Marian Finucane

Marian Finucane

Saturday, Sunday, 11 - 1pm


Sunday 14th July

Michael McDowell Tribute to Noel Whelan

Michael McDowell reminisces about his late friend Noel Whelan RIP

Impact of Bad Brexit on Business

In studio to discuss the impact of a hard Brexit on Irish business are Liz Fulton, CEO of Sales Optimize and Graham Parker of Kontainer

Resignation of UK Ambassador to the U.S.

This week Sir Kim Darroch resigned amid a row over leaked emails critical of President Trump and his administration. Sir Ivor Roberts, a former UK Ambassador to Yugoslavia, Ireland, and Italy joins the discussion.

Newspaper Panel

Today's panel to discuss the leading talking points of the Sunday newspapers are Michael McDowell, Barrister and Independent Senator; Seamus Coffey, Lecturer in Economics UCC and Chair of the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council; Áine Kerr, Co-Founder of Kinzen; Nicola Byrne, CEO and Founder Cloud90 and Sinéad O'Carroll, News Editor at the

Saturday 13th July

Life Hacks

We all like to learn quicker and cheaper ways to approach various jobs around the house, Aislí Madden publisher of All About Home Economics joins Marian to share some life hacks.


Marian is joined in studio by Chef Neven Maguire to give us a few tips on how you can be Barbeque ready this summer


With the release of a documentary on his life and times to hit cinemas next week, Luciano Pavarotti was arguably the most famous opera singer ever! Marian is joinsClaudia Boyle to talk about his unique talent.

Mindfulness Podcast

Marian is joined in studio by former professional rugby player and now award winning musician Niall Breslin to talk about mental health and his new podcast series ‘Where is my Mind’

Brendan Grace Tribute

Two of the county’s best known singers Christy Moore and Daniel O’Donnell join Marian on the line to pay tribute to Brendan Grace.

Sunday 7th July

TV & Film Highlights

Marian is joined by Sinead Brennan from RTÉ Entertainment to take a look at the best of film and TV that we can enjoy this month.

Detained in Dubai

After wide spread coverage this week about the story of Princess Haya Bint al-Hussein. Marian talks to Radha Stirling, who is founder and CEO of an organization called Detained in Dubai.

Newspaper Panel

The panel this morning Mary Whelan, Former Ambassador to Austria & Netherlands, Ken Murphy, DG of the Law Society, Ciaran Hancock, Business Editor, Irish Times, Fergus Finlay, Former CEO of Barnados, Amii McKeever, Editor, Irish Country Living.

Saturday 6th July

Westlife Concert

Katie Biggins one of our lucky competition winners chats to Marian about last night's Westlife gig in Croke Park.

Helpful Travel Apps

Adrian Weckler, technology editor, with The Irish & Sunday Independent joins Marian now in studio with some tips on managing our many devices while travelling.

Honoured with Flowers

Dermot O'Neill, gardener and TV presenter joins Marian in studio and Michael White, Curator, Mount Congreve Gardens joins in from Cork studio to talk about being honored by flowers.

Chef Working with Homeless

Trevor Kearns a chef working in five star hotels decided to give it all and now feeds hundreds of homeless families at the Sophia Housing Association.

Genetic Research

Dr Anne Jones, chief executive of Genomics Medicine Ireland joins Marian in studio this morning to discuss the future of health, utilizing the science of genomics.

Sunday 30th June

Love Island

Mairéad Ronan joined Brendan in studio to talk about the hit reality TV show Love Island and Irish contestant, Maura Higgins who has quickly become the star of the show.

US Update

Suzanne Lynch, Washington Correspondent, Irish Times returned from Washington this week and gives an update on

Boris Johnson Profile

Brendan talks to Andrew Gilligan Senior Correspondent with The Sunday Times who worked with Boris Johnson on and off over the years and who thinks that the impression given is not a fair representation.

Newspaper Panel

This Morning Brendan is joined by Colm McCarthy Economist, Suzanne Lynch Washington Correspondent the Irish Times, Grainne Healy Public Affairs Consultant, Ian Guider Markets Editor, Sunday Business Post and Nora Owen, former Fine Gael Minister for Justice.

Saturday 29th June

Sizzling Weather abroad

With sweltering conditions all around Europe this week, and record temperatures recorded in many countries across the continent. Emer McCarthy Cabrera is an Irish woman living and working in Rome, for the Commission for the Protection of Minors, and she chats to Brendan to give us an idea what it’s like there.

Hair Transplant

What do you do when your lack of hair is impeding on your confidence? Eoin Murphy, Entertainment Editor of, joins Brendan in studio to talk about his experience getting his hair transplant.

Summer Wedding Fashion

July and August are two of the busiest months for weddings and here to share their advice on what to wear to a summer wedding designer Helen Steele and personal shopper & image consultant, Mary Holmes chat to Brendan.

Horslips - 40 Years On

Brendan is joined in studio by two mwmbers of the band, Jim Lockhart and Barry Devlin as they reminisce on the glory years of the band.

PSNI Chief Constable

George Hamilton who retired this week after 5 years at the top and after 34 years as a police officer talks to Brendan O'Connor this morning.

Sunday 23rd June

Books made into films

The trend for novel adaptations in Hollywood, and on the small screen, has been on the rise recently, with massive hits like The Handmaid’s Tale, The Hunger Games and Game of Thrones driving people back to read the books. Eithne Shortall journalsit and author and Harvey O'Brien, lecturer in Film Studies UCD join Brendan for a chat.


