In Ireland, Joe Duffy presents a series of programs hosted by Mary McAleese at Áras an Uachtaráin in which guests discuss a range of issues and themes relevant to Irish life today.
Guests include Gabriel Byrne, Maeve Binchy, Mark Pollack and Emma Farrell. The current program airs on RTÉ Radio 1, 28 December through January 1st, 1.30pm.
Why is this so exciting? Mary McAleese is the President of Ireland and the Áras an Uachtaráin is her official residence! Now that’s grand!
UPDATE: the first podcast is now available.
Thanks to Lozzie and Lara for the information on these conversations!
Programme 1: Monday 28th December: 1.30pm – 2.00pm
The first programme reflects on Irish culture and heritage, in the company of actor, director and writer Gabriel Byrne, poet Paula Meehan and former Cork hurling manager John Allen. Paula Meehan reads a specially commissioned poem for the occasion ‘December in the Phoenix Park’.