Marian Finucane

Marian Finucane

Saturday, Sunday, 11 - 1pm


Sunday 18th August

Hong Kong Protests

Marian was joined by Dr Peter Hamilton, Assistant Professor of Modern Chinese History at Trinity College Dublin, and also by David Ringrose, Finance Director at Hume Brophy to discuss the ongoing situation of unrest in Hong Kong.

All Ireland Hurling Final

Des Cahill joined Marian in studio ahead of the big match between Kilkenny and Tipperary!

Newspaper Panel

Today's panel included Professor Pete Lunn, Behavioural Scientist, ESRI, Eoghan Corry, Editor of Travel Extra, Elaine Loughlin, Political Correspondent with the Irish Examiner, Malcolm Noonan, Green Party Councillor and Amii McKeever, Editor of Irish Country Living.

Saturday 17th August

Conor Fitzsimons - Letter Discovered about Maureen O'Hara

Today would have been Maureen O’Hara’s 99th birthday. She passed away just 4 years ago, at the age of 95, and insights into her life are still emerging. Her grandson Conor spoke to Marian about a recently discovered letter written to her by John Ford around the time “The Quiet Man”.

Aoife Hearne - Vitamin D Deficiency

Low levels of vitamin D are one of the leading causes of the bone disease, which affects an estimated 300,000 people across Ireland. Dietician Aoife Hearne spoke to Marian about the importance of vitamin D and how we can get more of it!

Catriona Crowe - Favourite Archive Moments

Archivist and broadcaster, Catriona Crowe, joined Marian to dissect some of her favourite memorable moments from the RTE Radio archives.

Jeanne Kelly - Public Services Card

Jeanne Kelly, Partner at LK Shields with a speciality in data protection and GDPR, joined Marian in studio to talk about the ruling by the Data Protection Commissioner on the Public Services Card.

Harry Crosbie - Housing

Harry Crosbie joined Marian in studio to talk about his interesting suggestion on how we might solve our housing problem.

Sunday 11th August


Companies and ad agencies have been hauled over the coals for years about the words they use to advertise things. Joining Marian to chat through some famous examples, John Fanning from the Smurfit Business School.

Retail sector

With many stores going into administration in recent times, what does the future hold for high street stores? Damien O’Reilly Senior Lecturer in retail management joins Marian in studio to discuss this.

Brexit Update

Joining Marian on the line, Irish Ambassador to Washington Dan Mulhall to talk about the interest in the implications of Brexit for our economy from the White House.

Newspaper Panel

Our Sunday panel Feargal Purcell, Senior Director & Head of Public Affairs Edelman & Former Government Press Secretary, Jennifer Kavanagh, Law Lecturer Waterford Institute of Technology, Patricia MacBride, lawyer & political commentator, Darragh McCullough Farmer, journalist and broadcaster and Tom Lyons, Financial Journalist.

Saturday 10th August

Muse Panel

The concept of a muse is rooted in Greek mythology, but the idea that a singular person is the inspiration for some of our wonderful artists, poets and musicians continues to this day. Joining Marian to take a look at the lives of muses, poet Rachel Hegarty, Dr Aoife Brady from the National Gallery of Ireland and Jim Lockhart from the Horslips.

GAA Archives

With people up and down the country waiting with bated breath for the All Ireland semi-finals this weekend Marian is joined by broadcaster Micheal O’Muircheartaigh, to look back on some of the favourite moments from the RTE Radio archive

Blended Families

Psychotherapist and author of 15 minute parenting Joanna Fortune, joins Marian is in studio to discuss the dynamics of the modern ‘blended family’

Women's Rugby

The inspirational Leah Lyons joins Marian on the line from the UK to talk about women's rugby and the campaign aimed at increasing participation in the women’s game called ‘Try and Stop Us’

Sunday 4th August

Autumn TV

Brian Lloyd of joins Marian in studio to chat through some of what’s coming up on TV and in the cinema this month.

Power Plays & Body Language

After Boris Johnson and Nicola Sturgeon's awkward meeting earlier this week, Louise Campbell of Robert Walters Recruitment joins Marian to discuss body language and how much of it is about power play.

US Update

Suzanne Lynch Washington Correspondent with The Irish Times joins Marian on the line this morning from Washington to give a US update on this week's Republican rallies and Democratic debates.


Joining Marian on the line from the UK Jonathan Powell, former chief of staff to Tony Blair.

