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Sunday July 25th

Paul Kerrigan on Kerry’s demolition of Cork. Kieran Kingston on Cork’s win over Clare. Moss Finn on the Lions’ win over SA. Sonia O’Sullivan and Kenny Egan on the Olympics.


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Saturday July 24th

Colm O’Sullivan is in the hot seat featuring a preview of Cork v Kerry, we look ahead to Cork City’s FAI Cup tie with Sligo Rovers, we hear from new Cobh Ramblers manager Darren Murphy and Olympic legend Rob Heffernan talks about the games.

 


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The Big Red Bench Olympic Special

An Olympic Special of the Big Red Bench podcast, featuring interviews with athletes and legends.

0.00 Sonia O’Sullivan
9.41 Aoife Cooke, marathon
22.54 Claire Lambe, women in sport lead for Irish Rowing
34.40 Phil Healy, 200m, 400m, 4×400 mixed relay
51.27 2008 silver medalist Kenny Egan
1.01.29 Douglas gymnast Meg Ryan and her coach Emma Hammil
1.11.45 Team Ireland psychologist Jessie Barr
1.30.34 2012 bronze medalist Rob Heffernan
1.40.00 Rower Gary O’Donovan on the 2016 games
1.54.10 Oliver Dingley, 3m springboard
2.09.24 Emily Hegarty, rower
2.19.03 Jack Wooley, Taekwondo


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The Women in Sport Podcast – Episode 9

Ger McCarthy is back with another massive episode of the Women in Sport Podcast featuring
1.04 Cork under 16 camogie boss Donie Daly on their All Ireland Final win
9.21 Reaction from Cork’s win over Tipperary that saw them book their place in the All Ireland Quarter finals
18.49 Cork coach Paddy O’Shea and boss Ephie Fitzgerald
24.58 Cork under 14 football boss Lisa Walsh
30.33 Cork under 16 football boss Denis Mulvihill


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Sunday July 18th

Cobh Ramblers boss Stuart Ashton on their win over Cabinteely. A Preview of Muskerry v Carbery. Cork Gymnasts Emma Hammill and Meg Ryan on going to the Olympics, and diver Oliver Dingley.


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The Women In Sport Podcast – Episode 8

In episode 8 of the Women in Sport Podcast with Ger McCarthy:
1.36 Douglas Gymnastics club members Emma Hammil and Meg Ryan.
11.36 Cork camogie minor manager Jerry Wallace about the Munster championship success.
18.40 I spoke to the Cork u16 Camogie manager Donie’ Daly’s about his side’s preparations and what it means to reach another All-Ireland decider.
24.48 Reaction to the Cork senior ladies footballers All-Ireland LGFA victory over Meath in Birr.


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Sunday 4th July 2021

Colm O’Sullivan with reaction to Cork v Limerick, we discuss the Lions tour and we preview the Cork footballers Championship opener


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Saturday 3rd July 2021

Colm O’Sullivan hosts as we preview Cork v Limerick, reflect on Cork City v Treaty, chat about Euro 2020 and lots more


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Women in Sport Podcast – Episode 7

In episode 7 of the Women in Sport Podcast with Ger McCarthy:

1.03 Rower Claire Lambe
12.35 Cork’s Martina O’Brien and coach Paddy O’Shea following the defeat to Dublin in the Lidl Ladies National League Final
24.35 TG4 analyst and former Waterford footballer Michelle Ryan looks back on the Cork v Dublin clash
32.43 Cork Camogie u16 and Junior boss Donie Daly
38.52 Irish Hockey’s Phil Oakley


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Sunday June 27th 2021

We go around the grounds on the first Championship Sunday of the year, including reaction from Clare’s win over Waterford. Davis Cup co-captain Cian Blake on Ireland’s superb week in Cyprus. Stuart Ashton on Cobh Ramblers’ win over Wexford.


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Saturday 26th June 2021

Colm O’Sullivan hosts as we preview the Euro 2020 last 16, reflect on Cork City v Shelbourne and look ahead to Cork v Dublin in the Ladies Football


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Women in Sport Podcast – Episode 6

In Episode 6 of the Women in Sport Podcast, Ger McCarthy speaks to

1.06 Athlete Joan Healy
13.30 Motorsport driver Kayleigh Cole
24.30 Cork’s Melissa Duggan and Ephie Fitzgerald preview the Lidl Ladies National League Final with Dublin
38.15 Cork Camogie’s Donie Daly


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Sunday June 20th 2021

Reaction from Eire Og after their win over Mallow. New Cork City FC women’s boss Paul Farrell joins us. Reaction from Stuart Ashton after Cobh Ramblers lose out to Treaty United. And Valerie speaks to Lee Chin.


