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Saturday 17th February

Biz Around the World

Well Siobhán O’Connell of Business Plus Magazine and joins me now for our monthly look at some of the week’s international stories from the four corners of the globe.

Shop Signs

They say never judge a book by its cover but should you judge a shop by its shop front? Well many lovers of the traditional Irish shop front are doing just that as they seek to preserve the iconic looks created by trades-people and artists of previous generations. Liam Geraghty has looking in the window.

Future of work

One of the key concerns of workers looking to the future is not so much how their job will change over time, but whether their job will cease to exist at all. So are we looking at another industrial revolution. Richard was joined by Ger McDonough, Director of People and Organisation of PwC Ireland.

Norman Crowley

Richard's first guest this morning is a serial entrepreneur and investor who has made a lot of money by having a keen eye for the next big thing. These days, the issue of climate change is at the heart of Norman Crowley's enterprises. He started the energy efficiency business Crowley Carbon in 2009.

Saturday 10th February

Psychometric Testing

Well if face to face interviews weren’t stressful enough, add the possibility of psychometric testing into the mix and the process of switching jobs becomes enormously more complicated. Broadcaster Michael Comyn who, in addition to presenting The Leap of Faith, conducts psychometric testing for companies around the country, joined Emma in studio.

Liam Geraghty

As many of you listening this morning will know, Ireland’s schools are on a mid-term break next week and happily there's no shortage of weird and wonderful smaller attractions up and down the country hoping for an increase in footfall. Liam Geraghty has been meeting these little businesses punching above their weight.

Employee Engagement

Marina Bleahan is the Managing Director of ActionCOACH Ireland, a business coaching and training firm that specialises in addressing such issues.

David McKernan

Our guest this morning  was into coffee before it was hip  and to be fair, the concept of freshly ground coffee as we know it today was as niche as it gets in Ireland of the 1980s, when David McKernan was making his way into the business


Ian Guider joined Emma in studio this morning to discuss the dip in the markets this week.

Saturday 3rd February


Reporter Liam Geraghty takes a look at the possibilities that the Irish National Opera can bring to those working in the arts.

Rugby Money

It's twenty three years since rugby became professional. Former Irish hockey international and now Head od Advisory Services at Esportif International Hannah Bowe discussed managing rugby talent and the economic analysis of clubs with Richard.

Angel Investing

John Phelan is the national director of the Halo Angel Business Network, John spoke with Richard about the relationship between investors and startups.

Remote Working

Co founder of recruitment company Abodoo Vanessa Tierney and Occupational Psychologist at PinPoint Career Coaching John Deeley, joined Richard in studio to discuss working from home, the positives and negatives as well as the benefits for both employers and employees.

Larry Bass

Larry Bass is a key player in the Irish Television scene for the last two decades, he founded the production company Shinawil and has brought many shows such as Masterchef and The Voice to our shores. Larry spoke with Richard Curran this morning

Saturday 27th January

Autism Friendly Businesses

Normal day to day experiences such as grocery shopping can present huge sensory related challenges for those on the Autistic spectrum and their families. Liam Geraghty has been looking into how some businesses are becoming autism friendly by making some very simple changes.

Saying 'NO'

Sometimes negotiating the line between being diligent and being a doormat can be difficult. Professor Aidan Moran of the UCD School of Psychology gives us a lesson in the importance of saying 'No' as a key life skill.

Poetry Ireland

Sinéad Egan headed to Number 11 Parnell Square East in the heart of Dublin's Northside. The building has an interesting past and it's hoped an interesting future to come. Poetry Ireland has a grand plan to transform this Georgian townhouse into the Poetry Ireland Centre.

Port West

Harry Hughes is CEO of Port West, a family business in the North West which comprises the Port West work-wear which he took over in the 70's and now includes the Hotel Westport and The Westport House and Estate. Harry also finds time to author several history books.

