Marian Finucane

Marian Finucane

Saturday, Sunday, 11 - 1pm


Sunday 19th May

Female Bands

The Spice Girls will returning to Dublin this coming Friday in Croke Park They are credited as one of the biggest girl-bands of all time, but they were by no means the first, DJ Aoife Nic Canna joins us to take a look back at the most popular female bands.

Online & Tech Security

The government has promised to tackle the extremely harmful content which is broadcast on social media platforms by introducing an online safety act here. Mary Aiken, is an expert in this area and joins Marian to discuss the issue.

Brexit Update

While the outline of the final weeks of Theresa May’s premiership became a little clearer this week, the fate of her Withdrawal deal is far from certain. Denis Staunton, London Editor with the Irish Times joins Marian to give us a Brexit update.

Newspaper Panel

Today's newspaper panel Dr Mary Aiken Cyber-psychologist, David Horgan, Managing Director of Petrel Resources, Dr Nina Byrnes Generation Health Medical Clinic, Alan Barrett, Director of the ESRI and John Downing Political Correspondent Irish Independent.

Saturday 18th May

Ros Dee - Trains

Travel writer and author Roslyn Dee gives her ideas for people who want to experience the joys of train travel.

Alastair Campbell

Alastair joins Marian to discuss his new documentary “Alastair Campbell: Depression and Me” which will be shown on BBC Two on Tuesday

Eurovision Update

Dan Williams, Senior Reuters correspondent in Israel and the Palestinian territories is in Tel Aviv and joins Marian live from Israel for an update on the atmosphere surrounding the Eurovision.

Reality TV

During the week ITV axed its most popular daytime programme, The Jeremy Kyle Show, following the death of a participant. Marian was joined in studio by Reality TV Presenter and Dancing with the Stars champion Mairead Ronan.

Seamus Mallon

Four decades on his legacy is cemented as one of the architects of the Good Friday Agreement, his memoir ‘A Shared Home Place’ has just been published. He joins Marian in studio today.

Sunday 12th May

How to Live Better for Longer

Marian is joined by Dr. Eva Orsmund and Boxer Mick Dowling to discuss lifestyle and healthy living and eating. Dr. Eva and Mick are starring in a new 2-part series called How to Live Better for Longer.

Disqualified Drivers

CEO of Road Safety Authority Moyagh Murdock and Crime and Security Editor with The Irish Times Conor Lally join Marian to discuss the issue of disqualified drivers and why nine out of 10 banned drivers haven't surrendered driver licences. Our

Sunday Newspaper Panel

For our Sunday Newspaper Panel Marian was joined by Economist Colm McCarthy, The News Editor Sinead O'Carroll, East Coast Bakehouse and board member of Women for Election Alison Cowzer, Journalist and Broadcaster Darragh McCullough and Carr Communications Political Analyst Johnny Fallon.

Saturday 11th May

Summer Festivals

2FM presenter and DJ, Tara Stewart talks about festivals in Ireland this summer.

Rare and Special Plant Fair

Catherine Fitzgerald, who runs Glin Castle and gardens in Co. Limerick talks to Marian about hosting the annual Rare and Special Plant Fair this weekend.

Managing Work Relationships

Often we hear about the importance of getting the right work - life balance. But often the biggest challenge to the workplace is negotiating your relationships with co-workers or bosses. Dr Maureen Gaffney, psychologist and author was with Marian .

Lord Henry Mountcharles

Joining Marian in studio this morning owner of Slane Castle Lord Henry Mountcharles talks about his battle with cancer and Metallica headlining this summer.

Sunday 5th May

May TV Highlights

Sinead Brennan, RTÉ Entertainment, joins the panel to talk about what films and television programmes are coming to our screens in May.

Caster Semenya

Ian O'Riordan, Irish Times sports journalist, joins the panel to speak about the Caster Semenya case.

Eugene Magee

Des Cahill, RTÉ Sports presenter, talks about the death of former Offaly manager Eugene McGee.

Newspaper Panel

Sunday Newspaper Panel: Kieran Cleary, solicitor in Clonmel; Nora Owen, former Fine Gael Minister for Justice; Tom Lyons, Financial Journalist; Prof. Niamh Hourigan, Vice President of Mary Immaculate College in Limerick; and Gerard Howlin, Public Affairs consultant and Irish Examiner columnist.

Saturday 4th May

Health and Safetly

Mark Cullen, Assistant CEO at the Health and Safety Authority (HSA), talks to Mary about the remit of the HSA.

Longford Centre Parcs

Conor Pope, Irish Times Consumer Affairs Correspondent, discusses the arrival of Center Parcs forest resort to Longford.

Don't Touch My Hair

Emma Dabiri, academic, broadcaster and author, talks to Marian about racism in Ireland and her new book 'Don't Touch My Hair'.

Bobby Ryan's Murder

Michelle Ryan, Bobby Ryan's daughter, speaks to Marian about the murder of her father and the sentencing of Patrick Quirke.

Sunday 28th April

New Bond Movie

The next Bond film was officially launched this week – some details were confirmed with Rami Malek revealed as the new villain, but no sign of a title yet! Broadcaster Dave Fanning  spoke about this new James Bond.

Northern Ireland Power Sharing

Talks between the political parties to re-establish power sharing in North Ireland are to resume on May 7th.  Author and journalist Eamonn Mallie, joined the Sunday panel to discuss.

Sunday Newspaper panel

Today's panel included Pádraig Ó Céidigh, Senator and Entrepreneur; Susan McKay, Journalist; Donnacha Ó Beacháin, Professor in International Relations DCU; Irene Sands, Barrister and Kevin Doyle, Group Political Editor INM.

