and Jenny Derbyshire who was retired when she decided to spend 3 months as a human rights monitor in the West Bank.

    Bishops Synod in Rome

    Paddy Agnew of the Irish Times joins Marian to talk about he Bishops Synod in Rome.

    The Disappeared

    Marian is joined by Sandra Peake – CEO of the Wave Trauma Centre, Darragh MacIntyre – BBC Panorama reporter who made the Disappeared documentary. And Dympna Kerr – Columba McVeigh’s sister joins Marian on the line from Liverpool.

    The Panel

    Robert Ballagh - Artist, Ken Murphy - Director General of the Law Society, Gemma Hussey - Former Fine Gael Government Minister, Illona Duffy - GP in Monaghan, John Downing - Political Correspondent - The Independent & Author “Enda Kenny: The Unlikely Taoiseach”

    Saturday 4th October

    Jordan Bourke - The Natural Food Kitchen

    Jordan Bourke is a chef, food stylist and author. His latest book 'The Natural Food Kitchen' explores how we can use naturally healthy alternatives to refined flours. He joins Marian in studio.

    Starting Your Own Business

    Joanne Hession - entrapeneur and owner of QED Training, chartered accountant Rory Finnegan and film maker Daragh Murphy join Marian to talk about starting your own business.

    Stephen Clinch

    Actor and reformed addict Stephen Clinch joins Marian to talk about a grisly discovery and also his acting life after a difficult early life.

    Brain Health

    Professor Brian Lawlor and Dr. Sabina Brennan join Marian to talk about brain health.

    Stephen Fry

    Stephen Fry joins Marian to talk about the third installment of his autobiography: 'More Fool Me'

    Sunday 28th September

    Ireland as a Drugs Channel

    Southern Correspondent with the Irish Independent, Ralph Riegel joins Marian to talk about the recent cocaine haul of the southern coast of Ireland.

    Who Won the War?

    Journalist and broadcaster Peter Taylor talks to Marian about his documentary concentrating on the troubles in Northern Ireland - Who Won the War?

    Women in Politics

    Marian is joined by former Fine Gael member Samantha Long and Niamh Gallagher co founder of 'Women for Election'.

    The Ryder Cup

    Greg Allen joins Marian from Gleneagles with the latest from the Ryder Cup.

    The Panel

    The Panel: Eoghan Murphy - Fine Gael TD, Aisling Meehan - Farmer, Clare-based solicitor and tax consultant, Shane Ross - Independent TD, Dublin South, Denis Staunton - Deputy Editor at The Irish Times, Averil Power - Fianna Fail Senator

    Saturday 27th September

    The George Clooney Wedding

    Nick Squires of the Daily Telegraph joins Marian on the line to talk about the hotly anticipated wedding of George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin.

    Alan Shatter on the Late Late Show

    Special Correspondent with the Irish Examiner Michael Clifford joins Marian on the line to talk about the Alan Shatter interview on the Late Late Show.

    Fr. Michael Cleary

    Paul Williams talks to Marian about the possibility that Fr. Michael Cleary had a third child with his house keeper Phyllis Hamilton.

    Weekend Sport

    Marian is joined in studio by Des Cahill who talks about the weekend GAA action which sees the hurling replay between Tipperary and Kilkenny and on Sunday the ladies football final between Dublin and Cork. Marian is also joined by Greg Allen who talks about the Ryder Cup.

    Brian Lenihan

    Mary O'Rourke and Noel Whelan talk about a new book they have been involved in editing - Brian Lenihan: In Calm and Crisis. Colm McCarthy joins in and they are joined on the line by Olli Rehn - former European Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs and the Euro.

    Strictly Come Dancing

    Jenny Gibney from Mrs Browns Boys and dancer Tristan McManus talk about appearing on Strictly Come Dancing.

    Sunday 21st September

    Irish Film Industry

    Roddy Flynn of DCU joins Marian to discuss the comments of John Michael McDonagh after he said that Irish films weren't very intelligent.

    The Scottish Independence Referendum

    The panel discuss the Scottish independence referendum and they are joined on the ine by James Matthews - Sky News Scotland Bureau Chief

    The All Ireland Football Final

    Des Cahill joins the panel to discuss the All Ireland final between Kerry and Donegal.

    The Panel

    The Panel: Harry McGee - Irish Times Pol Cor, Sharon Lynch - Irish Womens rugby player & property manager, John Mullins - Cheif Exec Amarenco Solar + former CEO Bord Gais, Carole Coleman - Journalist, Michael Daly - Editor Donegal Democrat and Feargal O'Rourke of PriceWaterHouseCoopers

    Saturday 20th September

    Tomas Clancy - Supermarket Wine Wars

    Wine columnist with the Sunday Business Post Tomas Clancy talks about the new Bordeaux supermarket wine wars.

    Henrietta McKervey - Maeve Binchy Travel Award

    Having won the Maeve Binchy travel award Henrietta McKervey has set out to travel to all the light houses featured on the BBC Radio 4 shipping forecast. She joins Marian in studio.

    Yotam Ottolenghi - Plenty More

    Yotam Ottolenghi is an Israeli born cookery writer and chef who has achieved phenomenal success since he moved to Britain in the late 90’s. Renowned for his vegetarian recipes, Yotam also runs his own group of restaurants and food shops.

    Ebola - Dr Gabriel Fitzpatrick

    Dr Gabriel Fitzpatrick talks to Marian about his work in Sierra Leone treating people with Ebola.

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