News From Davos

Joe Brennan was at the Swiss ski resort of Davos this week to cover the World Economic Forum. He gives us an insight into the messages, moods and personalities that featured during the week, including the surprise decision for Trump to deliver yesterday's closing address.

Saturday 20th January

Biz around the world

Siobhán O’Connell of Business Plus Magazine and joined Richard in studio  for the monthly look at some of the week’s international stories that might have escaped your attention.

Revive Active

Daithi O’Connor launched his business , Revive Active, 7 years ago, and in that time has experienced phenomenal growth, expanding 40% last year alone. The company now has a suite of products aimed at the 35 plus age bracket and good word of mouth has seen it through to now being stocked in more than 1000 retailers in the island of Ireland.

Midlife Financial Crisis

Well January is often a time when we resolve to re-centre our focus, and to get ourselves back on track – now usually this means the health and wellbeing of our bodies, but what about the health and wellbeing of our finances.

Breege O'Donoghue

Breege O’Donoghue started her career in the hotels industry, but it was her 38 years as a top senior executive at Pennyes / Primark that ensured her status as one of this country’s most decorated businesses women. It has more than 350 STORES around the world, with 73 thousand employees. Breege spoke to Richard on the programme.

Saturday 13th January

Enterprise Ireland's Agile Innovation Fund

Old fashioned printing

Liam Geraghty has been talking to entrepreneurs reviving old fashioned printing methods

Stephen Leddy of Hidden Hearing

In our profile interview this week, Emma McNamara speaks to Stephen Leddy, MD of Hidden Hearing in Ireland

Saturday 6th January

Annual reviews

W were talking earlier about how to search for the perfect job but supposing you’re in the perfect job – or at least a more than tolerable one and your annual review is looming on the horizon for indeed, January is a time for self appraisal, and also a time for appraisal from those who pay our wages.

The business of will power

Well no doubt half the country probably enrolled in gym memberships this week for the workouts they're definitely going to do every day in 2018. Ok, so pigs might fly but for a lot of companies, January brings with it a boom in revenue if you're in the business of helping people with their goals. Liam Geraghty met with the new years goals Gurus!

Women and investing

Well, it being the New Year, one of the resolutions that I’m sure many of us will be trying to live up to will be 'Getting the finances in order'. Catherine Flavin is an Investment Manager at Investec, joined Richard.

New Year New Career

Richard was joined now by Rachel Tubridy, Managing Director of and Yseult Freeney, Associate Professor of Organisational Psychology DCU School of Business

Matress Mick

Our guest today will be familiar to many of you through his wacky posters, and even wackier viral videos which put his bedroom furniture store on the map over the last few years, Mick Flynn – or Mattress Mick to you and me - is one of the greatest examples of the impact Going Viral can have on your bottom line.

Saturday 23rd December

Holiday Workers - Liam Geraghty

Tomorrow is Christmas Eve & for Santa Claus, Mrs Claus & all the elves it is their busiest time of the year. But what about the other holiday enterprises? With the likes of Easter & Halloween already gone what do their patrons do for the rest of the year? Liam Geraghty has been finding out.

Around the World

Siobhan O'Connell of Business Plus Magazine & joins Richard for a last look in 2017, at some of the week's international stories that may have escaped your attention.

Irish Whiskey

The Irish Whiskey industry has seen its fair share of ups & downs over the past century but is on something of a renaissance. Richard has been catching up on the past, present & future of Irish whiskey with the people who distill it.

The Business stories of 2017

Joining Richard in studio to look back at our pick of The Business stories of 2017 is Fergal O'Rourke, managing partner at PWC, Marie Sherlock, economist with SIPTU & Financial journalists Jill Kirby, of the Sunday Times & Dan O'Brien, of the Irish Times.

Fingal Choral

Fingal Choral join Richard in studio this morning for a special festive treat singing Jingle Bells & Star in the East & a quick chat with musical director Eoin Conway.

