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RTÉ Radio 1 Press Pack Week 20 (16 – 22 May)

RTÉ RADIO 1 HIGHLIGHTS
WEEK 20
Saturday 16 – Friday 22 May 2009

Highlights:
Eurovision Song Contest 2009
Documentary on One – Rebel City Reverts

New Series:
The Frugal Household

PRIVATE PASSIONS – MOTHS TO A FLAME
Private Passions is a six-part series which has been funded by the BCI Sound & Vision scheme.
Each half hour documentary in the series has been produced by a different independent producer.
In the second of a six part series Diarmuid McIntyre brings us a programme called Moths to a Flame. On dark, dry summer nights in the woodlands of Co. Limerick, there is a gathering amidst laughter of young and old, students and farmers. Headtorches are worn, suppers packed and wellies pulled on, as they share a growing passion for the hidden natural world of ‘Mothing’.
Producer: Yetti Redmond
(Funded by BCI Sound and Vision)
RTÉ Radio 1, Saturday 16 May, 7.30am

SATURDAY SPORT with John Kenny and Andrew O’Connor
Golf: 3 Irish Open Baltray – Reports from Gary Moran and Greg Allen
Soccer: English and Scottish Premier Division
Rugby: Magner’s League
Cricket: Ireland v Nottinghamshire
Producer: Gabriel Egan
RTÉ Radio 1, Saturday 16 May, 2.01pm

OFF THE SHELF
King Dan: the Rise of Daniel O’Connell, 1775-1829 by Patrick M. Geoghegan is discussed by Mary Daly and John A. Murphy.
Famous in his day as the most feared lawyer in Ireland, Daniel O’Connell tormented judges, terrorised opposing barristers, and won a reputation for saving the lives of so many men who would otherwise have been hanged. He became ‘The Counsellor’, the fearless defender of the people. And he secured that reputation through his campaign for Catholic emancipation, when he founded the first successful mass democratic movement in European history, and became ‘The Liberator’.
Presenter: Andy O’Mahony
Producer: Bernadette Comerford
RTÉ Radio 1, Saturday 16 May, 7.02pm

*Highlight*
EUROVISION SONG CONTEST 2009
The 54th Eurovision Song Contest live from the Olympic Indoor Arena in Moscow.
If Ireland makes it through to the finals they will be represented by Sinead Mulvey and Black Daisy and their song Et Cetera, where they will be up against stiff competition from the rest of Europe.
Presented for RTE Radio 1 by Maxi
RTÉ Radio 1, Saturday 16 May, 8.00pm

SUNDAY MISCELLANY
This week the programme will pay tribute to RTÉ lyric fm’s tenth birthday with a special edition of the programme.
Producer: Cliodhna Ni Anluain
RTÉ Radio 1, Sunday 17 May, 9.10am

SUNDAY SPORT with Greg Allen and Jacqui Hurley
Golf: 3 Irish Open Baltray
Soccer: English Premier Division
G.A.A.: Ulster Football Championship: Fermanagh v Down
Leinster Football Championship: Carlow v Louth
Racing: Limerick
Cycling: FBD Insurance Rás Stage 1
RTÉ Radio 1, Sunday 17 May, 2.00pm

*Highlight*
DOCUMENTARY ON ONE
REBEL CITY REVERTS
On Friday 15 May, Cork city council will host a civic reception for the Muslim community in the city. This year the Cork Muslim community celebrates the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the first Mosque in the city.
In Rebel City Reverts, three Cork born Muslims relate their experiences of finding Islam, practising their religion in their home town, and worshipping at their Mosque, on an industrial estate on the outskirts of Cork City.
There are more than 5,000 Muslims living in Cork. Most come from overseas and members of the Muslim community in Cork are drawn from dozens of countries across the Muslim world, from Morocco to Indonesia and beyond.
People who are not born Muslim are known as reverts, rather than converts, the implication being they ‘revert’ to a truer faith.
The setting for the documentary is the Cork Mosque, located on an industrial estate on the south side of the city. It is a warehouse, cold in winter and with a serious lack of parking. It is hardly an appropriate place of worship, but such are the numbers attending prayer at the Mosque, it is the only option for now. The community are hard at work fundraising for a new Mosque in the city.
Presented and produced by Tim Desmond
RTÉ Radio 1, Sunday 17 May, 7.02pm
(Repeated on Monday 18 May)

THE RTÉ RADIO 1 SHORT STORY COMPETITION 2009 IN MEMORY OF FRANCIS MACMANUS
This evening the second prize-winning story from this year’s competition.
Home Help by Dolores Walshe, Virginia, Co. Cavan read by Angela Harding.
An elderly and often intolerant and mischievous old woman tries to come to terms with her African home help in a story of great warmth and subtle humour.
Producer: Seamus Hosey
RTÉ Radio 1, Sunday 17 May, 7.45pm
(Repeated on Monday 18 May)

SUNDAY PLAYHOUSE
MARRYING DAD by Gina Moxley
Directed by Lynn Parker
Starring Bríd Brennan, Dermot Crowley, Marie Mullan, Tina Kellegher, Aine Ní Mhuirí and Marty Rea.
Producer: Kevin Reynolds
RTÉ Radio 1, Sunday 17 May, 8.02pm
(First broadcast on 28 September 2008)

THE ARTS SHOW
Monday: The Long Note Music Network Tour: Music from Master Button Accordion Player Tony MacMahon, viruoso banjo player Angelina Carberry and expert piper Allan MacDonald.
Authors Shaun Tan and David Almond discuss Children’s Books and the challenges and changes in children’s literature.
Tuesday: Acclaimed Dublin-born pianist Finghin Collins plays live and talks to Vincent Woods.
Presenter: Vincent Woods
Producer: Nuala O’Neill, Aoife Nic Cormaic, Seán Rocks
e-mail: theartsshow@rte.ie
RTÉ Radio 1, Monday 18 – Thursday 21 May, 8.02pm

