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Big Red Bench

Monday July 6th

This week Ruairí & Colm review all the Premier League action, discuss Cork City & Cobh Ramblers returning to action later this month and also speak about the issue of GAA County teams returning to training

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Monday June 29th

Ruairi and Colm discuss the return of GAA, and Colm speaks to Cork County Board PRO Joseph Blake about the revised county championship schedule.

The lads also chat about Liverpool winning the league and Cork City’s return to action.


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Monday June 22nd

Ruairi and Colm run through the major talking points from the first week of the Premier League’s return, Roy Keane grabbing the headlines, the League of Ireland targeting a return, the GAA’s plans and more.


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Ladies Football Podcast Episode 2

In this episode of the Big Red Bench Ladies Football Podcast with Ger McCarthy

Doireann O’Sullivan on her recovery from injury
Club focus with Glanmire Ladies Football Club
Kinsale Community School’s Mairéad Dullea on their Munster success


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Sunday March 8th

Ruairi and former Ireland scrum half Tomas O’Leary go through the Six Nations permutations following Scotland’s win over France. Ireland’s youngest professional boxer James Power on his move to California. Graham McCormach on his Zen MMA programme which melds MMA training with mindfulness.


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Ladies Football Podcast Episode 1

Episode 1 of the Big Red Bench Ladies Football Podcast, hosted by 2019 Ladies Football Local Journalist of the year Ger McCarthy. In this episode

Ger speaks to Cork Under 16 boss Denis Mulvihill (1.35)
Melissa Duggan and Ephie Fitzgerald on Cork’s win over Mayo (19.40)
Douglas (26.50) and Killavullen (31.11) speak to Ger


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Sunday March 1st

Reaction from Cork boss Kieran Kingston following the hurlers’ defeat to Galway. Ronan McCarthy on the footballers’ win over Derry. Melissa Duggan and Ephie Fitzgerald on the Cork ladies footballers’ win over Mayo. John O’Shea talks darts and his new project for young players. And we talk motorsport with Lucca Allen.


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Sunday February 23rd

Tomas O’Leary analyses Ireland’s defeat to England with his former Munster teammate Marcus Horan. We hear from Kieran Kingston after Cork’s defeat to Limerick and Mark Dinan talks us through the game. We speak to Matt Griffin about his motor racing career and more.


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England v Ireland Preview

As Ireland prepare to head to the lions den of Twickenham on Sunday Ruairi and Bench guest host, former Ireland and Munster star Tomás O’Leary sat down to look ahead to the game. Tomás speaks to his former Munster team Denis Fogarty about the challenge facing Ireland, and we hear from Andy Farrell and Keith Earls. We also hear from Cork’s Jack Crowley who’s been lighting up the Under 20 Six Nations with some electrifying performances in the number 10 shirt.


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Sunday February 16th

Reaction from Kieran Kingston as Cork defeat Westmeath, and Denis Hurley talks us through the game. Tomás O’Leary talks to hsi former Munster team mate Denis Fogarty about Ireland’s trip to Twickenham, the under 20s, Garrett Fitzgerald’s passing and more. We talk to Chris McCarthy following his bronze medal win at the European U21 Karate Championships. And we look ahead to Fight Con as some of the biggest names in MMA come to Cork.

 

 


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Sunday February 9th

Ruairi O’Hagan and Tomás O’Leary recap the day’s action and talk about the weather, naturally. Reaction from Ronan McCarthy as Cork make it three wins from three. UCC’s Mark Coleman and Tom Kingston after their Fitzgibbon Cup Semi Final win. We hear from the Irish women’s team after their win over Wales. We talk Muay Thai with the Siam Warriors crew, and we hear from Cork City’s Dylan McGlade.


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Sunday February 22nd

Ruairi and Tomas round up the days action, befoew we hear from Ronan McCarthy following Cork’s win over Leitrim. Kieran Kingston on the hurlers’ win over Tipperary. Paudi Murray on the Cork camogie win over Waterford. Cork City legend George O’Callaghan previews the new league of Ireland season. And we preview Superbowl 54 with the Cork Admirals.


