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Monday 8th March

Playback Daily

The Daily Digest of RTE Radio 1

Friday 5th March

Playback March 6th

This week on Playback. Gordon Elliott and horse racing under the spotlight. The challenges of loneliness and love for robots. And life online as a cheddar cheese. All on Playback presented by Sinéad Mooney.

Friday 26th February

Playback - Feb 27th

This week on Playback. International vaccine shopping – who went for what and did they keep the receipt? Ray’s making Dad jokes, Ryan has festival envy and Culture File get out of their 5km in a big way. All on Playback presented by Sinéad Mooney.

Friday 19th February

Playback - Feb 20th

This week on Playback. Roll up your sleeves and take your medicine – we hear from the over 85s who got the jab. Racism and bigotry on the pitch and off – James and Erin McClean on a decade of threats and abuse. And the cheesy cheer of 1980s pop, fiddling in a New York kitchen in the 1940s. All on Playback presented by Sinéad Mooney.

Friday 12th February

Playback - Feb 13th

This week on Playback. We get the latest on the Covid variants and where they might be lurking. We learn about the origin of Ireland’s grey squirrels – the wedding gift that just keeps on giving. And dating in a pandemic? Swipe right by all means but just don’t touch me. All on Playback presented by Sinéad Mooney.

Saturday 6th February

Playback - 6th Feb

This week on Playback. Cold Storage and GP hubs – we have the latest on the vaccine roll out. Brexit is back – and not in a good way. Mountain hikes followed by cognac on the terrace - Frank and Una go on holidays to Gran Canaria. All on Playback presented by Sinéad Mooney.

Friday 29th January

Playback - Jan 30th

This week on Playback. Zero Covid - if not, why not - we hear arguments for and against. We get the skinny on that almighty row over vaccine delivery. Smelly, hairy and downright dirty - just what are we not buying. All on Playback presented by Sinéad Mooney.

Friday 22nd January

Playback - Jan 23rd

This week on Playback. Covid and its many variants – we track the race between the virus and the vaccine. Joe Biden becomes President of the United States. And lockdown three has Ryan fighting raindrops. All on Playback presented by Sinéad Mooney.

Friday 15th January

Playback - Jan 16th

This week on Playback. We hear the stories of the women and children in our Mother and Baby Homes. Covid numbers and hospitals under pressure – how are our health care workers coping? And Mooney Goes Wild on why you should never hear a tawny owl in an Irish field. All on Playback presented by Sinéad Mooney.

Friday 8th January

Playback - Jan 9th

This week on Playback. Rising numbers and more restrictions - we get the Covid news for the year so far. The storming of the Capitol building – we hear about the extraordinary events in Washington. And Ray D'Arcy's shallots get a sweating because this time around, it’s soup. All on Playback presented by Sinéad Mooney.

Thursday 31st December

Playback - Jan 2nd

This week on Playback. We bring you the radio highlights of the year – Bono’s birthday chat with Ryan, Ray’s epic struggles with sourdough and Liveline’s Normal People special – as well as the political scraps – and of course, the Covid. All on Playback presented by Sinéad Mooney.

Friday 18th December

Playback - Dec 19th

This week on Playback. Restrictions lifted but hold the bubbles for New Year – we get the latest Covid news. Politicians manage budget overruns and win prizes. And the nanny, the vaccine and the sugar pills – just what was Mary Poppins up to. All on Playback presented by Sinéad Mooney.

Friday 11th December

Playback - Dec 12th

This week on Playback. Jon Bon Jovi does Fairytale of New York and Enya love comes out in force. Liveline learns how to milk a donkey and Boris and Ursula's Brexit dinner included scallops, turbot and pumpkin soup – yum yum - but they just weren’t cooking with gas. All on Playback presented by Sinéad Mooney.

Friday 4th December

Playback - Dec 5th

This week on Playback. Our neighbours get the vaccine - we get the science behind the speedy approval. Waterford hurlers fling their kids into Christmas trees. No hugging, no singing and don’t forget to open a window – our Covid Christmas cracker pulled. All on Playback presented by Sinéad Mooney.

Friday 27th November

Playback - Nov 28th

This week on Playback. We pay tribute to the enormous talent that was Diego Maradona. We’re almost out of level 5 – but what is in store for Christmas? Can we hug granny and pull some crackers? And just who gets to hold the gravy boat? All on Playback presented by Sinéad Mooney.

Friday 20th November

Playback - Nov 21

This week on Playback. We’re within spitting distance of the end of Level 5 – or are we? We crunch the latest Covid numbers. Hopping fleas, travelling rats and hungry elephants – we hear about creatures galore on the airwaves. And Joe Duffy gives Eminem a run for his money – kind of. All on Playback presented by Sinéad Mooney.

