Wednesday, February 13th 2013

This year's Dawn Chorus programme took place on Sunday, May 6th 2018, and was a roaring success!  All India Radio producer Monika Gulati sent us a pic of herself sporting our Dawn Chorus beanie!!

May Events

Well whilst our Dawn Chorus programme may have finished for another year, throughout May, events are still taking place around the country to celebrate the beautiful birdsong that our feathered friends provide.  For more information on these events, and on the annual Burren In Bloom festival that takes place from May 18th - 20th, visit our events listings page!  And if you have an event you'd like to let our listeners know about, e-mail

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Caring For Wild Animals

Please note that many species of mammals, birds, invertebrates etc... are protected under law and that, even with the best of intentions, only someone holding a relevant licence from the National Parks & Wildlife Service should attempt the care of these animals.  For full details, please click here to read the NPWS Checklist of protected & rare species in Ireland.  If you are concerned about a wild animal, please contact your local wildlife ranger - click here for details.

Coming up today...

Should the topless models on Page 3 of the Sun finally get consigned to history, as a 1970s relic? We hear about the campaign to the page 3 phenomena. And Dermot O'Neill is in to answer all of your gardening queries!

World Radio Day

World Radio Day

Today, February 13th, is UNESCO World Radio Day — a day to "celebrate radio as a medium; to improve international co-operation between broadcasters; and to encourage major networks and community radio alike to promote access to information and freedom of expression over the airwaves".

RTÉ Radio 1 will broadcast specially recorded inserts from a range of personalities, reflecting on the power of radio. You can get a sample of the inserts here


Gardening With Dermot O'Neill

Gardening With Dermot O'Neill

The TV series that followed gardener Dermot O’Neill’s restoration of 'Clondeglass', his 19th century Victorian Walled Garden near the Slieve Bloom mountains, was a fantastic success. But the series had an added parallel story that wasn’t intended when, at the time of the shooting, Dermot learned that he had stomach cancer…

Thankfully Dermot has made a complete recovery, and today he is here to tell us about the new six-part series of Dermot’s Secret Garden that that is going to start on RTÉ One tomorrow night…

Dermot’s Secret Garden is broadcast on Thursdays at 7pm on RTÉ One - for more information, visit

Eurosong: Entry Three

Eurosong: Entry Three

Last Thursday, we premiered the five acts who will vie to represent Ireland at Eurovision 2013. The winning act will be decided on during Eurosong 2013 on The Late Late Show on Friday, February 22nd. Today, we hear again Fire, performed by Zoë Alexis Bohorquez (written by Lauren White, Niall Mooney & Willie Weeks; mentor: Niall Mooney).

Culture Bus

Culture Bus

Sometimes it can just be too much hassle to head out to the theatre, an art gallery or an exhibition. You have to find parking, the bus stop is too far away from the venue - or you are just hooked on the latest gripping storyline in Fair City!

Excuses, excuses, excuses... well a group from Dunlavin, Co. Wicklow have come up with a novel way of keeping in touch with the arts. They all travel together on the Dunlavin Culture Bus, and last week they headed up to Dublin to check out at the Natural History Museum and the latest IMMA exhibition (at the NCH). Brenda caught the bus to find out more about the Wicklow culture vultures!

No More Page 3 Girls?

No More Page 3 Girls?

In 1970, a British institution - the topless Page 3 girl - first appeared in the Sun newspaper. Her name was Stefanie Rahn, and she was pictured semi-nude on Page 3 on November 17, 1970, just over 42 years ago.

Needless to say, the intervening four decades have seen another massive cultural shift. And many people see the whole page 3 phenomenon as completely anachronistic, inappropriate and definitely not in keeping with the times.

Well, those people will have been heartened by the news today that Rupert Murdoch, who owns the Sun newspaper, might actually feel the same way. He has dropped a major hint that the topless Page 3 model might be a thing of the past!

Laura is part of the "No More Page 3" campaign, and she joins Derek on the line today from London... If you'd like to find out more information about the campaign, then you can visit their Facebook page:

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