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Sunday January 19th

Ruairi and Tomás round up the day’s action. Reaction from UCC after they beat CIT in the Fitzgibbon Cup. Dave Colbert of Father O’Neill’s after their heartbreaking defeat to Tullaroan. We discuss Munster’s win over Saracens. We talk to Sean Sheehan of Severe MMA about Conor McGregor’s win over Donald Cerrone.


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Saturday January 18th

Ruairi and former Munster and Ireland scrum half Tomás O’Leary run down the main stories of the day. The lads discuss the Ireland Six Nations squad and preview Munster v Ospreys. They round off the show chatting about Conor McGregor v Donald Cerrone.


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Sunday January 12th

Tomás O’Leary speaks to Jonny Holland about Munsters 39-22 defeat to Munster. Reaction from UCC after their Fitzgibbon and Sigerson Cup wins over NUI Galway, including a frustrated Billy Morgan who wasn’t happy with the scheduling of the game. We hear from Ronan McCarthy and Kieran Kingston as the hurlers and footballers lose to Limerick. Kevin Byrne of the Irish Sun talks about Spike O’Sullivan’s bout with Jaime Munguia.


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Saturday January 11th

Ruairi and Tomas O’Leary wrap up the days action, they preview Munster’s trip to Racing and more.


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Sunday Jan 5th

Reaction from Russell Rovers as they advance to the All Ireland Final. We hear from St Michael’s as they’re crowned U21 Football Champions. Spike O’Sullivan previews his big fight in Texas. We sit down with Cork City boss Neale Fenn to preview the new season. And we talk to Cork Admirals head coach Alan Lomasney


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Saturday Jan 4th

Former Munster and Ireland scrum half Tomás O’Leary makes his Big Red Bench presenting debut. We discuss Nemo Rangers’ defeat to Corofin and hear from manager Paul O’Donovan. We hear from Dave Colbert as Father O’Neill’s book their place in the All Ireland Final. We discuss Munster’s defeat to Ulster, reaction from the Cork footballers win over Tipperary, we discuss Adam Idah’s hat trick for Norwich City and more.


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Sunday 22nd December

Reaction from Sarsfields as they win the Under 21 hurling championship. We speak to UCC’s Darragh Fitzgibbon. Lucca Allen joins us to discuss his F4 Championship win.


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Saturday 21st December

Cork City chairman Declan Carey discusses the FAI’s future, Kieran Kingston reflects on Cork’s win over Kerry, Ray Casey on his plans for 2020 and more


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Sunday December 8th

Reaction from Russell Rovers as they’re crowned Munster Champions. Ross Bulman talks to us about his snooker career so far. Kieran McCarthy discusses his book on Skibbereen Rowing, “Something in the Water”


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Saturday 7th December

Gavin Cooney of the42.ie discusses yesterday’s press conference where the FAI presented their 2018 accounts, showing a liability of over €55m.

Neal Horgan joins us to discuss his new book The Cross Roads, and we talk about the FAI accounts and the association’s relationship with the League of Ireland over the years.


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Sunday December 1st

Reaction from Nemo Rangers as they’re crowned AIB Munster Club Football Champions – we speak to boss Paul O’Donovan, and players Barry O’Driscoll, Paul Kerrigan and Luke Connolly. Oisin Langan provides analysis. We talk to Cork fotoballer Brian Hurley. And we chat with Niamh McCarthy following the Cork woman’s bronze for Ireland in the World Para Athletics Championships in Dubai.


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Saturday November 30th

Ruairi and Ryan wrap up the day’s Premier League action and ask – is it now officially Liverpool’s year?

We preview Nemo Rangers v Clonmel Commercials in the AIB Munster Club Championship Final and hear from Nemo Forward Paul Kerrigan

We speak to Sonia O’Sullivan as the Cobh native is inducted into the Irish Athletics Hall of Fame on the day of her 50th birthday.

And we speak to the Rebel Wheelers.


