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Saturday 25th March

Music careers

Some careers are bankable, such as law & medicine, there the ways that will ensure you can pay the bills. But what other jobs that you would do for love & passion? In studio with Richard are Mia Cooper, First Violinist & Leader of the RCO and David Brophy is one of the country's best known conductors

Mother's Day - Liam Geraghty

It is Mother's Day tomorrow which of course you don't need reminding but what about if your mother is your actual boss, not just the woman entitled to boss you about whatever your age. Liam Geraghty went to Cork to speak to mother and daughter duos working in business together.

Labour Relations

In a world where employment is increasingly precarious with short-term & zero hours contracts meaning that people are seeking work often feel powerless & voiceless, while employers are only concerned with the bottom line, you might think that there is a greater need than ever before for good labour relations . Former DG of the Labour Relations Commission, Kieran Mulvey, has spent a lifetime negotiating the careful balance in the relationship between workers & employees.


By the end of the week British PM Theresa May will have triggered article 50 & negotiations on trade will begin, many people saying that Ireland could look for special exceptions, but what exactly should we ask for? Joining Richard is Padraic White, former CEO of the IDA, Entrepreneur & Chartered Director and Karen Devine, Lecturer in Intl Relations & EU Politics at Dublin City University.

Aidan Comerford - Comerford's Bakery

Comerford’s bakery began in the 1950s in Ballymore Eustace, Now, in a large part thanks to a contract with Lidl, the company employs 130 people but is still very much a family business & sitting in front of me is Sales Manager Aidan Comerford, who works in the firm with his father, Aidan Snr & his two brothers and uncles.

Saturday 18th March

Around the World

Siobhán O'Connell of Business Plus Magazine & joins Richard this morning for our monthly look as some of the week's international stories that might have escaped your attention.

Drive Thru Business - Liam Geraghty

Our intrepid reporter Liam Geraghty - who incidently , can't drive - went out to find all about the Drive Through Businesses.

Louise Campbell - giving leeway to employees

Despite the failure of Ireland to live up to expectations in the Six Nations, coach Joe Schmidt isn't one to make public examples of his players & isn't placing blame for defeat on any one particular set of shoulders. In business, what can we learn from this? How do we make sure that our staff learn from their mistakes? Joining Richard in studio is Louise Campbell, MD of Robert Walters Recruitment.

Populism & Global Trade

Since the British voted to Brexit & the Americans voted for Donald Trump, it is hardly news to say that we are living in interesting times. As we came into 2017, potential threats were alerted to include the Presidential Election in France & a General Election in Germany. Even ultra-liberal Holland, the international coverage of their elections this week were dominated by speculation that the right wing Party of Freedom might cause an historic upset. That election was comfortably won by PM Mark Rutte, who said the result showed that ‘The Netherlands said Stop to the wrong sort of populism. Prof Frank Barry, lecturer in International Business & Economics at TCD to discuss the signals this sends to the global economy.

Cathal O'Connell - Paddywagon

St Patrick’s Day is behind us for yet another year & one person for whom St Patrick’s Day actually conjure some positive memories is my first guest this morning, whose business has a close association with that particular date. In 1998 Cathal O’Connell launched the first PaddyWagon bus tours around our fair island & in that time the distinctive Leprechaun-adorned fleet of vehicles, chock full of tourists, has been growing steadily & has become a perennial sight on the highways & byways of Ireland.

Saturday 11th March

St. Patrick's Day Parade

Once upon a time it was an Irish right of passage, the obligatory participation in a cold & rainy day to watch St Patrick's Day parades. It has moved on more in recent years and a far more glitzy affair - one day in the year which is worth more than 70 million euro to the Irish Economy. Susan Kirby, CEO of the St. Patrick's Day Festival joins Richard in studio.

