Thursday 19th September

50th anniversary of the album 'Abbey Road' by The Beatles

Jason Carty marks the 50th anniversary of the 'Abbey Road' album by The Beatles

'Last Orders At The Dockside' by Dermot Bolger at Dublin Theatre Festival 2019

Dermot Bolger discusses the background to his play 'Last Orders At The Dockside'

Film reviews

Ruth Barton and Simon Maher review 'Ad Astra', 'The Kitchen' and 'The Farewell'

Wednesday 18th September

Review: 'Girl' by Edna O'Brien

Yvonne Nolan reviews 'Girl' by Edna O’Brien (published by Faber & Faber)

God Knows in session

God Knows, who is a National Ambassador for Culture Night

Launch of Galway 2020

Helen Marriage, creative director of Galway 2020, now officially launched

Culture Night with Leonard Slatkin and the RTÉ NSO

Leonard Slatkin, who will conduct the RTÉ NSO on Culture Night at the National Concert Hall

Review: 'Grease' at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

Jim Sheridan reviews the musical 'Grease' at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

Tuesday 17th September

'clann' by Theresa Nanigian at the dlr Lexicon, Dun Laoghaire

Theresa Nanigian whose photographic exhibition ‘clann’ is at the dlr Lexicon

Emi Mahmoud, slam poet champion and UNHCR Ambassador

Emi Mahmoud, slam poet champion and UNHCR ambassador

Museum of Literature Ireland opens

Kay Sheehy visited the newly-opened Museum of Literature Ireland (MOLI)

'This Ain't No Disco' live

Emmet Kirwan, one of the performers in 'This Ain’t No Disco' live

Monday 16th September

A profile of Jethro Tull

Jim Lockhart profiles the British prog-rock band Jethro Tull

Loves: 'Great Expectations' by Charles Dickens

Patricia Gibney explains why she Loves 'Great Expectations' by Charles Dickens

'Beckett's Room' by Dead Centre with Mark O'Halloran at Dublin Theatre Festival 2019

Mark O’Halloran and Bush Moukarzel chat about 'Beckett’s Room' at the Dublin Theatre Festival

Tradition Now: curated by Geoff Travis at the National Concert Hall

Lisa O’Neill and Geoff Travis chat about Tradition Now at the National Concert Hall

Friday 13th September

Album reviews

Jackie Fox and John Meagher review 'Beneath The Eyrie' from Pixies, 'Charli' from Charli XCX and 'Days of The Bagnold Summer' from Belle and Sebastian

'Things We've Always Wanted To Tell You' by Scottee and friends at the Dublin Fringe Festival 2019

Scottee and Felicia Olusanya talk about their  show 'Things We’ve Always Wanted To Tell You',

'My Name Is Why' by Lemn Sissay

Lemn Sissay talks about his memoir 'My Name Is Why' (published by Canongate)

Thursday 12th September

'The Dutch House' by Ann Patchett

Ann Patchett chats about her latest novel 'The Dutch House' (published by Bloomsbury)

Film reviews

Sarah Taaffe Maguire and Paul Whitington review 'Downton Abbey', 'Extra Ordinary' and 'For Sama'

Wednesday 11th September

Loves: silence and the music of JS Bach

'Oh When The Saints' author Peter Money explains why he Loves silence and JS Bach

Review: 'A Single Thread' by Tracy Chevalier

Siobhán Callaghan reviews 'A Single Thread' by Tracy Chevalier (published by Harper Collins)

Tara Breen, Laoise Kelly, Josephine Marsh and Nell Ní Chróinín on Music Network tour

Tara Breen, Laoise Kelly, Josephine Marsh and Nell Ní Chróinín, on a Music Network tour

'Irish Food: A Play' by JP McMahon at the Dublin Fringe Festival 2019

JP McMahon, whose 'Irish Food: A Play' is at the Dublin Fringe Festival

Tuesday 10th September

Winner of the 2019 RTÉ Short Story Competition in honour of Francis MacManus

Stephen O’Reilly, winner of the 2019 RTÉ Short Story Competition

'Vespertilio' by Barry McStay at the Dublin Fringe Festival 2019

Barry McStay, whose play 'Vespertilio' runs as part of the Dublin Fringe Festival

