Roddy Doyle made a splash in the mid-1980s with his first novel, The Commitments. He then took those characters on two more journeys with The Snapper and then The Van. Afterwards, he put them on a shelf for more than 20 years. But Ireland's recent economic crisis brought him back to the world of Jimmy Rabbitte's Dublin in a new novel called The Guts.
In 1989, musician Peter Gabriel launched Real World Records as a way to give international artists wider exposure. Now 25 years later, the label is still going strong. One of their most influential bands, Afro Celt Sound System, blended Irish airs and African beats in a dance-y, original style.
For years, national leaders have failed to create sustainable climate change solutions, and poorer nations and communities have borne the brunt of inaction. Now human rights issues are getting much more attention.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has famously promised to build a wall along the US-Mexico border to stem the tide of illegal immigration from and through Mexico. Now there’s news that the billionaire wants to build another wall: to hold back rising seas at his luxury golf resort in Ireland.
Most voters in Northern Ireland wanted the UK to remain in the European Union. But with Brexit now a reality, some are lining up to get passports from neighboring Ireland, which stays in the EU regardless of what the UK does.
A record company executive tells host Lisa Mullins that he'd love to discover the next Spice Girls. So Lisa Mullins asks him, "why did you sign a recording contract with three small-town priests from Northern Ireland?"