Christmas on RTE Radio 1

24th December 2017

My Teenage Christmas - 1pm

Broadcasting from a festively decorated castle overlooking Nenagh in County Tipperary this Christmas Eve programme brings the listener in to the personal, nostalgic and teenage Christmas worlds of a panel of guests to sketch an insight in to how 'teenage lives' make and shape who we are today.

Cian McCormack takes a conversational Christmas Eve journey through the teenage highs and lows of a group of well known guests in the community where they're from.

Mooney Santa - 1.45pm

Derek Mooney brightens Saturday mornings in August with his unique blend of irreverence, fun and entertainment in the company of Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh.

Christmas Card from New York - 3pm

This Christmas Eve the magic of Christmas in New York will be broadcast to you in a one-hour special at 3pm. Join Colm Flynn as he meets some of the Irish living the dream in the city that never sleeps and where Christmas is king. Colm will be joined in the Manhattan studio by young people from all over Ireland who now call New York home, including comedian Maeve Higgins.

Driving Home For Christmas - 5pm

Cathal Murray will keep you company as you make your way home... it'll be Chris Rea and plenty more - the best soundtrack to your Christmas Eve with traffic news to make sure your journey home is a smooth one. He will also keep an eye on Santa's progress as he sets out from the North Pole.

The Night Before Christmas - 7pm

As children across the country settle down to sleep with visions of sugar plums dancing in their heads, Sinéad Egan finds out more about 'A Visit from Saint Nicholas'...

The Big Tradition Switch - 7.30pm

Join Neil Doherty and Annette Egan this Christmas Eve as they rummage through traditions both old and new ....and decide which traditions they should keep, delete or copy.

25th December 2017

The Little Penpal - 1.15pm

Written by Caitríona Ní Mhurchú, 'The Little Penpal' is a Drama On One Christmas special celebrating a touching story of Franz Kafka's kindness to a little girl.   The story was told by Kafka's partner, Dora Diamant, who lived with him in Berlin from 1923 to early 1924. Her story refers to a time when the great writer Franz Kafka focused all his literary skill on a single task: a set of letters comforting a little girl who had lost her doll.

Baz and Nancys Christmas Day - 1.45pm

The stars of the Emmy award winning series Fifty Ways to Kill Your Mammy host a festive feast of friends and music on Christmas Day on Radio 1.   Baz Ashmawy and his mother Nancy present a Christmas Day celebration featuring festive music from Jack L and Maire Brennan with advice on how to deal with that Christmas Day Meltdown and last minute foodie tips plus a selection of surprise guests reminiscing about Christmas past - the presents, the films, the TV shows and the memories that mean Christmas to them.

Unwrapping Dreams - 3pm

Christmas Day is here at last and Santa has gone home to the North Pole to join his family and elves for a good Christmas dinner and a well-earned rest. Our presents are opened - but wait! - here's something special - an hour of Christmas fun, music and stories for young ones with Kathryn Thomas.

An Nollaig ó Dheas - 6pm

Join Philip King in West Kerry for a special Christmas Day hour of live music, songs, chat and standout Other Voices tracks. Ceol agus caint den chéad scoth ó Iarthar Chiarraí.

William Trevor: A Celebration - 7pm

A celebration of the work of the acclaimed novelist and short story writer who died last year.

Being Bing - 10pm

To mark the 40th anniversary of the best-known known voice of the Twentieth Century, Brendan Balfe recalls the life and career of Bing Crosby, the singer who described himself as 'an average guy who could carry a tune'

26th December 2017

The Gloaming from the NCH - 10pm

The captivating and colourful music of one of Ireland's leading music groups who have earned favourable attention worldwide for their skills and inventiveness - acoustic traditional music and song at its present day best. Recorded by RTÉ Radio One at the National Concert Hall, Dublin in March of this year.

27th December 2017

Waiting - 1.30pm

Part 1 From bus stops to book shops, via births, marriages and deaths, Waiting is a comedy sketch show all about women who are waiting.  Recorded live at The Project Arts Centre Dublin, starring Deirdre O'Kane, Caitriona Ennis and Rose Henderson. Written by Fiona Looney.

Situationships - 2pm

"Contrary to popular culture, and every Instagram post ever, female friendships aren't easy, like!" They take serious time, emotional investment, delicate negotiation and effort! It's often easier to not be friends than to spend the time so why do we bother?

Award winning writer Stefanie Preissner and her BFF Rachel Yoder are separated by 3000 miles but their friendship flourishes. In Situationships they explore the dynamic and the difficulties of maintaining a long term female friendship. They chat to 12 year olds who believe that they will be best friends forever, they seek advice from singer Mary Byrne who has had the same best friend for 50 years, they search for and meet a Facebook Friend and ultimately their own friendship is analysed by a relationship counsellor - should they ever have been friends in the first place?

Joe Jackson Tapes Revisited - 10pm

Joe Jackson says in the opening of this programme, which will be broadcast ten years since Dolan's death, "most fans would love to sit down and have a chat or a pint with their hero. If your hero is Joe Dolan now you can do so, by proxy, with me!" Jackson is referring in particular to the second of two interviews he did with Dolan - the first was for the RTE Radio 1 series Under The Influence, which he also revisits for this show -- and which took place in "the snug of a bar in Dublin's Clarence Hotel." In the latter interview, conducted in 2002, Dolan discusses his fame, unsuitability for marriage, and admits that he was emotionally immature and glad to be so! The show includes Dolan's greatest hits such as Make Me an Island and Danny Boy.

