Brendan O'Connor

Brendan O'Connor

Saturday, Sunday, 11 - 1pm


Sunday 11th April

Entertainment Preview

Pop culture Journalist Jenn Gannon and TV & Radio Producer Eoin Sweeney share their tips for what to watch this week,

The Hothouse Flowers

The Hothouse Flowers will feature in a new TG4 music series 'Comhluadar Ceoil' with Daithi O’Se. Liam O’Maonlai spoke to Damien about the band.

Reopening of pubs in the UK

Pat Logue, owner of The Sheephaven Bay and General Manager of Waxy O'Connors Kevin Concannon spoke about their pubs reopening this week in the UK.

Grand National Win

Following Rachael Blackmore's win of the Grand National at Aintree, trainer Henry De Bromhead and retired Jockey Katie Walsh spoke with Damien about the historic win.

Newspaper Panel

Author and Broadcaster Dearbhail McDonald, Professor of Health Systems in DCU Anthony Staines and Darren McCaffrey of GB News made up the panel today. Journalist and Commentator Michael O'Regan also joined the programme.

Saturday 10th April

A Natural Year

Writer Michael Fewer spoke about his new book 'A Natural Year' in which he observes Irish nature over the course of a year.


Rachel Doyle is Executive Chair of the Arboretum Garden Centres in Carlow and Wicklow, Rachel spoke about the newly sparked interest in gardening across the country and the therapeutic benefits that it brings.

Positive Pathways

Founder of Positive Pathways Molly O'Keefe spoke to Damien about launching this online education programme for anyone who has an intellectually disabled loved-one in their life. You can contact Molly at


Psychoanalyst Michael Murphy helps us to understand and interpret our dreams.

Eamon Mallie

Author and Journalist Eamon Mallie spoke about the riots happening in Northern Ireland.

Mandatory Quarantine

Political Reporter Mary Regan gave us an update on the latest countries added to the list for mandatory quarantine.

Tribute to Shay Healy

This morning Irish celebrities paid tribute to the legendary songwriter Shay Healy: Johnny Logan, John McColgan, Linda Martin, Phil Coulter, Fr Brian D'Arcy, Sam Smyth, Aonghus McNally and Niamh Kavanagh.

Sunday 4th April

Entertainment Preview

Series Producer with RTE’s Arena Kay Sheehy, and John Maguire Film Critic and Journalist with the Business Post give their entertainment tips for the week ahead.

Celebrity Messaging Service

Reporter with Sky News David Mercer talked about a new craze of messaging service from celebrities.

Olympic Games

The Olympic games in Tokyo have already been postponed once and are rescheduled to begin in June. Damien asked Lisa Du of Bloomberg News whether it's a pipe dream...

Chris McGale

Damien O'Reilly spoke with Chris McGale about his book ‘The Million Dollar Irishman’.

Newspaper Panel

This morning's panel included Consultant Paediatric Radiologist at the National Maternity Hospital Holles Street Gabrielle Colleran, Norah Casey, Broadcaster and Publisher and Journalist with The Irish Times Jack Horgan Jones. Political Editor with the Business Post Michael Brennan also joined the programme.

Saturday 3rd April

Mark Moriarty

Chef Mark Moriarty is back with a new Cook-in series on RTÉ One starting this Wednesday, Mark talked about cooking at home and shared his recipe for Rosemary Focaccia.

Resilience in this Lockdown

Performance and wellbeing coach Enda McNulty helps us to dig deep for the resilience we need to get through this last lockdown..

Una Healy

Singer Una Healy talked about the unique Easter Sunday concert in aid of Childline with the biggest ever gathering of Irish country music stars from Daniel and Margo O’Donnell, to Nathan Carter.

Reverend Richard Coles

Reverend Richard Coles has just released a personal book 'The Madness of Grief A Memoir of Love and Loss' that recounts the grief he has felt since losing his partner of twelve years the Reverend David Coles in December 2019.

Professor of Psychology Orla Muldoon

NPHET has advised to be very careful over the Easter. Professor of Psychology Orla Muldoon gave her view on how people are coping through this challenging time.

Refused Mandatory Quarantine

Colman O’Sullivan from the RTÉ Newsroom spoke about a news story in which two women are due to appear in court today for having refused mandatory quarantine.

Author Nick Harkaway

Nicholas Cornwell, author aka Nick Harkaway & son of John Le Carré chatted with Damien O'Reilly about the Le Carré documentary 'A Writer and His Country' which airs tonight on BBC Radio 4.

Sunday 28th March

Entertainment Preview

Editor, Business Post Magazine, Nadine O'Regan and Film Correspondent , Irishtimes, Donald Clarke, share their tips for this weeks entertainment.

Hour going forward

Brendan spoke to, Dr Annie Curtis, Immunologist, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, on the best way to manage the transition to Day Light Savings Hours.

