Brendan O'Connor

Brendan O'Connor

Sat, Sun • 11:00 - 13:00


Sunday 20th June

Entertainment Preview

Series Producer of RTÉ’s Arena Kay Sheehy and TV & Radio Producer Eoin Sweeney share their tips for what to see this week.

GAA First Pilot Match in Croke Park

Sports Broadcaster Des Cahil spoke about the GAA's first pilot football match at Croke Park between Derry and Offaly.

Jim Sheridan

Award winning Director?and film maker Jim Sheridan talks about his documentary?'Murder at the Cottage: The Search for Justice for?Sophie'.

Newspaper Panel

Today's panel included Fionnan Sheahan Ireland Editor at the Irish Independent, Professor Cliona Ni Cheallaigh Consultant in General medicine and Infectious Diseases at St. James’ Hospital and Chef and Author Domini Kemp. Former Northern Ireland Correspondent at RTÉ Tommie Gorman also joined the programme.

Saturday 19th June

Mexican Dishes

Lily Ramirez Foran shares her easy Mexican recipes with Brendan. Click the recipe tab above for the recipes.

Awake Your Power Within

Sports Performance Coach and Sports Psychologist Gerry Hussey spoke about his new book 'Awake Your Power Within’.


This summer IT Carlow is launching Ireland’s first summer school for teen influencers. Brendan spoke with Dr. Irene McCormick who is leader of the Creative Hub and influencer Lauren Whelan.

Jason Byrne

Comedian Jason Byrne chats with Brendan about real life gigs and the ‘Mind Your Loaf’ mental health podcasts. Freediver Claire Walsh also joined to chat about how she got going with freediving.

Chief Clinical Officer Colm Henry

Chief Clinical Officer at the HSE Colm Henry spoke about the vaccine rollout, Delta variant and travelling abroad.

Sunday 13th June

Keeping up with the Johnsons at the G7 summit

Columnist with The Guardian Dawn Foster joined the programme on the morning after the Corwall beach BBQ hosted by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and wife Carrie for the G7 world leaders.

Entertainment Preview

Freelance Pop Culture Journalist Jennifer Gannon and Film Critic and Journalist with the Business Post John Maguire take a look at what's on this week in film and TV.

Dr Tony Bates on dealing with uncertainty

Brendan chats with Clinical Psychologist Dr Tony Bates on how to deal with uncertainty.

Newspaper panel

Today's panel included Professor in Comparative Immunology at TCD Cliona O'Farrelly, former Industry and Employment Correspondent Ingrid Miley, and Paul Hosford, Political Correspondent with the Irish Examiner. Journalist Philip O'Connor and CEO of City Jet Pat Byrne also joined the conversation.

Saturday 12th June

Van Morrison vs. Robin Swann

Brendan chats with Hot Press Deputy Editor Stuart Clark about the moment Van Morrison took to the stage in the Europa Hotel.

Cooking seafood with Brian McDermott

Chef Brian McDermott wants to encourage people to take advantage of the wonderful seafood available on our shores, and shares some simple recipes.

Writing tips with Eibhear Walshe

UCC Senior Lecturer in the School of English and Director of Creative Writing Eibhear Walshe shares his writing tips.

Vanilla Ice searches for Shergar

Brendan chats with rapper Vanilla Ice about his new podcast series 'Sport’s Strangest Crimes' on BBC 5 Live. The series, is merging true crime and sport and will tell the remarkable story of the kidnapping of Shergar.

Best time to exercise

Immunologist, Body Clock Expert and Senior Lecturer at the RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences Dr Annie Curtis on pilot events, Covid data, and the best time of the day to exercise.

James Vincent McMorrow

Still on a high after his gig in the Iveagh Gardens, James Vincent McMorrow chats to Brendan about his life and music career.

Sunday 6th June

Entertainment Preview

Singer songwriter Aoife Scott and Producer Eoin Sweeney take a look at what's on this week in film and TV.

Rory Gallagher

Julian Vignoles, author of?‘ Rory?Gallagher, the man behind the guitar’ talked about why Rory's legacy lives on.

Professor Martin Seligman

Professor Martin Seligman spoke about positive psychology with Brendan. The Centre for Positive Psychology and Health at the RCSI University have a free online public course on 'The Science of Health and Happiness'.

Sinéad O'Connor

Sinéan O'Connor had a chat with Brendan about why she made the decision to retire.

Newspaper Panel

Today's panel included Architect and Director of Douglas Wallace, Executive Editor,?Irish?Mail Newspapers John Lee and Síona?Cahill Head of Communications?with?Gaisce. Consultant Rheumatologist Laura Durcan and photographer Conor O'Mearáin also joined the programme.

Saturday 5th June

Taste of Sicily

Chef Catherine Fulvio shared her best Italian recipes from Sicily!

Claddagh Records Archive

The archive of Claddagh Records will open soon and so Brendan spoke with Chairman of Claddagh Record James Morrissey, Musician Peadar O’Riada, Luggala Librarian Mary Hayes, singer Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh and Journalist Liam Collins.

