The Irish History Show on Near FM, meanwhile, is exceptionally good. Indeed, the whole station is exceptionally good.
The programme tends to look at unusual, even ignored, aspects of Irish history. Their most recent episode, for instance, discussed the Molly Maguires, a secret society based among Irish miners in Pennsylvania during the 1860s.
Other topics have included Irish radicals in Scotland, women in World War I and links between Irish nationalism and Zionism. Very interesting material, and all fresh to these ears, at least.
Near FM, a community media project in Coolock, Dublin, has broadcast some of the most imaginative and fascinating radio of any station. Readings from Joyce's Dubliners, talks on how capitalism affects society, specialist music shows (some of them quite obscure, in a good way) and more.
It goes to show that big budgets aren't half as important as old-fashioned creativity and enthusiasm.