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Arena With Seán Rocks

RTÉ Radio One, Monday - Friday, 11.10 pm

RTÉ flagship arts, culture & entertainment radio programme covers a dizzying array of cultural territory every week. Tuesday's edition alone explores a new biography of Louis Mc Niece by author Christopher Fauske, interviews novelist A.N. Wilson about his new book Resolution, talks with Abie Philbin Bowman on the new HBO series Westworld (above) and previews this weekend's Hard Working Class Heroes festival. Tune in here.

Francis MacManus Short Story Competition

 RTÉ Radio One, Monday - Friday, 11.10 pm

For the month of October, RTÉ Radio One will broadcast the winning entries from this year's Francis MacManus Short Story Competition. Dubliner Chris Connolly (above) has been announced as the first place winner of the 2016 Francis MacManus Short Story Competition. The 33 year old impressed the judges with his submission, The Speed of Light and How It Cannot Help Us: the story explores the complicated nature of unconditional love, in particular the love of a mother for her son, and how far that love can be stretched before it finally reaches breaking point.

The Works Presents: Kevin Rowland

RTÉ One, Thursday 6th October, 11.05pm

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In the third episode of the new series, John meets with legendary front man of Dexys Midnight Runners, Kevin Rowland, to talk about his career to date and find out how his Irish roots inspired Dexys’ new album, ‘Let The Record Show Dexys Do Irish and Country Soul’.

After a long period without making music, Kevin reformed the new look ‘Dexys’ in 2012 and this year, they released their fifth studio album, an album Kevin says has been in the works since the earliest days of the band. Watch previous episodes here

The Friday Concert With Paul Herriott

RTÉ lyric fm, Friday 7th October, 8pm-10pm

Paul Herriott (above) presents tonight's concert live from the National Concert Hall the opening concert of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra Season 2016-2017 Main Season. Jonas Abler conducts and Patricia Bardon makes a return to sing Mahler's Kindertotenlieder. The programme also includes Bruckner's Symphony No. 5 in B flat .

Painting the Nation

RTÉ One, Sunday 9th October, 7.30pm

It’s week two of the great Irish amateur painting challenge and the six remaining painters travel to the beautiful coastal town of Carlingford, County Louth.

Inspired by Percy French’s watercolours and his famous musical ode to the Mountains of Mourne, our amateur painters must this week face the watercolor challenge – traditionally one of the most difficult mediums to master.

For this week’s Exhibition Challenge, our six amateur painters must choose which view of stunning Carlingford Lough to paint – and capture it perfectly in watercolour.