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Mario's Sunday Roast is your Sunday fix of features, music and discussions with guests from the world of entertainment, culture and sport from 11am to 1pm every Sunday!

Latest Episodes

Tony Ward On The Next Steps For The Irish Rugby Team

Former Irish rugby player Tony Ward talks to Mario this morning on his analysis and predictions for the next stages for the IRish rugby team as they continue their journey in the Rugby World Cup in Japan. To listen to the full chat hit the Listen button at the top of this page.

9 MIN1 days ago
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Tony Ward On The Next Steps For The Irish Rugby Team

Gabriel Rosenstock Joins His Nephew Mario To Talk Cows In Classrooms And The Saving Of The Irish Language

Joining Mario this week for this week`s profile interview was Mario`s Uncle Gabriel Rosenstock! Gabriel Rosenstockis anIrishwriter who works in theIrish language. A member ofAosdána, he is apoet, playwright,haikuist,tankaist, essayist, and author/translatorof over 180 books! He is a lover of the Irish language and has given translations for some english words today that may not have had a translation! Example below! Escalators = staighrí beo ( the moving stairs) And if the escalators are broken? Ta na staighrí beo "marbh"! He has unconventional ways of examples of how the Irish Lanuguage should be taught. Mario asked Gabriel how he would teach Irish in Ireland? The first thing I would do is to bring a cow into the classroom, to learn words you must know what the word means. Bóthar actually means a cow...passing another cow, Bó Thar Bó. You would remember that word and you would remember the cow too! Gabriel shared more of his musings with us this morning much to our listener's delight who were fascinated with Gabriel's take on the language and learning! Gabriel released his new book "Walk with Gandhi: Bóthar naSaoirse", this is a unique project to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Gandhi featuring poetry by Gabriel and art by Kashmiri artist Masood Hussain, available now on Amazon and bookstores nationwide. To listen to the full chat hit the Listen button at the top of this page.

27 MIN1 days ago
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Gabriel Rosenstock Joins His Nephew Mario To Talk Cows In Classrooms And The Saving Of The Irish Language

The Story Behind The Song "Somewhere Over The Rainbow"

Joining Mario this morning for Story Behind The Song was David Turpin also known as "The Late David Turpin". He released his album, "Romances", on Friday 11th October. The album brings together 10 well-known musicians ranging from Conor O'Brien (Villagers) to jazz singer Jaime Nanci.Davidalso wrote the IFTA-winning gothic horror film,The Lodgers, now available on Netflix. As a musician,Davidhas performed with Marc Almond and toured with The Divine Comedy and performed by invitation at gallery venues including The Hugh Lane. He picked a true beauty and a classic today in "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" the song made famous by Judy Garland - performed in The Wizard of Oz is one known and performed by many over the years.The music was written by Harold Arlen, with lyrics by Yip Harburg. They were asked to write this based on their previous hits, "It's Only A Paper Moon," "Brother, Can You Spare A Dime," and "Lydia The Tattooed Lady." The original title was "Over the Rainbow is where I want to be." It could have been Shirley Temple`s signature song but apparentlyFox would not release Shirley Temple from her contract nor could she hit the notes to the songs. The one we have chosen to play is by an Hawaaain Musician - Israel Kamakawiwo'ole , he was anHawaiian ukulele musician and recorded this in a medley with "What A Wonderful World" for his 1993 album Facing Forward. This version was used in the films Finding Forrester, Meet Joe Black, and 50 First Dates, as well as on the television show ER. Kamakawiwo'ole, more often known as IZ, was very obese, weighing about 750 pounds at one point, and he died from respiratory illness connected with his weight. His coffin rests in the capital building in Honolulu, the only non-politician of only 3 people to be honoured like this. The Hawaiian state flag flew at half mast on the day of his funeral and thousands of fans came to see his ashes scattered into the ocean. To listen to the full chat hit the Listen button at the top of this page.

11 MIN1 days ago
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The Story Behind The Song "Somewhere Over The Rainbow"

Where Are All The Real Celebrity Feuds Gone?

