Ryan Tubridy: The Interview

The "youngest old fogey" in the country, at the tender age of 30, Ryan Tubridy has clambered halfway up the greasy pole of rte, having gone from making gerry ryan's coffee to presenting the rose of tralee in record time. as his Full Lounge album, a spin-off from his Full Irish breakfast show hits the stores, he talks personal and professional politics with Olaf Tyaransen.

By anyone's standards, 2003 has been a hectic year for Ryan Tubridy. In addition to rising at the ungodly hour of 5AM every weekday morning to present his hilarious and hugely successful 2FM breakfast show The Full Irish, the skinniest broadcaster in Ireland has turned 30, gotten married [to RTE producer Anne-Marie Power, his long-term partner and mother of his 5-year-old daughter] and hosted the Rose Of Tralee with enough panache and professionalism to be asked back. Now, as the year draws to a close, he's just released an album.

I know, I know, that's what I said as well, but don't worry folks – he's not singing on it! Ryan Tubridy's Full Lounge is a spin-off from the breakfast show and features twenty smokin' cool tracks from the likes of Chet Baker, Andy Williams, Doris Day and Bobby Darin. His rather retro taste in music won't surprise anybody who knows the man. He may have just turned 30 but, given that he first appeared on Irish screens reviewing films on Anything Goes as a precocious 12-year-old, he's actually nearing 60 in RTE years. Even his wife has dubbed him a 'young fogey'.

Born and bred in Dublin – and resolutely middle class – he's been appearing intermittently on radio and television for most of his adult life. In the late-'90s he acquitted himself well as Pat Kenny's roving reporter, before presenting his own radio show Morning Glory. An ill-fated stint hosting the Sunday Show [having replaced Andy O'Mahony] was followed with a far more impressive run as reporter and occasional presenter of Five Seven Live. He's currently two years into The Full Irish on 2FM.

Visiting Galway for a record shop signing session, hotpress finds him holding court in the bar of the Radisson Hotel. Immaculately attired in a natty Paul Smith pinstriped suit and a bright pink shirt, Tubridy immediately bids his companions adieu and suggests we go find somewhere quieter.

We eventually settle in an Eyre Square pub, where he insists on getting the drinks in…

OLAF TYARANSEN: Has your new album actually been released yet?

RYAN TUBRIDY: Yeah, it came out last Friday. Ryan Tubridy's Full Lounge. That was a curious one – I didn't quite see that coming, to be quite bloody honest with you. But what really happened with that was we were doing The Full Irish – the breakfast programme on 2FM – and I've an absolute love of this music. And I was saying, 'Any chance I could play a track here at, say, 6.30 in the morning, before people are really listening, and call it The Lounge?' And say, 'Let's go to The Lounge now and have a listen to this track'. So it wound up being very popular, people liked to listen to lounge music. And it was being enjoyed by kids and people of our generation, who might only have heard these songs at a wedding – Dean Martin, Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald and so on.

I notice there's nothing by Frank Sinatra.

No. Largely because that would have been a copyright issue. Because it all happened so fast we could barely get our heads around it. But the rest of the tracks are all hand-picked by myself. The listeners were saying, 'Why don't you just do an album of these songs?' So it just came about – we spoke with EMI, and it all happened quite quickly.

A lot of radio DJs seem to be doing albums these days.

Yeah. Well, it is a good idea and, to be honest with you, it does have legs. Tom Dunne's did very well. Ian Dempsey brought out Mario Rosenstock's Gift Grub. But I don't recall the last time that I saw a 2FM person bringing one out.

Are you not worried that yours will just confirm your reputation as the youngest old fogey in the country?

Yeah [laughs]. I suppose that's part of it. It was my wife who coined that phrase 'young fogey'. And I'm very comfortable with that expression, but I wouldn't like people to think that it was contrived. It's very genuine. I do genuinely love that period musically, but also historically. If somebody asked which period I would most like to have lived through, I'd say I'd love to have been involved in Kennedy's administration, from 1961-63. I'm very interested in history and most things retro – even right down to design or clothes or whatever. I like that era. You can tell by the clothes I'm wearing. And I like to wear cords and all that kind of stuff.

