Marian Finucane

    Saturday, Sunday, 11 - 1pm


    Sunday 31st August

    The Sea Garden

    It's fresh, it's nutritious and it's free. All along our coast are miles and miles of beaches full of sea weed ready to be picked. Aine met Marie Power on Kilferassey Strand in Waterford to gather some seaweed.


    Seamus Martin - Retired Irish Times International Editor and Foreign Correspondent talks about the worsening situation in Eastern Ukraine.

    The IRA Ceasefire

    Political writer Eamon Maille joins Aine in studio to talk about the 20 year anniversary of the IRA ceasefire.

    The Panel

    Des Cahill - The Sunday Game, Charlie Bird - Journalist & Broadcaster Ann Ferris - Labour TD - Wicklow/East Carlow, Diarmuid Ferriter - Professor of Modern Irish History in UCD, Alison O'Connor - Irish Examiner Columnist, Jim Power - Economist Orla Hardiman - Consultant Neurologist Declan Power - Security Analyst

    Saturday 30th August

    School Lunches and After School Dinner

    Catherine Fulvio joins Aine in studio to talk about feeding school kids.

    Women in the Irish Drinks Industry

    Five women who are at the top of their game in the Irish drinks industry join Aine in studio.

    Obese Children - Donal O'Shea

    One in four primary school children in Ireland are overweight or obese. Professor Donal O'Shea is a consultant endocrinologist and director of the weight management clinic at St Columcille's Hospital in Loughlinstown and he joins Aine in studio.

    Nicky Byrne

    Nicky Byrne joins Aine on the line to talk about the Electric Picnic, Strictly Come Dancing and Dublin GAA.

    Anniversary of the Ceasefire

    Writer and republican Danny Morrison joins Aine in studio to talk about the IRA ceasefire of 1994.

    The Ice Bucket Challenge

    Apparently starting in 2013 – one man from Boston popularised the Ice Bucket Challenge & made it go viral. That man is Pete Frates, a former baseball player from Boston who has motor neuron disease. Joining Aine on the line are his parents John & Nancy Frates.

    Sunday 24th August

    Health Insurance - Dermot Goode

    Dermot Goode of joins Aine in studio to talk about health insurance.

    Iceland Volcano

    Iceland has issued a red alert to aviation after indications of a possible eruption under the country's biggest glacier, the Vattnajokull. Aine is joined by Kieran Hickey - Climatologist in NUIG and Eoghan Corry - Editor of Travel Extra.

    Foreign Correspondents

    Aine is joined on the phone by Irish Times Correspondent Mary Fitzgerald who has recently spent 8 months in Libya, Ruth Sherlock in Iraq and Aine Kerr of Storyful who talks about the weaponisation of social media.

    The Panel

    Stephen O’Byrnes-Former Gov. Press Sec. & Director MKC Communications,Mary O’Rourke-Former FF Minister,Sean Duignan-Former Government Press Sec. ,Brian Dowling-RTE, Dearbhail MacDonald-Associate & Legal Editor, Irish Independent & Breda O’Brien-Teacher & Irish Times Columnist & they are joined by Tim Ryan-Author of ‘The Longford Leader’

    Saturday 23rd August

    Tea and Coffee

    Paul O'Toole, master blender with Bewleys and Karl Purdy, managing director of Coffee Angel joins Aine in studio to talk about our two favourite beverages - tea and coffee.

    Bee Keeping - Philip McCabe

    During the week Aine joined beekeeper Philip McCabe in Termonfeckin to talk about world records, honey and queen bees.

    Ebola - Dr. Kevin Kelleher

    Dr. Kevin Kelleher, Assistant National Director of Health Protection joins Aine on the line to talk about the Ebola virus.

    Boomerang Parents

    Janet Bennis is moving to Australia to be with her children. She joins Aine on the line.

    Albert Reynolds

    Vincent Power, author of 'Send 'Em Home Sweating' and Steven Travers from the Miami Showband join Aine on the lineto talk about Albert Reynolds roots in the showband era.

    Joanne O'Riordan

    Joanne joins Aine to talk about her normal up bringing and hopes for the future.

    Sunday 17th August

    Cost of Third Level Education

    Mother of three and journalist Mary Feely talks to Marian about the cost of third level education and they are joined on the line by Ivan Kennedy who is a financial advisor and parent of two young children.

    Baby Gammy

    Journalist Rachel Browne joins Marian on the line to discuss Baby Gammy who was allegedley rejected by his Australian birth parents and left with his Thai surrogate.

    Brighid McLaughlin

    At the turn of the millennium Brighid McLaughlin was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. Three years later her husband Michael drowned not far from their home. And in 2006, her sister Siobhán was murdered by the man she married. It was two years before Brian Kearney was sentenced to life in prison for the crime.

    The Panel

    John Kelleher - Film/TV producer & former director of film classification, Fiona O’Shea - Freelance Writer & former Principal Officer with the Revenue Commissioners, Martin Molony - Lecturer in DCU’s School of Communications - Charlie Weston - Personal Finance Editor - Irish Independent and Andrea Martin - Media Lawyer

    Saturday 16th August

    The Moth - Julien Clancy

    The Moth is an American phenomenon where people from all walks of life – both known and unknown – take to the stage to tell a true tale without notes and without memorisation. Julien Clancy - who is an independent radio producer - helping to bring The Moth to Ireland.

    The Rose of Tralee

    Dáithí Ó Sé joins Marian on the line to talk about the Rose of Tralee.

    Ian Gargan on Robin Williams

    Consultant psychologist and medic Ian Gargan talks about the death by suicide of Robin Williams along with the treatment and perception of depression in Ireland.

