Sunday Miscellany

Sunday Miscellany

Sunday, 9.10 - 10am


Sunday 20th May

Sunday Miscellany, 20th May 2018

Lambay’s Lordship by Nollaig Rowan; The writer the ghost and George Clooney, by AM Cousins; The Caravan Farmers by Leo Cullen; The Trout by John F Deane; and Luminous Spaces by Grace Wells

Sunday 13th May

Sunday Miscellany 13th May 2018

Teach, by Mary O’Malley; Single Man (41) Worries About The Apocalypse, by Donal Ryan; Marathon, by Sarah Moore Fitzgerald; Death and the Post Office, a poem by Martin Dyar; Multitudes by Ilyana Kuhling and The Music of Frank McCourt, by Joseph O’Connor.

Sunday 6th May

Sunday Miscellany 6th May 2018

New writing

Sunday 29th April

Sunday Miscellany, 29th April 2018

A Tenderness That Has No Need For Words by Conall Hamill; Like In A Film by Maggie Armstrong; ‘Mahleria’ by Karl O’Neill; Lunch With Jessica Mitford, by Gerry Mullins; In Bruges, by Nollaig Rowan, and Bread, a poem by Moya Cannon

Sunday 22nd April

Sunday Miscellany, 22nd April 2018

Springtime in Ohio, a poem by Denise Blake; The Last Travelling Fiddle Player by Dermot Bolger; Diary of a Social Diarist by Catherine Foley; The Thomas Mann Book Club by Michael O’Loughlin; Once Upon A Time On The Wild Atlantic Way by Mae Leonard; and Goldfinches, a poem by Mary O’Malley

Sunday 15th April

Sunday Miscellany, 15th April 2018

In Memory of the Bus Conductor by Tim Carey; Sea Story by Mary Lennon; Luasing by Anne Delaney; Walking My Commute by Clare O’Dea; and Memories of the Old North Road by Richard Barnwall

Sunday 8th April

Sunday Miscellany, 8th April 2018

New Writing: Advice, by Mary O’Malley; From Poldi to Killary, by Michael O’Loughlin; Work, a poem by Moya Cannon; New Boots by Paul Rouse; Mass Cat by Olive Travers; and Killary Wonder, a poem by Denise Blake

Sunday 1st April

Sunday Miscellany, 1st April 2018

Easter 1916, Hedy Lamarr, and Mobile Technology by John MacDonald; Meskel in Lebanon by Louise Kennedy; Brian’s Music, a poem by John MacKenna; Easter Monday 2016 by Sheila Maher; After Seeing Kells In Principio, a poem by James Harpur and Wearing Winter Well in the Wild West by Áine Ryan

Sunday 25th March

Sunday Miscellany, 25th March 2018

On today's programme: Where’s Tim Robinson When You Need Him? by Conall Hamill; The Greek God of Small Things by Roslyn Dee; Shadowlands, a poem by John F Deane; The Last Leaf by Mary Morrissy; Father Joe by David Murray and The Records, a poem by Moya Cannon

Sunday 18th March

Sunday Miscellany, 18th March 2018

On today's programme: The Cailleach and the Wise Fools by Nuala Hayes; Potatoes by Michael O’Connor; Céad Míle Fáilte – On Becoming An Irish Citizen by Bernadett Buda; St Patrick And The Avoca Miners, by Nick Coy; and Patrick Alone On The Reek, a poem by Geraldine Mitchell

Sunday 11th March

Sunday Miscellany, 11th March 2018

'While You Were Sleeping' by Finola Doyle O’Neill; 'Invictus' by Karl O'Neill; 'Speaking Gaeilge for the First Time' by Art Ó Súilleabháin; 'The Island of Birds' by Lani O’Hanlon; 'The Mockler' by Maurice Crowe and 'Joan, in Two Snapshots' a poem by Karen J McDonnell