Are you a fan of any contemporary music?

The stuff that I'm enjoying playing would be things like The Strokes, for example, which is really not new at all, is it? The White Stripes – you could argue the same point. I love some of their tracks – 'Seven Nation Army' or whatever – and yet I wouldn't be going home to listen to the White Stripes' album from start to finish. So yeah, I like that kinda thing. Then I thoroughly enjoy listening to things like Beyonce's 'Crazy In Love' – and I can tolerate Shakira.

What did you think of Robbie Williams' Swing When You're Winning album?

I thought that was an atrocious travesty. I thought it was an assault on the senses. And I said that at the time and I wrote about it at the time – and I stand by it. I thought it was his Jim'll Fix It moment – Dear Jim, Please will you fix it for me to fulfill a fantasy? And you know, if I was Robbie Williams, I'd probably do the same thing. But as an album? I was appalled.

Do you sing yourself?

Not before many, many pints. Actually, about 7,000 pints [laughs].

You turned 30 earlier this year, didn't you?

I turned 30 in May. It was fine. I'll tell you, I got married in May of this year and by the time I hit my 30th birthday, it was an irrelevance because I had too much going on. I came back from my honeymoon and I got a phone call about the Rose of Tralee and at that stage my world was torn asunder. So hitting 30, I never had a problem with it, to be honest with you.

Do you have any brothers and sisters?

Two of each. My parents are divorced and my dad now has two little girls who're also my sisters from a second marriage. They're much younger.

When did your parents get divorced?

They would've been separated in the mid- to late-'80s. They now lead their own lives very happily, thankfully.

Did their separation have a big affect on you as a teenager?

I would've been 12 or 13 when they broke up. It was tough enough because…

Well, divorce still wasn't particularly acceptable in '80s Ireland.

No, but we came from a very straight-talking family and we didn't really dilly-dally around. And I always said that I'd rather them happy apart than unhappy together. That was my philosophy and that kept me going – that mantra. Obviously, of course I'd have preferred if they were together, but now that they're exceptionally happy and doing their own thing… Also, they're not living a million miles away from each other now so I have access to them both all the time. So, yeah, it was a tough thing at the time, but you just acclimatise.

Were you bullied at school?

No, never. Hate bullies.

Was that because you could always talk your way out of it?

Yeah, but it was never an option if you like. Hated… hated physical abuse of women – I don't know why I'm even saying this – but it absolutely turns my stomach. Anything against women, in any shape or form, really bothers me. But probably what would make me angry as much as anything else, the immediate one, is rudeness. I hate bad manners.

Have you ever surfed the net for porn?

No, funnily enough. I mean, even as a kid – this will make me sound very prudish – but I was never really porn material. So no – not an option.

You first appeared on RTE television at the age of 12. Did you always want to be a broadcaster?

Well I did in the sense that… Em, I feel I'm always trotting out this line, but it's true. I wrote a letter to the Irish Times when I was 12 about how I'd been to all these cinemas to see films, and I ran out of films to go and see for under-12s. And it got published. It was a very precocious and obnoxious thing to do – it was ultimately a very middle class scenario. So that happened. And somebody in Anything Goes, which I'm sure you recall, picked up on the letter and they rang and asked me to come in and review a couple of movies for them. And I remember them – they were The Adventures of Young Sherlock Holmes and The Journey of Natty Gann. So I reviewed those two movies. And then I remember hearing kids on the radio reviewing books and I thought, 'I'd love to have a go at doing that'.

