Jonathan O’Brien

Jonathan O’Brien

Waving a magic wad in west Dublin

Waving a magic wad in west Dublin

By the time I’d finished watching The Secret Millionaire (RTE One), I was gripped by the sort of mixed feelings that are usually experienced when tearing up a betting slip after you have put money on your least favourite team to win a crucial match.

Radio review

Radio review

Tennessee waltz was all steps and no tune

Channelling the essence of sport

Channelling the essence of sport

Inside The World Of ESPN By James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales Little, Brown, €25.20 Those Guys Have All The Fun

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Radio review

Loyalty most wanted among brothers

Radio review

Radio review

Are you right there, Micheál, are you right?

TV review

TV review

Pundits and politicians were a riot

Radio review

Radio review

The Vatican’s canons ring increasingly hollow

Radio review: Why Steve Silvermint is no party animal

Radio review: Why Steve Silvermint is no party animal

Sean Gallagher is categorically not running for the natural party of government in the presidential election.

Radio review: Banging a different drum in the North

Radio review: Banging a different drum in the North

On Monday night in the small Co Antrim village of Harryville, near Ballymena, the Glorious Twelfth came early for an unfortunate Slovakian family when their house was set ablaze, forcing them to jump out of an upper window to stay alive.

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Radio Review

Humbled Healy-Rae phones in his excuses

Up close and personal with British gangs

Up close and personal with British gangs

Before The Wire became the most lauded cult television show of the era, before the Nick Hornbys and Zadie Smiths of this world staged a cultural land-grab on it, before its leading man Dominic West married into a family of Irish aristocrats, its crea

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Radio review

Snide shots from an ambush on the BBC

Aerosmith’s Toxic Twin sinks in his own purple prose

Aerosmith’s Toxic Twin sinks in his own purple prose

Hitting the shelves a few months after Keith Richards‘ magisterial Life, Steven Tyler’s autobiography was always likely to suffer by comparison. Life is not just the best rock memoir ever written, it’s among the finest reads of the past decade.

TV Review

TV Review

From lands of milk to fields of money

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Radio review

Lesbian luminaries blessed by a queen