Sunday 4th March

Sunday Miscellany, 4th March 2018

'Yesterday's Snow' by Mark Brennock; 'Frida and Me' by Rosaleen McDonagh, read by Kathleen Lawrence; 'Travelling East , the Winter of 2010', a poem by James Harpur; 'My Mother was a Scrubber' by Brian Farrell; 'Forest, Snow, A Train' a poem by Mary O'Donnell; 'Sliabh na mBan' by Catherine Foley and 'The Lost Days' by Adrian Kane

Sunday 25th February

Sunday Miscellany 25th February 2018

New Writing: Nuala Hayes- The Two James Barrys; John MacKenna- Wire Fences Make Good Neighbours ; Andrea Martin- A New Country; Frank Kavanagh- In Praise of Suburbia and Austin Clarke; Mary O'Malley- Letter to Nia

Sunday 18th February

Sunday Miscellany, 18th February 2018

On this morning’s programme, we heard: Lillibulero, by Michael O’Loughlin; The Adventures of Mark Twain by Nollaig Rowan; Ash Wednesday, a poem by Sighle Meehan; All the Olympians by Conall Hamill; The Robin by Catherine Foley; and The Piano Lesson by Art Ó Súilleabháin

Sunday 11th February

Sunday Miscellany, Sunday 11th February 2018

On this morning’s programme, we heard: Night Walk by Mary O’Malley; Bird Of Our Youth by Leo Cullen; The Poetry of the Obvious by Maolsheachlann Ó Ceallaigh; Cinema Paradiso, by Roslyn Dee; Friend, Roman, Countryman, by Brian Farrell; and Love Needs, a poem by Jean O’Brien.

Sunday 4th February

Sunday Miscellany, Sunday 4th February 2018

There is a Lake in Everyone's Heart by Art Ó Súilleabháin; Shackles and Chains by Clare O'Dea; Bird Incident, a poem by Fred Johnston; Happy Birthday Shop by Evelyn Conlon; Dawn Revenant by Frank Kavanagh and Saturday Night In Ballask by A M Cousins

Sunday 28th January

Podcast Sunday 28th January 2018

Bridget's Blanket by Eileen Keane; Weaving a Spell in the Liberties by Séamus Dooley; Lesson 2 from a Beach in Croatia by Julie Parsons; St Brigid Dreams of the Arrival of Spring, a poem by Geraldine Mitchell; Letter to Charles Harpur by James Harpur and A Baby For All Seasons by Olive Travers

Sunday 21st January

Podcast - Sunday 21st January 2018

Scriptio Continua by Jimmy Murphy; Sunkist in January by Mae Leonard; Tree Surgeon by Tim Carey; Winter Commons a poem by Geraldine Mitchell; Owed to Dolores by Kate O’Shaughnessy; And Sarah, Heroic Grandmother by Cyril Kelly

Sunday 14th January

Podcast: Sunday 14 January 2018

Mimi, by Nuala Hayes; From World’s End Lane to Foley Street, by Conall Hamill; An Unholy Tax, by Lourdes Mackey; Life with Furball, by Niall McArdle; and Phtalo Green, by Catherine Foley

Sunday 7th January

Podcast: Sunday Miscellany, 7 January 2018

A New Year’s Gift, by John MacKenna; Not Roses, Not Summer, by Lani O’Hanlon; From the Chicago Notebooks: Paradise Valley, by John F Deane; Family Matters, by Nollaig Rowan; The Summer House in Winter, Rossmore, Co. Cork, a poem by James Harpur; Indian Impasse, by Olive Travers

Sunday 31st December

Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 31 December 2017

A Match Made in Mullinabro, by David Murray; Lessons From A Beach in Croatia, Number 1, by Julie Parsons; First Shift Back After Christmas, by Dermot Bolger; Journey of an Outcast, by Eileen Battersby; The Medicine of the Old Maid Josie Crosse, by Leo Cullen.