Friendly Farmer

This week the Irish Food Writers' Guild named their top products to eat & drink in 2017 & one of the receipients was Athenry man Ronan Byrne, also known as the Friendly Farmer. Ronan was awarded for the quality of his chickens but he also rears free range pigs, cattle & other seasonal poultry. Liam Geraghty complete with wellies met up with Ronan in Athenry.

The Upstarts - Brad Stone

Airbnb is the biggest company in the world but it owns no actual rooms, likewise Uber is the biggest car company, but it owns no cars. This week saw the valuation of the Airbnb hit 30 billion dollars & Uber 68 billion dollars, worth more on paper than many of the global giants they set out to disrupt. Richard speaks to author Brad Stone, who has just published a new book 'The Upstarts: How Airbnb, Uber & the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley are changing the World'.

Working from Home - Evelyn O'Rourke

For many of us, one of the things we dread most about going to work is the actual journey to get there. It may sound very appealing but is working from home as easy & straightforward as it sounds? Evelyn O'Rourke reports. (Go to our facebook page to see what can happen during a live Skype interview of political scientist Prof Robert Kelly with BBC News).

Ian Renton - Cheltenham

Ireland & the Cheltenham Horse Racing Festival have a long history together & this year that special affinity will be front & centre, with a statue of Irishman, A.P. McCoy - the recently retired 'Greatest Jump Jockey of all-time' - being unveiled at the start of the festival next week. Ian Renton has been Managing Director of the Festival since 2013 & he joins Richard now form the BBC studio in Gloucester.

Saturday 4th March


Last week we featured an interview with Brian Cullinan of PwC, the man who – rather notoriously at this stage – handed the wrong envelope to Warren Beatty, as he took to the stage to announce the winner of Best Picture at the Oscars - because he was giving all his attention to his iPhone & was tweeting at the crucial moment! So is this another – large scale – example of how smartphones rather than increasing productivity and improving all our lives as originally intended, in fact drive us literally to distraction? In other words, do smartphones expose the myth of multi-tasking? Joining Richard from our Galway studio is Dr Eoin Whelan, Business Information Systems lecturer in NUI Galway’s Cairns Business School.


Colette Kinsella recently visited a public loo in a shopping centre in the Netherlands that gave her lots to smile about. Colette brings us this report.

Tramp Press - Lisa Coen

It was World Book Day on Thursday, celebrating an industry on the up but that is also notoriously difficult to survive in, with tight margins & big bucks made by a handful of authors. But this didn't put off Richard's next guest, Lisa Coen, who along with her business partner, co-founded an independent publishing house in Ireland, with the mission to find great new writing & support authors in an increasingly challenging environment.

Cyber Security - Ronan Murphy

Reports of cyber hacking have become an everyday occurence now, whether their allegations of Russians infiltrating the Democratice Party's servers in the US or personal details of millions of Yahoo users being breached, or the files of private businesses being held captive by shadowy criminals. How prepared are we to fight back against the digital threats? In studio with Richard is Ronan Murphy founder & CEO of Smarttech, a cyber-security firm based in Cork & one of the organisers of Zero Day Con, a conference about cyber security happening in the Nat Convention Centre in Dublin next Tuesday.

Gino's Ice Cream

Richard's first guests are Anthony Murphy & Jonathan Kirwan the co-founders of Gino’s Gelato, the luxury ice-cream brand that has been expanding across the country since its launch in 8 years ago & which now has its sights on the lucrative UK market. Both men come from Ice Cream stock, as it were, with family members majorly involved in the trade- in fact, they started out themselves selling in vans, but now they have 250 employees in 14 outlets across Ireland.

Saturday 25th February

Movie Moguls

This week sees the release of The Founder, which tells the story of Ray Kroc - the man who brought McDonalds from local family restaurant to all powerful global corporation & by no means the first time big business has received the Tinsel Town treatment, with recent depections of Steve Jobs & Mark Zuckerberg gaining Oscar nominations. Richard is joined in studio by Michael Sheridan, & Stephen Benedict, film maker & lecturer in Trinity College.