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Sunday November 24th

Reaction from Donoughmore as they’re crowned All Ireland Champions. We speak to Father O’Neill’s after their AIB Munster Club Intermediate Hurling Championship win. More reaction from All Ireland Champions Mourneabbey. And we look back at Munster’s draw with Racing.


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Saturday 23rd November

We discuss Mourneabbey’s All Ireland Final win and we talk to captain Bríd O’Sullivan. We speak to Donoughmore’s Eileen Lyons ahead of their All Ireland Final. Ted Owens on Chairde Chorcai.


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Sunday November 17th

Reaction from Nemo Rangers as they book their place in the Munster final. We hear from Cork minor camogie manager Jerry Wallace after their Munster final win. Melissa Duggan speaks after picking up her first All Star.  Graham Cummins discusses his Cork City departure. We hear from Mick McCarthy ahead of the Denmark game and we discuss the Thierry Henry handball incident ten years on.


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Saturday November 16th

Reaction from Russel Rovers after their Munster quarter final win, and reaction from Kilshannig following their defeat. WE talk to Blackrock as they were crowned Intermediate hurling champions. Colin O’Brien discusses the Ireland u17 win against Montenegro at Turner’s Cross. Graham Cummins discusses his departure from Cork City.


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Sunday November 10th

Reaction from Nemo Rangers as they book their place in the Munster semi final, and from Fr O’Neill’s as they advance to the Munster Final. WE hear from Mourneabbey as they book their place in the All Ireland Final. Reaction from Kilshannig after their Junior A football championship win. WE talk to Cork camogie boss Paudie Murray. Colin O’Brien previews the Ireland Under 17 qualifiers. And reaction from the Cork fighters after a thrilling night of action at Cage Warriors


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Saturday November 2nd

BDO Masters Champion John O’Shea joins us to talk about his win at the Circus Tavern and how it’s changed his life. Ireland and Munster legend Moss Finn discusses South Africa’s win over England at the World Cup final. Ruairi and Ryan run through the days headlines and wrap up a hectic day of Premier League action.


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Sunday October 27th

Reaction from Nemo Rangers as they’re crowned Senior football champions, we hear from Paul O’Donovan, Luke Connolly, Paul Kerrigan and Barry O’Driscoll. We speak to Eire Og’s Daniel Goulding and Paudie Kissane after their PIFC win. Mourneabbey boss Shane Ronayne on their Munster Final win. Cork City midfielder sits down with us to talk about their season. And we hear from Cage Warriors boss, Corkman Graham Boylan.


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Saturday October 26th

We preview the Cork County senior football championship final between Nemo Rangers and Duhallow, and we get the thoughts of Cork legend Dinny Allen.

Cork City boss Neale Fenn joins us to discuss the end of their season

Reaction from Donoughmore and Inch Rovers as they were crowned Munster Champions

Sarsfields’ Niamh O’Callaghan previews their Munster Semi Final


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Sunday October 20th

As Imokilly make it a three in a row of Senior Hurling Championship titles we hear from Decky Dalton and Paudie O’Sullivan, and boss Fergal Condon confirms to us that he’s stepping down as manager. We also hear from Joe Schmidt and Rory Best as they bid farewell to Ireland.


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Saturday October 19th

The thoughts of Cork County Board chairperson Tracey Kennedy and former GAA president on today’s Congress at Pairc ui Chaoimh that saw the introduction of a two tier football championship. Analysis of Ireland’s hammering at the hands of New Zealand from Tom Savage of Three Red Kings.We preview Imokilly v Glen Rovers in the Senior Hurling championship final and we hear from Mark Landers.


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Sunday October 6th

Reaction from Glen Rovers and Imokilly after their Senior Hurling championship semi final wins. Reaction from Mourneabbey after their win over West Cork in the county final. Midleton Cricket Chairman Adrian Stack discusses their 2019. Luke Prendeville talks to us from Japan about Ireland’s World Cup so far. And we talk womens football with John Andrews.