Monday 25th December

Podcast: Christmas Miscellany, 25 December 2017

NCH Live with RTÉCO Part 2: Maeve, Christmas and Unasked for Advice, Chris Binchy; A-Carolling We Would Go, Mae Leonard; Traveller Fashionista, Rosaleen McDonagh, read by Kathleen Lawrence; The Old Maid Josie Cross and the Lamb of God, Leo Cullen; Red Berries and Mango Blossoms, Lani O’Hanlon; A Lost Soul On Christmas Eve, Cyril Kelly

Sunday 17th December

Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 17 December 2017

Live at the NCH with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra: Part 1: New writing: The Tended Art of Christmas, by Mary O’Donnell; In Times of Candle Light, a poem by Denise Blake; Going Home For Christmas, a poem by Dermot Bolger; December Babe, by AM Cousins; The Ghosts of Christmas Past, by Conall Hamill.

Sunday 10th December

Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 10 December 2017

Culchie Day in the Big Smoke, by Robert Higgins; Midwinter Festivals, by Dympna Murray Fennell; How Children Celebrated Santa Claus in Communist Hungary, by Bernadett Buda; Elegy, for Aodán Mac Póilín, a poem by Gerald Dawe; Christmas Truce, Ardoyne, 1914, by Louise Kennedy; From the Chicago Diaries: the El, by John F Deane.

Sunday 3rd December

Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 3 December 2017

A special recording at the Westport Town Hall Theatre as part of the Rolling Sun Book Festival. Readings: Junior Scientist, by Brian Leyden; Planning Perfection, by Áine Ryan; Sea Change, a poem by Geraldine Mitchell; George Boole and the Irish Rain, by Art Ó Súilleabháin; Rhett Butler Does the Drains, by Kate Kerrigan

Sunday 26th November

Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 26 November 2017

New writing: He was a Quare One, by Conall Hamill; Adios, Ferdie, by Emer Woodfull; Pilgrimage to Inniskeen, a poem by Bernie Crawford; Swift, Handel and the Messiah, by Pat Dunne; Breacadh Lae ag Loch Baile Uí Scanláin/ Dawn at Ballyscanlon Lake, a poem by Róisín Sheehy; And You Never Know What’s Around The Bend, by Peter Duffy.

Sunday 19th November

Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 19 November 2017

New writing: Meeting William Trevor, by Dolores McKenna; Prayers for Grenfell, by Julie Parsons; Climbing Mount Eros, by John MacKenna; Lunar Attraction, a poem by Nollaig Rowan; Imram, by Nuala Hayes; Walking to Myanmar, by Tom Farrell

Sunday 12th November

Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 12 November 2017

New writings: That Night in November, by Yvonne Judge; Dry Stones and the myth of the early Irish Celtic Church, by Frank Kavanagh; A Sawdoctor’s Daughter, by Helen Shaw; Night At The Theatre, by Brian Farrell; Remembrance Sunday, by Jason Murphy.

Sunday 5th November

Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 5 November 2017

New writing: And So A Year Has Passed, by John MacKenna; Northern Sky, by Clare O’Dea; From the Chicago Notebooks – Caskets, by John F Deane; My Lexicon Odyssey, by Mae Leonard; If I Could Sing, by Kevin Toolis

Sunday 29th October

Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 29 October 2017

Ghost Stories, by Dympna Murray Fennell; Thank You Fats, by Brendan Graham, from the archives, to mark the death of Fats Domino; Trick or Treat, by AM Cousins; The Hellfire Club, William Wordsworth, and the Wrong Sort of Tourist, by Kevin McDermott; A Glimpse of Nosferatu, by Judith Mok; Philosopher, a poem by Vincent Woods.

Sunday 22nd October

Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 22 October 2017

Recorded at the Civic Theatre in Tallaght as part of the Red Line Book Festival: The Night Poetry Came To The Suburbs, by Dermot Bolger; The Stolen Tulip, by Eileen Battersby; Are Ye Dancing? a poem by Sara Shine; Her Smile, a poem by Cyril Kelly; A Couple of Swells, by Eileen Casey; Synergy, by Rosaleen McDonagh, read by Kathleen Lawrence.