Dan Perri - Liam Geraghty

Yesterday Martin Scorsese arrived at Trinity College to address the University Philosophical Society & later today President Higgins will present to him the prestigious John Ford Award from the Irish TV & Film Academy. Last weekend a longtime collaborator of Scorsese's - Dan Perri - a film title design guru who was in Dublin speaking at the design conference Offset. Liam Geraghty brings us this report.

Rebecca O Flanagan

Richard's next guest is a seasoned film producer who is doing her damndest to increase the flow of golden statuettes coming our way. Rebecca O'Flanagan is one of the directors of Treasure Entertainment, whose latest film 'Handsome Devil' will be closing the Audi Dublin International Film Festival tomorrow night.

Oscar tallyman - Brian Cullinan

Earlier this week, Richard spoke to Brian Cullinan, tallyman to the glamorous Hollywood stars. Brian Cullinan, works for PsC in US, the firm which for the last 84 years has taken charge of counting the votes that decide who take home the Oscars on Sunday night.

Fiona Gratzer - Unislim

Once known as 'Agnes McCourt's Weight Reducing Company' - Unislim has been on the go for 45 years & has touched the lives of thousands of people on the way. Since stepping back from the business, Agnes's daughter Fiona Gratzer has taken charge & is on a crusade to modernise the brand & broaden its appeal to help the women & men of Ireland to shed excess pounds.

Saturday 18th February

Around the World – Siobhán O’Connell

Siobhán O’Connell of Business Plus Magazine and joined Richard for their monthly look at some of the international stories that might have escaped your attention.

Children’s entertainers

Children's entertainers are the brave souls who dare to stand in front of some of the harshest critics - kids! We sent our own child at heart - Liam Geraghty - to talk to the people at the front line of the birthday party circuit.

Girl Crew

Girl Crew co-founders Elva Carri, Aine Mulloy and Pamela Newenham joined Richard in studio to talk about how one shout-out on social media for people to head out disco dancing turned into a networking platform with tens of thousands of users, and plans to scale-up globally.

Working from Home

According a UN study published this week, working from home can lead to increased stress levels, unpaid overtime, and even insomnia. Paul Mooney, Managing Partner at Tandem Consulting weighed up the advantages and disadvantages of working from home.

Profile: Amanda Pratt

Amanda Pratt established herself as the Creative Director of her family’s well-known weaving, retail and food business, Avoca. Amanda left her Creative Director role in the company two years ago and now she's working on an exciting new project which looks set to revitalise the fortunes of one of Scotland’s most venerable stately homes.

Saturday 11th February

Valentines Day - Liam Geraghty

Whether you believe Valentines'Day is nonsense or the most romantic day of the year - the one thing we can be sure of, it's a money spinner! A new survey from the Nat Retail Federation in US projects that consmers there will spend a total of 18.2 billion dollars on Valentine's Day this year. And it's all down to that four letter word - love! Liam Geraghty brings us this report.

Economics Without Boundaries - Rani Dubrai

We are increasingly living in a virtual world & Conor's guest is somebody who has been thriving in that space for quite some time. Rani Dabrai's latest venture is Economics Without Boundaries, an accredited online course in the dismal science taught by her no-so-dismal business partner, David McWilliams, in a way that fits in to the busy & ever-changing modern schedule.

Theatre Skills for Business - Evelyn O'Rourke

The idea of public speaking fills a number of us with dread, but what if your job requires you to do so, how would you do it & how can you make an impact? Reporter Evelyn O'Rourke takes a look at what companies are doing now.

Greece - Ian Guider

The fiscal stability (or otherwise) of Greece has been slowly but surely creeping up the headlines & priority lists of finance ministers in Europe, with concerns that the IMF & EU finance ministers were at odds over what approach to take, whether the nettle needs to be grasped on more generous debt write downs. Joining Conor in studio is Ian Guider, of the Sunday Business Post.

