Growing Up in Ireland Dependent on Welfare
Fancy a drive?
Do all Irish people owe a debt to Churchill?
Are we taking too big a bite?
What happened when John Waters met the Pope
Is bad weather to blame for the increase in food prices?
Newstalk is proud that it gave George his first prime time radio programme in April 2002. Since then The Right Hook has grown from strength to strength and has propelled George Hook to a position where he is an instantly recognisable face – and voice - in Irish media. His meteoric rise, at a time of life when he himself suggests that he “should be consulting an undertaker,” has no equal in Irish broadcasting history. Before finding his natural home on the wireless, George worked as a salesman, businessman and Rugby Union coach, including a stint coaching the USA team. He has been a constant presence on RTE Televison’s Rugby panel since the late 1990s and writes a weekly column for the Cork News. In 2005 George published his best selling autobiography ‘Time Added On’ and was the Dublin Chamber of Commerce’s most popular speaker in 2006.
George is the ‘People’s Presenter’ and through his strong probing style he continues to champion the causes of the man in the street and to challenge the decisions of those in authority
The success of the Right Hook has been due, in no small measure, to the ability of George to connect with his audience and wear his heart on his sleeve. On any given day George will exude passion, anger, laughter, upset and empathy; connecting the listener to subjects they want to engage with.
George has been married to “the lovely” Ingrid for over 40 years, and has three children, Michelle, George Jr. and Alison.
The Right Hook is Newstalk's drivetime show presented by the outspoken controversial pundit and Corkman, George Hook.
Michael Graham – Monday 5.30pm
He’s loud; he’s opinionated and is the American talk show host our listeners love to hate. Michael Graham joins George live from Boston every Monday at 5.30pm where they discuss the stories making the headlines on both sides of the Atlantic.
Technology - Monday 6.25pm
Jessica Kelly and Jonathan McCrea review the latest technology products and talk through the tech stories of the week with George from 6.25pm. You can join the conversation or ask a question by using #ghtech on Twitter.
Tuesday Travel - 6.25pm
Our budgets may be smaller, but now more than ever we need to take a break when we can. Whether you’re holidaying at home or touring The Far East, travel writer Fionn Davenport discusses the best places to see and the best things to do every Tuesday from 6.25pm in Tuesday Travel.
Movies – Wednesday 6.20pm
Whether you’re looking for the exact date Michael J.Fox travelled Back to the Future (it’s October 21st 2015) or looking for the name of an actor you saw on some late night movie last Monday, our movie critic Philip Molloy will be able to answer your questions. He’ll also review the week’s cinema releases and discuss the latest from the world of television.
Essential Songs of the 20th Century - Thursday at 6.30pm
From Springsteen to Elvis, George gets an education about the popular music of the 20th Century from one of Ireland’s greatest musical minds, Bill Hughes. Bill takes George behind song and lets him now why it’s ‘essential’.
The Friday Right Hook
Every Friday George is joined his trusted panel to take a break from the week’s serious issues and discuss some of the lighter stories that made the news during the week. The Regular Friday panel guests are Newstalk’s Political Editor Shane Coleman, Sports Commentator Dave McIntyre, Newstalk’s Newsreader Tara Duggan, GP Ciara Kelly and Down to Business Presenter Bobby Kerr.