Marian Finucane

Marian Finucane Show

RTÉ Radio 1, 11.00 - 1.00pm on Saturday 11th April

On Easter Saturday 11th April Marian will be talking to world-renowned poet Seamus Heaney live in studio about his life and work. The Marian Finucane Show is the highest-rating weekend radio show in Ireland and, according to the latest JNLR listenership figures; it is the third most popular radio show in Ireland.

Bowman Sunday Morning

Bowman Sunday Morning

RTÉ Radio 1, 8.10am on Sunday 12th April

John Bowman takes a look back through the RTÉ Radio archives to illustrate Seamus Heaney's life, including his years teaching at Harvard and the award in 1995 of the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Collected Poems on LW and DAB

Collected Poems on LW and DAB

RTÉ Radio 1 LW252/RTÉ Radio 1 Extra on DAB, from 9am on Monday 13th April

From 9am on the morning of Seamus Heaney's birthday, RTÉ Radio 1 on long wave and the digital channel RTÉ Radio 1 Extra will broadcast his entire Collected Poems, recorded by the poet himself for the CD box-set which RTÉ Radio, supported by The Lannan Foundation, is releasing to mark the occasion.

Tubridy Show

Tubridy Show

RTÉ Radio 1, 9.00 - 11.00am on Monday 13th April

The Tubridy Show gathers a panel of poetry fanatics to discuss the influence of Seamus Heaney on the readers of Ireland in a two hour special programme this Easter Monday.

Luke Clancy

Words on a Wire

RTÉ Radio 1, 1.30 - 2.00pm on Monday 13th April

Luke Clancy explores the art of the wordsmith from poem to pop song. In this programme Melissa Murray describes the lot of the ancient bard; poet Paul Muldoon reads his recent lyrics for the rock band, Rackett; and Mercury-nominated folk singer, Rachel Unthank, interprets the folk songs, both old and new, of her native Northumberland.

Vincent Woods

Arts Show Special

RTÉ Radio 1, 2.00 - 3.00pm on Monday 13th April

Vincent Woods chairs a discussion with Dennis O'Driscoll poet and author of Stepping Stones: Interviews with Seamus Heaney, Helen Vendler, Kingsley Porter University of Professor of English and American Literature Harvard University and Peter Sirr, poet and former director of the Irish Writers' Centre and a former editor of Poetry Ireland Review.

John Kelly

Classic Drive

RTÉ lyric fm (96-99fm), 5.00pm on Monday 13th April

On Easter Monday, 13th April, Classic Drive marks the occasion of Seamus Heaney's 70th birthday when, at 5.00pm, Niall Carroll hands over to The Baroque Chapel of The Royal Hospital, Kilmainham where John Kelly presents the premiere of three new pieces, composed in response to poetry by Heaney, performed by the RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet, with the participation of Seamus Heaney himself.

Sean Rocks

Arts Show Special

RTÉ Radio 1, 6.00 - 7.00pm on Monday 13th April

Sean Rocks, with reporter Kay Sheehy, presents a live Arts Show from the broadcast celebration co-hosted by RTÉ and the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Kilmainham with the support of the Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism. Sean and Kay talk to some of the invited guests as well as to the poet himself, whose birthday speech will be the high point of the occasion.

Denis O'Driscoll

Public Interview from the Abbey Theatre

RTÉ Radio 1, 7.00 - 8.00pm on Monday 13th April

In November 2008 fellow poet and friend of Heaney, Dennis O'Driscoll, published Stepping Stones: Interviews with Seamus Heaney. To mark the publication of the book, The Arts Show conducted a public interview with Seamus Heaney and Dennis O'Driscoll at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin. This is another opportunity to hear the programme, presented by Vincent Woods.