28th December 2017

Waiting - 1.30pm

Part 2 From bus stops to book shops, via births, marriages and deaths, Waiting is a comedy sketch show all about women who are waiting.  Recorded live at The Project Arts Centre Dublin, starring Deirdre O'Kane, Caitriona Ennis and Rose Henderson. Written by Fiona Looney.

REM: Out of Athens - 2pm

The story of how REM made the alternative mainstream and paved the wave for Nirvana and Green Day. Recorded entirely in the US,  Ken Sweeney travels to Georgia, to hear from producers, roadies and soundmen how REM became evangelists for a new alternative music which returned to simple melody and jangling guitars. Produced and narrated by Ken Sweeney

Meenirves - A Farewell to Shaymo's House - 3pm

In November 2017, well known singer/songwriter/journalist/raconteur/ Eurovison winner and all round good guy Shay Healy sold the house he shared with his wife DeeDee (Dympna) for 35 years.  Deedee passed away in July.  Shay (74) is living with Parkinsons for the past 14 years, and Deedee was his carer. The name of the house is 'Meenirves' (pronounced 'Me Nerves'). Rather than dump in a skip all the bric a brac, baubles, crockery,  ducks, furnishings etc collected over a lifetime, Shay had a 'garage sale' in his house with all proceeds going to charity.

Joe Jackson Tapes Revisited - 10pm

Nearly a decade after Joe Jackson did this interview in 1989, Fianna Fail politician Charlie McCreevy, told him, "What I remember most about the interview is that it captured Fianna Fail going through a painful period of transition and redefinition in a way that hadn't been articulated before. And in a way that I was not aware of, at the time." McCreevy, discusses, in a fearlessly frank and uncensored manner, matters such as himself becoming the "devil incarnate" to certain members of Fianna Fail, following his leadership challenge to Charles Haughey in 1982, being relegated to the political wilderness by the party and whether or not Haughey was a fascist dictator etc. The interview is particularly noteworthy give that McCreevy no longer gives interviews.

29th December 2017

Michael Littleton Memorial Lecture - 1.30pm

The Citizens Assembly - an exercise in deliberative democracy to be delivered by The Hon. Ms. Justice Mary Laffoy Chair of The Citizens' Assembly.

The Art of Songwriting - 2.30pm

How do songwriters create their finest work? What methods, inspirations and life experiences shape their music? Danny Carroll speaks to songwriters from various genres.

Why We Tell Stories - Marlon James and Colum McCann In Conversation - 3.30pm

Irish writer Colum McCann (National Book Award) and Jamaican author Marlon James, who won the Man Booker Prize, discuss the impetus for their chosen profession.

Life after Loss - 4pm

In April this year, RTE reporter Brian O'Connell lost one of his closest friends to suicide. In this deeply personal and moving programme, Brian examines the impact of that loss.

Joe Jackson Tapes Revisited - 10pm

During his 1996 Joe Jackson interview Father Brian D'Arcy revealed for the first time that he was sexually abused. He was highly critical of the laws of celibacy in the Catholic Church, claims that his spiritual training was "life denying" and that he needed to "re-learn" a "version of goodness." Jackson says, "I'd forgotten how truly soul-searching D'Arcy was, more so than I had space to allow him to be in the original magazine interview. D'Arcy certainly is more outspoken than he now is allowed to be having been censured in 2012 by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in the Vatican.

30th December 2017

The Gaa - 10am

In a special Culture Night programme, Marty Morrissey & guests examine Gaelic Games as a form of cultural expression, and look at how Gaelic Games are represented in wider culture.

What's in a Name - 7pm

Join Sandy Harsch who trawls her record collection for groups from the 40s, 50s and 60s whose names come from a variety of sources.

31st December 2017

Final Partings - 1pm

Jim Lockhart and his guests look back over the lives and the rich legacies of much-loved names from the world of music who've died in the last 12 months.

Lilian's Music of the Year - 7pm

Lillian Smith and her guests Sarah Clayton Lea and Philip King choose their favourite tracks and albums of 2017.

Ceol Chinn Bhliana le Fiachna Ó Braonáin - 8pm

Let Fiachna O'Braonain get you in the mood for your New Year's celebrations with some great music from the past year and beyond.

1st January 2018

Reasons to be Cheerful - 9am

Join Marty Morrissey and friends who gather together to ring in the new year with festive fun, humour, music and conversation. Mario Rosenstock, Úna Mullally, Billy Keane, Brenda Power and Dave O'Connell share their reasons to be cheerful.

Callan Kicks the Year - 1.30pm

Oliver Callan and his team return with a final fling of 2017,  the last chance to poke fun and satirise the great and the not so good in Irish life.

Pantisocracy - 2pm

In a special New Year's Day edition of Pantisocracy, the 'cabaret of conversations' hosted by Panti Bliss looks towards a new year with guests; singers Luka Bloom, Aoife Scott and Steve Wall, paralympian athlete Niamh McCarthy and Syrian human rights advocate Razan Ibraheem. 

Luka Bloom performs his song 'Wayfaring Stranger' and Aoife Scott sings her song ' We Know Where We Stand'. Steve Wall, actor and frontman of The Stunning, shares stories of his new movie about jazz trumpeter Chet Baker while Razan Ibraheem talks of her experience helping Syrian war refugees find a home in Ireland.

Seans Show - 10pm

Tribute to Irish comedian and RTÉ Radio 1 Comedy Showhouse presenter Sean Hughes who died suddenly in October this year.

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