You were bitten by the bug…

Yeah, I got bitten by the bug straightaway – I was 12, you know. And I wrote to Poporama saying ,'Any chance I could review some books for you?' Kevin Hough sent an envelope full of books – I was very excited – with a note saying, 'Would you like to review these?' So I made a tape of me reviewing these books and sent the tape off. And they said, 'Come on in'. So I went into this smoke-filled studio, which was kind of Ruth Buchanan smoking More cigarettes and Simon Young smoking B&H. I could just about make them out through the haze.

How times have changed!

How times have changed indeed. Smoking is not an option anymore. But it's not actually a problem because nobody on the breakfast show smokes.

You're smoking now.

Yeah, but that's just with the pint scenario [taps packet of Silk Cut Blue]. I don't usually smoke. But anyway, I went in and did this, and they ended up calling me back. So I did that every month for about two years – reviewing books on radio and TV and stuff like that. Then I had my Aled Jones moment where the voice was breaking and I was unacceptable to anyone or anything – including women (laughs) – so it was time to then hit the books and do the Leaving Cert, go to college, all that kinda thing. So it went on hold.

You studied history at UCD, didn't you?

Yeah. History and Greek & Roman Civilisation. Two subjects very close to my heart.

Your old fogey-ish tendencies were beginning to show!

Well, I suppose it all fits in. I did Latin for the Leaving Cert [trades a few Latin expressions with hotpress]. But that's all very pretentious and I'm aware of that. And I was also a very poor student. I was very distracted in class – always talking. I put all my energies into English and History, which were my great loves. I come from a very political and historically interesting family – I think – so my family is steeped in history and politics.

Tell me…

Sure. My grandad on my mum's side was a guy called Paul Andrews, who was a founding father of the state in terms of… he was chairman of Bord na Mona and then later CIE. And then his two sons went into politics – David Andrews would become the local TD in Dun Laoghaire and Minister for Foreign Affairs.

David Andrews is your uncle?

Yeah, he's my mum's brother. And Neil Andrews, who's an MEP, is another uncle. On my dad's side – it's interesting that we're in Galway – but his dad was the local TD in Oranmore. So there's a lot of politics.

All Fianna Fail?

There would have been very much a Fianna Fail background. And my grandfather on my dad's side – Sean Tubridy – was a member of the first Dail. So while a lot of people get the Andrews connection, there's also this other political side. So I was really steeped in it from the off and that encouraged my interest in history, which I adore.

Do you vote Fianna Fail?

Well, I wouldn't be inclined to, em… I have to kind of cut off my political ties when you go to work somewhere like RTE. My local TD is my first cousin, em, so it's kind of… [laughs]. I think I'll let you do the sums there. But having said that, my vote goes all over the place. I'm not a flag waving, standard bearer for Fianna Fail by any means. But my vote would be pretty predictable.

Were you pleased to see George Redmond imprisoned?

I argued about this with my friend recently. I just saw a picture of him and he was reading Shelley, I think. He had Shelley in one hand, an umbrella in the other and he was shackled to a guard. And he's 79 years old. And I said to my friend, 'I'm having problems with Redmond'. I don't like Redmond, he was not a clean character, but he's 79. And my friend said, 'Look, he's gonna be put away for two weeks. The likelihood is it'll be a suspended sentence'. I mean, we don't know – there's a lot of legal stuff, but they're probably just giving him a taste of it.

So when I was reading today that he had chicken curry for his dinner last night and he's sharing his cell with a traveller and a foreign national, I just thought, 'OK, well, you know what? You pay for your sins'. I would hate to see him in prison for a long, long, long time. I think just giving him the taste of prison is good enough for me. I'm not for hanging and flogging him. And then there's the shame. I think his family must be going through a horrible time. Because whenever there's a scandal, there's a family. So I hope they're OK.

How wild were your college days?

I was never very wild. I enjoyed my pints, I enjoyed meeting the girls, I enjoyed mixing it with, you know… I was the auditor of the History Society in UCD. I was never a debater. I was never in that league. But I loved the History Society – which is apart from the Hist, which is 'histrionics'. So I got involved in every element of college life, but I would never have been considered wild.

Did you take any drugs?