Editor of Connected and Technology correspondent with theSunday Business Post, Emmet Ryan and Today FM presenter of Weekends Sat 11am to 2pm and Sundays 1-4pm Pamela Joyce joined Mario this morning for this weeks panel. Pamela kicked things off asking where have all the juicy celebrity feuds gone? The biggest showbiz story of the week – actually the year is now Coleen Rooney and Rebekah Vardy. Pamela asks how is it that two relatively unknown celebrities gave us the hottest gossip of the year? She thinks that at least 80% of people had to google who Vardy even was! Pamela thinks we have been so deprived of celebrity gossip that we latched on to it.She wants the proper celebrity feuds back and spice up this life!! Emmet is up next - hespends his Sunday evenings glued to NFLRedzoneon Sky Sports.This is a 7-hour show that ‘whips around’ every live NFL game, only going to a game when it is in a moment of drama – in the ‘red zone’.It is the ultimate in entertainment – all the best bits of live action sport without the ad breaks, time outs and half – times. Its like the crack cocaine of TV.Emmet thinks more ‘linear’ tv shows should apply this model – maybe it is the best way of trying to challenge the Netflix-isationof television ? Should we Red Zone our sports viewing? Up next for the roast is Mario, he reads hundreds of news stories every week.Many of them are on The Guardian, which offers its content for free but asks readers for a donation if they enjoy the articles. This is how it funds the operation. He nevermade a donation–but this week he decided he would. Why? Because quality journalism (as opposed to infotainment) is getting increasingly harder to find . Mario says media outlets are getting more and more obsessed with crap stories and trying to tantalise audiences with sensational news and tone rather than quality journalism and investigation. Case in point from Mario isTrump’ssharpie-gate which is a recent example of how a pathetic act by a sitting president was basically turned into a fun, quirky story by most mainstream media – Mario says this is dangerous , when it comes to storm warnings and death-tolls, the ‘if it bleeds it leads’ principle is more prevalent than ever –itsnot good journalism, its sensationalist. To listen to the full chat hit the Listen button at the top of this page.

24 MIN1 days ago
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Where Are All The Real Celebrity Feuds Gone?

Does Democracy Work When It Comes To Climate Change?

In a week where Greta Thunberg has shook the world with her inspiring speech given at the UN, it appears that climate change as much as some people would like it to - is not going away. Climate change activist and campaigning journalist John Gibbons joined Mario this morning to talk about the radical changes that are needed and why democracy does not work when it comes to climate change. To listen to the full chat hit the Listen button at the top of this page.

12 MIN2 weeks ago
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Does Democracy Work When It Comes To Climate Change?

The Story Behind The Song "Father Figure" By George Michael

This week our very own Shelly Gray - presenter of Saturday Hits 2pm -6pm joined Mario for the story behind the song of "Father Figure" by George Michael. This is the 3rd Single from his debut Solo Album, 'Faith' and is the song that changed him from being a superstar to a megastar - on par with Madonna, Michael Jackson, Prince at that time in the late 80s. In terms of the lyrics it was very much a love song, he wasn't out as a gay man yet and everyone thought the object of his affection was a female but he later said he had a male in mind when writing it. The actual title 'father figure' and the lyrics of the chorus "I will be your father figure, put your tiny hand in mine" were perceived by some as incestuous. But it's more so himwanting to be his lover's protector. It was a big contrast to his bubblegum pop Wham days - this new sound was influenced by his true love of Motown music. It was supposed to be a more upbeat dance track - they accidentally muted the snare drum in studio a...

9 MIN2 weeks ago
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The Story Behind The Song "Father Figure" By George Michael

Can Procrastination Be An Energy Booster?

This week Mario was joined by Financial Planner Financial Planner and presenter of and“How to be good with Money” and Deborah Somorin , founder of Empower The Family. Together they threwexpert predictions, procrastination, and brexit supporters in to the roast. Deborah brought up the somewhat confusing position of Dame Helena Morrissey founder of the 30% club who has done so much in the area of diversity and inclusion in the workplace for female employees is a Brexit supporter. She poses the question that how could someone so empowering and financially aware think that Brexit could be a good thing? Eoin McGee is writing a book and is throwing in procrastination into the roast. He is up against a block, however Mario reminds him that in fact procrastination, day-dreaming and idling as it is seen can actually be the very thing the brain needs in order to prepare for getting into action. So all is forgiven, procrastinate away - its good for you! Mario then had to bring up that Japan ...

25 MIN2 weeks ago
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Can Procrastination Be An Energy Booster?

The Story Behind the Song: “You Know I’m No Good” by Amy Winehouse

Joining Mario for this week’s Story Behind the Song was singer songwriter Owen Denvir, who will be releasing a trilogy of EP’s over the next 12 months. Each with their own theme and story, that when all are released, will form Owen's first full length album. The single 'Ghost' is the first single from the first EP (Sticks). With over 100,000 streams on Spotify, combined video views of over 2 million, Belfast born Denvir has asserted himself as one of the finest singer songwriters around. Recorded in his home studio, new single Ghost was written by Denvir as an outlet for anxieties after dealing with a ghosting situation on dating app Tinder. Call it crazy, but between writing and recording the song, Denvir and his family had a run-in with a more literal definition of 'ghost'. At one point, Denvir was driving alone on the motorway when he heard loud repeated tapping on the rear window. Strange enough - but a week later, his sister texted asking why he was chatting with someone in h...

