‘Real life,” John McGahern once observed, “is too thin to be art”. I forget where he said it, bu...
Ralph Waldo Emerson said that “all history resolves itself easily in the biography of a few stout and earnest people”. Certain voices come along and make sense of a time, an era, a culture, or the gap in between. Suddenly all the windows in the room are thrown open. The time, or the room itself, seems impossible without that voice. When we look back, it is hard to make sense of the days gone by without the rhythm, the bark, the bite, the cadence.
Interrogating George Bush and blessing women from the Radical Sheep Ministry in Maryland. Carole Coleman talks to Colin Murphy
Samuel Beckett on sports, psychoanalysis and war-time resistance. Extracts from uncollected interviews with his biographer, James Knowlson
Their twice-weekly chat show on RTÉ Two has overtaken Questions and Answers in the ratings. Podge and Rodge talk to John Byrne about Twink's legs, why they hate Ryan Tubridy and how they're going to run for the Progressive Democrats in the next general election
Mike Tyson arrived in Dublin last week to much less controversy than normally surrounds him. A few half-hearted radio de...
Gay Byrne certainly brings profile to the new Road Safety Authority, at least to those over 35. He also brings an impatience with bureaucracy and procrastination. And he is an exemplary driver himself, probably never having had even a scrape throughout his lengthy driving career.
Next to Geraldine Kennedy in the Irish Times, Elaine Geraghty has the most senior position of any woman in Irish media, for Newstalk 106 may soon be a national station. By Colin Murphy.