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Culture Night on RTÉ 2023 - One night for all

RTÉ is once again partnering with Culture Night and the Arts Council, broadcasting live across radio, television and online from  multiple regional venues between 7pm and 11pm on Friday 22nd September.


Culture Night 2023 | Live from Dún Lúiche (Dunlewey) | RTÉ One & RTÉ Player | 7pm. 

The centerpiece of RTÉ’s celebration of Culture Night 2023 will be a live music and arts TV programme broadcast on RTÉ One at 7pm. RTÉ will take the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and guests to Dún Lúiche (Dunlewey) at the foot of Mount Errigal and the edge of Loch Dhún Lúiche in the heart of the Donegal Gaeltacht.   


Presented by musician and host of Radio One’s Folk On One, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, the programme will feature the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, with guest artists including The Murder Captial, Aby Coulibaly, Olesya Zdorovetska. 

Leaders of the current Irish folk revival, Ye Vagabonds, will perform from the amphitheatre on Oileán Árainn Mhór (Arranmore Island) with guests Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh + Nia Ní Bheirn. The show will also take a look at Culture Night events around the country.  



The Murder Capital


Arena | RTÉ Radio 1 and RTÉ Radio Player | 7pm 

John McGahern

From 7pm to 8pm on RTÉ Radio 1, Seán Rocks will present Arena LIVE from The Glens Centre in Manorhamilton, Co Leitrim. The show will take place in front of a live audience, and will feature contributions from local artists, writers and musicians.

Included in the line-up are the poet  Brian Leyden and the screenwriter and filmmaker Eamon Little, who wrote the screenplay for That They May Face The Rising Sun - the forthcoming feature adaptation of John McGahern’s novel. Brian and Eamon will discuss McGahern’s life and legacy, as well as his connection with Leitrim.  

Also taking part in the show is local uillean piper John Tuohy who will be on hand to play some tunes and explore the tradition of piping in Leitrim.  Will Govan and Rebecca O’Connor of The Moth  magazine will talk theatre and publishing with Seán. 

RTÉ 2fm RISING on Culture Night | RTÉ 2fm and RTÉ Radio Player | 7pm

From 7pm to 11pm, RTÉ 2fm will broadcast live from The Mermaid in Bray, with support from Wicklow County Council.  With live performances featuring four acts from the 2FM Rising roster, Soulé, Chasing Abbey, Still Blue and Aonair, the Mermaid event is RTÉ’s debut into the new ‘Culture Night Late’ strand. 2FM’s Graham Smyth will perform a DJ set mashing up the best of Irish music that the station has supported over the years, from global superstars to the current 2FM Rising roster for 2023! 

The event is free, but tickets must be booked in advance – information available on


For those who can’t make the live gig, the concert will be broadcast live on 2fm, hosted by Beta da Silva from 7-11pm.

Lorcan Murray’s Classic Drive | RTÉ lyric fm and RTÉ Radio Player | 4pm 

Lorcan Murray

From 4pm to 7pm, Lorcan Murray will broadcast live from the Hunt  Museum, Limerick, where overlooking the River Shannon he will explore the many wonders of the unique collection of artifacts from Ireland and abroad which are housed here.

Guests include Deirdre O’Mahony – a practicing visual artist whose practice is informed by a deep interest in rural sustainability, farming, food security and rural/urban relationships. Lorcan will speak with Deirdre and a selection of school children from Thomand Primary School, involved in this years’ 40th EVA International Guest Programme Partnership, where Deirdre has created a permanent micro-forest on site with the school children. This involves a visual art collaboration with Berlin-based artists Slaves and Tatars.

Also joining Lorcan will be Óscar Mascarenas, a lecturer of music at UL and PHD student of ritual and chant. Originally from Mexico but now based in the Burren, Co. Clare, Óscar will discuss his life as a musician, sound artist and photographer, amongst other practices, typically engaging the unique landscape of the Burren in his art.

Live with Paul Harriott | RTÉ lyric fm and RTÉ Radio Player | 7pm 

Paul Herriott

From 7pm to 10pm, Paul Herriott will chat to Irish Jazz trombonist, composer and conductor Robert Valentine Lamb ahead of a performance of the world premiere of his Conversations for Trombone, Violin and Orchestra performed by Mia Cooper (violin) and Michael Marshall (trombone) with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra under the direction of Gavin Maloney.

Cuireadh chun Ceoil | RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta and  RTÉ Radio Player | 7pm 

From 7-9pm, Peadar Ó Riada from Cúil Aodha will present Cuireadh chun Ceoillive from Dún Lúiche (Dunlewey) in the heart of the Donegal Gaeltacht.  


Sinead O’Connor Live at Vicar Street

RTÉ Player will curate a Culture Night-specific rail of content, with titles including:

Untameable - A cinematic journey into Seamus Heaney’s Bog Poems and Ireland’s wild bog landscape, written by Colm Tóibín, narrated by Ciarán Hinds and featuring Michelle Fairley.

The Peculiar Sensation of Being Pat Ingoldsby - Seamus Murphy’s curious camera roams the deep terrain of cult Irish writer Pat Ingoldsby’s unique world and his relationship with his beloved Dublin. 

Also included is Sinéad O’Connor Live At Vicar Street, Steps of Freedom: The Story of Irish Dance and much more.

For more information on Culture Night on RTÉ visit:

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