Friday 13th November

Playback - Nov 14th

This week on Playback. Finally, some good news on the Covid front, we get the skinny on a possible vaccine. Tommy Tiernan stacks logs to kill the time. And holy shillelagh Séimí, here comes Wild Mountain Thyme. All on Playback presented by Sinéad Mooney.

Friday 6th November

Playback - November 7th

Philip Boucher-Hayes chooses the Playback radio highlights in a week when all attention turned to the United States of America.

Friday 30th October

Playback - October 31st

This week on Playback. We hark back to pandemics of yesteryear with cholera and that old classic, the plague. We explore issues of faith and falling leaves. And is sea swimming the new sourdough? All on Playback presented by Sinéad Mooney.

Friday 23rd October

Playback - October 24th

This week on Playback. Level 5, super spreaders and what might happen in December – we deliver your weekly Covid 19 bite-size bulletin. Things hot up in the US ahead of the election. And just where can you get a widget when you need one? Joe Duffy goes a-hunting. All on Playback presented by Sinéad Mooney.

Friday 16th October

Playback - October 17

This week on Playback. Level 3, 4 and maybe even 5. Where are we now and where are we going? We get to grips with the week that was. Pink for girls - unconscious bias and the visibility of women explored. And Fungi plays havoc with the nation’s nerves. All on Playback presented by Sinéad Mooney.

Friday 9th October

Playback - October 10th

This week on Playback. Tailbacks, tantrums, the government and NPHET – is the honeymoon finally over? And we explore the growth of Limerick Hip hop, dig down into the plant life in Hawaii and take a trip to Hy-Brasil. All on Playback presented by Sinéad Mooney.

Friday 2nd October

Playback - October 3

This week on Playback. The queen sends a fiver to sort out the famine. Small but perfectly formed – the short story dissected. And one million deaths from Covid 19, Trump versus Biden, and of course the Leaving Cert results debacle. All on Playback presented by Sinéad Mooney.

Friday 25th September

Playback - September 26th

This week on Playback. Sweden, China and beyond – we play the game of Covid compare and contrast. Is my blue the same as your blue? We explore the science and philosophy of colour. And Ray gets the gang back together. All on Playback presented by Sinéad Mooney.

Friday 18th September

Playback - September 19th

This week on Playback. We hear the power of song to bring history to life. Joe gets jiggy with it picking lotto numbers. And Living with Covid levels one through to five – we dissect the masterplan and confirm that Dublin just thinks it’s special. All on Playback presented by Sinéad Mooney.

Friday 11th September

Playback - September 12th

This week on Playback. Liveline hears from expectant parents about birth in the time of Covid. Dinner, a movie and lockdown - we get the skinny on the longest first date in history. And agreement, what agreement? Brexit is back. All on Playback presented by Sinéad Mooney.

Friday 4th September

Playback - September 5th

This week on Playback. Pubs and restaurants get to grips with the new regulations around just who had the curly fries with their pint. Claire Byrne talks generational anxiety and the joy of tracksuits. And oops, filth merchants Liveline are at it again. All on Playback presented by Sinéad Mooney.

Friday 28th August

Playback - August 29th

This week on Playback. We chart the demise of EU Commissioner Phil Hogan. We dive into the world of mega footballers as Lionel Messi tries to break up with Barcelona. And the children are back in the classroom - a return to school but not as we've ever known it before. All on Playback presented by Sinéad Mooney.

Saturday 22nd August

Playback - August 22nd

A compilation of the best of the week from RTE's audio services, presented by Philip Boucher-Hayes.

Saturday 15th August

Playback - August 15th

The sea rescue that captured the imagination of the nation...the closure of a much-loved rural pub...and a lesson in how to pronounce the name of Joe Biden's running mate....presented by Fiona Kelly

Friday 7th August

Playback - August 8th

This week on Playback. We do a deep dive into the treasure beneath our feet – the bog. We exchange vows in a forest to celebrate love in the time of Covid. And we remember the late John Hume. All on Playback presented by Sinéad Mooney.

Friday 7th August

Playback - August 8th

This week on Playback. We do a deep dive into the treasure beneath our feet – the bog. We exchange vows in a forest to celebrate love in the time of Covid. And we remember the late John Hume.

Friday 31st July

Playback - August 1st

This week on Playback. Questions, clip boards, and airports – we unpack the pandemic unemployment payment travel saga. Might bats provide us with the key to fighting Covid 19? We join the vaccine hunters. And it’s ladies choice on the dance floor for John Bowman. All on Playback presented by Sinéad Mooney.

Friday 24th July

Playback - July 25th

This week on Playback. Drivetime is examining the fine print of the Green List. Liveline is smuggling dogs into hotels. And as for Beo ar Éigean – they just want to go home. All on Playback presented by Sinéad Mooney.