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Saturday October 5th

We speak to Cork hurling managers Kieran Kingston, Donal Og Cusack and Pat Ryan following their unveiling at Pairc ui Chaoimh earlier in the week. We wrap up the day’s action and hear from Cork City boss Neale Fenn after their defeat to Bohemians.


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Sunday 22nd September

Reaction from Moss Finn following Ireland’s win over Scotland. We speak to Douglas boss Mick Evans after their win over Ballincollig, while Imokilly’s Fergal Condon discusses their win over Sarsfields. We talk to Cork under 20 captain Peter O’Driscoll and we hear Everton after they were awarded the FAI’s club mark award


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Saturday September 21st

Reaction from Cork City’s draw with Finn Harps and analysis from George O’Callaghan. Updates from Glen Rovers’ win over Newtownshandrum.


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Sunday September 15th

Reaction from St Finbarr’s and Carrigtwohill as they book their place in the Cork County SHC semi finals. We talk to Colm Crowley about recreational GAA. Adrian Russell talks about “The Double – How Cork made GAA history”. Shane O’Neill discusses Cage Warriors’ return to Cork.


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Saturday September 14th

After Alan Bennett’s testimonial we hear from the man himself, along with Derek Coughlan, Dave Hill, Dan Murray, Liam Kearney, Joe Gamble and Achille Campion. We preview the Avondhu JAHC final between Clyda Rovers and Harbour Rovers. And we spend quite a bit of the show talking about the All Ireland Final which was ongoing throughout the show.


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Sunday 1st September

Reaction from Cork boss Bobbie O’Dwyer, selector Ollie O’Sullivan and county board chairperson Tracey Kennedy after the Rebels were crowned All Ireland Minor Football Champions. Kerry boss Peter Keane and Dublin boss Jim Gavin discuss their draw. Cork City boss Neale Fenn previews Wateford clash., Reaction from Ballyhea and Sarsfields after their SHC wins. Greenwood FC discuss the John Egan Academy.


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Saturday August 31st

Cork boss Bobbie O’Dwyer looks ahead to tomorrow’s minor final with Galway. Aidan O’Mahony previews Kerry v Dublin, and we hear from both managers. Neale Fenn on Cork City’s defeat to Sligo Rovers.


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Sunday August 25

We hear from Cork ladies boss Ephie Fitzgerald who confirms he’s stepping down following today’s defeat to Dublin. Cork boss Donie Daly talks about the Rebels being crowned All Ireland under 16 camogie champions. Reaction from Cork U20 boss Denis Ring after the Rebels’ defeat to Tipperary. Cobh Ramblers’ Bill O’Leary discusses their co-op. And we talk MMA with Jack Maguire.


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Saturday August 24th

Regular updates from Cork v Tipp in the U20 hurling final. Ephie Fitzgerald looks ahead to Cork v Dublin. We discuss Cork City’s shock FAI Cup exit. Reaction from Ireland’s big defeat to England. And we preview the divisional finals.


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Sunday August 11th

We were joined by Jack Murphy and Blake Murphy to discuss the U20 All Ireland final win over Dublin. Reaction from Kerry’s win over Tyrone. Alan Corcoran of Rockmount discusses his father Jamesie’s passing and the impact it’s had on him and the club, and looks ahead to the James Corcoran Memorial Golf Classic in Blarney Golf Club in September. Stuart Ashton discusses Cobh Ramblers’ defeat to Dundalk in the FAI Cup.


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Saturday August 10th

Reaction from the Cork minor camp as they book their place in the All Ireland final for the first time in nine years. Aidan O’Mahon previews Kerry v Tyrone. Reaction from Ireland v Italy. FAI Cup round up with Cork City, Cobh Ramblers and Cobh Wanderers.


