The Marian Finucane Show

The Marian Finucane Show is an Irish radio programme, presented by Marian Finucane. It airs Saturday - Sunday at 11:00 to 13:00. According to statistics from 2009, it was then the highest-rating weekend radio show in Ireland.[1][2] When Finucane is away, Rachael English or Charlie Bird presents the programme.

The Marian Finucane Show
GenreNews and current affairs, lifestyle
Running time2 hours
Country of origin Ireland
Home stationRTÉ Radio 1
Hosted byMarian Finucane
Produced byAnne Farrell
Recording studioDonnybrook, Dublin
Original release1999 – present
WebsiteOfficial website


The show started in 1999 after the retirement of veteran broadcaster Gay Byrne. She had moved from her Liveline slot which she had had since the late 1970s.

The programme stayed in that early morning slot from 09:00 to 10:00 until 2005. Then the programme was replaced by RTÉ 2fm DJ Ryan Tubridy. His new programme The Tubridy Show, was similar in format keeping old items such as her book club. Her programme was then moved to a weekend slot from 11:00 to 13:00.[3]

In 2001, the political career of Fianna Fáil minister Joe Jacob was destroyed when he was unable to explain to Finucane and her listeners what people should do in the event of a nuclear explosion at Sellafield.[4]


The show begins with Finucane's signature tune. She speaks over the music saying:

Hello there, and a very good-morning to you!

When the tune stops she previews the newspapers of that day.

The programme continues on with interviews, human interest stories, consumer and lifestyle news as well as panel discussions on issues of the week. In the second hour, there are typically guests in studio or by telephone link. The show has been a public forum for serious issues such as the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse[5][6][7][8] and Shell to Sea campaign.[9]

At the end of the Sunday programme, entertainment journalists preview the coming week in television and film. Michael Dwyer was a regular contributor to this slot.[10]

The programme usually ends at around 12:55 and is followed by a weather forecast from Met Éireann.[11]


  1. "JNLR Stats" (in English and Irish). JLNR/RTÉ. Archived from the original on 30 April 2009. Retrieved 4 June 2009.
  2. Jane Last (18 September 2009). "Marian to make TV comeback". Evening Herald. Retrieved 19 September 2009.
  3. Murphy, Colin (2006). "Marian Finucane profiled". Archived from the original on 15 December 2007.
  4. "Finucane goes in RTE radio shake-up". 21 January 2005.
  5. "Stop emoting, just show us the money Archbishop". Irish Independent. 24 May 2009. Retrieved 4 June 2009.
  6. "Call for those guilty of child abuse to be prosecuted". The Irish Times. 1 June 2009. Retrieved 4 June 2009.
  7. "Sr Maxwell says 2002 deal may have been inadequate Cori figure has 'open mind' on payments". The Irish Times. 1 June 2009. Retrieved 4 June 2009.
  8. "Abusers should be brought to justice, says order". The Irish Times. 31 May 2009. Retrieved 4 June 2009.
  9. "Conspiracy theories belong on the internet, not RTÉ". Irish Independent. 17 May 2009. Retrieved 4 June 2009.
  10. Hugh Linehan (2 January 2010). "Film critic Michael Dwyer dies". The Irish Times. Retrieved 2 January 2010.
  11. "List of Items on the programme". RTÉ. Retrieved 4 June 2009.
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