Profile - Bill Liao

Conor's first guest didn't even think of going into business for himself & was happy to spend life as a computer programmer until an epiphany at a charity event in his late 20's convinced him that entrepreneurship, of all things, was the best path to making the world a better place. Australian Bill Liao really hit the ground running & before long he had sold a consultantcy, successfully exited both the multimillion dollar telecommunications company, Davnet & the career-oriented social network site Xing. As a general partner with Sean O'Sullivan's SOS Ventures, Bill's focus has shifted to investing in & facilitating other people's dreams. Bill joins us from our studio in Cork.

Saturday 4th February

Voice Activated Technology

Well even ten years ago, today’s ubiquity of smart phones & wearables might have seemed hard to imagine & with the tech sector getting ever more innovative & the rise of the so-called Internet of Things, perhaps having conversations with appliances, doors, light-switches & dare I say it, the radio, is about to become the New Normal. Many believe the voice activated tech market is about to translate into impressive consumer sales - Google, Apple and Microsoft all have skin in the game with systems & devices – but Amazon is leading the way with some predicting that 2017 will be the year of its device, the Alexa - Elaine Burke, Managing Editor of Silicon Republic joins Richard in studio.

Scotland & Ireland - Trade

Well this afternoon the Irish rugby team will get their Six Nations campaign underway as they take on Scotland in Murrayfield in Edinburgh. Off the pitch, however, things between Ireland and Scotland are considerably more cordial. The growing trade between Scotland & Ireland has seen the encouraging of businesses & entrepreneurs in both Scotland & Ireland to explore the opportunities on the other side of the water. Fuelled only by haggis, neeps & tatties! Liam Geraghty takes a look.

Angel Investing

Well the practice of wealthy, knowledgeable individuals throwing money at projects & companies they find inspiring or impressive is nothing new – but in Ireland, angel investing, as it called, has gained increased traction in the last few years. What was once piecemeal, is becoming more organised with the grouping of investors around the country into syndicates, taking a portfolio approach to the companies they back. So how has this come about & what does it mean for the start-ups out there on the hunt for investment? In studio we have John Phelan, National Director of the Halo Business Angels Network & Rhona Togher, Founder & CEO of Restored Hearing, a company which has benefitted from angel investing.


Well one of the battle-cries of Donald Trump’s election campaign was his stated intention to turn up the heat on American multinational companies shipping factories & jobs outside the US. And as we know, he is following through on all his promises, at breakneck speed. This plan, as ever, will have a carrot & stick approach – he will lower taxes to encourage multinationals to move their cash mountains home, while re-jigged trade deals will make doing international business more tricky for them should they not do his bidding. Richard is joined in studio by Fergal O’Rourke, managing partner at PwC, & Antoin Murphy, Fellow Emeritus Professor of Economics at Trinity College Dublin .

Bobby Healy - Profile

Richard's first guest has been in the business of computer coding since he left school & the skill has served him well - from a start in the fledgling videogames industry, through eventually to several successful ventures in the travel tech space, Bobby Healy is one of the masterminds behind the CarTrawler, transforming a straightforward car rental business into an online booking platform, which facilitates consumer reservations for everything from car rentals to hotels to taxis through the websites of 100 of the world’s leading airlines, including Ryanair, Aer Lingus & Emirates.

Saturday 28th January

How to ask for Help at work

Getting snowed under at work is something we have all no doubt experienced at one time or another & while a short period of pressure can be endured, months of endless late nights in the office & mounting deadlines would take the enjoyment out of any vocation. So when is it the right time to ask for help? Louise Campbell, MD of Robert Walters Recruitment joins Richard this morning.

90s Revival - Liam Geraghty

Fans of Danny Boyle's 1996 film adaptation of Irvine Welsh's Trainspotting will no doubt be a little more than curious to see how Renton, Sick boy, Begbie & Spud are faring 20 years later - the film heralds something of a 90's revival for 2017. Liam Geraghty finds out exactly what is going on!