No, funnily enough, never. Nothing. I was never into drugs, never bought anything. In college, I maybe would've had a drag of a spliff at the end of the night, but I was normally too plastered to get it. I've no problem if somebody in my company is spliffing away – that's fine. But I'm quite nerdy that way. It's not an anti-drugs thing, as much as it is a 'don't-need-it' thing. Because (1) I've adrenaline to beat the band, (2) I love my pints and I don't need another buzz. I've been offered E's and I've been offered coke – on a plate – but I just didn't need it.

My old man's a psychiatrist and he's dealt with alcoholics all his life and he always said, 'Drink by all means – but always in moderation'. Now that's a lofty ambition. We don't drink in moderation in Ireland, as you know. But it meant that, at 16, I'd have a bottle of beer with him at home, and it wasn't taboo. Rather than the pioneer badge and the finger-wagging, so it was cool.

What did you do when you finished college?

I was in college from 1991-94. I went into RTE in '95 or '96, and then I started Morning Glory in about '97. I latched onto a producer friend of mine, Michael Kiely – and we just get on exceptionally well. My philosophy really in broadcasting – as much as in business and generally in life – is you meet somebody you like and you like to work with, the question you ask yourself is, can you go and have a pint with this man at the end of the day? If you can't, you have to ask yourself why. If there's a long list, walk away. If it's short and dealable with – if you'll excuse the expression – deal with it. But if it's a straight yes, then you're in. So we devised Morning Glory together and it went well.

Do you find that there's a lot of politics within RTE?

My feeling when I got into RTE was I wanted to swim with the big fish, if I could. I didn't want to be wandering around the shallow end forever. Because there are too many corpses there. Too many bodies of people who have come in, shone and then faded away. It's a very tricky game. And I have to say, I find broadcasting very akin to politics. It's absolutely a political game. Because everyone you meet is a vote. It's somebody who has something to say about somebody else. If you say something nasty to someone – domino! All the way down!

You have a reputation as being a very good player of that game.

What's 'that game'? [sharply]

Politics within RTE.

Well, what does that mean?

That you don't piss anybody off.

Well, I'm sure I do. But my point is I don't set out to. People might say that's cute or that's clever or that's whatever, but my attitude professionally is we're all… everyone's in the media game, they're all out to do well. Of course you're ambitious, of course you're keen to succeed in your game, but… I see some people representing RTE out of Montrose badly. I think that you are always – and this may sound a little arsey and I'll be the first to say it – but you are always representing RTE. As long as I'm employed by RTE, I'll try to be a representative of the place. I'm front of house. And if that means saying hello or stopping to take requests or sign autographs or something, that's my philosophy. And though that's not for everyone, I'll happily do it.

Your wife [Anne-Marie Power] is a producer on the Joe Duffy show, isn't she?

She's the producer in charge of Liveline, yeah. We met in RTE about seven years ago, maybe more. And I was freelancing, trying to get reports and I walked into Studio 2 – a very old fashioned '70s studio – to do a report and she was coming out. And she was wearing a skirt and she had very long legs and I could tell that she had this enormous brain. She does the brains in the relationship. So I had to get her number surreptitiously and I called her up and we met up, then she went to my brother's 21st and then we smooched in the back garden of my mum's house – and it all happened from there.

I know you only got married earlier this year. Wasn't there a rocky period in the relationship before that?

Well, I think, you know… [slightly alarmed]. What was I? I was 25 when we had Ella, so I was 23. There's always gonna be ups and downs and rockiness in everything. I think that's to do with being in your mid-twenties and suddenly you're in this massive relationship… problems might arise. And I think that… To be honest with you, problems arose – and problems were dealt with. They were ironed out. And now we're very happily married. So I think that very human things happen and we sorted it out. We're very straight talking people and if there's a problem we'll sit down and say, 'OK, where's this going wrong?' or 'Where's this going right?' And everything is sorted. So yeah. We've had our fair share of ups and downs. But now I think we're at the happiest place we've ever been.