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Patrick Horgan joins Valerie Wheeler

Cork’s Patrick Horgan joins Valerie Wheeler


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Lee Chin joins Valerie Wheeler

Hurler Lee Chin joins Valerie Wheeler on The Big Red Bench


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Joe Canning joins Valerie Wheeler

Galway’s Joe Canning joins Valerie Wheeler for a chat


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Gearoid Hegarty joins Valerie Wheeler

Gearoid Hegarty joins Valerie Wheeler


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Women in Sport Podcast – Episode 5

On episode 5 of the Women in Sport Podcast with Ger McCarthy

1.04 FAI Regional Development Officer for Kerry, Chelsea Noonan
10.15 Supervalu Community and Sponsorship manager Maighread Cremin
15.11 Cork LGFA’s Orla Finn
20.47 Cork Camogie boss Paudie Murray
26.08 Cork Camogie u16 boss Donie Daly
29.58 Cork minor football boss Joe Carroll


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Sunday June 13th

Reaction from Cork’s defeat to Galway this afternoon. Seamus O’Connor on Sciath na Scol. Cian Blake, Ireland’s Davis Cup co-captain.


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Saturday June 12th

Valerie and Ruairi live from Pairc ui Chaoimh to celebrate the launch of the RedFM Hurling Leagues. Featuring a lengthy interview with Cork boss Kieran Kingston, Cork GAA CEO Kevin O’Donovan joins us live as does Cork PRO Joseph Blake, and reaction from Ronan McCarthy as the footballers defeat Westmeath.


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Women in Sport Podcast – Episode 4

In this episode Ger speaks to

1.30 Olympic bound rower Emily Hegarty
11.28 Caroline Condon of AFL side Cork Vikings
16.36 Cork senior camogie boss Paudie Murray previews their game with Galway
20.58 Cork intermediate camogie manager Mark McCarthy on their defeat to Down
27.00 Former Waterford star and now TG4 pundit and co-commentator Michelle Ryan previews this weekend’s Lidl Ladies National Football League Semi Finals
36.19 Reaction from Cork’s win over Waterford, featuring Aine Terry O’Sullivan, Sadhbh O’Leary, Ciara O’Sullivan and Martina O’Brien


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Sunday June 6th 2021

Reaction from Cork’s win over Waterford in the Lidl Ladies National Football League which sets up a semi final with Donegal, and Ger McCarthy analyses the game. Kieran Kingston on Cork’s defeat to Limerick. Charlie McCarthy from Training for Warriors on the 4x4x48 challenge. Ross Duirty and Rob Duggan from Cork County Cricket Club look ahead to their return to action.


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Saturday 5th June 2021

Colm O’Sullivan hosts as we look ahead to the Cork hurlers v Limerick, look forward to fans returning to stadiums, chat ladies football and lots more


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Women in Sport Podcast – episode 3

The latest of the Women in Sport Podcast with Ger McCarthy, featuring:

Reaction from Cork’s narrow defeat to Dublin in an epic contest, we hear from

1.13 Orla Finn
2.14 Ashling Hutchings
4.42 Martina O’Brien
7.13 Paddy O’Shea

9.45 Cork Sport Partnership’s Claire Hurley

17.34 Cork senior camogie boss Paudie Murray
21.50 Cork intermediate manager Mark McCarthy

24.40 Cork under 16 camogie manager Donie Daly
30.36 Cork under 16 football manager Denis Mulvihill


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Sunday May 30th 2021

Cork selector John Hayes on their win over Clare, and their upcoming relegation playoff with Westmeath. Martina O’Brien and Ephie Fitzgerald on Cork’s defeat to Dublin. Spike O’Sullivan on his return to the ring. Para athlete Jordan Lee. And Stuart Ashton on Cobh Ramblers win over City.


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Sunday May 30

Cork selector John Hayes on their win over Clare, and their upcoming relegation playoff with Westmeath. Martina O’Brien and Ephie Fitzgerald on Cork’s defeat to Dublin. Spike O’Sullivan on his return to the ring. Para athlete Jordan Lee. And Stuart Ashton on Cobh Ramblers win over City.