12 MIN3 weeks ago
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The Story Behind the Song: “You Know I’m No Good” by Amy Winehouse

This Former Basketball Player's Speech Inspires Ken Doherty Everyday

Irish snooker legend Ken Doherty was Mario’s profile interview this week, chatting about the golden days of the sport Ken joined Mario to chat about his days playing at the highest level with other snooker legends like Stephen Hendry, Alex Higgins, Steve Davis and more. Ken also discussed how a speech former basketball player John Wooden inspires him in his everyday life and he revealed what it was like to meet Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford. To listen to the full chat hit the Listen button at the top of this page.

34 MIN3 weeks ago
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This Former Basketball Player's Speech Inspires Ken Doherty Everyday

Do You Know Anyone Who Suffers With Misophonia: A Hatred Of Sound?

Eoin Murphy of The Daily Mail and Laura O’Mahoney of Cahoots Comedy Troupe joined Mario this weekend to roast up some hot topics – they discussed Fair City bashers, loud eaters, and Roy Keane’s punditry. Fair City at 30 – does it deserve the criticism it gets? This year marks the 30th anniversary of Fair City. It’s a hugely popular show but, according to Eoin, no one ever admits to watching it. They have over 600,000 viewers per episode so perhaps it’s time for people to admit they love the show. They have never been shy about dealing with topical storylines so perhaps, 30 years down the line, is it time to give Ireland’s premier Irish soap a break? What is Misophonia? Misophonia is when certain sounds trigger a person’s fight or flight response. For Laura, this has rendered the joy of watching popular cooking programmes like the Great British Bake off null and void! Every time Paul Hollywood eats some cake, Laura wants to jump into the television! Her main triggers are peop...

23 MIN3 weeks ago
Comments
Do You Know Anyone Who Suffers With Misophonia: A Hatred Of Sound?

Latest Episodes

Tony Ward On The Next Steps For The Irish Rugby Team

Former Irish rugby player Tony Ward talks to Mario this morning on his analysis and predictions for the next stages for the IRish rugby team as they continue their journey in the Rugby World Cup in Japan. To listen to the full chat hit the Listen button at the top of this page.

9 MIN1 days ago
Comments
Tony Ward On The Next Steps For The Irish Rugby Team

Gabriel Rosenstock Joins His Nephew Mario To Talk Cows In Classrooms And The Saving Of The Irish Language

Joining Mario this week for this week`s profile interview was Mario`s Uncle Gabriel Rosenstock! Gabriel Rosenstockis anIrishwriter who works in theIrish language. A member ofAosdána, he is apoet, playwright,haikuist,tankaist, essayist, and author/translatorof over 180 books! He is a lover of the Irish language and has given translations for some english words today that may not have had a translation! Example below! Escalators = staighrí beo ( the moving stairs) And if the escalators are broken? Ta na staighrí beo "marbh"! He has unconventional ways of examples of how the Irish Lanuguage should be taught. Mario asked Gabriel how he would teach Irish in Ireland? The first thing I would do is to bring a cow into the classroom, to learn words you must know what the word means. Bóthar actually means a cow...passing another cow, Bó Thar Bó. You would remember that word and you would remember the cow too! Gabriel shared more of his musings with us this morning much to our listener's delight who were fascinated with Gabriel's take on the language and learning! Gabriel released his new book "Walk with Gandhi: Bóthar naSaoirse", this is a unique project to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Gandhi featuring poetry by Gabriel and art by Kashmiri artist Masood Hussain, available now on Amazon and bookstores nationwide. To listen to the full chat hit the Listen button at the top of this page.