Which side of the Dunphy vs. Kenny debate did you come down on?

Pat was very good to me when I was starting out. He was presenter, I was his reporter, and I have a lot of respect for Pat. But there are those who would argue that Eamon Dunphy was the best thing that ever happened to Pat Kenny's career in recent years, in that Eamon wasn't coming up with the goods. Audience wise. I mean, that's just a statement of fact. And for all the critics say about him, Pat is pulling in massive audiences every week. Is that the brand or is it Kenny? Well, Pat's doing something right. I mean, if he was as awful as the people who write about him say, they wouldn't watch him. But they do. I think Dunphy was probably a little premature in his departure from The Last Word. I think there was another two years there in him.

But I meet Dunphy around town and, you know, he's good fun. I think that if you didn't have Dunphy, you'd have to invent him. I think he's great value, great colour – and he brings a splash of colour to what is often a black and white city and country.

Do you have a motto in life?

I do actually. It's a Latin expression that goes… [indecipherable on tape]. Essentially what it means is, 'Someday we will look back on all of this and laugh'.[laughs]

[Photography Liam Sweeney]

 

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His entry into the Presidential race came as a bombshell, throwing many political commentators, as well as the Fine Gael party, into a tailspin. It has also been the catalyst to a surge in support in the opinion polls for Sinn Féin. So who is Martin McGuinness? What is he like as a man? And can a self-confessed former IRA leader convince the Irish peope that he has what it takes to be the President?

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Trip Through Your Words: Bono and the books that became the seeds for The Joshua Tree

Having once memorably sung “Every artist is a cannibal, every poet is a thief”, BONO has never been shy when it comes to acknowledging his artistic influences. Norman Mailer, Truman Capote, Flannery O’Connor, Sam Shepard and Raymond Carver were amongst his literary reference points when it came to penning the lyrics for The Joshua Tree. By OLAF TYARANSEN

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Reach Out And Touch The Flame - The Full Joshua Tree Cover Story

The Joshua Tree was the album that transformed U2 from being a big band into one of the most powerful and enduring forces in the history of rock music. On the 30th Anniversary of the release of the landmark album, OLAF TYARANSEN sets the scene, listens to some of the key players, and reflects on the extraordinary sonic magic that was conjured in a disused house in Rathfarnham, on the south side of Dublin, by a group of four Northsiders and their various musical accomplices…

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It's A Long Way From Tipperary... Una Healy Talks Going Solo

Best known as a singer with successful girl band The Saturdays, and also as a TV judge on The Voice, singer-songwriter Una Healy has waited a long time to release a solo album, but The Waiting Game is finally over… and out.

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Top Geary: Interview with Karl Geary

The chisel-cheeked KARL GEARY first shot to fame when he appeared in Madonna’s Sex book in 1992, but he’s more than just a pretty face. Having just published his debut novel, the Dubliner talks about his love of writing, his accidental acting career, the legendary Sin-e, and having Allen Ginsberg, Iggy Pop and Lou Reed as neighbours in 1980s Manhattan.

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Book Review: The Mattress, Wasps vs. Humans

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Keeping It Lit - The Full Interview with Elbow's Guy Garvey

With Elbow’s seventh studio album, Little Fictions, about to drop, recently-hitched frontman GUY GARVEY talks about his (slightly) healthier lifestyle, the departure of drummer Richard Jupp, the twin disasters of Trump and Brexit, and why his actress wife makes him feel naughty.

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What a long, strange trip it’s been. Karl Geary – brother of musician Mark Geary – high-tailed it from Dublin in the 1980s.

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Book Review: Montpelier Parade, Karl Geary

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HOT FOR 2017: The top 10 books to look out for this year

From exciting Irish debuts to new releases by international heavy hitters such as Martin Amis, Paul Auster and Joyce Carol Oates, 2017 will be a big year for literary fiction. Olaf Tyaransen selects ten books they’ll all be talking about this year…

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Elbow's Guy Garvey on Trump and Brexit

“It feels like a return to fucking Dickensian values,” says the singer.