    Cliff Richard

    Vikram Dodd of The Guardian joins Marian on the line to discuss the search of Cliff Richards home an alleged historical sex offence.

    Eoghan O'Neachtain - Middle East

    Former Government and military press officer Eoghan O'Neachtain joins Marian in studio to talk about trouble in the Middle East and his time in government.

    Depression - Alastair Campbell

    Former Press Secretary to Tony Blair, Alastair Campbell who has spoken about his own battle with depression in the past joins Marian to talk about the death by suicide of Robin Williams.

    Sunday 10th August

    The Nixon Tapes

    To mark the 40th anniversary of the resignation of Richard Nixon Marian goes through a number of recordings from that time.

    Women in World War One

    Kate Adie joins Marian to talk about what World War One did for women.

    Ebola - John Mitchell

    CEO of St John of Gods Development Agency, John Mitchel joins the panel to talk about the Ebola outbreak.

    The Panel

    Padraig Og Gallagher-President of Irish Restaurant’s Assoc, Richard Downes-Primetime Reporter, Tom Parlon-Director General-the Construction Industry Federation, Jennifer Kavanagh-Law lecturer WIT, Brian Hayes-Fine Gael MEP for Dublin and Sinead O’Carroll-News Editor at The

    Saturday 9th August

    Unaccompanied Minors - Joan Scales

    Joan Scales talks about unaccompanied minors travelling by air.

    Empathy: A Handbook for Revolution

    Roman Krznaric talks about his book - Empathy: A Handbook for Revolution

    Julian Lloyd Webber

    Julian Lloyd Webber joins Marian to talk about his early retirement from playing music following a neck injury.

    Rugby - Brent Pope

    Brent Pope joins Marian on the line to talk about the success of Irish Women's Rugby Team.

    Richard Madeley

    Richard Madeley joins Marian on the line to talk about his colourful family history and his new book: The Way You Look Tonight.

    Conor Lenihan

    Former Fianna Fail Minister of State Conor Lenihan joins Marian to talk about his job in Russia as a senior advisor to the president of the Skolkovo Foundation, the Moscow based technology initiative.

    Sunday 3rd August

    Recovering From Airline Disasters

    Airline disasters, accidents and tragedies can have a huge human cost but also put the airlines involved under massive commercial pressure not always possible to overcome. Pat Kinsley of Neworld Associates spoke to Marian and panel about it.

    Worst American Presidents

    Myles Dunggan, Broadcaster & presenter of The History Show. Harvey O'Brien, Dr Sandra Scanlon, Department of History at UCD.

    Star Wars On Skelligs

    Marian spoke to Archaeologist Michael Gibbons about the Star Wars film which was shoot for 3 days on Skellig. The filming was secret and the area was kept safe from prying eyes by the Irish Navy’s LE Samuel Beckett. Well one expert who is less than happy with the filming is archaeologist Michael Gibbons.....

    Newspaper Panel

    John Lonergan, former governor of Mountjoy Prison. Declan Power, security analyst. Suzanne Lynch, European correspondent with the Irish Times. Paul Melia, Environment correspondent with the Irish Independent & Maurice Cohen, Businessman and chair of the Jewish Representative Council of Ireland. Marian was later joined by Ambassador Sinead Walsh.

    Saturday 2nd August

    Edinburgh Comedy Festival

    For the month of August every year it seems every comedian with a good command of English heads to Edinburgh. Michael Mee, comedian and Edinburgh veteran and John Murphy comedy writer and Edinburgh visitor, Eoin Sweeney joined Marian in studio to discuss the festival.

    Best Books You’ve Never Heard Of

    In part two of our feature on the best books you’ve never heard off, particularly with an emphasis on books to keep you going while on your holidays around the world. Marian was joined by writer John Banville and poet Enda Wyley to discuss the books in more detail. All details of books mentioned is on our programme website.

    Chris Gunness On Gaza School

    A video of a UN official breaking down on camera as he spoke of the shelling of a UN school is also making the rounds on social media and that is Chris Gunness, a former BBC journalist and now a spokesman for the UN Agency for Palestinian Refugees who spoke to Marian about the situation in Gaza.

    Redemption Road - Grieving On The Camino

    Brendan Mc Manus was devastated by his brother Donal’s, suicide. Following his death he found himself, a Jesuit priest, teaching about hope and love, but inwardly feeling bereft and abandoned. In a last ditch attempt to make sense of all that had happened he decided to walk the Camino de Santiago. He spoke to Marian about that powerful journey.

    Conviction & Sentencing For Home Schooling

    Marian spoke to Monica O'Connor, Monica and her husband Eddie O'Neill have six children who have all been educated at home waiting at home in Carlow to be escorted to Mountjoy to serve to up to 10 days for non payment of a fine for failing to send her children to school.

    Department of Justice - Toland Report

    Writing in today’s Irish Times Former Tánaiste and Minister for Justice Michael McDowell says that the independent Toland Report on the Department of Justice paints an ‘alarmingly different’ picture compared with his time in office, he joined Marian on the line from Roscommon.

    Sunday 27th July

    Fear of Flying

    If you are avoiding air travel after the MH17 incident let the statics be your guide, Michael Comyn trainer and founder of Fly Fearless joins Marian to take her through the statistics

    Collapse of Tulisa trial in UK

    This week the trail of UK of former X Factor Judge Tulisa Contostavlos collapsed, She was facing drugs charges following a sting by the so-called “Fake Sheik” who had approached her for a role in a Bollywood movie. Mazher Mahmood was this week accused on lying. Roy Greenslade has written about him before, and joins Marian.

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