Marian Finucane

Marian Finucane

Saturday, Sunday, 11 - 1pm


Sunday 23rd April

French Presidential Election

Stephen Carroll, jounalist and broadcaster brought us up to speed on the first round of the french presidential election.

UK Election

We were joined by Edwina Currie, author and former Conservative MP and Conor Ryan, senior education advisor to Tony Blaire, and they brought us up to date on the UK's snap election.

Newspaper Panel

David McWilliams, Economist and Broadcaster. Niamh Randall, national Spokesperson, Simon Communities of IrelandFr. Vincent Twomey, Professor Emeritus of Moral Theology, Maynooth University.Patricia Hughes, Midwifery and Nursing Consultant. David McConnell, Former Professor of genetics at Trinity College Dublin.

Saturday 22nd April

The Moderators - Ciaran Cassidy

Companies like Facebook and Twitter employ workers who constantly filter their websites for offensive content.Documentary maker, Ciaran Cassidy joined Marian to discuss his documentary called The Moderators which goes behind the scenes in Bangalore, India, where we meet some of the ‘content moderators’ who filter through this material.

SUMMER CAMPS - Esther McCarthy Read and Geraldine Smythe

With summer fast approaching on the horizon, we thought right about now would be the best time to give some tips on that old perennial - What to do with the children during the holidays? we were joined Esther McCarthy Read, who is Life / Style editor of The Irish Examiner, and by Geraldine Smythe, who is founder of

Life after Munster - Johnny holland

With Dublin for Munster’s clash with Saracens in the Aviva Stadium this afternoon and Leinster of playing Clermont Auvergne in France tomorrow in the other Champions Cup semi final. We were joined by former Munster rugby player, Johnny Holland on life after Munster, when his career was cut short because of an injury.

Ralph Reigel - Rory McIlroy and Erica Stoll's wedding day

Ralph Reigel from the Irish Independent joined Marian on the phone to give us some updates on Rory McIlroy and Erica Stoll's wedding day, in Ashford Castle in Cong, Co. Galway.

Pádraig Ó Céidigh - Independent Senator

Former CEO of Aer Arann, Pádraig Ó Céidigh, and now member of the Oireachtas since he became a senator last May, joined Marian in studio.

Sunday 16th April

History of Chocolate in Ireland

Food and Culinary Historian at UCC Regina Sexton joins Marian in studio.

Copyright & Branding

Marian is joined by Jimmy Murphy who is a director at the Publicis Group.

Easter Travel

Eoghan Corry from joins Marian in studio to talk about Easter travel, geopolitics impact on tourism and airline seats.

The Newspaper Panel 160417

The Panel: Eoghan O'Neachtain - Director Henaghan PR & Former Govt Press Secretary, Jennifer Kavanagh - Law Lecturer Waterford Institute of Technology, Alice Leahy - Director of Services, Alice Leahy Trust, John Downing - Political Correspondent – Irish Independent & Rory Hearne - Researcher with Maynooth University

Saturday 15th April

Island Hopping Irish Style

Marian is joined by author of Oileain David Walsh and John G. O'Dwyer from

Antibiotic Overuse

Dr Nina Byrnes from the Generation Health Medical Clinic joins Marian in studio.

Easter Food

Catherine Fulvio from Ballynocken House & Cookery School joins Marian in studio with some Easter recipes.

Life in Direct Provision

Sisters Ellie and Isabelle Kisyombe join Marian to talk about life as an asylum seeker.

Mary Coughlan

Mary Coughlan joins Marian in studio.

Sunday 9th April

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

Stuart Clarke from Hot Press joins Brendan to talk about the 50th anniversary of the Beatles classic: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Census Analysis

Professor of Social Policy at UCD Tony Fahey joins Brendan in studio.

US Air Strikes

Brendan is joined by Prof. of International Relations - DCU - Donnacha O'Beachain and US correspondent for the Sunday Business Post Marion McKeone.

The Newspaper Panel 090417

Eamon Dunphy - Broadcaster & Journalist, Dr Mary Murphy - Lecturer in Politics, UCC, Cormac Lucey - Columnist - The Sunday Times, Averil Power - CEO of Asthma Ireland & former Senator & Larry Donnelly - Law Lecturer, NUI Galway

Saturday 8th April

Aintree Grand National

Brendan McArdle from the Irish Field joins Brendan in studio.

Arctic Life

Brendan is joined by Geraldine and Danny Osborne whotook their three children to live on an Inuit hamlet at Ellesmere Island in Canada’s Arctic.

Charlotte Church

Charlotte Church joins Brendan on the line from Belfast.

Simon Open Door

Architect Dermot Bannon joins Brendan to talk about this years Simon Open Door.

Homeless Life

Colin McSweeney joins Brendan in studio to talk about life without a place to stay.

Sunday 2nd April

Spying on the Royals

Rory Cormac joins Marian on the line to talk about his documentary: Spying on the Royals.


Joining Marian in studio: Ambassador Declan Kelleher - Permanent Representative of Ireland to the EU, Lucinda Creighton - CEO, Vulcan Consulting & former Minister of European Affairs & Lisa O'Carroll - Brexit Correspodent, The Guardian

Educate Together

Film maker and Educate Together Ambassador Lenny Abrahamson joins Marian in studio.