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Saturday 29th May 2021

Tracey Kennedy, Roisin Upton & More


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Sunday May 23rd 2021

We wrap the final day of the Premier League season. Kieran Kingston on Cork’s big win over Westmeath. Golfer John Murphy on his Walker Cup experience. Glenville GAA PRO John O’Connor on their fundraiser.


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Saturday 22nd May 2021

Colm O’Sullivan hosts as we hear from Colin Healy and John Caulfield following Cork City’s 1-1 draw with Galway. Ronnie Whelan previews the last day of the Premier League plus we have ladies football, camogie and hurling


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Women in Sport Podcast – Episode 1

On Episode 1 of the Women in Sport Podcast with Ger McCarthy, Ger speaks to:

1.22 Cork ladies football boss Ephie Fitzgerald
6.46 Cork captain Martina O’Brien
12.32 Collette Twomey of Clonakilty foods on their sponsorship of the Cork LGFA
18.36 Cork intermediate camogie boss Mark McCarthy
22.57 Cork intermediate camogie captain Ashling Moloney
27.49 Cork senior player Fiona Keating
30.09 Cork senior boss Paudie Murray


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Sunday May 16th 2021

Cork minor ladies boss Joe Carroll on the LGFA’s decision not to run All Ireland competitions. Kieran Kingston on Cork’s draw with Tipperary. Cork camogie’s Amy O’Connor and Paudie Murray on the seniors win over Tipp, and Cork captain Ashling Moloney on the intermediates’ win over Tipp. Cobh Ramblers boss Stuart Ashton on another disappointing night. And Irish mixed relay team members Sharlene Mawdsley and Chris O’Donnell


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Big Red Bench Saturday 15th May 2021

Colm O’Sullivan hosts as we go live to Semple Stadium to reflect on the Cork footballers defeat to Kildare polus look ahead to the hurlers clash with Tipp. Cork City captain Gearoid Morrissey joins us and we hear from Ronnie Whelan.


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Big Red Bench Saturday May 8th 2021

Colm O’Sullivan hosts as we look ahead to Cork v Waterford in the National Hurling League, reflect on Cork City’s win over Wexford plus lots more


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Sunday May 2nd 2021

Aoife Cooke on qualifying for the Olympics
The Fares Brothers on Flobater’s 200km run from Cork to Galway
Harry Twomey on GAAGAABox
Stuart Ashton and John Caulfield on Galway United’s 4-0 win over Cobh Ramblers at St Colman’s Park


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Saturday 1st May 2021

Colm O’Sullivan hosts as we reflect on Cork City v Bray, preview Cobh v Galway, chat with Ronnie Whelan about United v Liverpool and look ahead to Katie Taylors big fight


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Sunday April 25th

Former Munster scrum half Tomás O’Leary on the Reds’ win over Leinster. Stuart Ashton and Charlie Lyons on Cobh Ramblers draw with Bray Wanderers. Irish hurdler Sarah Lavin on the Olympics


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Sunday April 18 2021

Fiona Hayes on Ireland’s defeat to France. Spike O’Sullivan on his postponed bout. Cork Hurler Robbie O’Flynn on returning to action.


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Sunday April 11th

Kieran O’Donovan, the Southern Star sports editor joins us to discuss Paul O’Donovan and Fintan McCarthy winning gold at the European Rowing Championships. Former Ireland international Fiona Hayes talks us through the big Six Nations win over Wales. Cork City goalkeeper Mark McNulty on City’s start to the season, and the Focus Ireland Big Rebel Sleep Out. And we talk to a young Corkman, Flobater Fares who’s planning to run from Cork to Galway for the Irish Cancer Society, and his brother Abanoub on helping Flobetar prepare for the 200km trek.


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Sunday April 4th

Rugby analyst and Munster legend Moss Finn on the Reds’ defeat to Toulose, where the province go from here and the impact the retiring Billy Holland and CJ Stander had on the team. Stuart Ashton on Cobh Ramblers’ defeat to UCD. Cork’s John Murphy on making the Walker Cup team.


