Sunday Miscellany

Sunday Miscellany

Sunday, 9.10 - 10am

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Sunday 14th July

Soul / Anam

A poem in English and Irish, by Vincent Woods

Rivers of Life

James Harpur on the break with the sacred that polluted rivers signify

Irish Queen of Wimbledon

Tommy O’Rourke on Lena Rice, Ireland’s only female Wimbledon champion

The Fields in his Eyes

Lani O’Hanlon tries not to tame a feral cat

Bastille Day 1979

Conall Hamill on two contrasting national day celebrations in Paris

Bouncing on the Moon

Monica Corish stays up late for the moon landing

Sunday Miscellany Podcast, 14th July 2019

On this morning’s programme, we heard: Bouncing on the Moon by Monica Corish; Bastille Day 1979 by Conall Hamill; The Fields in his Eyes by Lani O’Hanlon; Irish Queen of Wimbledon by Tommy O’Rourke; Rivers of Life by James Harpur and, Soul/ Anam, a poem in English and Irish, by Vincent Woods

Sunday 7th July

In The Levant

Justin MacCarthy's sojourn in the Lebanon doesn't end well

The Moderately Distinguished Angela Thirkell

Angela Thirkell, a self-confessed snob, was horrified at the thought that her friends might read her books

Land Love

Mary O'Donnell remembers her childhood summers spent happily in the fields of Monaghan

Twenty-Two Houses

Tim Carey has a problem filling in the Garda Vetting Form.

Summer in Andorra

Michael O'Loughlin and his wife meet some of the locals while cat-sitting in Andorra

Sunday Miscellany Podcast, 7th July 2019

On this morning’s programme we heard: Summer in Andorra by Michael O’Loughlin; Twenty-Two Houses by Tim Carey; Land Love by Mary O’Donnell; The Moderately Distinguished Angela Thirkell by Emer O’Kelly; and In the Levant by Justin MacCarthy

Sunday 30th June

Hot Day on the Gower Peninsula

Lani O’Hanlon sits out storms and heatwaves, waiting for a grandchild to be born

The Last Peacock

A poem by Gerald Dawe

The Art Police

Chris McHallem gets a cultural going-over

Friendship and Family

Rosaleen McDonagh on family, friendship and Pride. (Read by Kathleen Lawrence)

Patrick Leigh Fermor, Restless Romantic

Roslyn Dee salutes the stellar travel writer

A Dog Barking in the Darkness

JM Dolan recalls the day his life changed forever

Sunday Miscellany Podcast, 30th June 2019

On this morning’s programme, A Dog Barking in the Darkness by JM Dolan; Patrick Leigh Fermor, Restless Romantic, by Roslyn Dee; Friendship and Family by Rosaleen McDonagh, read by Kathleen Lawrence; The Art Police by Chris McHallem, The Last Peacock, a poem by Gerald Dawe; And A Hot Day on the Gower, by Lani O’Hanlon

Sunday 23rd June

Clover

Joe Taylor's father gives comfort for a condemned prisoner in Mountjoy long ago

Postcard from Santorini

A Poem by Lani O'Hanlon

Exile

Carol Nicholas reminisces on her Dad's love of golf as an escape from his life as a Catholic in County Down

The Reeds at Runnymede

Justin MacCarthy's early life in England

Fair Play to John the Baptist

St John’s Eve bonfires in Connemara by Conall Hamill

The Junior and Leaving Cert Are Over

Rachael Hegarty celebrates the end of the Junior and Leaving Cert

Sunday Miscellany Podcast, 23rd June 2019

On this morning's programme: The Junior and Leaving Cert are over by Rachael Hegarty; Fair Play To John The Baptist by Conall Hamill; The Reeds at Runnymede by Justin MacCarthy; Exile by Carol Nicholas; Postcard from Santorini, a poem by Lani O’Hanlon; and Clover by Joe Taylor

Sunday 16th June

Father for a Day

Joycean scholar Barry McCrea contemplates fathers and sons in Ulysses

Strange Meeting – Joyce in Hungary

Is there nowhere in the world that James Joyce is not famous? ..........Frank Kavanagh meets a local man in the Hungarian town of Szombathely and discovers that there is a museum in his honour in the town.

Telling a Friend about Reading Lorca in the Alhambra

A poem by Mary O'Donnell

I’ve A Notion To Go To The Races

Leo Cullen reminisces on the loss of his father.

Conversations with James Joyce

Maeve Edwards takes on the challenge of abridging Joyce’s play Exiles

My Father, the Psychologist

Des MacHale on his father’s benign psychological strategies as a parent

Sunday Miscellany Podcast, 16th June 2019

On Today's programme: My Father the Psychologist by Des MacHale; Conversations with James Joyce by Maeve Edwards; I’ve a Notion to Go to the Races by Leo Cullen; Telling a Friend about Reading Lorca in the Alhambra, a poem by Mary O’Donnell; Strange Meeting – Joyce in Hungary by Frank Kavanagh,and Father for a Day by Barry McCrea

Sunday 9th June

Leaving Cert Days

Mae Leonard recalls the pivotal summer of her life, the year she did her Leaving Cert

The Gathering of Ghosts

John MacKenna is visited by old ghosts on a visit to a record shop

Blue as the Sea off Arranmore

Blue as the Sea off Arranmore, a poem by Denise Blake

Winning Hearts and Minds in Vietnam

Justin Kilcullen watches the 1988 European Championship final in a changing Vietnam

Soyez Sauvage, a poem by Vincent Woods

A poem for Christy McNamara by Vincent Woods

Saint Patrick’s: the Cathedral That Withstood Oliver Cromwell and a Six-Lane Highway

Emer O’Kelly on the fighting spirit of two deans of St Patrick’s Cathedral

Sunday Miscellany Podcast, 9th June 2019

On this morning’s programme ,St Patrick’s: the Cathedral That Withstood Oliver Cromwell and a Six-Lane Highway by Emer O’Kelly; Soyez Sauvage, a poem by Vincent Woods; Winning Hearts and Minds in Vietnam by Justin Kilcullen; Blue as the Sea off Arranmore by Denise Blake; The Gathering of Ghosts by John MacKenna; and Leaving Cert Days by Mae Leonard

Sunday 2nd June

Chiselling Memories, by Cyril Kelly

Cyril Kelly finds a long-forgotten but precious tool-roll of carving chisels, a gift from his talented aunt Bella

Vespiary, a poem by Grace Wells

Vespiary, a poem from Grace Wells

Hobby Horses by Pat Dunne

Pat Dunne on the Finnish craze for “hobby horsing”, and the Irish roots of the term hobby horse

A Brass Plate by Carol Nicholas

Carol Nicholas on the waxing and waning of a romance of her youth

Built for Love by Gemma Tipton

Gemma Tipton on buildings that were built for love

Flor de Pasión, by Alan Finnegan

Alan Finnegan pays tribute to a unique radio DJ

Sunday Miscellany Podcast, 2nd June 2019

On this morning’s programme, we heard: Flor de Pasión by Alan Finnegan; Built for Love by Gemma Tipton; A Brass Plate by Carol Nicholas; Hobby Horses by Pat Dunne; Vespiary, a poem by Grace Wells and Chiselling Memories by Cyril Kelly

Sunday 19th May

Heavenly Feast, a poem by Denise Blake

A welcome home feast

We’ll Gather Lilacs by Pat Dunne

Lilacs in May, tinged with sweetness and loss

Bath Abbey and the Shadows of History by Emer O’Kelly

A visit to Bath Abbey

The Fire in the Flint by Éilis Ní Dhuibhne

The spark of creativity has to be nurtured and kept alight

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