Newspaper Panel

Today's newspaper panel Tanya Ward, Chief Executive of the Children's Rights Alliance, Daniel McConnell, Political Editor with the Irish Examiner, Gail McElroy, Professor in Political Science with Trinity College Dublin, Jim Power-Economist and Ray Bassett, former Irish diplomat.

Saturday 3rd August

Books You Didn't Want to End

Have you ever loved a book so much while you’re reading it that you can’t put it down and at the same time, you just don’t want it to end? Writer and director Peter Sheridan and authors Joseph O’Connor and Sinead Moriarty join Marian to talk about the books they wanted to last forever.

Archive Pick

Mrs Browns Boys, Eilish O'Carroll joins Marian in studio to take a look back at the rich tapestry of Irish life in the RTE archives.

Kilkenny Arts Festival

Actor Ciarán Hinds joins Marian on the line to talk about his performance at this years Kilkenny Arts Festival.

The Dublin Horse Show

This morning Marian is joined in studio by Brendan McArdle of The Irish Field and the RTE Racing Commentary team to tell us about this years Dublin Horse Show

Sunday 28th July

Wildlife Parks In Zimbabwe

The Government in Zimbabwe is selling off the country’s public parks, and there’s concern about what will happen to the animals and the land. Marian is joined this morning by BBC Presenter and zoologist, Ferne Corrigan to tell us more on this story

Boris Johnson

To give us some insight into Boris the man Marian is joined by Sam Smyth, columnist, Mail on Sunday and on the line from the UK Annabel Eyres, Artist & friend of Boris since his college days.

Newspaper Panel

This morning's newspaper panel Noel Dorr, former Ambassador to the UK & Secretary General Department of Foreign Affairs, Gary Murphy, Professor of Politics DCU, Alison Morris, Security Correspondent, Irish News, Conor Brophy Director of Strategic Communications Teneo, Aine Fitzgerald, News Editor, Limerick Leader

Saturday 27th July

Irish Honey and Hay fever

Marian is joined by Saorla Kavanagh Irish honey expert, botanist and farmland pollinator officer with the National Biodiversity Data Centre to tell us about the different types of honey and their benefits.

Unusual Gardens

Marian is joined in studio by Carl Wright of Caher Bridge Garden in The Burren and Catherine McCann, of Shekina Sculpture Garden in Wicklow who have both bought houses with some land and accidently became the creators of gardens that you can visit.

Health Care Crisis

President of the Medical Council Dr Rita Doyle joins Marian in studio to talk about the crisis in health care, the growing lack of doctors and the treatment of interns.

Ryder Cup In Adare

The 2026 Ryder Cup has been confirmed for Adare, Co. Limerick. Kieran Donaghy All-Ireland winner with Kerry and champion jockey Ruby Walshe joined Marian on the line.

Sunday 21st July

The Number Ones That Never Were

Roisin Dwyer, Commissioning Editor at Hot Press and TV and radio presenter Eoin Sweeney join Marian to talk about the number one songs that never were.

A Take on Trump

Alice Butler-Short, Founder and President of Virginia Women for Trump joins Marian on the line to discuss the latest Trump controversy.


Marian was joined on the line this morning by Eamon Dunghy to talk about the recent FAI criticism.

Newspaper Panel

The newpaper panel this morning, Dr Jennifer Cassidy,Lecturer of Global governance & Diplomacy at Oxford Uni,Dr Fergal Hickey Consultant for Irish Ass of Emergency Medicine, Sligo Uni. Hospital, Donal Donovan former deputy director at the IMF, Brid O'Connell, CEO, Guaranteed Irish, Hugh O'Connell political correspondent, Independent news & media.

Saturday 20th July

Solo Travel

Travel writer and author, Ros Dee joins Marian to share her experiences with traveling solo.

Golf Economics

Eoghan Corry, Editor of Travel Extra joins Marian in studio for an update on the British Open Championship in the Royal Portrush in Antrim.

Vicky Trimble On Coming Out To Her Dad

Following David Trimble's speech in the House of Lords last week. Marian is joined on the line by his daughter Vicky Trimble and her partner Ros Stephens to talk about same sex marriage and abortion in Northern Ireland?

Overcoming Infertility

Emilie Pine joins Marian to talk about her own fertility issues and taking up a new role as a writer in residence at the National Maternity Hospital in Holles Street, Dublin.

Equine Therapy

Psychotherapist Joe Slattery joins Marian in studio to give an insight into the hugely successful field of therapy called equine-assisted psychotherapy.

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.

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Presenter: Marian Finucane


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