IN CONCERT
RTÉ RADIO 1 MUSIC COLLECTION
The RTÉ Concert Orchestra, leader Joanne Quigley, conductor Brian Byrne joins forces with Curtis Stigers, who is at the forefront of a new generation of jazz singers, for the first half of a memorable night of music and song.
Recorded National Concert Hall, Dublin on the 8 August 2008.
Producer for RTÉ Radio 1; Peter Browne
RTÉ Radio 1, Monday 18 May, 9.02pm

BOOK ON ONE
STONE MAD by Seamus Murphy
Think of stonecarving in Ireland and it won’t be long before the name Seamus Murphy comes to mind. In one of the oldest traditions in the world, Seamus carved his own niche to become one of the most respected sculptors in his field. Stone Mad is an account of his days as an apprentice where he learned to work the stone and discovered that there is no regularity in nature. With hammer, mallet and chisel he shaped and fashioned rough boulders under the guidance of the master stonecarvers. Their unique voices emanate from the pages as Seamus allows the men to tell their own stories by using the language of the stonies. A symbiotic relationship exists between the stonecarver and his chosen material. The full artistic potential of a piece of stone is realised by the stonecarver who can respect his material and take a suggestion from it. A good carver will learn to speak kindly to the stone. Seamus spent seven years romancing the stone and Stone Mad documents his years of joy and struggle. His artistic feeling for quality responded to his workmates reverence for the well made thing. The result is a book of surpassing beauty, full of warmth, humour and profound perception.
Read by Liam Heffernan
Produced by Aidan Stanley
RTÉ Radio 1, Monday 18 – Friday 22 May, 11.13pm
(First broadcast in August 2008)

EUROPEAN ELECTIONS
A Party Political broadcast on behalf of Fianna Fáil.
RTÉ Radio 1, Wednesday 20 May, 12.53pm

EUROPEAN ELECTIONS
A Party Political broadcast on behalf of Sinn Fein.
RTÉ Radio 1, Thursday 21 May, 12.53pm

IN THE MOOD
RTÉ RADIO 1 COLLECTION
As a tribute to the late Conor Maguire, who died last December, RTÉ Radio 1 is re-broadcasting the second of three programmes from his highly successful and long running big band series, In the Mood, which Conor presented on RTE Radio 1 for many years.
Programme 2: Big Band Favourites
Producer: Tom McGrane
RTÉ Radio 1, Thursday 21 May, 9.02pm
(First broadcast on 25 July 1993)

EUROPEAN ELECTIONS
A Party Political broadcast on behalf of The Labour Party.
RTÉ Radio 1, Friday 22 May, 12.53pm

SCRÍBHNEÓIRÍ FAOI CHAIBIDIL
Alan Titley i gcuideachta lucht léinn agus léitheoireachta agus iad ag cur is ag Cúiteamh faoi litríocht na Gaeilge.
Alan Titley is joined by lovers of literature and learning to discuss writers and writing in Irish.
Presenter: Alan Titley
Léiritheoir: Cathal Póirtéir
RTÉ Radio 1, Friday 22 May, 8.02pm

*New Series*
THE FRUGAL HOUSEHOLD
In the current economic climate, families and individuals are looking for ways to tighten the purse-strings and make ends meet. Over the course of the next 12 weeks, Jacqui Corcoran will be talking to various people about how they are coping with the recession. The series will be featuring tips from ordinary people and experts alike, with regular advice slots on areas such as travel, growing your own food, shopping, cooking budget meals, DIY and entertainment. Amongst those featured in the first programme are Tim and Hilary Harvey and their extended family, who tell us about their new vegetable garden and various DIY projects they have been undertaking.
Producer: Jacqui Corcoran
RTÉ Radio 1, Friday 22 May, 8.30pm

REBEL MUSIC: REGGAE STORY – TRENCHTOWN ROCK (Bob Marley Special)
RTÉ RADIO 1 MUSIC COLLECTION
Bob Marley’s earliest musical influences, from singing harmonies on street corners in Trenchtown, to becoming the first global international Reggae Superstar. We’ll focus on his music, the tensions that stardom brought and his devotion to Rastafari and the Marley legacy.
Presenter : Lillian Smith
Series Producer: Marcus Connaughton
RTÉ Radio 1, Friday 22 May, 9.02pm
(First broadcast 16 October 2008)

SEASCAPES
Sailing will dominate the sporting scene in Ireland for the next week as the yachts in the Volvo Ocean Race around the world arrive into Galway, with a spectacular festival set around the event. This is the biggest sporting and tourist event in Ireland this year and will attract many thousands of people to the city. The boats will arrive from Boston, having crossed the Atlantic and will be based on the waterfront at the City of the Tribes where a special ‘Race Village’ has been built. Seascapes, which has been reporting on the fortunes of the Irish in the race will be there to bring the latest news and information and how the Irish entry, Green Dragon, is faring. The plan for its entry was derived in Galway and it has since also been financially supported by Chinese investment. The arrival of the race in Galway is a tribute to those who put huge effort into bringing the top world maritime yacht racing event to Ireland.
Presented by RTE’s Marine Correspondent Tom MacSweeney
Producer: Marcus Connaughton
RTÉ Radio 1, Friday 22 May, 10.30pm

Further Information:
Jack Fox, (01) 208 2452, jack.fox@rte.ie
Sandra Byrne, (01) 208 2506/ 087 249 3048, sandra.byrne@rte.ie
Sarah Martin, (01) 208 2312/ 087 750 1850, sarah.martin@rte.ie