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Fast Train Coming - An exclusive interview with Irvine Welsh

A full 21 years after making one of the biggest British cinematic hits of the 1990s, the original cast and crew of Trainspotting have finally made a sequel. Author IRVINE WELSH talks about the stop/start process involved, the importance of the soundtrack, the possibility of a third installment, and why he thinks the election of Donald Trump will be great for artists. Interview: OLAF TYARANSEN

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Rising SON: Susan O'Neill talks treading her own path this year

Susan O’Neill, the husky-voiced backing singer with Propeller Palms and King Kong Company, is going on her own in 2017.

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Film Review: Olaf Tyaransen on Danny Boyle's T2 Trainspotting

A bad sequel can drag an iconic original movie down. Thankfully, however, Danny Boyle has beaten that trap with his update of Irvine Welsh's landmark Trainspotting

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Olaf Tyaransen celebrates the illustrious life of Howard Marks

One of the most notorious drug dealers of the modern era, in almost every way, Howard Marks went against stereotype. He was a highly intelligent, erudite and charming man, who enjoyed life to the full – while running rings around law enforcement agencies for years.

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Paul Howard opens up about Ross O'Carroll and Irish aristocrats

Olaf Tyaransen catches up with million-selling author Paul Howard, who currently has two new books out at the moment. One is the latest in his satirical Ross O-Carroll-Kelly; the other concerns an entirely different class of Irish legend...

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EXCLUSIVE: Irvine Welsh On The Election Of Donald Trump

“From a citizen’s point of view it sucks, but from an artist’s point of view it’s fucking great!” says the Trainspotting author.

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Matt Bellamy & Co. are going to have to extend their mantelpiece again...

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WATCH: Walking On Cars receive EBBA at Eurosonic

The Dingle indie rockers were presented with the award by Jools Holland...

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BEATLES’ FIRST MANAGER DIES

As 2016 draws to a close, the Grim Reaper has struck again.

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Author of the year 2016 Paul Howard

Million-selling author Paul Howard has two new books this year. One is the latest in his satirical Ross O-Carroll-Kelly series; the other concerns an entirely different class of Irish legend...

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U2 Promise Fans "A Very, Very, Special" 2017

U2 have posted a very interesting Christmas teaser on their website, remarking on the 30th anniversary of The Joshua Tree and hinting about a new album – and all that goes with it

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Actress Carrie Fisher Suffers Heart Attack On Flight

Best known for her starring role as Princess Leia in Star Wars, Carrie Fisher is currently in intensive care in a hospital in Los Angeles.

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TG4 Documentary On Acclaimed Trad Band To Screen On Stephen's Night

The Tulla Céili Band were one of the forerunners of the trad revival, who gigged all over Ireland as well as internationally with great success. Now they are the subject of a documentary by director, John O'Donnell

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THE 12 INTERVIEWS OF XMAS: Bell X1

The acclaimed Irish rockers Bell X1 met Olaf Tyaransen in October to talk about international success and new album Arms, the "most difficult that we've ever made."

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THE 12 INTERVIEWS OF XMAS: Pixie Geldof

Pixie Geldof talked with Olaf Tyaransen back in November about her love for Ireland, her unlikely music influences, and the pros and cons of being from a famous family.

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The Followill family had some curveballs in store for interviewer Olaf Tyaransen during a highly charged interview back in October.

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The Drugs Don't Work

Well, not in the manner intended anyway. The recent report from Forensic Science Ireland on the adulteration of the most widely used illicit drugs on this island makes for depressing, but mostly predictable reading.

