“It’s like a different planet,” says a stunned Ray Darcy. “You have to try it for yourself” – The Irish Times

It’s a unique sight we haven’t seen in years. Amid colorful festivals and time-honoured rituals, foreign dignitaries mingle with the assembled crowds, honoring an institution that may seem mysterious to some but to many but, in the words of one commentator, “the pulse of the nation.” No wonder radio presenters admit that the scenes they witness are hard to capture. “We’ll try to paint a picture, but you have to try it for yourself,” says Ray Darcy, a stunned of the National Plowing Championships. “It’s like a different planet.”

Organized for the first time since 2019, the annual Country Life Festival is a staple on the airwaves throughout the week, making for a delightful parallel to the uninterrupted display of grandfather surrounding Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral on Monday. broadcast Show Ray Darcy (RTÉ Radio 1, weekdays) From the event on Tuesday, the host is in for a treat as he hears fellow Montrose show host Marty Morrissey use the national heartbeat metaphor to describe plowing. “That’s where Ireland will be for the next three days,” Morrissey says, compared to the All-Ireland Final or the Republic of Ireland match at home.

This is how collective nationalist events such as this have been called, Darcy speaking to Irish hero Ray Houghton. The international sporting royal family is also present in the form of former Italy striker Toto Schillaci. Former competitors are on site for a pizza-making competition, which lowers the glamor a bit, while the interview is exhilarating but fast. Houghton is expected to look fondly on the ’90s Italia, while Schillaci’s limited language means soul-stripping discoveries are overstated.

Faced with this, Darcy sometimes struggles to ask, “Do you eat pizza at home?” But his apparent enthusiasm, allied with the lively presence of his Italian guest – “You have a big smile, why?” He asks his host – make an optimistic element. Overall, D’Arcy’s graceful demeanor is a testament to the relaxed atmosphere of the tournaments. As was the norm before the pandemic intervened, plenty of Irish radios are blasting the action, from Marty Whelan’s hilarious, on Lyric FM, to Kieran Cuddihy, on Newstalk.

But D’Arcy in particular seems like he was really excited to be there, and his passion for a soundtrack from Country’n’Irish, or the arrival of his longtime TV sparring partner Dustin the Turkey, wasn’t affected. The dependable puppeteer unleashes a ruthless stinger at D’Arcy’s expense before turning on the love of the mostly country mob of Garth Brooks. It’s somewhat funny, though, as the host wisely ends the item before his mouthful guest skips a welcome note: “Farmers and turkeys, there’s only one way this relationship will go,” he comments calmly. By contrast, Darcy appears refreshed by a short trip with his country.

in another place, pat kenny (Newstalk, weekdays) He looks fresh when he’s back on the air after a holiday. He certainly approaches the extensive coverage of the Queen’s death with impressive enthusiasm, lending a sympathetic ear to Edwina Currie as the usually scathing former Conservative Party minister who speaks of the late King’s “evil” humor. However, the host also heard journalist Inda Brady point out that the vast wealth of the British royal family is in a country that also has 2,200 food banks.

While Kenny performs these duties in a respectful and respectful manner, he appears energetic as he is stuck with his interview with Finance Minister Pascal Donohoe. After the minister pre-examines next week’s budget, the host is at his best forensics as he ranges from issues from rising energy prices to a housing crisis.

The host takes the same approach with each topic: a detailed opening question followed by impatient notes. The minister’s meticulous comments about massive increases in permanent electricity charges and hotel rates are offset by brisk comments about “people playing with what they deserve.”

As Pat Kenny condemns skyrocketing rents and a lack of real estate to buy, the host’s desperation is audible: he describes the situation as a “scandal that will return to haunt posterity.”

Kenny’s anger only grows when he shifts the focus to the topic of goal-rich housing. As he condemns rising rents and a shortage of real estate to buy, the host’s despair is heard: he describes the situation as “a scandal that will return to haunt posterity.” When Donohoe, who continues his message throughout, spoke positively of the role of the private equity sector, Kenny had enough: “They always cry, but I’ve never seen a developer on a bike.” It is unlikely that such anger would have any meaningful effect, but it was still pleasant to hear the voice of a host tearing up.

If Kenny indulges in the grouchy side of his character in this instance, he reminds listeners of his current affairs brilliance when discussing a Garda car crash in Cherry Orchard, Dublin. Despite the unsettling circumstances—a crowd of teens cheered as the performers shift their car to Gardaí—the host avoids his sometimes horrific tone in social unrest. Instead, local council member Hazel de Norchen was heard bemoaning the lack of local services, and former detective Pat Marie noted, such assaults are not new, going back to the 1980s.

When Kenny is updated, little can plow the radio furrow with such special self-confidence

Perhaps the most telling comments from Calvin O’Brien come from Talking Bolox Podcast. Talking about the “snowball effect” of inherent poverty, he picks up on the host’s earlier remark that cheerful young men aren’t afraid of the police: “The police shouldn’t frighten you: you should feel safe,” he notes. Despite the name of his podcast, O’Brien talks about meaning.

The contrasting subtle discussion is one of the many highlights Kenny has made. He has an intriguing conversation with novelist Maggie O’Farrell about the murderous Renaissance lords, and hears an explanatory analysis on the escalating Ukrainian war with journalist Shashank Joshi. When Kenny is updated, little can plow the radio furrow with such special self-confidence.