The Newspaper Panel 020417

The Panel: Patricia King - General Secretary, Irish Congress of Trade Unions, Ciaran Mac an Bháird - Lecturer of Economics & Finance in DCU, Lord Henry Mountcharles - Owner, Slane Castle, Founder Slane Whiskey, Harry McGee - Political Correspondent with the Irish Times & Tara Buckley - Director General of RG Data

Saturday 1st April

Legendary Ireland

Author of Legendary Ireland Eithne Massey and travel editor with Pól Ó'Conghaile join Marian in studio.

Alexandra Cousteau

Alexandra Cousteau has led a very interesting life. She could swim before she could walk which makes sense considering her grandfather was the man who invented scuba diving - Jacques Cousteau. Alexandra joins Marian on the line from Berlin.

'Ireland's Property Crisis'

Marian is joined by documentary maker Bridget Fallon and participant Ceire Sadlier.

Life After Life - Paddy Armstrong

As part of the 'Guildford Four' Paddy Armstrong spend 15 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit. Paddy and his solicitor Alistair Logan join Marian in studio to talk about his autobiography: Life After Life.

Garda Practices

Former Garda Colin Connolly talks to Marian about Garda practices and their statistical representation.

Sunday 26th March

Mothers Day

Dr Julie Rodgers and Dr Valerie Heffernan both from Maynooth University talk about motherhood.


Tom Lyons talks about a Sunday Business Post article on NAMA.

Martin McGuinness Legacy

Marian is joined by Jonathan Powell - British Govt Chief Negotiator for N. Ireland 1997 - 2007, Ben Lowry - Deputy Editor of Belfast Newsletter & Mary Lou McDonald - Deputy Leader Sinn Fein.

The Newspaper Panel 260317

The Panel: Bertie Ahern - Former Taoiseach, Tom Lyons - Dep. Editor, Sunday Business Post, Nora Owen - former Fine Gael Minister for Justice, Michael Murphy - Security analyst, who was Deputy Director of Military Intelligence in Irish Defence Forces & Aisling Meehan - Solicitor, tax consultant & farmer.

Saturday 25th March


Marian is joined by Orla Brosnan from the Etiquette School of Ireland.

Bus Strike

Marian is joined by people affected by the bus strike - Peter Ward in Limerick, Joan Lucey in Cork, Des Faul in Sligo and Michelle Byrne in WIT.

Guilt and Shame

Dr. Maureen Gaffney joins Marian to talk about guild and shame.

Martin McGuinness

Marian looks back to a 2014 interview which turned out to be her last with Martin McGuinness.

Rescue 116

Marian is joined by our Western Correspondent, Pat McGrath.

Childhood Adoption - Justine McCarthy

Journalist and broadcaster Justine McCarthy joins Marian with her long lost nephew Duncan Carr.

Sunday 19th March

Daves Favourite Irish Films

Dave Fanning joins Marian with a selection of Irish films to coincide ith St Patricks Day.

Bishop Eamon Casey

Marian is joined by oral historian & archivist for 'Irish Life & Lore' Maurice O'Keefe and Irish Times Religious Affairs Correspondent Patsy McGarry.

Enda in the US

Political Editor with the Times [Ireland Edition] Niamh Lyons joins Marian on the line from Manhattan to talk about Enda Kenny in the US for the St Patrick's Day celebrations.

The Panel 190317

The Panel: Gina London - Former CNN Correspondent, Declan Power - Security Analyst, Sinead O’Carroll - News Editor, John O’Brennan - Prof. of European Integration Maynooth University & Alan Barrett - Director of ESRI

Saturday 18th March

Fantasy Travel

Marian talks to travel writer and documentary maker Manchan Magan and Teena Gates who is an author and broadcaster.

Ireland v England

Marian talks to Donal Lenihan about Ireland's chances of spoiling England's grand slam hopes.

Hospital Parking Fees

Consumer Affairs Correspondent with the Irish Times, Conor Pope joins Marian in studio.

How to Get this Podcast

  1. Download and Install Podcast Software

    You will have to download and install software to be able to subscribe to podcasts, and download the latest shows. There are a number of freely downloadable programmes that allow you to access podcasts. Some of the most popular applications are iTunes, Juice and Doppler, for a list of more options go to RTÉ is not resposible for the content of external websites or applications.

  2. Subscribe to this Podcast

    Copy the URL from below or from the address bar of this page and then insert it into your podcast software, look for an ADD or SUBSCRIBE option and follow the instructions. URL: Your software will automatically inform you of any new editions to the podcast without the need to subscribe again. If you have iTunes installed you can use this One Click Subscription.

  3. Listen to your podcast

    The podcast will be downloaded in mp3 format or mp4 if it's video, once the download is fully complete you can simply listen to or watch the programme on your computer, or transfer the file to a portable device (mp3 player, iPod etc) and listen to it at your convenience.



Contact the Show

Call: 1850-715150 / 08457-853333 Northern Ireland & U.K

Text: 51551

Presenter: Marian Finucane


Ways to Listen

Radio Player