27 MIN1 days ago
Comments
Gabriel Rosenstock Joins His Nephew Mario To Talk Cows In Classrooms And The Saving Of The Irish Language

The Story Behind The Song "Somewhere Over The Rainbow"

Joining Mario this morning for Story Behind The Song was David Turpin also known as "The Late David Turpin". He released his album, "Romances", on Friday 11th October. The album brings together 10 well-known musicians ranging from Conor O'Brien (Villagers) to jazz singer Jaime Nanci.Davidalso wrote the IFTA-winning gothic horror film,The Lodgers, now available on Netflix. As a musician,Davidhas performed with Marc Almond and toured with The Divine Comedy and performed by invitation at gallery venues including The Hugh Lane. He picked a true beauty and a classic today in "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" the song made famous by Judy Garland - performed in The Wizard of Oz is one known and performed by many over the years.The music was written by Harold Arlen, with lyrics by Yip Harburg. They were asked to write this based on their previous hits, "It's Only A Paper Moon," "Brother, Can You Spare A Dime," and "Lydia The Tattooed Lady." The original title was "Over the Rainbow is where I want to be." It could have been Shirley Temple`s signature song but apparentlyFox would not release Shirley Temple from her contract nor could she hit the notes to the songs. The one we have chosen to play is by an Hawaaain Musician - Israel Kamakawiwo'ole , he was anHawaiian ukulele musician and recorded this in a medley with "What A Wonderful World" for his 1993 album Facing Forward. This version was used in the films Finding Forrester, Meet Joe Black, and 50 First Dates, as well as on the television show ER. Kamakawiwo'ole, more often known as IZ, was very obese, weighing about 750 pounds at one point, and he died from respiratory illness connected with his weight. His coffin rests in the capital building in Honolulu, the only non-politician of only 3 people to be honoured like this. The Hawaiian state flag flew at half mast on the day of his funeral and thousands of fans came to see his ashes scattered into the ocean. To listen to the full chat hit the Listen button at the top of this page.

11 MIN1 days ago
Comments
The Story Behind The Song "Somewhere Over The Rainbow"

Where Are All The Real Celebrity Feuds Gone?

Editor of Connected and Technology correspondent with theSunday Business Post, Emmet Ryan and Today FM presenter of Weekends Sat 11am to 2pm and Sundays 1-4pm Pamela Joyce joined Mario this morning for this weeks panel. Pamela kicked things off asking where have all the juicy celebrity feuds gone? The biggest showbiz story of the week – actually the year is now Coleen Rooney and Rebekah Vardy. Pamela asks how is it that two relatively unknown celebrities gave us the hottest gossip of the year? She thinks that at least 80% of people had to google who Vardy even was! Pamela thinks we have been so deprived of celebrity gossip that we latched on to it.She wants the proper celebrity feuds back and spice up this life!! Emmet is up next - hespends his Sunday evenings glued to NFLRedzoneon Sky Sports.This is a 7-hour show that ‘whips around’ every live NFL game, only going to a game when it is in a moment of drama – in the ‘red zone’.It is the ultimate in entertainment – all the best bits of live action sport without the ad breaks, time outs and half – times. Its like the crack cocaine of TV.Emmet thinks more ‘linear’ tv shows should apply this model – maybe it is the best way of trying to challenge the Netflix-isationof television ? Should we Red Zone our sports viewing? Up next for the roast is Mario, he reads hundreds of news stories every week.Many of them are on The Guardian, which offers its content for free but asks readers for a donation if they enjoy the articles. This is how it funds the operation. He nevermade a donation–but this week he decided he would. Why? Because quality journalism (as opposed to infotainment) is getting increasingly harder to find . Mario says media outlets are getting more and more obsessed with crap stories and trying to tantalise audiences with sensational news and tone rather than quality journalism and investigation. Case in point from Mario isTrump’ssharpie-gate which is a recent example of how a pathetic act by a sitting president was basically turned into a fun, quirky story by most mainstream media – Mario says this is dangerous , when it comes to storm warnings and death-tolls, the ‘if it bleeds it leads’ principle is more prevalent than ever –itsnot good journalism, its sensationalist. To listen to the full chat hit the Listen button at the top of this page.

24 MIN1 days ago
Comments
Where Are All The Real Celebrity Feuds Gone?

Does Democracy Work When It Comes To Climate Change?

In a week where Greta Thunberg has shook the world with her inspiring speech given at the UN, it appears that climate change as much as some people would like it to - is not going away. Climate change activist and campaigning journalist John Gibbons joined Mario this morning to talk about the radical changes that are needed and why democracy does not work when it comes to climate change. To listen to the full chat hit the Listen button at the top of this page.

