Assault in Navan ‘It’s horrifying that this can happen in this day and age.’

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Navan, the county town of Meath, is Ireland’s fifth-largest town with a population of 31,689. It’s described by Tripadvisor as ‘the gateway to the Heritage Capital of Ireland’. The recently-elected Lord Mayor of the town, Tommy Reilly, must have expected that he would be enjoying his new role, representing and promoting the town as a public representative. Instead, this afternoon, …

Is Dublin a tourism rip-off? Fionn Davenport defends the fair city

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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Regular readers of this page, and regular listeners to the Today with Sean O’Rourke programme, will recall Monday’s interview with tourism expert, Professor Michael Hall, from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, who pretty much castigated Dublin’s fair city as a tourist destination, labelling it a rip-off, and a den of drunkenness, amongst other things. Today on the same …

Help-to-Buy scheme‘This was always designed to drive up prices… it was a help-to-build scheme, rather than help-to-buy.’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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The twin Irish obsessions of the weather and the property market are getting a run out this week. First of all, our short-lived heatwave, of sorts. And this morning, the potential overheating (once again) of certain areas of the property market. And what might fuel this overheating? Well, according to Dr Lorcan Sirr, Lecturer in Housing Studies at the DIT, …

Auctioneer Damien Matthews on selling 30,000 books ‘It took 6 men 6 days to fill 3 articulated lorries’

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Getting a call to clear a house following a person’s death is pretty routine for Meath-based auctioneer, Damien Matthews. He gets a call like that “every day of the week”. But he recently got a call that was certainly not routine. He joined Ryan Tubridy to talk about Mary Colette McAlister’s incredible collection of approximately 30,000 books, which Damien has …

Barney the Dinosaur ‘For me, it was always about connecting on a whole different level.’

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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David Joyner was a software analyst at Texas Instruments for six years when he quit his job to put on a two-metre tall purple costume and dance with super-excited children. It doesn’t sound like the ideal career move, but David – who, he says, comes from a very clairvoyant family – dreamt that he needed to breathe life into Barney. …

Jim Sheridan on Daniel Day-Lewis retirement ‘He wouldn’t do it if he didn’t have to do it. That I can tell you.’

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Actor Daniel Day-Lewis caught fans and peers off-guard this week, announcing his retirement from acting following completion of his role in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Phantom Thread. Arena with Seán Rocks took a look back at the 3-time Academy Award winner’s much-lauded career with Dr. Ruth Barton, lecturer in Film Studies at Trinity College Dublin. Seán also consulted director Jim Sheridan, …

Digital Detox‘I had a bit of a dad tantrum while looking at all the children gathered around the table looking at their devices… I went and unplugged the router’

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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Mark Ellis has done the unthinkable, and he’s written a book about it.  With four kids under fifteen, his home was a veritable hive of internet activity, but there came a point for Mark when enough was enough.  He joined Kathryn Thomas on The Ray D’Arcy Show to talk about the experience of turning off that phone and about his …

Lynn Barber ‘I took a total stranger into my house, it was rather stupid’

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Journalist Lynn Barber is used to interviewing people. She’s often credited as being one of the first celebrity interviewers in the UK. Speaking with Ryan Tubridy about her impressions of some of her most notorious interviewees, Jarvis Cocker, James Stewart, Shane McGowan and Jimmy Savile all inspire different memories. Lynn recalls she could “barely stand up” after meeting McGowan. As …