Operation Transformation's Lorraine O’Neill“I think I have a mind block about pushing myself in exercise.”

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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Most hairdressers have heard it all before, but Ray D’Arcy managed to surprise Lorraine O’Neill today when he told her that the Cavan word “foosie” was in the Collins English Dictionary. For real. Well, it’s on probation, but it’s there. The salon owner and Operation Transformation 2020 leader let the word drop a few times in her chat with Ray before …

Age-Appropriate Exercise“Regardless of whatever age you are, exercise is probably the best medicine we have.”

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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Seán O’Rourke’s got your back… and your knee, and your cruciate ligament. Well, he’s done the next best thing and brought a couple of health experts into studio for advice on getting through the January exercise kick without doing too much damage. Chartered physiotherapist Jenny Branigan of Total Physio and Professor Niall Moyna of the School of Health and Human …

American Lawyer Bryan Stevenson“I was taught that you have to stand up even when people say sit down. You have to speak, even when people say be quiet”.

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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6 million black people fled the American South “as refugees and exiles from terror” in the early part of the last century; 4,000 African-Americans were lynched in the 12 states of the South between 1877 and 1950: chilling statistics from American civil rights lawyer and activist Bryan Stevenson, who spoke to Ryan Tubridy today about his life and work and …

Love Island's Greg O'Shea“I’ve missed out on a good chunk of money, but I’m happy and that’s all that matters.”

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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Last year’s Love Island winner Greg O’Shea told Ray D’Arcy this afternoon that he doesn’t know when the next Irish bombshell will be landing on the Island, but he did say he thinks they are on the hunt for Irish candidates, judging by the amount of people who have got in touch with him for advice on how to clinch …

Funeral Director David McGowan“Why wouldn’t you bring a kid to a funeral? A four-year old child has the capacity to learn four languages.”

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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When it comes to burying our dead, we Irish have moved with the times in some ways but have held fast to tradition in others. That’s according to Sligo funeral director David McGowan, who spoke at length to Ray D’Arcy today about his 40-year career as a funeral director. David says that in Ireland, most families who traditionally waked loved …

Marita Conlon-McKenna“The famine was a ghost and it stepped on to the ship with them.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Author Marita Conlon-McKenna wonders if she was a bit mad to take on another book about the Irish Famine. Her famine-themed children’s book, Under the Hawthorn Tree (1990) continues to be enjoyed by kids and adults alike and is used in history classrooms across the globe. She told Ryan Tubridy this morning that she couldn’t resist working on the topic again after …

Eoin McGee with advice on budgeting for a wedding

Budgeting for a wedding“What is important to me on the day?”

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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Whether you’re a social media addict or someone who enjoys a cursory scroll through your feeds while waiting for the bus, you’ll have noticed the diamond ring emoji and #shesaidyes popping up quite a lot over the last few weeks. That’s because December is officially the most popular month for Irish couples to get engaged. Once the initial joy, celebration …

Astronaut Chris Hadfield“To me what’s happening now and what’s happening next is always the most interesting part of life.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Listening to Commander Chris Hadfield talk, it’s easy to imagine that he has a script in front of him – he seems to have a well-thought-out answer for every question and never seems to need to pause to think about his response to any given question. Maybe it’s due to his upbringing on a farm in rural Canada, or maybe …