Holiday TV & Radio Highlights (2014)


Another end of year ritual is the obligatory trawl through the RTE Guide looking for interesting shows to record. The radio and TV programmers like to use this time to review the year’s shows which is fine by us because it often makes for a great listen especially when they feature the best live performances of the year. Here are some of what has caught the eye so far, if we missed something please holler..



Man on Bridge – documentary telling the story of Dublin street photographer Arthur Fields, who took pictures on O’Connell Bridge from the 1930s to the 1980s. RTE1 18.30 28th Dec

Whelan’s at 25 – Fiachna O Braonain and Una Mullally present a celebration of the music venue with performances by Ham Sandwich, The Riptide Movement, Cathy Davey, Gavin James, Paddy Casey and more. TG4 23.25-00.25, New Years Eve.

Leonard Cohen Live In Dublin – 00.25-1.35 TG4 New Year’s Eve

Electric Picnic 2014 Highlights – 21.00-22.30 RTE2 New Year’s Day

Marley – 2012 documentary made with the support of the musician’s family. RTE2 22.30-1.15 New Year’s Day


Dave Fanning 2014 Review – Dave replays some of the best interviews which featured on his show during the year. RTE 2fm 10.00-12.00 Sat 27th and Sun 28th

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Aidan Gillen hosting Tom Dunne Show – Actor Gillen has form and great taste in music. He sits in for Tom for 2 nights, the second of those with his friend Stephen Ryan (Stars of Heaven, The Revenants) playing some of their favourite music and premiering tracks from the soon to be released album by The Drays. Newstalk, 22.00-00.00 29th and 30th Dec


Dave Couse – back in the chair for 3 nights only 9pm – midnight, TodayFM 29th and 30th Dec and Jan 1st


Whelan’s at 25 – A documentary by Danny Carroll featuring contributions from the likes of Glen Hansard, The National and Stuart Clark of Hot Press. RTE Radio 1 4-5pm, New Years Eve.

Old Year’s Airs – A look back at nearly 300 live performances on RTE Radio 1 this year, of which, well over two thirds were Irish bands and musicians. RTE Radio 1 19.00-21.00 New Year’s Eve

15 for 2015 – Colm O’Sullivan profiles 15 acts tipped for success in 2015. TodayFM 19.00-21.00 New Year’s Eve

Best of TodayFM Sessions – “some of the biggest artists on the planet mixed with some of Irelands up and coming talents, unplugged”, engineered by Gavin Blake and presented by Ed Smith, TodayFM 19.00-21.00 New Year’s Day

Christmas on RTE Radio
TodayFM at Christmas
Christmas on the Tom Dunne Show


One Response to “Holiday TV & Radio Highlights (2014)”

  1. John Dundon Says:

    And very good indeed was Mr Gillen and his daughter , what fantastic radio – fair play to all involved , many thanks for the tip

    Tomorrow promises to be another must listen

    Ps think Jim Lockhart has a special on New Year s day about 2 pm , musicians who departed this world during the last 12 months or so

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