As it is likely that in a couple of weeks Boris Johnson will be the next Prime Minister of Britain. Sonia Purnell author of 'Just Boris - A Tale of Blond Ambition chats to Brendan

Newspaper Panel

This week Brendan was joined by Garrett Sheehan former Judge of Court of Appeal, Jeanne Kelly Partner & Solicitor Technology Law LK Shields, Niamh Hourigan Vice President Mary Immaculate College Limerick, Dara Doyle Bloomberg Bureau Chief Dublin, Gerard Howlin Public Affairs Consultant & Irish Examiner columnist.

Saturday 22nd June

Summer care for pets

Veterinarian Pete Wedderburn joins Brendan to some advice on keeping your pets happy during summer weather.

Beautiful small towns

Cobh in County Cork, is now one of the 25 most beautiful small towns in Europe. The harbor town was placed on the list by travel publisher Condé Nast. The Chair of Cobh Tourism, Jack Walsh chats to Brendan.


Next month marks 50 years since the legendary David Bowie released his first hit single Space Oddity. Camille O'Sullivan, Dave Fanning 2FM TWO self-confessed Bowie fanatics join Brendan in studio.

Dublin Airport

Dalton Philips, Chief Executive DAA joins Breandan to discuss the improvements and future changes to Dublin Airport

Talking To You Children

Brendan is joined by Paul Gilligan, chief executive of St Patrick's Mental Health Services

Ana Kriegel Case

Conor Gallagher, Irish Times Crime Correspondent, Yvonne Daly, Associate Professor in Law in DCU join Brendan in studio

Saturday 15th June

Budget gardening

Gardening can be an expensive hobby, Joining Brendan in studio this morning with some money saving tips was Garden Designer and author of “Dream Gardens”, Leonie Cornelius

Cruinniú na nÓg

Tania Banotti is director of Creative Ireland, who organize this event, and she’s here to tell us more about what’s going on.

Summer Camps

School kids around the country will soon enjoy 2 months of summer holidays. It's that time that parents frantically look to book their kids into summer camps Rosaleen McElvanny, Clinical Psychologist and Lecturer in Psychotherapy, DCU discusses the pros and cons of this for kids

David Puttnam

David is one of the world’s most successful film producers. His movies – including titles like The Mission, Chariots of Fire and Midnight Express 30 years ago, he came to Ireland on holidays, and on the second day, stumbled across the house that would become his family’s home. He is in Dublin to attend the Dalkey Book Festival and joins Brendan in studio for a chat.

An Taoiseach

Celebrating two years as Taoiseach this week Leo Varadkar joins Brendan in studio to talk about Fine Gael's performance in the local elections.

Sunday 9th June

Tory Leadership Challenge

Enda Brady, Sky News Correspondent joins Brendan and the Sunday Newspaper panel of Bobby McDonagh, Niamh Lyons, Irene Sands, Conor Brophy and Norah Casey to discuss the next U.K Prime Minister.

Newspaper Panel

Today's newspaper panel includes Bobby McDonagh, Former Irish Ambassador to the U.K, E.U and Italy. Niamh Lyons, Political Editor with The Times Ireland. Irene Sands, Barrister. Conor Brophy, Director of Communications at Teneo. Norah Casey, Broadcaster and Publisher.

Saturday 8th June

U.K Travel and Last Minute Deals

Brendan was joined by Travel Write Michelle Jackson to discuss the latest last minute deals for summer holidays and tips for travelling in the U.K.

Open Sea Swimming

Due to heavy rains earlier in the week a sewerage overflow from a wastewater treatment plant has seen the entire south Dublin coastline closed to swimmers. Peter Conroy, an avid open water swimmer and chairman of Swim Ireland.

Festival Workers

Festivals have got extremely popular in Ireland over the past ten years. Although we often forget the workers behind the stalls. Brendan was joined by Orlagh Gilsenan of Dublin Body Paint


This week amid much fanfare we were visited by US President Donald Trump, while yesterday, rather more sedately, UK Prime Minister Theresa May exited stage left. Two world leaders but two very distinct personalities: extrovert and introvert. Brendan was joined by Dr. Fiona Weldon, Consultant Clinical & Forensic Psychologist to discuss shyness.

Bestselling Author Elizabeth Gilbert

Bestselling Author Elizabeth Gilbert spoke to Brendan O'Connor about her latest novel; City of Girls. Elizabeth will be in Ireland to attend the International Literary Festival in Dublin on Tuesday June 25th.

Sunday 2nd June

Mick Dowling talks Katie Taylor

Former Irish International boxer and current boxing commentator and analyst gives his views of the fight against Katie Taylor and Delfine Persoon.

TV/Film Highlights

TV & Film reviewer from Brian Llyod shares what to watch coming into the Summer.

Trump Visit & D-Day Commemorations

Author & Broadcaster Myles Dungan joins the panel to discuss Trumps visit & the D-Day Commemorations.

Newspaper Panel

Today's panel include Sean Donlon, Irish Ambassador, Tax Lawyer Suzanne Kelly, Director of Heneghan PR, Irish Times Political Reporter Jennifer Bray & Niamh Garvey, Head of Policy & Advocacy, Trocaire & Co-Founder of Stop Climate Chaos.

Saturday 1st June

Summer Reads

We’re now very much in holiday season and lots of us love to throw a couple of books in our suitcase or indeed pack a kindle. Writer and director Peter Sheridan and novelist, Arlene Hunt join Marion in studio to share their top picks when it comes to summer reading.

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Presenter: Marian Finucane


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