Waterford’s Amish Community ‘I suppose that’s really not acceptable today but we believe that the man is the head of the woman and that the head of the man is God.’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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If you’re one of the many people queuing up outside JayBee’s in Dunmore East for one of its famous ice creams on a summer’s day, you might notice a few things missing from your usual shop counter.  You won’t find tobacco, lottery tickets, scratch cards or alcohol because its owners don’t believe in such things, but they do bake a …

Drummer Niall Power ‘I’ve found a way of getting through this myself and I’d like to pass this on to other people who have Parkinson’s.’

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Once upon a time a fifteen-year-old boy attended a Thin Lizzy concert in Dublin, arrived home and announced he was quitting school to be a drummer.  Those stories never end well or do they? The fifteen-year-old in question was Niall Power and instead of querying his motives, his dad got him work the very next day a putting a tractor …

Stillbirth‘By 4pm Isabelle’s heartbeat actually faded. Part of me died that moment.’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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At a scan thirteen weeks into her second pregnancy, Collette O’Donovan received the most devastating news imaginable.  She shared her story with Sean O’ Rourke. “The room kind of went a little quiet and (the sonographer) just said, we’re going to check the measurements again…  After a few minutes she said, the measurements don’t really add up, I’m going to …

Mary McAleese remembers Jimmy Magee‘I would stand there thinking, I’m President, but Jimmy Magee is king.’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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Gracious, generous, a genius – these are just a few of the words used by former President Mary McAleese talking about her good friend, RTÉ sports broadcaster and national treasure, Jimmy Magee who has died at the age of 82.  She describes herself and husband Martin as “brokenhearted” on Today with Sean O’Rourke. “(There was) that sheer determination in him …

Seán McGinley ‘Being an actor, doing it for a living certainly was nowhere on my radar… There was no conception of something like that happening’

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Braveheart, The General, Gangs of New York, Donegal-born actor Seán McGinley has been there, done that and maintained an admirable level of humility despite a stellar career.  However, acting was never the plan.  He joined Dave Fanning on The Ryan Tubridy Show to talk about where it all began. “I fell into drama accidentally.  I was in UCG doing my …

Victoria Derbyshire ‘I have an amazing family, I have amazing friends, I have a job that I love and I had no idea if this breast cancer was going to kill me’

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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BBC broadcaster Victoria noticed a difference in one of her breasts one night.  Little did she know that it would change the course of her life and become the subject of a popular video diary and subsequent book.  She shared her story with Ray D’Arcy. “When I was getting ready for bed, I noticed that the right breast looked lower …

Granny versus Con Man ‘I grabbed him by the arm and I said, can I have my money please… With that he pushed my arm out of his way and he ran’

As heard on liveline

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It’s not often that a granny gets pulled over during a car chase while driving the wrong way up the Luas tracks, but then it’s not often that scammers try to pull the wool over the eyes of someone as persistent as caller Evelyn.  She contacted Philip Boucher-Hayes on Liveline to share her story and warn listeners about a particularly …

Joe Canning on All-Ireland win‘I suppose in the next couple of weeks, that’s when I really appreciate it… the achievement.’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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What a difference a year makes! Today with Sean O’Rourke broadcast live from The National Ploughing Championships and as Sean said himself, this time last year Joe Canning joined us at the RTÉ pavilion having arrived by golf cart as his leg was in a brace. One year on, he’s now an All Ireland Hurling Champion. Joe explained to Sean …