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Book Review: Helena Mulkerns, Ferenji and Other Stories

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Pixie’s Lot: Interview with Pixie Geldof

Former model Pixie Geldof is about to release her debut album, the Tony Hoffer-produced I’m Yours. She talks about her love of Ireland, her unlikely country music influences, meeting Courtney Love, recording in LA with Beck’s father, and the pros and cons of being from a famous family. Interview: Olaf Tyaransen Photos: Kathrin Baumbach

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A Love Supreme: Interview with Larry Love

Larry Love of Brixton-based outfit Alabama 3 on playing outlaw funerals, recording the audiobook of Howard Marks’ final memoir, Ronan Keating’s polyps, and their three new studio albums.

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Palm Dog Award - An Interview with Propeller Palms

Paul Butler of acclaimed Waterford outfit Propeller Palms on smalltown jealousies, musical ambitions, the logistics of managing an eight-piece band, and their long-awaited second album, Old Dog, New Tricks.

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Album review: The Heavy Entertainment Show, Robbie Williams

Excellent comeback from pop icon.

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To Bell and Back: Interview with Bell X1

Acclaimed Irish rockers Bell XI discuss meeting Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, attempting to replicate their huge Irish success internationally, and the challenges of creating their latest masterwork, Arms. “This record has been the most difficult that we’ve made,” they tell Olaf Tyaransen.

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Wild Boys: An Interview with Bastille

Wild World is out now on Virgin. Bastille play the SSE Arena, Belfast on November 9 and 3Arena, Dublin (10).

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Album Review: Floatus, Lambchop

Hip-hop inspired album from nashville pioneers

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New to Hot Press: Sub Motion

Meet the band defiantly pushing against the grain of indie and folk bands in Ireland…

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Louth Mouth: An Interview with Jinx Lennon

It’s been six years since Irish urban troubadour Jinx Lennon put out his last studio effort. He’s now set to simultaneously release two new albums – and is still sounding as angry and acerbic as ever.

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The award-winning radio musical, based on John Millington Synge’s Playboy of the Western World, has now been adapted for theatre – and premieres in Galway tonight.

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Album Review: Pixie Geldof, I'm Yours

Impressive debut from model-turned-singer

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A Life Well Lived: An Interview With The Late Mark Kennedy

One of Galway's great characters, Mark Kennedy, died last week. But there was far more to the man – and his history – than even those who knew, and loved, him might have been aware. He gave a rare interview to Hot Press’ Olaf Tyaransen in the recent past – at least in part with an eye to posterity.

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Album Review: Lady Gaga, Joanne

Pop maverick presses 'reboot' with sometimes compelling results.

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An actor, writer and journalist, Mark Kennedy was a larger than life figure, who made Galway a better and more interesting place. By Olaf Tyaransen

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Royal Family Values: An Interview with Kings of Leon

In advance of the release of Kings Of Leon seventh studio album, Walls, Matthew and Nathan Followill discuss living in Nashville, record company pressures, working with producer Markus Dravs, the US presidential race, Caleb’s meltdown in Dallas, and fighting over a girl in a Dublin bar.

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Divine Comedy frontman Neil Hannon on the band’s superb comeback album, Foreverland, living a life of domestic bliss in the Kildare countryside, and his encounter with the late David Bowie.

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Cook who’s talking: Hot Press meets JP McMahon

Owner of three hugely popular Galway restaurants – including the Michelin-starred Aniar – JP McMahon has become one of the country’s most controversial chefs. He discusses Twitter spats, falling out with his head chef and best friend Enda McEvoy, the stresses of maintaining a successful business – and why so many chefs fall prey to sex, drink and drugs.

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Acclaimed American novelist Jay McInerney on early literary success, the influence of James Joyce, being a member of the eighties brat-pack, hanging with Mick Jagger in Manhattan, and his latest novel Bright Precious Days.

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‘Operation Thor’ was the name given to a major Garda operation in Carlow and Kilkenny last Thursday. But with a staggering 210 police officers involved, and just €34,000 worth of drugs seized in the sting, was it even a remotely good use of time, resources and public money? Report: Olaf Tyaransen (pictured right with RTE's Dan Hegarty)

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