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Saturday July 27

Reaction from the Cork Ladies’ defeat to Armagh

We preview Cork v Tyrone in the U20 All Ireland Semi Final

WE preview Cork v Monaghan in the minor quarter final

We preview Cork City v Shamrock Rovers


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Sunday July 21

We hear from Shane Lowry as he’s crowned the Open Champion

We talk to Charleville and Valley Rovers after their RedFM Hurling League final wins

Reaction from Cork’s defeat to Tyrone

We preview the Munster Under 20 final between Cork and Tipperary with Robert Downey

Reaction from the Cork Minor Ladies team as they book their place in the All Ireland Final


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Saturday July 20

Regular updates from Croke park from what turned out to be a defeat for Cork against Tyrone.

The Cork Admirals preview their Shamrock Bowl semi final

Phoenix Wrestling preview their big one year anniversary show


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Sunday July 7th

Reaction from Cork boss John Meyler and Darragh Fitzgibbon following the Rebels’ big win over Westmeath. We hear from Ronan McCarthy, Paul Kerrigan and Brian Hurley after the footballers’ win over Laois. We talk motorsport with Cork’s Lucca Allen and we preview Cork City v Preston.


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Saturday July 6th

Ciaran reports from Cork’s win over Laois. We hear from the Cork U20 hurlers after their win over Limerick. Reaction from Cork City’s draw with Bohemians. Joanne O’Riordan previews the World Cup Final.


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Sunday June 8th

Reaction from Pairc ui Chaoimh as we hear from both senior and minor managers, we wrap up a busy day across the country, we speak to Cork camogie’s Gemma O’Connor and we wrap up the weekend’s Feile action.


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Saturday June 1st

Following a lengthy and rambling opening segment where Ruairi reminsces about being on an Irish language quiz show Eureka about a billion years ago, the lads discuss the Champions League final, we discuss Cork City’s draw with St Pat’s, the lads talk football rule changes, and we hear from Ephie Fitzgerald after Cork’s win over Kerry.


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Sunday May 26th

Cork football boss Ronan McCarthy and Douglas star Kevin Flahive look ahead to the clash with Limerick. Alan Cadogan discusses the win over Limerick. UCC’s Noel Healy and Rob Slevin are in studio to discuss their Munster Senior League success. John Cotter looks ahead to the EA Sports Cup clash with Bohemians.


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Saturday May 25th

Reaction from Paudie Murray and Linda Collins are Cork are crowned Munster Camogie champions. John Meyler on their win over Limerick. Brian Turnbull on the Under 20 Championship. John Cotter on Cork City’s defeat to Shamrock Rovers. Chairman of Féile Brendie Brien & Ger Ryan Vice Chair of Munster on Feile na nGael 2019. Alan Cadogan on Feile, and his return to Cork Colours. Derek Hegarty of the Rebel Wheelers.


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Sunday May 12th

We hear from John Meyler and Liam Sheedy following Tipperary’s seven point win over Cork, and we speak to former Cork captain Mark Landers. Cork Camogie boss Paudie Murray on their win over Limerick. Cork County Cricket Club preview their season.


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Sunday May 5th

Reaction From Orla Finn, Martina O’Brien, Saoirse Noonan and Ephie Fitzgerald as the Cork ladies are crowned league champions. Cork City chairman Declan Carey on the departure of John Caulfield and the appointment of John Cotter. Avondale United duo Dave Kiely and Eoghan Lougheed look ahead to their FAI Intermediate Cup Final against Crumlin United. And Cork legend Diarmuid O’Sullivan previews Cork v Tipperary


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Saturday May 4th

We sit down with interim Cork City boss John Cotter about a rollercoaster week for the club following John Caulfield’s departure. We also got the reaction from City legends Neal Horgan and Joe Gamble. Ephie Fitzgerald previews Cork v Galway. ANd we get the view from the Tipperary camp ahead of next week’s clash with Cork.


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Cork City and John Caulfield Part Ways

Following the announcement this morning that Cork City and John Caulfield have parted ways after 5 and a half years, Ruairi and Colm sat down to discuss the news, and City legends Neal Horgan and Joe Gamble give their views.


