Marian Finucane

Marian Finucane

Saturday, Sunday, 11 - 1pm


Sunday 9th December

Black & White Films

TV producer Bill Hughes, has a long list of black and white films to revisit over the Christmas holidays.

Referendums 2019

Dr David Kenny, Assistant Professor of Constitutional Law at Trinity College Dublin, discussed what we can expect in 2019 regarding referendums.

Protests in France

It’s the fourth weekend of protests across France in the worst unrest to hit the country in decades. Sophie Pedder, Paris Bureau Chief of The Economist gave an update on the situation

Sunday Newspaper Panel

Today's newspaper included Seamus Coffey, Chair of the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council, Dr. Niamh Hourigan, Sociologist, Eddie Molloy, Management Consultant and Member of Slaintecare Implementation Advisory Council, Denis Staunton, London Editor with The Irish Times, and Irene Sands, Barrister.

Saturday 8th December

Children's Books For Christmas

David O’Callaghan, Children’s Book Buyer at Easons and Elaina Ryan, Director of Children’s Books Ireland has plenty of suggestions for books for children this Christmas.

Rebecca Carter

Following her High Court case to fast-track her Leaving Cert appeal to get her into UCD, Rebecca Carter starts her first year college exams this Monday. Rebecca spoke on the programme about her first year in college and winning her case at the High Court.

Dr. Rhona Mahony

Dr. Rhona Mahony finishes a seven-year term as Master of the National Maternity Hospital at the end of this month, she joined Marian in studio to talk about her time at the hospital.

Sunday 2nd December


Hurling and camogie have been added to the UNESCO’s list of protected cultural activities around the world. Michael Moynihan, senior sports writer with the Irish Examiner joined the programme to talk about the significance of being added to this prestigious list.

Ukraine / Russia

Daniel McLaughlin, Central and Eastern Europe Correspondent for the Irish Times discusses the major tensions between Russia and Ukraine.


The UEFA group stage draw took place for Euro 2020, RTE soccer analyst Alan Cawley explained what this means for the Irish team.

Sunday Newspaper Panel

Today's panel  included Gina London, Communications Expert, Johnny Fallon Political Analyst at Carr Communications, Eoin Fahy, Chief Economist at KBI Global Investors, Sinead O'Carroll News Editor at the and Fergus Finlay former CEO of Barnardos.

Saturday 1st December

Health Insurance

For many people, January is a time to renew their health insurance and see where savings can be made. Dermot Goode of has plenty of advice.

Christmas Books

Authors Kathleen MacMahon and Declan Burke share some of their favourite books from the past year that will make great Christmas presents.


Fine Gael TD Alan Farrell talks about his lifelong battle with insomnia.

Stephen Kenny, Manager of the Republic of Ireland under 21s

Manager of the Republic of Ireland under 21s Stephen Kenny spoke to Marian about his extraordinary year of success, his career progression and passion for football.

Sunday 25th November

Travelling to the Rugby World Cup

Following on from our historic victory over the All Blacks last weekend, Rugby fans country-wide are more excited than ever about next year’s World Cup, which will take place in Japan. Eoghan Corry, Editor of Travel Extra, has tips

Rape Cases

Comments made by a Defence barrister during a rape trial in Cork earlier this month, sparked much public and political debate. Barrister Irene Sands joined the programme to discuss the issue...

Brussels Summit

The specially convened EU Brexit Summit kicked off this morning in Brussels, Shona Murray, Europe Correspondent with Euronews gave an update.


Whilst EU leaders are signing the withdrawal agreement in Brussels, Laura Perrins, Brexiteer and Editor of Conservative Woman talks about the content and which leaders are unhappy...

Irish Football

Tony O'Donoghue, Group Football Correspondent for RTE speaks about the new manager of the Irish team following the departure of Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane.

Sunday Newspaper Panel

Today's panel: Noelle O'Connell, Executive Director of the European Movement Ireland, Fran Rooney, Barrister and former CEO of FAI,Alan Barrett, Director ESRI, Olivia Buckley, Director of Communications Irish Tax Institute & Hugh O'Connell, Political Correspondent Sunday Business Post.

Saturday 24th November


Financial planner Eoin McGee gives plenty of advice on how to make the move and downsize to a smaller home.

Consolata Boyle

Oscar nominee Consolata Boyle talks about her career and memorable moments as a movie costume designer.

Winter Health

President of the National Association of General Practitioners and General Practitioner, Dr Matt O’Tuathail tells us how our body adapts to bad weather and what we can do to stave off winter illnesses.

Susanna and Chris Cawley

Susanna and Chris Cawley talk about their sister Celine Cawley who died at the hands of her husband Eamonn Lillis and their legal battle that followed. If you would like to contact Women’s Aid Free Phone 1800 341 900 or go to

Sunday 18th November

Robert Swope

Robert Swope  has worked as President Donald Trump’s Director of Elections in Tennessee.  Robert spoke with Marian ahead of this year’s Festival of Politics where he will be addressing the question ‘Trumpism – Just Where Will the Path Lead us?’

Alistair Campbell

A second Brexit vote is a realistic possibility, Alistair Campbell, former Director of Communications to Tony Blair is strongly advocating for a second referendum.

