coastal island life, rewilding farmers, the Cailleach Beara


TV news, 9 p.m.

Part one of a two-part documentary on the ‘unlikely’ friendship between two farmers and an environmentalist as they attempt to reverse the impact of decades of intensive farming on biodiversity in a river valley Cork – Part 2 airs at 7 a.m. Sunday.

The alternative

2FM, 10 p.m.

Limerick poet and performer Sinéad O’Brien performs at Vera Hall in Groningen, The Netherlands, for this year’s Eurosonic festival, recorded earlier this year.

SUNDAY

Cartlann Bhóthar na Léinsí

R na G, 9:30 a.m.

Dáithí de Mórdha unearths other gems from the archives of Raidió na Gaeltachta Munster, including accounts of historical events, folklore and traditions.

The lyrical function

LyricFM, 6 p.m.

The Inishlacken Project: Claire Cunningham tells the story of how the small island of Inishlacken, off the coast of Galway, inspired three Belfast artists 70 years ago – and continues to inspire artists today.

The poetry program

RTÉ 1, 7 p.m.

Olivia O’Leary presents some of the best poetry books to hang for your loved ones in love with worms this Christmas, with help from Vincent Woods and Chandrika Narayanan-Mohan.

MONDAY

Arena

RTÉ 1, 7 p.m.

Julie Feeney talks about her Sky Arts series Voice of Ireland; Tara Brady completes the European Film Awards; David Benedict talks about the latest West End production of Cabaret, with Jessica Buckley and Eddy Redmayne.

TUESDAY

Ceol Binn ó na Beanna

R na G, 7 p.m.

On the 25th anniversary of his death, Neansaí Ní Choisdealbha remembers the legendary sean-nós singer Seán ‘ac Dhonncha, or Johnny Joe Pheaitsín as he was better known.

Arena

RTÉ 1, 7 p.m.

A Special Look at New Books Before the Christmas Rush: Declan Burke takes a closer look at the detective genre; Eamon Sweeny browses the musical volumes of the year; Edel Coffey takes us through the best of literature, and Damien O’Meara steps out for a preview of sports books.

The alternative

2FM, 10 p.m.

A double dose of modern electronica from the archives of RTÉ sessions this week: a 2013 Studio 8 excursion from Dublin producer Si Schroeder paired with tunes from the last Studio 8 session before the pandemic – a March 2020 performance by Limerickman Paddy Mulcahy .

WEDNESDAY

The full score

LyricFM, 1 p.m.

The Lir Quartet, joined by guest cellist Christopher Marwood, perform Cello quintet, the composer’s final work, for Drogheda Classical Music.

Arena

RTÉ 1, 7 p.m.

Singer Sean-nós Iarla Ó Lionáird talks about the life and legacy of Seán Ó Riada, ahead of the documentary TG4 Mo Seanathair.

THURSDAY

Stories for Nollaig

RTÉJr, 7 p.m.

The middle of winter is the time of gifts and the family … but it used to be also the time of witches and magic. Seanchai Steve Lally weaves the spell of Cailleach Beara.

The alternative

2FM, 10 p.m.

A former indie pop icon turned unlikely survivor, Pete Doherty’s time in Babyshambles has been eclipsed by a long solo career. Highlights of a live performance at the Arènes de Lutèce, Paris.

FRIDAY

The full score

LyricFM, 1 p.m.

A stellar chamber music concert featuring Arensky Piano Trio No.1 in D minor, Op 32 and that of Tchaikovsky Souvenir of Florence.

Arena

RTÉ 1, 7 p.m.

Some of Ireland’s top music critics come together for the show’s weekly album reviews segment.


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