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Sunday April 28th

All Ireland minor camogie champions Cork in studio. Reaction from Cork’s seniors win over Clare. Reaction from Fermoy’s win and Kilworth’s win in the Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship. Cork City assistant boss John Cotter looks ahead to their clash with Finn Harps. Blarney United Under 17 boss Greg Constant on their FAI Cup win over St Kevin’s Boys.


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Saturday April 27th

Reaction from Cork’s win over Clare in the All Ireland Minor Camogie Championship final. We hear from John Caulfield after Cork City’s defeat to Derry City. Referee Pat Kelly reflects on his career.


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Sunday 21st April

Cork SHC Reaction, Cork Senior Ladies semi final win, John Caulfield ahead of Sligo Rovers game


Saturday 20th April

We chat about Cork City, Munster Rugby, Cork Camogie, County hurling Championship and also Pat Kelly Part 1! A Refs advisor with Uefa


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Sunday April 14th

Cork City boss John Caulfield on their trip to UCD. A big preview of the Senior Hurling Championship. Reaction from Ilen Rovers win over Carbery Rangers in the SFC. Joanne O’Riordan talks to Tracey Kennedy. And we talk to Phoenix Wrestling.


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Saturday April 13th

Gavin Cooney of the42.ie on John Delaney and the FAI. Former Cork City player Neal Horgan gives us his view. Stephen Henderson on Cobh Ramblers win over Galway United, and on the FAI/Delaney.


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Sunday April 7th

Reaction from the Cork ladies’ win over Dublin

Plenty of SFC reaction as we hear from Dohenys, Fermoy, Clonakilty, St Finbarrs and Nemo Rangers

We talk to Dillon Manning after his bronze medal win in the Sambo World Cup.

We talk about the relaunched dromina10

And Joanne O’Riordan talks to Cork GAA Chairperson Tracey Kennedy


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Saturday April 6th

Davy Russell after winning the Grand National with Tiger Roll. SFC previews from Fermoy, Doheneys, O’Donovan Rossa and Clonakilty. Kevin O’Donovan on the Championship format vote. Cork City boss John Caulfield on their defeat to Shamrock Rovers. Johann Van Graan on Munster’s win over Cardiff. And we pay tribute to the late great Pat McAuliffe.


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Sunday March 31st

Cork City boss John Caulfield and Cobh Ramblers manager Stephen Henderson on tomorrow night’s EA Sports Cup clash at Turner’s Cross. We preview the Senior Football Championship and hear from St Finbarrs, Nemo Rangers, Castlehaven, Fermoy, Dohenys, and Clyda Rovers. We talk MMA with up and coming Cork Star Pa Lehane. And we preview the next episode of the Joanne O’Riordan Podcast.


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Saturday March 30th

County board secretary and CEO Kevin O’Donovan on the county championship proposals. Jonny Holland on Munster’s win over Edinburgh. Reaction from Cork v Kilkenny. John Caulfield on Cork City’s defeat.


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Sunday March 24th

Discussion on Cork footballers getting relegated to Div3, Success for Avondale and Highfield.


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Saturday March 23rd

Reaction from Cork City, Cobh Ramblers and Cork Camogie. Cobh4Football plus much more


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Sunday March 17th

We talk to Graham Canty about the incredible fund raising efforts for Kieran O’Connor. Cork City womens boss Ronan Collins on their defeat to Wexford Youths. Christians boss Tommy Crowe and captain Scott Buckley on their Munster Senior Cup win over Rivals Pres. Ray Houghton on Ireland. Ant O’Brien on the Wimp2Warrior Finale


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Saturday March 16th

Ronan McCarthy on the footballers’ defeat to Donegal. Ephie Fitzgerald on the ladies footballers’ win over Donegal. John Caulfield on City’s win over Bohs. Cork motorscylist Luke Murphy on his grueling 7 hour race. Joanne O’Riordan discusses her new podcast on Cork’s RedFM


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Sunday March 10th

Reaction from Cork’s defeat to Tippeary. Paudie Murray on Cork’s defeat to Kilkenny in the camogie league semi final. Moss Finn on Ireland’s win over France. Ken Bruton and Josh O’Shea on Avondale United’s win over Midleton in the Intermediate Cup semi final. Rockmount boss Billy Kelleher on facing Avondale in the semi final. Stephen Henderson on Cobh Ramblers’ 6-1 win over Wexford.