Sunday 15th October

Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 15 October 2017

New writing: From the Chicago Notebooks: The Fall, by John F Deane; Mobile Communications, by Denise Blake; The Headless Angels of St Nicholas’s Church, Galway City, a poem by James Harpur; Rwandan Redemption, by Mark Brennock; I Will Arise And Go Now, And Go To Ballycumber, by Conall Hamill; Rural Sounds, a poem, by Denise Blake.

Sunday 8th October

Podcast: Sunday 8 October 2017

New writing: Fritz and the Action Man Washeteria, by Emer Horgan; Theatre of the Void, by Brian Leyden; Lough Oigheann, by Yvonne Judge; The Castle Cinema, by John McKenna; Finding Mabel Cahill, by Paul Rouse, recorded on 22 September at Dublin Castle for Culture night

Sunday 1st October

Sunday Miscellany: 1 October 2017

A special programme recorded on Culture Night at the Chapel Royal, Dublin Castle. Contributors: Flotsam and Jetsam, by Andrea Martin; Red Hugh and the Flight To Spain, by Mary O’Donnell; Pelican House, by Rachel Fehily; The Mind Is Its Own Place, by Conall Hamill.

Sunday 24th September

Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 24 September 2017

New essays and Poetry: Contagious Egg-centricity, by Fiona Hyland; JP Donleavy and Literary Dublin, by Jimmy Murphy; The Legendary Paterakis Brothers, by Roslyn Dee; Tramjaxed, a poem by Phil Lynch; Four Hours In Munich, by Mae Leonard; And, in memory of the late Jimmy Magee, ‘Me and Jimmy Magee’, by John Scally.

Sunday 17th September

Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 17 September 2017

New essays and poetry: Drumcondra Today – Where Fate Comes Out To Play, by Cyril Kelly; Maybe Some Day, by Carol Nicholas; The Curse of ‘the Curse’, by Tom Rowley; And We Learnt On Small Feet, a poem by Lani O’Hanlon; The Flag, by Kevin Mallon; An Old Gael’s ‘Field of Dreams’, by Chris Shouldice.

Sunday 10th September

Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 10 September 2017

New essays and poetry: The Well Lived Life, by Brian Leyden; Louisa, Jo and Me, by AM Cousins; September 14th, 1947, by Tom Nestor; Blackberry Season, by Catherine Foley; Legendary Mountains, by Norman Freeman; A Kaleidoscope of Days, a poem, by Catherine Foley.

Sunday 3rd September

Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 3 September 2017

New essays and poetry: Up for the Match, by Paddy Moran; First Days, by Mary O'Donnell; The West's Awake, by Orlaith Mannion; A Stranger, and You Took Me In, by Conall Hamill; Homewards Across the Bog of Allen, a poem, also by Mary O'Donnell; Soaring Sliotar, by Jack Hanna.

Sunday 27th August

Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 27 August 2017

New essays and poetry: Mr Heaney, Mr Keats and Me, by AM Cousins; Kickouts, by Pat Coleman; Tea in the Hayfield, by Olive Travers; The Yellow Steeple, by Pat Dunne; Paris in the Fall, by Mae Leonard; Of Mist, a poem by Lani O’Hanlon.

Sunday 20th August

Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 20 August 2017

New essays: The Ditch, by Eileen Battersby; How Do Towns Change? By Leo Cullen; Cabinet of Curiosities, by Rosita Boland; Duende, by Lani O’Hanlon; From the Chicago Notebooks: The Lake, by John F Deane

Sunday 13th August

Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 13 August 2017

New essays and poetry: Rebel Cork: Contender or Pretender, by Lourdes Mackey; Sand, a poem by Fred Johnston; Remembering Kate O’Brien, by Catherine Foley; The 16th of August, 1917, by Magdalen O’Connell; The Wind off Gloria Bog, by Brian Leyden; The Holy Children of Our Lady’s Island, by A.M. Cousins

Sunday 6th August

Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 6 August 2017

New essays:Salty Butter, by Leo Cullen; The Year of the Whale, by Maura Gilligan; The Guano Age, by John Walsh; Wetsuit Waves, by Rosita Boland; Thirty-eight Words for Seaweed, by Conall Hamill

Sunday 30th July

Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 30 July 2017

Meeting Hedd Wynn in Le Cirio, Rue de La Bourse, a Letter, by Nerys Williams; Time is a Chameleon, by Cyril Kelly; Soul Searching on the Sabbath, by Áine Ryan; Wounds, a poem by Catherine Phil MacCarthy; We’re With The Band, by Lani O’Hanlon; Taxing the Bachelors, a poem for Francis Ledwidge and Hedd Wynn, by Nerys Williams.

