Fiona Morris‘Anorexia ‘killed my soul’

Today with Sean O'Rourke

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The most frightening part of today’s interview with Fiona Morris, particularly for any parent of a teenager who was listening, was the seemingly innocent and innocuous nature of a teenage decision that marked the beginning of her drift into anorexia. She decided she needed to diet. Speaking to Cormac Ó hEadhra on the Today programme, Fiona, now 28, describes her …

DWTS Aidan O’Mahony‘I was like the panto villain’

The Ryan Tubridy Show

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‘First Brexit, then Donald Trump, and now Dancing with the Stars’ That’s how one listener to The Ryan Tubridy Show summed up their feelings towards Aidan O’Mahony’s victory in last night’s Dancing with the Stars final. The former Kerry GAA footballer took home the Glitterball ahead of bookies favourites Aoibhín Garrihy and Denise McCormack, prompting accusations of parochial voting and …

Beauty & the Beast‘This notion of fairytales as written for children’s readership… that’s a 19th Century construction’

The History Show

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Disney’s new Beauty and the Beast film set a new Irish record for box office sales, taking in over two million Euros in Ireland in its first weekend alone. It’s the much-loved story of how real beauty is found on the inside… or is it? On The History Show with Myles Dungan we discover that the original Beauty and the …

First listen Callan's KicksDobbo: ‘Now for the latest omniuberclusterfeckup…’

Callan's Kicks

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Callan’s Kicks is on RTE Radio 1 on Saturday at 2pm but listen here first… This week, Tommie Gorman on an historical moment in history, Enda channels Take That and claims to be Back For Good and there’s a very nice slice of D4 property for sale. Follow the conversation on twitter #callanskicks For more from Callan’s Kicks, click here …

Olivia O’Leary ColumnMartin McGuinness’s Untravelled Path

Drivetime

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Throughout the media coverage that followed the death of Martin McGuinness this week, commentators presented two different versions of the same man. Was he, as Norman Tebbit argued, a coward who never atoned for his sins, or was he, as Mary McAleese suggested on Today with Sean O’Rourke, a peacemaker who constructed hope in Northern Ireland, where previously there was …

Testosterone RexUnmaking the Myths of our Gendered Minds

Today with Sean O'Rourke

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Okay, so your friend has just had a baby, you want to get a present, so off you go to the kids’ clothes shops, searching for a nice little outfit, maybe. And well before you put your foot through the door of each of those shops, your eyes are immediately drawn to two very distinct and identifiable groups of clothing. …

‘Lies, damn lies and Garda statistics.’

Today with Sean O'Rourke

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As the theme music for Today with Sean O’Rourke faded this morning, the presenter opened the show by paraphrasing that succinct condemnation, popularised by Mark Twain, of those who would pull the wool over the eyes of the public. “There are three kinds of lies,” Twain quoted. “Lies, damn lies, and statistics.” Applying that phrase to the latest revelations in …

Martin McGuinness Funeral‘Maybe out of the shadow he has left, power sharing can be put back together’

The Late Debate

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When Arlene Foster entered Derry’s St Columba’s Church yesterday for the funeral of Martin McGuinness, mourners greeted her presence with a round of applause. As the leader of the North’s main unionist party, with a painful personal experience of the IRA, her presence would have been unthinkable a generation ago. Even now, with the current political climate in Northern Ireland, …