Starting Tomorrow 1:30: Donncha’s Farewell Wireless Tour: For Five Shows Only

Lena Shanahan (left) waiting for the Corpus Christi Procession in 1995 at home in Killarney Road with her sister Hannah Walsh with John Shanahan (left) and Lena’s husband Tom Shanahan. Lena’s special coffee recipe was one of Donncha’s great favourites and he always visited or asked for her when in Castleisland. The Shanahan marble plaque over Lena’s head came from the Shanahan quarry in Lisheenbawn. The same quarry also supplied the marble for parts of the pillars in the Church of Saints Stephen and John in Castleisland. ©Photograph: John Reidy 14-6-1995
Beetle Fans: Divanes Castleisland MD, Denis Divane pictured with Donncha Ó Dulaing during the RTE Radio 1 presenter’s research for a documentary on the VW Beetle in March 2000. ©Photograph: John Reidy 9-3-2000.

Because of his many associations with Castleisland over his long broadcasting career, I thought the people of the general area would like to know of an upcoming look at his work for Radio Éireann and RTÉ.

RTÉ Radio One is broadcasting a Monday to Friday, inclusive, series of programmes on Donncha Ó Dulaing’s input to the station’s schedules over so many years.

“A selection of Donncha Ó Dulaing’s radio work from the RTE Sound Archives from 1964 to 2015 has been selected for the programmes and will be introduced by John Bowman daily beginning tomorrow, Monday, December 27th from 13:30pm,” according to the promo for the programmes.

Sculpture from the Áras

As his busy and illustrious career was winding down in the course of 2014, President Michael D. Higgins presented a specially commissioned sculpture to him at Áras an Uachtaráin in August of that year in recognition of his contribution to Irish broadcasting and culture.

288 Page Memoir
The following month, a 288 page illustrated memoir titled ‘Donncha’s World – the Roads, the Stories and the Wireless’ was co-authored with writer Declan Lyons and launched by his friend, the singer Daniel O’Donnell and it tells the story of his life and career.

Donncha’s Ireland of Highways and Byways is one that’s already gone well out the gap and down the road. The coming week’s series of programmes should provide a gentle reminder to members of the listening audience who remember the days and a bit of a jolt to those who weren’t there then.

Tomorrow from 1:30pm on RTÉ Radio One John Bowman will look at Donncha’s career in the same deep interest and forensic detail with which he treats his Sunday morning topics on Bowman: Sunday: 8.30.

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