Gareth O'Callaghan-'What Matters Now'

Gareth O'Callaghan, Radio Broadcaster, spoke to Brendan about his new book 'What Matters Now', which documents his diagnosis of a terminal illness, Multiple System Atrophy. The book highlights how Gareth manages day to day living with the illness and much more.

Newspaper Panel

Today's pane included, Consultant and Geriatrician, Dr. Ronán Collins, Columnist Brenda Power, Lecture in Politics, Technological University, Dublin, Kevin Cunningham. Also on the programme was, Adam Harris, Founder of ‘As I am’ and Dr. Cliona Ní Cheallaigh, Consultant, St James Hospital.

Saturday 27th March

Can we open for Vaccinated people to get their hair done?

Brendan spoke to Lisa Eccles, President of the Irish Hairdressers Federation, about her proposal to open hairdressers to those vaccinated.

Cooking with Clodagh McKenna

Brendan is joined by Clodagh McKenna, Chef for some cooking delights.

How to make the perfect Soda Bread

Clodagh McKenna, Chef described how to make the perfect soda bread.

Gut Health with Professor Barbara Ryan and Elaine McGowan

Brendan spoke to, Prof. Barbara Ryan, Gastroenterologist, Gut Expert and Elaine McGowan, Healthcare Dietitian &Clinical Nutritionist , about the importance of a healthy gut.

Alistair Campbell's Diaries

Brendan spoke to, Alistair Campbell, Former spokesperson for Tony Blair and Mental Health Campaigner chats to Brendan about the publication of his latest diaries and how he his physical health has never been better since Covid-19.

Cumhacht an Naduir-Darrach O Murchu

Brendan spoke to, Darrach O Murchu, Presenter of Cumhacht an Naduir about his new nature show airing on TG4.

Professor Mary Horgan, President of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland

Brendan spoke to, Prof. Mary Horgan, Consultant in Infectious Diseases in Cork University Hospital, Dean of the UCC School of Medicine and member of NPHET, about her career to date, making Dr Anthony Fauci, US Chief Medical Advisor, an honorary fellow of the College of Physicians and Covid-19.

Sunday 21st March

Entertainment Preview

Pop culture journalist Jenn Gannon and Eoin Sweeney tell you what not to miss this week in entertainment.

Irish Rugby

Brent Pope spoke about the terrific performance yesterday from the Irish rugby team and CJ Stander's retirement.

David Duchovny

Actor and best-selling author David Duchovny spoke to Brendan about his latest novel 'Truly Like Lightning', Xfiles and filming in London.

Newspaper panel

Today's panel included Group head of News at INM Kevin Doyle, Pharmacist Kate O'Connell and Restaurateur Richard Corrigan. Professor of Genetics at TCD Aoife McLysaght also joined the programme.

Saturday 20th March

Kevin Aherne

Kevin Aherne is a Chef from Sage in Midleton Co.Cork, Kevin spoke about work life balance and shared his recipe for flatbread. To find the recipe go to the recipes tab above!

Under Water Running

David Kerr is an under water rock runner, he explained to Brendan what exactly that is and why you should give it a go!

Body Clock & Sleep

Dr. Annie Curtis, Body clock expert & Senior Lecturer at the RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences chats about the benefits of getting good sleep and looking after your immune system.

Covid19 in Europe

Europe Correspondent with Euronews Shona Murray gave an update on Covid19 in Europe.

How To Save Money

Author of ‘How To Be Good With Money’ Eoin McGee shares his tips on how to save money and get your finances in order.

Mark Cagney

Broadcaster Mark Cagney spoke about recovering from his recent illness, how he has coped with grief and his role as a father.

Sunday 14th March

Entertainment Preview

Series Producer with RTE’s Arena Kay Sheehy, and John Maguire, Film Critic and Journalist with the Business Post share their tips for the week's entertainment.

Edith Bowman

Edith Bowman talked about her podcast 'Soundtracking' on music and films, music festivals and more.

Covid Wedding

Fionnuala McLoughlin and Ciara Boyle chat about their individual weddings in the past year. Both of them feature in a new RTÉ TV programme ‘My Little Big Day’ on Monday night 15th March.

Newspaper Panel

Today's panel included Lucinda Creighton, CEO Vulcan Consulting, Sam McConkey, Department of International Health and Tropical Medicine and writer Stefanie Preissner. Also on the programme was Prof Karina Butler, Chair of National Immunisation Advisory Committee and Paul Cullen, Health Editor of The Irish Times.

Saturday 13th March

Tom Randles

Tom Randles Manager of Randles Hotel in Killarney spoke about the past year in Business with Covid 19.

Kitchen Gadgets

Food Historian Regina Sexton talked about the kind of kitchen gadgets that are useful and useless! Regina also shared her recipe for our national dish Bacon and cabbage. To see her recipe click on the recipes tab above.

Celine Byrne

Opera star Celine Byrne is back on stage tonight at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre with a live stream performance of La Bohéme.

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