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The Inishlacken Project

(Working title – forthcoming in 2021 in The Lyric Feature, RTÉ lyric fm) In 1951 the Belfast artist James MacIntyre spent a summer on the tiny island of Inishlacken, just off the Galway coast, with fellow artists Gerard Dillon and George Campbell. Years later, he wrote a lively account of the mishaps, friendships and inspirations […]

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Undersong

The story of the Irish-born poet Lola Ridge. First broadcast as a Lyric Feature on RTÉ lyric fm on Sunday 8th September 2019. Re-broadcast Sunday 29th November 2020. When poet Lola Ridge died in 1941, the New York Times described her as one of the leading poets of America, but, until recent years, she has […]

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No Egos No Divas: New Poets in Irish

Despite the fact that Irish is an endangered language, poetry in Irish is experiencing a remarkable resurgence. In No Egos No Divas: New Poets in Irish, on BBC Radio 4 on Sunday 28th July at 16:30, Louis de Paor meets young poets defying the odds. He meets Aifric Mac Aodha, co-editor of the bilingual anthology […]

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Victor Herbert, Son of Dublin

Victor Herbert, Son of Dublin tells the story of the life and work of the composer Victor Herbert, whose works dominated Broadway in the early years of the 20th century. First broadcast on Sunday 27th January 2019 on RTÉ lyric fm. Victor Herbert was of the most prolific and highly regarded composers of light classical […]

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What’s for homework, Miss?

In ‘What’s for homework, Miss?’ producer Claire Cunningham brings us the story of a remarkable project from the 1930s to collect folklore from all over Ireland. Created by the children of Ireland 80 years ago, and with the help of the children of today, this programme explores the wealth of stories in the Schools’ Folklore […]

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Ducks Down

Primary School children of today try out games recorded 80 years ago in the Schools’ Folklore Collection in UCD. First broadcast on RTÉjr as 20 short features in Early Birds with Ray Cuddihy, starting on 22 October 2018. BACKGROUND In a revolutionary scheme initiated by the Irish Folklore Commission in 1937, tens of thousands of children […]

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Home Thoughts

A one-hour programme which is part meditation, part performance, as poet Gerald Dawe and singer Eleanor Shanley explore the idea of ‘home’, with prose, poetry and songs from Belfast, Galway and Dublin. First broadcast as a Lyric Feature on Sunday 28th January 2018 on RTÉ lyric fm. Repeated on Sunday 30th December 2018. What makes a place […]

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The Banshee and the Tiger

In The Banshee and The Tiger American pianist Guy Livingston explores the influence of Ireland and Irish music on the work of American composer Henry Cowell. Broadcast on Sunday 21st January 2018 on RTÉ lyric fm. This programme won BRONZE at the 2018 New York Festivals Radio Awards in the Music category. Henry Cowell (1897-1965) […]

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Mince Pies and Minor Chords

Mince Pies and Minor Chords – broadcast on Friday 1 September 2017 at 7 pm on RTÉ lyric fm. A one-hour programme on the life and work of Amy H H A Beach (1867-1944), considered to be the first successful American female composer of large-scale art music, who again and again during her composing career returned […]

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His Chosen Islands

His Chosen Islands – first broadcast on Friday 4 August 2017 at 7 pm on RTÉ lyric fm. Repeated on Sunday 31st December 2017 at 6 pm on RTÉ lyric fm. Re-broadcast on Sunday 4th February 2018 as a tribute to the poet, who died on 30th January 2018. This programme was awarded SILVER at the 2018 New […]