A question of taste - Cormac Ó hEadhra

Cormac Ó hEadhra is from An Cheathrú Rua in the Conamara Gaeltacht. He broadcasts on current affairs programmes on RTE Radio 1, including Late Debate and Drivetime, and on RTE Raidió na Gaeltachta.

Best recent book: Éagóir — a new and fascinating book of injustice. Maolra Seoige from Mám Trasna in Conamara was tried for murder in a language he didn’t understand.

He was convicted and hanged in the wrong — he was innocent of the crime.

The case from 1882 is pieced together brilliantly by Seán Ó Cuirreáin. And I read lots of books on babyfood, babysleep, baby development, baby… (we had our first baby last June!)

Best recent film: I watched Requiem for the American Dream, the Noam Chomsky documentary on Netflix recently — no special effects, no bells and whistles, but a great argument well made.

Best recent show/exhibition/gig you’ve seen and what you enjoyed about it: I saw the 1916 exhibition at Galway City Museum recently — so much info about so many from my own area who travelled so far on foot or on bicycle to see if they could participate in the Rising. Exceptionally interesting.

What formats do you access music? (eg, buy CDs in a record shop, iTunes, Spotify, FM radio, etc): Mostly on FM radio — even when I run (or should that be ‘used to run’, at this stage?).

Best piece of music you’ve been listening to lately (new or old): I recently heard ‘Suo Gan’ again recently. It’s a Welsh lullaby I first heard in the film Empire of the Sun. Google it — you’ll love it!

First ever piece of music or art or film or gig that really moved you: Connaughtman’s Rambles — my father is a great musician and played regularly at ‘get-togethers’ at home — still does! Most people are moved in some way by trad music.

The best gig or show you’ve ever seen (if you had to pick one): As a penniless student living in Paris in 2001, a mate from Cork City convinced me to travel home on ‘trains planes, and automobiles’ to watch Bob Dylan in Nowlan Park in Kilkenny, ‘for the last time’.

A long night out, great fun.

Tell us about your TV viewing: At the moment, I try and catch some matches in Euro 2016. There’s something carnival-esque about the Euros and the World Cups.

Radio listening: Current affairs aside, I love listening to sports commentary on the weekends.

I love the atmosphere it conjures up. Also Game On on 2FM, The Blue of the Night on Lyric with Carl Corcoran, and Sinéad ar Maidin on RTÉ RnaG.

Your best/most famous celebrity encounter: When I first started working in RTÉ I remember seeing Ray Houghton on campus and wanting to personally thank him for the goal in Giants Stadium against Italy in the World Cup.

Most expensive item of clothing you’ve ever bought — what was it and how much: None of my clothes are expensive — I hunt for bargains and convince myself I’ve got great value and and am well turned out — a daily delusion.

Tech habits: What you use, and what you use it for: I use Twitter and LinkedIn to source information or people, for work mostly.

Unsung hero — individual, organisation or group you think don’t get the profile/praise they deserve: Carers — parts of our health system would collapse if they weren’t so heroic.

And the volunteers from all types of clubs who organise events for children every weekend — they’re driven... and often driven crazy by the kids.

You are king for a day — what’s your first decree? Nice one! Firstly, I’d extend it beyond a day...


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