Four of our brave listeners have been mentored by the Sopranos to give them the confidence to step on stage & perform with them & the RTESymphony Orchestra in front of a live audience. Padraig Connaughton took to the stage in Galway & Miriam speaks to Kathryn Thomas who presented the show from our Galway studio.
They've become known as 'Sliding Doors'moments: seemingly innocuous encounters that have fate-altering consequences in our lives. For NiamhBoyce - a librarian from Athy - a tiny article she noticed in an old newspaper 23 years ago lodged in her memory and simply refused go away! It led to Niamh writing a fictional novel – The Herbalist– inspired by the original story.
The Herbalist is published by the Penguin Group & is out today.
As part of our Castlepalooza competition, we asked you in send in your music to the show & your reply has been phenomenal, the quality – impressive. Here we bring you our first song from Old Hannah with a song called ‘Irish Boys’ chosen for our Castlepalooza stage.
Keep that music coming in & stay tuned for more next week.
In 2007 Diarmuid Lyng was one of the most respected & feared players on the field, but following physical & mental burnout, the country's top scorer, decided to embark on a journey of spiritual self discovery which took up , from New York to Tibet, Moscow to Vietnam. He is back teaching in Wexford Gaelsocoil & he joins Miriam in studio this morning.