Friday 17th July

Playback - July 18th

This week on Playback. Liveline puts the Céad Míle Fáilte on hold for foreign tourists. We remember footballing legend Jack Charlton. And Arena gets up close and personal with some smelly hippies. All on Playback presented by Sinéad Mooney.

Friday 10th July

Playback - July 11

This week on Playback. We discover which comets are cute and which are a disaster. As Donald Trump’s disgruntled niece spills the family secrets and the race for the White House hots up, we look at the rise and rise of political anger. And we remember composer Ennio Morricone. All on Playback presented by Sinéad Mooney.

Friday 3rd July

Playback - July 4th

This week on Playback. Up, up and away – or not – we assess the risks of air travel. We explore the gender politics involved in feathering a sparrow’s nest. And Joe Duffy goes toe to toe on those coins. All on Playback with Sinéad Mooney.

Thursday 25th June

Playback - June 27th

This week on Playback. We learn about biting bees and the buzz of a restaurant kitchen. We get an insight into how TikTok is changing the music industry. And returning to the skies - we hear the pros and cons of airtravel. All on Playback presented by Sinéad Mooney.

Friday 12th June

Playback - June 13th

This week on Playback. We get an insight into high fashion snubs on the red carpet. David Gray’s dad cosies up to David Bowie. And disposable, medical grade and fabric – we do a deep dive into the world of face masks. All on Playback presented by Sinéad Mooney.

Friday 5th June

Playback - June 6th

This week on Playback. While US cities protest at racism, we hear from Irish people facing daily discrimination. We learn how Japanese cinema can be a salve for troubled times. And dating, the debs and intimacy - Covid style. All on Playback presented by Sinéad Mooney.

Friday 29th May

Playback - May 30th

This week on Playback. When two becomes one – we dissect the great social distancing debate. Trump on Twitter. Lessons in Icelandic. And are bikes really the new toilet roll? All on Playback presented by Sinéad Mooney.

Friday 22nd May

Playback - May 23rd

This week on Playback. The CIA infiltrate the world of soft rock. Morally superior smug merchants, also known as runners, get their comeuppance. And Blind Boy’s plastic bag melts live on air. All on Playback presented by Sinéad Mooney.

Friday 15th May

Playback - May 16th

This week on Playback. When is a pub, not a pub? Drinking in the time of Covid. Release the children – superspreaders no more – as far as we know. And Ray and Ryan engage in a socially distant conga. All on Playback presented by Sinéad Mooney.

Friday 8th May

Playback - May 9th

This week on Playback. We pay tribute to the career of Seán O’Rourke. We learn how to keep a pigeon motivated. And is it a necklace or a chain – Connell’s jewelry gives an interview. All on Playback presented by Sinéad Mooney.

Friday 1st May

Playback - May 2nd

This week on Playback. Joe serves up fornication and pornography on Liveline. We go trolling with Ryan while Ray calls time on comedy. And of course, we bring you the best of the week’s information and interviews on Covid 19. All on Playback presented by Sinéad Mooney.

Friday 24th April

Playback - April 25

This week on Playback. From selfies to zoom shots and right back to oil on the canvas - we explore the art of the portrait. We eavesdrop on a room that is completely and utterly silent. And of course, the best of the week’s information and interviews on Covid 19.

Friday 17th April

Playback - April 18

This week on Playback. We talk mummified arms in Kildare pubs. Stalking Matt Damon in Dalkey. And we check in on the existential angst that is sourdough. As well as the best of the week’s information and interviews on Covid 19. All on Playback presented by Sinéad Mooney.

Friday 10th April

Playback - April 11th

This week on Playback. We hear how artists relate to trees. Baking, painting and writing novels - are you feeling the pandemic pressure? And if you’re tuned in from your holiday home - Christy Moore will give you a slap.

Friday 3rd April

Playback - April 4th

This week on Playback. Decontaminating the shopping and should you wear a mask – the dos and don’ts of living with Covid 19. We hear the sound of cassettes both buried and burned. And sourdough starters spark domestic disharmony. All on Playback presented by Sinéad Mooney.

Friday 27th March

Playback - Mar 28th

This week on Playback. We get to grips with the virus – its impact on our health, our wealth and out wellbeing. We learn the correct etiquette for joggers on our beaches And crochet, macramé and model airplanes – the joy of craft and creation. All on Playback presented by Sinéad Mooney.

Friday 20th March

Playback - March 21st

This week on Playback. Scrubbing, social distancing and sitting in – we look at all of the measures in place to flatten that curve. WhatsApp begone - we get a master class in phone tapping from the 1980s. And might we have witnessed the end of the radio wars?

Saturday 14th March

Playback 14th March 2020

A compilation of the best of the week from RTE's audio services, presented by Philip Boucher-Hayes.

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