Saturday 27th April

Simple Tricks to Test Food Freshness!

In Ireland, we dispose of over one million tonnes of food waste every year,  but 60% of this is designated as ‘avoidable food waste’. Home Economist and lecturer with LIT, Agnes Bouchier-Hayes shares some tips on how to reduce our food waste.

Singing & Wellbeing

Music Therapy PhD student at the University of Limerick Jess O'Donoghue, Suzanne Lynch a member of the CÓRus choir and Brendan McGovern member of the RTE philharmonic choir, talk about the well-being benefits of singing in a choir.

500th Anniversary of Leonardo Da Vinci

On the 500th Anniversary of Leonardo Da Vinci's death, Dr Aoife Brady, Curator of Spanish and Italian Art at the National Gallery of Ireland spoke of the enduring legacy of the painter and polymath.

Planning Regulator Niall Cussen

What will Ireland look like by 2040? Ireland's first Planning Regulator Niall Cussen was in studio to discuss rural and urban planning in Ireland.

Sunday 21st April


Eoin Sweeney, Producer, and Aifric O'Connell, 2fm presenter, join the Sunday panel to talk about famous teen movies.

Notre Dame

Hervé Amoric, France 24, discusses the Notre Dame Fire and the rebuild of the cathedral.


Eoghan Corry joins the Sunday Panel to discuss the bombings in Sri Lanka, the Notre Dame fire and Easter travel.

Sunday Newspaper Panel

Today's panel included Kieran Mulvey, Chairman of Sport Ireland; Alice Leahy, Director of Services of the Alice Leahy Trust; Nicholas Kearns, Former President of the High Court; Christina Finn, Political Correspondent with the; Grainne Healy, Public Affairs Consultant. Aoife Grace Moore, PA journalist, discusses shooting of Lyra McKee.

Saturday 20th April

Spring Watch

Eanna Ní Lamhna, Wildlife Expert, tells Brendan what to look out for if you're explore. You can report sightings of curlews to the National Parks and Wildlife Service. Check out their website here:

St Declan's Way

John G O'Dwyer, Author of Pilgrim Paths, discusses the reopening of St Declan's Way.

Easter Food

Catherine Fulvio, Chef, talks about what food to cook at Easter and she gives him some of her favourite Easter recipes.

Mystery Shopping

Clodagh Hyland, Project Manager at Pan Research, and Angela Bruni, Mystery Shopper, talk about what it is like to be a mystery shopper.

Finian McGrath

Finian McGrath, Minister of State for Disability Issues, speaks to Brendan about his political career, disability issues in Ireland, and his recent comments on the new drink driving laws.

Sunday 14th April

John Delaney revelations

Soccer pundit Eamon Dunphy talks about the latest John Delaney revelations.

Best Comedy Series

This week the Radio Times magazine published its poll of the top 20 sitcoms ever. Broadcaster Maia Dunphy reviewed the shows that made the list.

Doctors Crisis

2,830 doctors left the Medical Council register between 2015 and 2017 and around 700 GPs are due to retire in the next 5 years. What does the future for GPs look like? Dr Maitiú Ó Tuathail, GP and President of the NAGP spoke to Brendan about the future for GPs.

Sunday Newspaper panel

Today's panel included Alan Cawley, RTE Soccer Analyst; Lucinda Creighton,  CEO Vulcan Consulting & former Minister for European Affairs; Pat Rabbitte, Chair of Tusla  & former leader of Labour Party; Gerry Stembridge,  Writer & Driector;Jennifer Bray, Political Reporter Irish Times and Paul Sommerville, Markets Analyst

Saturday 13th April

Mindfulness in Sport

The Augusta Masters is in full swing at this stage, and Rory McIlroy has spoken about meditation as part of his preparation. Dr Kate Kirby is a sport psychology consultant who spoke about the benefits of meditation.

Expected Royal Baby

Sky News Correspondent Enda Brady, talks about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle keeping the arrangements of the birth of their first child private...

Mediterranean Mood Food

Dietitian Paula Mee talked about her new book 'Mediterranean Mood Food: What to Eat to Help Beat Depression and Live a Longer, Healthier Life' which focuses on the link between food, mood and mental health.

Peter Campion - Derry Girls

Peter Campion, who plays Fr Peter, in the popular series Derry Girls joined Brendan in studio to talk about the popular series and his other roles in Love/Hate, Raw, Can’t Cope Won’t Cope, Brooklyn and Sing Street.

Dr Douglas Terrier, Chief Technologist with NASA

Dr Douglas Terrier, Chief Technologist with NASA, was in Ireland for the Dublin Tech Summit, speaking about the Moon to Mars programme. Dr Terrier spoke with Brendan O'Connor on the programme.

Sunday 7th April

TV Movies for April

Fiona Flynn, TV Editor for, joins Marian to take a look at what’s worth your time on the big and small screen this month.

Simon Open Door Initiative

Dermot Bannon joins Marian in studio to talk about The ‘Simon Open Door initiative’ in partnership with the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland.

Sunday Newspaper panel

Today’s newspaper panel included Dr.Jennifer Cassidy International Relations Lecturer at Oxford University, Daniel McConnell Political Editor of the Irish Examiner, Stuart Gilhooley Former President of the Law Society & solicitor for the Professional Footballers Association of Ireland, John Fitzgerald Adjunct Professor TCD, & Chair of the Climate Change Advisory Council, Dearbhail McDonald Journalist and author and Broadcaster James Patrice.

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Presenter: Marian Finucane


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