Poet Rita Ann Higgins

Rita Ann Higgins shared her poem 'The PUP is dead Long Live the PUP'.

Eoin McGee

Presenter Eoin McGee talked about how to reset your finances and your life! The next series of 'How To Be Good With Money' starts filming soon. If you would like to take part, all the info and application form can be found at RTÉ’s Audience Participation page: You can also email or call: 01 708 8191

South William Street

Following reported scenes of chaos on South William St in Dublin city centre last night, Brendan spoke with staff photographer at INM Gerry Mooney, Hairdresser Mark O’Keefe, Emily Jacquier and entrepreneur Harry McCann. Senior Research Officer of the ESRI Deirdre Robertson also joined the conversation.

Sunday 30th May

Entertainment Preview

Irish Times Film Correspondent Donald Clarke and Arena's Series Producer Kay Sheehy, give Brendan their entertainment recommendations for the week ahead.

James Vincent McMorrow

James Vincent McMorrow will play at the first concert since the pandemic began, on June 10th at the Iveagh Gardens.

BBC DJ Annie Mac

Brendan chats with BBC DJ Annie Mac about her debut novel Mother Mother and leaving the BBC.

Boris Johnson wedding

Brendan chats with The Guardian columnist Dawn Foster about Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds's secret wedding ceremony.

Newspaper panel

Today's panelists Luke O'Neill, Professor of Professor of Biochemistry at Trinity College Dublin, Managing Editor Susan Daly and Economist Jim Power dissect the news, from outdoor gatherings, travel, and the PUP wind-down to the Wuhan lab leak.

Saturday 29th May

Storing digital photographs

With the news that Google will charge for Google Photos, Adrian Weckler gives his tips on the best way to store digital photographs.

The importance of holidays

Clinical Psychologist Maureen Gaffney joins Brendan to talk about the benefits of holidays.

Chapter One's Ross Lewis

Michelin Star Chef Ross Lewis, of Dublin’s Chapter One talks about his decision to step aside from the kitchen after 29 years, and his new partnership with Finnish chef Mickael Viljanen.

Pre-herd immunity

Professor of Immunology at Trinity College Dublin Kingston Mills joins Brendan to discuss pre-herd immunity.

Sinéad O'Connor

Sinéad O'Connor chats to Brendan about her new memoirs Rememberings.

Sunday 23rd May

Entertainment Preview

Enya Martin, Comedian and Content Creator, spoke to Brendan with Nadine O’Regan, Editor Business Post Magazine and Brian Reddin, Producer and Director, ahead of the Friends Reunion, which will be available to stream this week. Nadine and Brian also shared their tips for movies and TV this week.

Languages of the Truth by Salman Rushdie

Brendan spoke to Author, Salman Rushdie about his new collection of essays called 'Languages of the Truth' in advance of the International Literature Festival, Dublin.

Newspaper Panel

On today's panel, Niall Gibbons, Chief Executive, Tourism Ireland, June Shannon, Health Journalist and Mick Molloy, Emergency Consultant, Wexford General Hospital. Dr Cliona Ni Cheallaigh, Consultant,St James Hospital, discussed COVID 19 Indian variant vaccine efficacy and Rosie Coffey, Head of Enterprise and Architecture, UL on cyber attacks.

Saturday 22nd May

Travel advice with Siobhan Maguire

Brendan spoke to Siobhan Maguire,, about consumer advice for those booking holidays.

Food and Happiness with Professor Brendan Kell

Brendan spoek to Professor Brendan Kelly Consultant?Psychiatrist?& Professor of Psychiatry at TCD, about the connection that food has with happiness.

Getting back into the office

Brendan spoke to Psychotherapist Coleman Noctor about getting people back into the office, following COVID 19 restrictions.


Ruairi McKiernan, Lahinch, Stephanie Costello, Dublin Kieran Walsh from Dublin and Dr. Deirdre O’Shea, Senior Lecturer in Work and Organizational Psychology, discuss dealing with the effects of burnout.

DarkMarket: How Hackers Became the New Mafia by Misha Glenny

Brendan spoke to Author, Misha Glenny about his book DarkMarket: How Hackers Became the New Mafia.

President Michael D Higgins

Brendan is joined in studio by the President of Ireland Michael D Higgins.

Sunday 16th May

Cyber Attack Update

Crime Correspondent Paul Reynolds gave an update on the cyber attack on the HSE.

Entertainmnent Preview

Freelance pop culture journalist Jenn Gannon and John Maguire Film Critic and Journalist with the Business Post shared their tips for movies and TV this week.

Prince Harry Controversy

Former BBC Royal Correspondent Jennie Bond spoke about Prince Harry's outspokenness on an American podcast.

Colum McCann

Writer Colum MCann shared his thoughts from his personal experiences and writing on the Israeli-Palestine conflict.

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