'Extra Ordinary', a film by Enda Loughman and Mike Ahern

Enda Loughman and Mike Ahern, directors of the Irish film 'Extra Ordinary'

Review: 'The Testaments' by Margaret Atwood

Sinead Gleeson and Gerry Stembridge review 'The Testaments' by Margaret Atwood (published by Chatto & Windus)

Monday 9th September

'Rubberband', a lost album by Miles Davis

Ryan Quigley assesses the lost Miles Davis album 'Rubberband'

'It's Not About Love' by Megan Riordan at Dublin Fringe Festival 2019

Aoife Spillane Hinks and Megan Riordan chat about their play 'It’s Not About Love'

RuthAnne in session

Singer/songwriter Ruthanne in session

'Beyond The Sea' by Paul Lynch

Paul Lynch chats about his latest novel 'Beyond The Sea' (published by Oneworld)

Friday 6th September

Review: 'How It Is (Part 2)' by Gare St Lazare/Coronet Theatre at the Everyman Theatre

Helen Meany reviews 'How It Is (Part 2)' at the Everyman Cork

'Play Like A Riot Grrrl, featuring Soak' at the Dublin Fringe Festival 2019

Soak and Rossella Bottone in 'Play Like A Riot Grrrl' at the Fringe Festival

'The Josephine Hart Poetry Hour: Oscar Wilde' at the Abbey Theatre

Simon Callow and Merlin Holland celebrate Oscar Wilde at the Abbey

Thursday 5th September

'The Brendan Voyage: The Music of Shaun Davey', a celebratory concert at the National Concert Hall

Shaun Davey, Rita Connolly and Mark Redmond - celebrating The Brendan Voyage

Film reviews

Cara O’Doherty and Chris Wasser review 'It: Chapter Two', 'Thank You Come Again' and 'Aniara'

Wednesday 4th September

'The Examination' by Brokentalkers at Dublin Fringe Festival 2019

Gary Keegan and Catherine Cox discuss the Brokentalkers play 'The Examination'

'I dreamt I dwelt' by Dorothy Cross at Kerlin Gallery

Dorothy Cross gives a tour of her exhibition at the Kerlin Gallery – 'I dreamt I dwelt'

Review: 'Quichotte' by Salman Rushdie

Yvonne Nolan reviews 'Quichotte' by Salman Rushdie (published by Random House)

Tuesday 3rd September

'GAA Maad' by Áine O'Hara and Vickey Curtis at the Dublin Fringe Festival 2019

Áine O’Hara and Vickey Curtis, creators of the play 'GAA Maad'

Review: 'The Miami Showband Story' by Marie Jones and Martin Lynch

Ian Walsh and Judy Murphy review 'The Miami Showband Story'

Stanley Townsend, who performs 'Incantata'

Stanley Townsend, who performs 'Incantata' at the Gate Theatre later this month

Shortlist for the 2019 Booker Prize

Sinead Gleeson with a guide to the 6 authors on the 2019 Booker shortlist

Monday 2nd September

'Making A Mark' by Mark Smith, Aisling Byrne and Shaun Dunne at the Dublin Fringe Festival 2019

Mark Smith and Aisling Byrne discuss their play 'Making A Mark' at the Dublin Fringe Festival

'Nine Weeks', a play by Seán Kennedy at the Dublin Fringe Festival 2019

Seán Kennedy, creator of the play 'Nine Weeks' at the Dublin Fringe Festival

Review: 'Is There Still Sex In The City?' by Candace Bushnell

Edel Coffey reviews 'Is There Still Sex In The City?' by Candace Bushnell(published by Little Brown)

'Heyday: The Mic Christopher Story', a documentary by Alan Leonard

Alan Leonard, director of 'Heyday: The Mic Christopher Story'

Friday 30th August

Album reviews

Zara Hedderman and Simon Maher review “Monomania” from Join Me In The Pines, “Norman Fucking Rockwell” from Lana del Rey and “Twelve Nudes” from Ezra Furman

Review: 'If All the World and Love Were Young' by Stephen Sexton

Colm Keegan reviews 'If All the World and Love Were Young' by Stephen Sexton

'This Is Happiness' by Niall Williams

Niall Williams, author of 'This Is Happiness'

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