The Lyric Feature

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    Friday 9th October 

    Digitising Rita

    Rita Lynch was born in Macroom in 1914 and showed an early talent for singing which was encouraged by her mother. Despite having her early career disrupted by the Second World War she went on to record for HMV and to tour extensively performing in operas, concerts and oratorios in Ireland, the UK and the USA. In this programme Evelyn Grant visits the soprano’s daughter Mary Shaw as she sifts through the extensive personal archive of letters, programmes, costumes, recordings and stories which her mother left behind. We get a portrait of the singer and the times she lived in. Rita Lynch’s archive has now being digitised by Cork City Libraries. 

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    The Lyric Feature - History on a Plate Part 3 of 6

    History on a Plate is a new six-part radio documentary series that takes real recipes from Irish food history and puts them back on the menu. The presenters are historian Juliana Adelman and restaurant critic Catherine Cleary, while chef Domini Kemp re-creates the long-lost recipes.

    History on a Plate part 3 tells the story of French celebrity chef Alexis Soyer's visit to Ireland in the depths of the famine to build a model soup kitchen. His biographer Ruth Cowen, describes how his trip started the small relief efforts to combat mass hunger. Historian Cormac Ó Grádá reminds us of official responses to the crisis. Chef Catherine Fulvio makes a discovery on her family’s land and Domini Kemp cooks Soyer's famine soup. Food historian Mairtín Mac Con Iomaire describes the impact of foreign chefs who followed in Soyer’s footsteps.

    The reader is Pierre Heuzé.

    Sound mix by James Daly.

    A Rockfinch production by Claire Cunningham for RTÉ lyric FM with the support of the BAI Sound and Vision Scheme.

    The Lyric Feature is RTÉ lyric fm's weekly documentary and music feature programme. Programmes are produced in house by Lyric fm staff or in collaboration with independent production companies. Subject matter varies from week to week but most of the programmes aim to provide insight into music and music making.

    The Lyric Feature is currently accepting proposals from independent producers and production companies for the BAI's Sound and Vision III Round 24. See here for details

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