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Saturday March 9th

We speak to Gearoid Morrissey after his two world class goals help Cork City to a 4-3 win over Finn Harps. Colm Hand of the FAI on the Football Exhibition at St Peters on North Main Street. Denis Kirwan previews Cheltenham 2019. Iain `Cooney of Midleton CBS on their win over Colaiste Eoin. Will Leahy of Imokilly talks about their upcoming championship campaign and talk of three in a row. Carbery hurling boss Charlie Vaughan.


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Sunday March 3rd

Ruairi and Ciaran discuss the Cork v Tipperary hurling postponement. Cork football boss Ronan McCarthy on their win over Tipp, and Barry O’Mahony of the Echo analyses the game. We hear from a frustrated Stephen Henderson after Cobh Ramblers go down to Athlone Town at St Colman’s Park. We hear from Midleton CBS.


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Saturday March 2nd

On the show tonight

UCC GAA Officer John Grainger on their Fitzgibbon and Collingwood success, Cork GAA Chairperson Tracey Kennedy, Midleton CBS, John Cotter and Karl Sheppard on Cork City’s draw with Derry City


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Sunday February 24th

Reaction to Cork’s win over Limerick, Cork Camogie drawing with Galway, Ireland’s win over Italy, a New GAA Referee course in Cork plus much more


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Saturday 23rd February

GAA Congress and Reaction to Cork City and Cobh Ramblers defeats along with reaction to UCC winning the Sigerson Cup!


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17th February

Reaction from Cork v Clare with John Meyler, and the lads have a chat about sliotar colours. Reaction from UCC’s win over NUIG in the Sigerson Cup. Cobh Ramblers manager Stephen Henderson previews their 2019 campaign


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16th February

Reaction from Midleton CBS’ win in the Harty Cup Final. We hear fro M St Francis College Rochestown after their Tom Collum Cup win. Diarmuid O’Sullivan previews Cork v Clare. John Caulfield on Cork CIty’s defeat to St Pats. Johann Van Graan on Munster’s big win. Ian McLoughlin of Ballincollig Basketball


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Sunday February 10th

Reaction from a disappointed Charleville camp after their All Ireland final defeat. We preview the Harty Cup Final and hear from Christians and Midleton CBS. We talk to Ray Casey about competing at the Isle of Man TT. Reaction from Cork City’s defeat to Dundalk


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Saturday February 9th

We preview tomorrow’s All Ireland IHC Final between Charleville and Oranmore-Maree, we also have LIVE updates from Cork City v Dundalk in the Presidents Cup @ Turners Cross plus loads more!


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Sunday February 3rd

We hear from the Cork hurlers and footballers following their defeats in the double header in Pairc ui Chaoimh. Moss Finn analyses Ireland’s Six Nations defeat to England. The Cork Admirals preview Superbowl 53 between the New England Patriots and the LA Rams.


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Saturday February 2nd

Reaction from the Cork ladies’ clash with Galway. Seamus Harnedy and Paul Morris preview Cork v Wexford. UCC boss Tom Kingston. MMA World champion Ryan The Hulk Spillane


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Sunday 27 January

John Meyler on the Cork hurlers’ defeat to Kilkenny Ronan McCarthy on the footballers’ draw with Fermanagh Reaction from Inniscarra’s defeat in the All Ireland Semi Final Sean McCarthy of the Mardyke Arena Emerging Talent Programme


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Saturday 26th January

World Champion Sanita Puspure on her 2018 and plans for 2019 Gemma O’Connor on the current state of Camogie and how it should be improved Brunell’s Tim O’Halloran previews their cup final and we hear from Paul Ryan of the Rebel Wheelers.


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Mardyke Emerging Talent – Sean McCarthy – Karate

Ciarán O’Regan of the Big Red Bench spoke to Sean McCarthy, just one of the athletes on the Mardyke Arena’s Emerging Talent Programme.

