Kazuo Ishiguro“I’ve always liked narrators who have very limited vision.”

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Klara is an AF – or artificial friend – who does everything she can in the service of her human friend, Josie, who inhabits a very stratified society, where the wealthy can advance through the use of new technologies, one of which is the AF. This is the premise of Klara and the Sun, the new novel from Nobel Prize-winning author Kazuo Ishiguro. Ishiguro, …

Drivetime Study HubEpisode 15

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Evelyn O’Rourke presents episode 15 of an interactive half-hour of advice and support for second-level students, especially those preparing for the State Examinations. Along with advice on planning, study tips and online resources, Study Hub features some of the country’s best teachers, taking students step-by-step through the key Leaving Certificate subjects and exam papers. Study Hub also reflects the opinions and concerns …

Reconsidering Peig“All you have to say is Peig and people know who you’re talking about.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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“Seanabhean is ea mise anois go bhfuil cos léi insan uaigh is an chos eile ar a bruach.” There’s a sizeable portion of the population of Ireland who will read those words and shudder, such is the cultural reach of the book from which they come and the woman who uttered them. So it’s probably no surprise that when broadcaster Sinéad Ní Uallacháin referenced that book with its pink cover, Ryan Tubridy told her she was triggering him. This is the power of Peig. Born in Dún Chaoin, Co …

Rise In Divorce Cases“You’re talking at the least two years before you get a hearing date.” 

As heard on Today with Claire Byrne

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Family law solicitor Marion Campbell has seen a recent spike in the number of divorce-related inquiries to her firm. The Head of Family Law at KOD Lyons spoke to Claire Byrne about how divorce proceedings are being managed by the courts in the pandemic. Marion also explained some features of the Irish “no-fault” divorce system, which may not be well …

Drivetime Study HubEpisode 14

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Evelyn O’Rourke presents episode 14 of an interactive half-hour of advice and support for second-level students, especially those preparing for the State Examinations. Along with advice on planning, study tips and online resources, Study Hub features some of the country’s best teachers, taking students step-by-step through the key Leaving Certificate subjects and exam papers. Study Hub also reflects the opinions and concerns …

Sing and Step with Padraig“I just sing away. Sometimes I don’t even know I’m singing.”

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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There’s a man in Kilfenora, Co Clare who’s posted five times on Instagram and has – at time of writing – 13,000 followers. Padraig Howley told Ray D’Arcy why he’s on Instagram and what his sudden immersion in social media has meant to him and his family. Padraig’s page on Instagram is called Sing and Step with Padraig. He told Ray why he set the page up (with the help of …

PPS Fraud“The exploitation of the homeless was despicable.”

As heard on liveline

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When a homeless person is a victim of crime, they have an uphill struggle for justice.  That’s according to homeless advocate Alice Leahy on Liveline. She was referring to the actions of two former solicitors, Keith Flynn and Lyndsey Clarke, who were jailed for defrauding banks of almost €400,000. Part of the scam involved “buying” PPS numbers from homeless people. Joe …

Author Megan Nolan“She’s a very compulsive, obsessive woman, who loves very easily and too much.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Ryan Tubridy is never shy about giving listeners his opinion of a book he’s read, so when he says that Megan Nolan’s Acts of Desperation is “a terribly unhappy book”, you might expect him to go further and say he didn’t like it or recommend we don’t read it. This course of action might be considered rude, though, as he’s talking to the …