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Sunday 28th March

Former Cork City striker Graham Cummins discusses Ireland’s disastrous defeat to Luxembourg, and Cork City’s win over Cobh Ramblers. Munster legend Moss Finn on the Reds’ defeat to Leinster in the Pro 14 Final. Pa Lehane and Liam Og Griffin from SBG Cork City talk to us as Pa prepares to turn pro.


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Sunday March 14th

Moss Finn on Ireland’s narrow win over Scotland. The second part of our interview with Phil Healy as she looks ahead to the Olympics. Cork City chairman Declan Carey on the challenges of preparing for a new season in a pandemic. Cork GAA PRO Joseph Blake on the Rebels Bounty draw success. And Cork/s Darren O’Gorman looks ahead to his Cage Warriors bout next week.


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Sunday March 7th

Phil Healy on her fourth place finish at the Euro Indoors. The second part of our Gary O’Donovan interview. Dave O’Leary looks ahead to the season with Cobh Ramblers. Billy Holland on why he’s calling it a day at the end of the season.


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Sunday February 28th

Tom Savage from ThreeRedKings.com on Ireland’s win over Italy, and Joey Carbery’s return to action with Munster. Davin O’Neill on becoming the Cobh Wanderers boss. Adam O’Reilly on signing for Waterford. And new FAI CEO Jonathan Hill on the League of Ireland


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Sunday 21st February

Colin Healy on Cork City’s first pre season game against St Pat’s, and Colm O’Sullivan talks us through the game. Saoirse Noonan on signing for Shelbourne, her international aspirations and stepping back from the Cork Footballers. Eimear Considine on the Women’s Six Nations.


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Sunday February 14th

Reaction from Ireland’s defeat to France, and Moss Finn provides analysis. Cork’s Aaron Hill talks about his snooker career and looks ahead to this week’s Welsh Open. Steven Beattie talks signing back for City and looks ahead to the new campaign.


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Sunday February 7th

Tomás O’Leary analyses Ireland’s defeat to Wales in the Six Nations
Cork Admirals head coach Alan Lomasney previews the Superbowl
Ruairí Deane reflects on Cork’s 2020 and looks ahead to 2021


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Sunday January 31st

Roy O’Donovan on scoring his 50th A-League goal and becoming an Australian Citizen. Jaze Kabia on life with Livingston. Pamela Frizelle of the Camogie Association on PR-Óg. Andy Farrell and Johnny Sexton on the Six Nations.


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Sunday January 24th 2021

Gavan Casey of the42.ie on Munster’s defeat to Leinster. Sean Sheehan of SevereMMA.com reports on Conor McGregor’s defeat to Dustin Poirier. Lucca Allen on racing in Japan.


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Sunday January 17th 2021

Valerie updates on Bríd Stack’s injury. Colm speaks to Cork City boss Colin Healy. Higher Education PRO Ciaran Flynn on third level competitions not taking place this academic year. IMMAA chairman Tim Murphy on their battle to be recognised.


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Sunday January 10th

Liam Kearney on becoming the head of the Cork City Academy. Eric Donovan looks ahead to 2021. Valerie and Ruairi preview the year from a Cork sporting perspective. And Ruairi pays tribute to his late Grandfather, Owen McCarthy.


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Ladies Football Podcast December 15th

In this bumper, one hour special, Ger McCarthy previews the All Ireland final between Cork and Dublin, and speaks to

0.44 Boss Ephie Fitzgerald
16.14 Doireann O’Sullivan
25.38 Orla Finn
33.00 Laura O’Mahony
41.00 Roisin Phelan
46.45 Orlagh Farmer
56.28 PRO Peter O’Leary

The very best of luck to the Rebels from everyone here at Cork’s RedFM


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Sunday December 13th

Reaction from Limerick as they beat Waterford in the All Ireland Final, and Valerie reports liver from Croke Park. Bobbie O’Dwyer previews Cork’s minor football clash with Kerry. Ciara O’Sullivan looks ahead to Cork’s All Ireland Final against Dublin. And reaction from All Ireland Camogie Champions Kilkenny.


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Saturday 12th December

Reaction from the FAI Cup Final as Cork City are beaten by Peamount United, and Andrew Horgan provides analysis. Reaction from the Cork Minor’s defeat to Limerick, and the Cork Under 20s victory over Limerick

Ahead of the JOe McDonagh Cup final The Big Red Bench;’s own Aidan Leahy talks about the rise of Kerry Hurling. And we hear from Waterford and Limerick ahead of the All Ireland final, while Valerie Wheeler is in Croke Park and previews the Camogie final.