Saturday 16th December

Business Books

Well as we’ve been saying, ‘tis the season for giving, and why not consider giving the gift of business expertise to your loved one this year. Killian Woods of Fora, and Jenny Darmody, Careers Editor of Silicon Republic joined Richard in studio with their business book recommendations for this Christmas.

Charity Shops

Well its easy go overboard on the consumption at this time of year, but Community Reuse Network Ireland are asking shoppers to 'Reimagine Christmas Gifts' and are encouraging festive shoppers to make presents more personal and eco conscious by gifting reuse or recycled items from charity shops – Liam Geraghty reports.

Management consultants

Often it happens that when the chips are down in companies or in teams, seeing the reality of the situation with any sense of clarity is impossible for the people closest to the action. Finola Howard and Shane Craddock, joined Richard in studio.


2017 has been a year of currency fluctuations, especially if we look at Sterling but in the world of Crypto currencies, the fortunes of Bitcoin have been extraordinary to observe. Richard was joined by Reuben Godfrey – co-founder of the Blockchain Association of Ireland, and Cormac Lucey columnist with the Times Ireland edition.

Food Cloud

In 2013, Iseult Ward and Aoibhinn O’Brien started FoodCloud – and in its four years of existence, the company has redistributed the equivalent of 23 million meals through more than 7000 charitable groups in the Ireland and the UK.


Gerry Byrne, aviation journalist gave Richard an update on Wednesday's planned pilot strike at Ryanair.

Saturday 9th December

Christmas Trees - Liam Geraghty

According to the Irish Christmas Tree Growers Association more than 600 thousand trees are expected to be harvested before the end of this year in Ireland. Our own evergreen reporter Liam Geraghty has been following one tree's journey!

Purcell & Woodcock

Gina and Morgan Cassidy founded the Purcell & Woodcock brand of affordable luxury candles & diffusers after Morgan's previous company finally succumbed to closure during the downturn. Their products are now available in over three thousand Irish outlets & are also breaking in to the UK market.

An Post

While the internet may have caused something of an eistential crisis for the postal services around the world, the rise of online shopping is now creating something of a boom for them in the area of parcel delivery. Sinéad Egan visited An Post's Dublin Mails Centre in Knockmitten.

Rachel Doyle - Arboretum Garden Centre

Richards next guest is the founder of the Arboretum Garden Centre in Leighlinsbridge, Co. Carlow. What started as a modest enterprise has now become a multifaceted retail destination, with a 300 seater restuarant, clothing concessions & more than 400 thousand visitors every year.

Brexit Border Deal

After a week that started with a premature celebration of victory before quickly descending into farce, yesterday morning saw an agreement finally being reached between the UK, the EU, the DUP & Republic of Ireland. Joining Richard in studio this morning are John McGrane, DG of British Irish Chamber of Commerce & Brendan Keenan, columnist with the Irish Independent.

Saturday 2nd December

Christmas Hampers - Liam Geraghty

Christmas is within sight & in the corporate world many see gifting a hamper as a token of goodwill to all employees & esteemed clients.


Afer a decade in the doldrums, the demand for construction is back, as well as the much-publicised & critical housing shortage, there are also major projects in the commercial sector. Julie Currid, co-founder & chief Operations Officer of Initiafy, which provides induction training to new staff & contract workers for firms in the construction sector, in Ireland, UK, US & Canada joins Richard in studio this morning.

Mark Cummins - Pointy App

Mark Cummins along with business partner Charles Bibby is the co-founder & chief executive of Pointy, an app which literally points you in the direction of those hard to find items you might be looking for in shops that are close to where you live.

Vincent Carton - Manor Farm

Richard's next guest is Vincent Carton, MD of the country's largest chicken producer, Manor Farm. The business started out in the eighteenth century when the Carton's ancestors established the country's first poultry market in Dublin. Generations later the company employs more than 800 with a turnover in the hundreds of millions.

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