Sunday 23rd July

Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 23 July 2017

New essays: Trivia, by Paddy Moran; Birthdays, by Judith Mok; Dance of the City, a poem by Paddy Bushe; Ghost Stories, by Fred Johnston; From Potatoes to Pomegranates, by Olive Travers; Fairies on Woodstown Strand, a poem by Catherine Foley; Good Weather, a poem by Fred Johnston.

Sunday 16th July

Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 16 July 2017

Her Broken Heart, by Eileen Battersby; The German Refugees of Limerick, by Jody Clarke; Cloudheads Inc., a poem by Mary O’Donnell; Irish Dancing, by Noelle Lynskey; Waiting for the UFOs Way Back in the 1960s, by Frank Kavanagh; Other Ways of Singing, by Lani O’Hanlon; Portora Royal, a poem by James Harpur.

Sunday 9th July

Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 9 July 2017

New essays and poetry: Late Bus Home, by Andrea Martin; Olé GAA, by Garry Ahern; Dónal Óg, in memory of Dónal Toolan, written by Rosaleen McDonagh and read by Kathleen Lawrence; Max’s Wedding, by Kate Kerrigan; Men of Letters, by Joe Ó Muircheartaigh.

Sunday 2nd July

Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 2 July 2017

New writing: Spider Plants Make Good Family, by Susan Norton; Farewell to Erin, a poem by Paddy Kehoe; Guitar Man, by Fred Johnston; Paul Revere was a Tattletale, by Lourdes Mackey; Sliced Backhand Cross Court Lob, by Cyril Kelly; The Letter, by Marguerite McCurtain.

Sunday 25th June

Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 25 June 2017

New essays and poetry: With Gratitude, by Andrea Martin; Reeling in the Tribune Years, by Séamus Dooley; Broken Syntax, a poem by Jean O'Brien; And In My Heart a Sudden Flower, by Vawn Corrigan; Three Kisses, by Conall Hamill; Land of Dreams, a poem in memory of Dermot Healy, by Gerald Dawe

Sunday 18th June

Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 18 June 2017

New essays and poetry: And I Nearly Said I Loved Him, by Larry McCluskey; Ballast, a poem by Catherine Foley; The End of the Season, by John MacKenna; George Townshend by Brendan McNamara;The Life Gifted, by Olive Travers; Faoi Cheilt/ Hidden, a poem in Irish and English by Art Ó Súilleabháín; Harmonica, by Mary Lavery Carrig

Sunday 11th June

Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 11 June 2017

New essays and poetry: The Good People, a poem by Vincent Woods; The Wood, by Mary O’Donnell; Remember Mitchelstown, by David Murray; Dropped Stitches, by Lani O’Hanlon; Sundial, by Denis Sampson; Basil, Basilicus, a poem also by Mary O’Donnell

Sunday 4th June

Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 4 June 2017

Part 2 marking 200 years of Dun Laoghaire Harbour: The Metals, by Tim Carey; On Belonging by Julie Parsons; Liberation and the Train to Belfast by Nuala Hayes; Bonny Shoals of Herring by Leo Cullen

Sunday 28th May

Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 28 May 2017

200 Years of Dun Laoghaire Harbour - : Dún Laoghaire Harbour: A cause of hope? by Captain Simon Coate; The Wild Call, by Evelyn Conlon; Swimmer, and Three Snapshots From The House of Fiction, two poems by Gerald Dawe; Storytown, by Joseph O’Connor; Clingeann na Cloig/ The Bells Ring Out, a poem in Irish and English, by Nuala Ní Dhomnaill

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