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Ladies Football Podcast 10th December

Ger McCarthy previews the All Ireland Final between Cork and Dublin with
1.46 Coach Paddy O’Shea
6.35 Martina O’Brien
15.56 Ciara O’Sullivan
25.15 Saoirse Noonan

Ger also speaks to former Tipperary boss Shane Ronayne about his decision to step down – that’s at 34.43


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Sunday 6th December

Ger McCarthy reports from a bitterly cold Croke Park, discusses Cork’s win over Galway in the TG4 All Ireland Ladies Football Championship semi final, the upcoming final with Dublin, and the debacle beforehand that saw the game switched from Parnell Park to Croke Park at the very last minute. Ger also speaks to Doireann O”Sullivan and Melissa Duggan.

We hear from Cork City Women’s boss Ronán Collins ahead of the FAI Cup final with Peamount United. The man who first suggested that Caoimhín Kelleher should become a goalkeeper Stephen Bermingham discusses his Champions Legue debut, his career progression and the current cessation of underage football nationwide.


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Ladies Football Podcast – Cork v Galway Preview

Ger McCarthy is back with the latest edition of the Ladies Football Podcast with a huge preview of the TG4 All Ireland Ladies Football Championship Semi Final between Cork and Galway.

0.00 Intro
0.53 Cork boss Ephie Fitzgerald
8.29 Cork coach Paddy O’Shea
14.10 Cork coach Dominic Gallagher
18.12 Galway manager Tim Rabbitt
27.42 Galway vice captain Charlotte Cooney
34.33 Cork’s Roisín Phelan
40.16 Cork’s Ashling Hutchings
47.15 Cork’s Sadhbh O’Leary
52.35 The42.ie’s Emma Duffy previews the game


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Sunday November 29th

Valerie Wheeler is live in Croke Park to discuss Limerick’s win over Galway. Reaction from Ireland’s win over Georgia from Andy Farrell. Cork referee Pat Kelly tells us what it was like to referee Diego Maradona. Denise O’Sullivan on Ireland’s clash with Germany. Cork City legend Declan Daly on his 5k fundraiser for the Mercy Hospital Foundation


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Ladies Football Podcast November 26th

On another packed episode of the Ladies Football Podcast, Ger McCarthy speaks to Cork and Mourneabbey stars Máire O’Callaghan and Doireann O’Sullivan about Cork’s upcoming semi final with Galway, and the Munster club championship.

Ger also speaks to Beara’s Áine Terry O’Sullivan about the battle with Galway, talks to Clare’s Ellie O’Gorman ahead of their Intermediate Semi final, and Clonakilty’s Alannah Crowley about their fundraiser for Marymount Hospice.


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Sunday 22nd November

We analyse Cork’s defeat to Tipperary in the Munster Football Championship Final – Cork legends Dinny Allen and Valerie Mulcahy give us their views, while the Big Red Bench’s Valerie Wheeler and Ger McCarthy offer their thoughts.

We hear from Cork boss Ronan McCarthy, and Tipperary boss David Power and captain Conor Sweeney.


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Sunday 15th November

Reaction from Cork’s win over Cavan as the Rebels book their place in the All Ireland semi final. Ian Maguire looks back on the Kerry win. Saoirse Noonan talks to us about her international call up. Reaction from Limerick’s win over Waterford.


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Sunday August 16th

Ruairi and Lauren run through the day’s top stories, followed by reaction from St Finbarr’s, Castlehaven, Nemo Rangers and Bandon, while Ger McCarthy wraps up the weekend.

Lizzie Lee talks about the 2021 Olympics.

And Ruairi’s had a strange dream about playing for the Cork hurlers….


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Sunday July 26th

Ruairi and Colm wrap up the final day of the Premier League season. We speak to Castlehaven and Carbery Rangers after the west Cork derby today. Reaction too from Newcestown and Douglas. And we speak to Cobh Ramblers chairman Bill O’Leary as they prepare to return to action.


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Monday July 20th

Ruairi and Colm discuss the return of the county championships, and we have a mini preview of Carbery Rangers v Castlehaven (Full preview on the Bench this weekend). The lads also wrap up the weekends big stories.


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Monday July 13th

Ruairi and Colm discuss the death of Jack Charlton.


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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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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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