Data Protection

The safety of our personal information is a concern for all of us these days & something we have to engage with. Today - as with every 28th of January for the last 8 years is officially recognised internationally as Data Protection Day or Data Privacy Day in some countries. The idea is to raise awareness of privacy & data protection best practices. Richard is joined in studio by TJ McIntyre, Lecturer of Law at UCD & Chairman of Digital Rights Ireland and Philip McMichaels, MD of AMI, a company that specialises in destroying digital information when companies are getting rid of their computer equipment.


The annual Holiday World Show started yesterday at the RDS in Dublin & is now in its 28th year. If you are lucky enough to get away for a few days in 2017, now is the time to plan. And if, like over 200 thousand of us in Ireland, who happen to work in the tourism industry here, maybe you're wondering what 2017 is likely to have in store in terms of holidaysmakers coming to Ireland. In studio with Richard are Clare Dunne, founder of The Travel Broker & former President of the Irish Travel Agents Association & Paul Keeley, Director of Business Development at Fáilte Ireland.

Sean Mitchell - Movidius

He is one of the founders of the Irish microchip company Movidius, which made headlines last year when it was acquired by the global semiconductor giant Intel in a deal reported to have been worth in the region of 350 million euro. Movidius designs machine vision technology chips for products ranging from Google phones to high-flying drones & co-founder Sean Mitchell is in studio with Richard this morning.

Saturday 21st January

Around the World - Siobhan O'Connell

Siobhan O'Connell of Business Plus Magazine & joins Richard in studio this morning for our monthly look at some of the week's international stories that might have escaped your attention.

Dublin's Chinatown - Liam Geraghty

Well the Chinese New Year celebrations begin this day next week & festivities will be taking place in homes up & down the country. Ireland’s vibrant Chinese community is growing in size & many people in Dublin are asking, is it time now to make the city’s so-called Chinatown district official? Liam Geraghty gauged the mood on Parnell Street East.

Robots - Evelyn O'Rourke

Last week the seemingly unstoppable rise of robots in our everyday lives even reached the European Parliament, with warnings that urgent EU rules such as 'kill switches' for them must be discussed. Members of the EU were told that Europe is passively standing by as robots take an increasingly powerful role that will grow even stronger with developments like driverless cars & that the consequences must be tackled. Our reporter Evelyn O'Rourke has been taking a look at the issue.


In the months since the British voted in favour of leaving the EU & the United States voted in favour of a President Trump, one word has been on the lips of every international economic commentator has been 'uncertainty'. To survey this internaional state of play Richard is joined by Paul Sweeney, Former Chief Economist with ICTU & on the line from Washington, Donal Donovan, former Dep Dir of IFA, who has also served with our own Fiscal Advisory Council.

Profile - Niall McGarry

Richard's first guest is a man from Castlebar, Co. Mayo who has embraced the new media revolution, building an 'online content' empire that is now expanding across the Irish Sea. Niall McGarry established in 2010 with a vision of capturing a very specific demographic, one that advertisers hold close to their heart, the young adult male.

Saturday 14th January

Bullet Journaling - Aoife Barry

Last week we were talking about New Year, New You & the importence of getting on top of your email habit & not letting it control you. Continuing on that theme, Aoife Barry of is here to tell us about the old fashioned pen & paper way of imposing organisation on even the most scattered of lives with Bujo, or bullet journaling.

Bear Grylls Survival Academy - Liam Geraghty

Getting on well with work colleagues is a nobel goal but not always a given, what if there was some way to get out into the wilderness, connect with nature & maybe even re-connect with workmates through a shared experience of relative hardship! Liam Geraghty took to the wilds of Cavan to take part in the Bear Grylls Survival Academy, with a group of very brave co-workers.

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