Sean has been going from strength to strength since joining the ETP. He is a member of the Cloghroe Karate Club and works under the guidance of his coach Stephen O’Callaghan. Sean had an exceptional 2018 year by not only winning a silver medal at the European Karate championships last February but by winning a bronze medal at the recent Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires. Currently ranked 3rd in the world, Sean will be aiming for a podium results at the upcoming European championship. Down to earth, hard worker and above all extremely modest, Sean (and his twin brother Chris) are without a doubt, aiming to create headlines at Paris 2024.

Sean has recently been nominated for the RTE Young Sportsperson of the year.

The Mardyke Emerging Talent Programme is supported by Cork’s RedFM, The Evening Echo and Bodychef.ie


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Sunday 20th January

Reaction from Cloughduv’s defeat in the All Ireland Semi Final. Cork camogie boss Paudie Murray on their win over Tipp. COrk City boss John Caulfield on their win over Fermoy. Steven Beattie reflects on his City career. And DJ Kicks continues our feature on getting fit in the new year.


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Saturday 19th January

On the show we get reaction to Charleville’s All Ireland IHC Semi Final, We hear from the winners of the Rebel Og Awards plus much more


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Sunday 13th January

Ted Owens on the Dr Con Murphy night happening next week Doireann O’Sullivan on being named Southside Sports Star of the month CIan Kiely and Sean O’Shea of UCC ahead of the Sigerson Cup


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Saturday 12th January

Ronan McCarthy and Stephen Cronin on Cork’s defeat to Clare in the McGrath Cup final. Conor Counihan and Graham Canty discuss the future of Cork football. Cork City boss John Caulfield on their 5-0 win over Limerick in their pre season friendly. And the 2nd week of our feature on getting fit for the New Year.


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Sunday January 6th

Reaction to the Cork vs Limerick Football game, Reaction to Cork Con’s Munster Senior Cup win plus much more


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Saturday January 5th

We chat about Fitness and getting some exercise in, We catch up with Shane Ronayne, Manager of the Mourneabbey Ladies footballers who won the All Ireland title before Christmas, reaction from Cork v Waterford plus much more!


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Sunday 16th December

Interviews with newly elected officers to Cork GAA County Board, chat about Convention and we look back at Munster’s loss to Castres


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Sunday 9th December

Reaction from Glanmire after their All Ireland Junior Football Championship final win WE hear from Mourneabbey after they lift the senior crown Reaction from Fr O’Neill’s after they win the Premier 1 Under 21 Hurling Championship Final And part 1 of our lengthy interview with Aoife and Paudie Murray as they reflect on Cork’s All Ireland success and look ahead to 2019


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Saturday 8th December

On tonight’s show we discussed Mourneabbey’s All Ireland win. We heard from Glanmire boss Dave Carey as they prepare for the All Ireland junior final. Johnny Dunleavy spoke to us about leaving Cork City and signing for Sligo Rovers. And John Meyler joined us to discuss Cork’s 2018 and to look ahead to 2019.


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Sunday 2nd December

Reaction from Cloughduv as they win the Munster Junior hurling championship We discuss Dromtarriffe’s defeat to Beaufort in the Munster football final We hear from Emma Spillane, Ciara and Doireann O’Sullivan after their All Star Wins Spike O’Sullivan is in studio to talk about his fight on Friday in Mayo And we talk to Phoenix Wrestling ahead of their final Cork show of the year


Big Red Bench

Saturday 1 December

We talk to Dromtarriffe and Cloughduv ahead of their Munster Junior finals tomorrow Alan Kelly talks to us after he was named the MLS referee for the third time in four years. And we talk to the Rebel Wheelers


Big Red Bench

Sunday 25th November

We get reaction from Mick McCarthy’s and Stephen Kenny’s appointments to the International set up. We hear from Fermoy following their loss in the Munster IFC Final today, we hear from Grainne Dwyer about the upcoming Belfast Classic


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