12 MIN2 weeks ago
Comments
Does Democracy Work When It Comes To Climate Change?

The Story Behind The Song "Father Figure" By George Michael

This week our very own Shelly Gray - presenter of Saturday Hits 2pm -6pm joined Mario for the story behind the song of "Father Figure" by George Michael. This is the 3rd Single from his debut Solo Album, 'Faith' and is the song that changed him from being a superstar to a megastar - on par with Madonna, Michael Jackson, Prince at that time in the late 80s. In terms of the lyrics it was very much a love song, he wasn't out as a gay man yet and everyone thought the object of his affection was a female but he later said he had a male in mind when writing it. The actual title 'father figure' and the lyrics of the chorus "I will be your father figure, put your tiny hand in mine" were perceived by some as incestuous. But it's more so himwanting to be his lover's protector. It was a big contrast to his bubblegum pop Wham days - this new sound was influenced by his true love of Motown music. It was supposed to be a more upbeat dance track - they accidentally muted the snare drum in studio a...

9 MIN2 weeks ago
Comments
The Story Behind The Song "Father Figure" By George Michael

Can Procrastination Be An Energy Booster?

This week Mario was joined by Financial Planner Financial Planner and presenter of and“How to be good with Money” and Deborah Somorin , founder of Empower The Family. Together they threwexpert predictions, procrastination, and brexit supporters in to the roast. Deborah brought up the somewhat confusing position of Dame Helena Morrissey founder of the 30% club who has done so much in the area of diversity and inclusion in the workplace for female employees is a Brexit supporter. She poses the question that how could someone so empowering and financially aware think that Brexit could be a good thing? Eoin McGee is writing a book and is throwing in procrastination into the roast. He is up against a block, however Mario reminds him that in fact procrastination, day-dreaming and idling as it is seen can actually be the very thing the brain needs in order to prepare for getting into action. So all is forgiven, procrastinate away - its good for you! Mario then had to bring up that Japan ...

25 MIN2 weeks ago
Comments
Can Procrastination Be An Energy Booster?

The Story Behind the Song: “You Know I’m No Good” by Amy Winehouse

Joining Mario for this week’s Story Behind the Song was singer songwriter Owen Denvir, who will be releasing a trilogy of EP’s over the next 12 months. Each with their own theme and story, that when all are released, will form Owen's first full length album. The single 'Ghost' is the first single from the first EP (Sticks). With over 100,000 streams on Spotify, combined video views of over 2 million, Belfast born Denvir has asserted himself as one of the finest singer songwriters around. Recorded in his home studio, new single Ghost was written by Denvir as an outlet for anxieties after dealing with a ghosting situation on dating app Tinder. Call it crazy, but between writing and recording the song, Denvir and his family had a run-in with a more literal definition of 'ghost'. At one point, Denvir was driving alone on the motorway when he heard loud repeated tapping on the rear window. Strange enough - but a week later, his sister texted asking why he was chatting with someone in h...

12 MIN3 weeks ago
Comments
The Story Behind the Song: “You Know I’m No Good” by Amy Winehouse

This Former Basketball Player's Speech Inspires Ken Doherty Everyday

Irish snooker legend Ken Doherty was Mario’s profile interview this week, chatting about the golden days of the sport Ken joined Mario to chat about his days playing at the highest level with other snooker legends like Stephen Hendry, Alex Higgins, Steve Davis and more. Ken also discussed how a speech former basketball player John Wooden inspires him in his everyday life and he revealed what it was like to meet Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford. To listen to the full chat hit the Listen button at the top of this page.

34 MIN3 weeks ago
Comments
This Former Basketball Player's Speech Inspires Ken Doherty Everyday

Do You Know Anyone Who Suffers With Misophonia: A Hatred Of Sound?

Eoin Murphy of The Daily Mail and Laura O’Mahoney of Cahoots Comedy Troupe joined Mario this weekend to roast up some hot topics – they discussed Fair City bashers, loud eaters, and Roy Keane’s punditry. Fair City at 30 – does it deserve the criticism it gets? This year marks the 30th anniversary of Fair City. It’s a hugely popular show but, according to Eoin, no one ever admits to watching it. They have over 600,000 viewers per episode so perhaps it’s time for people to admit they love the show. They have never been shy about dealing with topical storylines so perhaps, 30 years down the line, is it time to give Ireland’s premier Irish soap a break? What is Misophonia? Misophonia is when certain sounds trigger a person’s fight or flight response. For Laura, this has rendered the joy of watching popular cooking programmes like the Great British Bake off null and void! Every time Paul Hollywood eats some cake, Laura wants to jump into the television! Her main triggers are peop...

23 MIN3 weeks ago
Comments
Do You Know Anyone Who Suffers With Misophonia: A Hatred Of Sound?