Philip Webster

Resignations, reshuffles and whispers of a coup continue to threaten Theresa May’s position. Philip Webster, former political editor of the London Times spoke about Brexit...

Shane Byrne

Former International rugby player Shane Byrne reviews last night's heroic win for Ireland against the All Blacks.

Sunday Newspaper Panel

Eamon Mallie, Author & Journalist, Lucinda Creighton, CEO of Vulcan Consulting & former minister for European Affairs,  Eoghan O'Neachtain, Director of Heneghan PR & former Government Advisor, Donal Donovan, former deputy director of IMF and Suzanne Lynch, Washington Correspondent with the Irish Times.

Saturday 17th November

Changing your job

The new year is fast approaching, and people often start to think about making changes and fresh starts. Sinead Brady, Career and Coaching Psychologist has advice for those considering changing jobs.

Beating Black Friday

Clare Grennan is co-owner of the Irish Design Shop in Dublin; Sadie Chowen owns The Burren Perfumery in County Clare; and Tomás Kenny is manager at Kennys Bookshop in Galway. They spoke with Marian about the ‘Black Friday’ phenomenon.

Ireland v All Blacks

The All Blacks meet Ireland at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium today. Former Ireland Head Coach, Eddie O’Sullivan assessed our chances...

Olive Foley & Sr Helen Culhane

Sr Helen Culhane founder of Limerick’s Children's Grief Centre and Olive Foley, wife of the late Anthony Foley, Ambassador to the centre talk about grief and loss as well as the help and support provided by the Children's Grief Centre.

Sunday 11th November

War Movies

Dr Roddy Flynn from DCU’s School of Communications talked about his pick of war movies over the years including 'Wings', 'All Quiet on the Western Front' and 'Gallipoli'.

Armistice Day Commemorations

To mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One Marian is joined by Dr David Murphy from the Centre for Military History & Strategic Studies in Maynooth University...

Paris WW1 Commemorations

Seventy prime ministers and heads of state – including US President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin and  our own Taoiseach Leo Varadkar – attended an official ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe to mark Armstice Day in Paris. Broadcast journalist Flor McCarthy, spoke with Marian from the event.

Sunday Newspaper Panel

Dr Fergal Hickey Consultant in emergency medicine in Sligo University Hospital, Grainia Long Commissioner for Resilience at Belfast City Council, Geraldine Kennedy former editor of Irish Times, Sean Donlon Former Irish Ambassador to the US and Kevin Doyle Group Political Editor of Independent News & Media.

Saturday 10th November

Digital Detox Holidays

What are the advantages of a ‘digital detox’? Pól Ó Conghaile,  Travel Editor from the Irish Independent spoke to Marian...


The residents of Kiltyclogher village in Co. Leitrim started a Facebook appeal to attract people to live in their  village. Tammy McFarlane was one of the people who decided to move there. Tammy spoke to Marian about her experience.

Cultural Cuisine

Atoosa Sepehr, Brent Pope and Rozanne Stevens talk about cultural cuisine form their home countries of Iran, New Zealand and South Africa.

Tara McCarthy

Tara McCarthy CEO of Bord Bia talks about the Irish food industry, a recent trip to China and how Brexit will impact on our trade...

Sunday 4th November

Book: From Partition to Brexit

Donnacha O’Beachain, Professor in International Relations in DCU tells Marian about his new book 'From Partition to Brexit: The Irish Government and Northern Ireland'

Angela Merkel exit

Kate Brady, Political Correspondent with Deutsche Welle, reports on the Angela Merkel's announcement that she will not seek re-election as party leader in December and will step down as chancellor when her mandate ends in 2021

1918 Armstice

Myles Dungan, Broadcaster & Historian, speaks to Marian about the centenary of the First World War

Sunday Newspaper Panel

Marian is joined by Susan Mitchell, Health Editor, The Sunday Business Post, Michael McDowell, Barrister and was Minister for Justice, Donnacha O'Beachain, Professor in International Relations, DCU, Lise Hand Political writer, Times Ireland, Paul Sommerville, Market Analyst, Amii McKeever, Editor of Irish Country Living

Saturday 3rd November

Winter re-decorating

Avril Murphy Allen, Interior Designer, talks about the simple things people can do to re-decorate their house this winder

The ventures of an Irish entrepreneur, David Horgan

David Horgan, Managing Director of Petrel Resources tells Marian about his international work in oil and diamonds

Ryanair baggage changes

Conor Pope, Consumer Affairs Correspondent, Irish Times, discusses the change in Ryanair's controversial baggage policy

Interview with An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar

Leo Varadkar, An Taoiseach, speaks to Marian about the budget, the Confidence and Supply Agreement, Peter Casey and more

Sunday 28th October

Benefits of Yoga To Fight Aging

Yoga instructor to Michael D Higgins, Michael Ryan joins us to discuss the benefits yoga can have in the fight against aging.

Forensic Science Ireland

Geraldine O’Donnell, Director of DNA, Forensic Science Ireland joins us to discuss the developments in Forensic Science over the past few years; the likes of which brought closure to the family of Aengus 'Gussie' Shanahan this week.

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