Returning home to Ireland‘We are being forced down kind of a funnel through a process that’s really designed for somebody who has never been to Ireland before’.

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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With as many as 300,000 Irish leaving our shores since 2008 in search of a better life abroad, the tide seems to be turning as of late. Government campaigns are encouraging emigrants to come home. But is it really that simple? Sean O’Rourke spoke to 3 people who recently made the decision to move back to Ireland to get an insight into …

The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober‘I was drinking 7 or 8 bottles of wine a week’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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Sean O’Rourke noted this morning that some listeners might be trying out “Dry January”, a month without alcohol, to reset their livers and their bank accounts after the festive season. But what about making it more permanent? Catherine Gray decided she wanted to live a sober lifestyle in 2013 and wrote a book about the experience, The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober. She joined Sean on Today with …

Cilla Black‘In her 60’s, she was out clubbing til 3 in the morning all over the place and I was like, blimey, how can you do that!’

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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It’s fair to say that there’s a lorra lorra love about for the late, great, queen of Blind Date, Cilla Black.  Her son Robert Willis joined Ryan Tubridy to talk about his beloved mum and to tell Ryan about the new musical he’s producing about her life.  Definitely not overly concerned with being PC, Robert said his mum was one …

Celebrating 50 Years of The Chester Beatty Library ‘Rembrandt in fact made a series of drawings (in which) he was literally copying Mughal images and we have two exceptional examples.’

As heard on arena

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Nestled away amidst the hustle and bustle of Dublin’s city centre is the wondrous Aladdin’s cave of the Chester Beatty library.  Alfred Chester Beatty was an American mining magnate and businessman and was made an honorary citizen of Ireland in 1957.  In 1950, he had opened his private collection of objets d’art to the Irish public and on his death …

Karen Koster on Mammy Guilt‘I used to worry, am I going to look back and wish that I spent more time with them?’

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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A new documentary tackling the subject of working mothers has premiered on TV3. Fronted by Exposé presenter Karen Koster, Mammy Guilt: True Lives features contributions from working mothers in Ireland on the challenges they face. Karen joined Ray in studio on The Ray D’Arcy Show to tell him more. Karen explained she got the idea for the documentary while doing household chores. “I was hanging out washing, …

Agency CarersHe’s dead? He’s dead!

As heard on liveline

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Liveline has been hearing from people who work as agency carers over the past few days, with many sharing stories of long days, no breaks and the difficulty of not knowing what they might have to face when they take a call. One caller who had a pretty unique experience told Joe that she arrived at the address she had been sent to care for a man who was …

Plastic Waste ‘The Dáil is now taking steps to look at a deposit-and-return scheme for plastic bottles and to look at a ban or a levy on plastic coffee cups.’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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Today (Wednesday, January 17th), mounds of plastic waste from peoples’ bins will be piled up in front of Dáil Éireann as protesters say enough is enough.  Friends of the Earth director Oisín Coghlan joined Sean O’Rourke to discuss a new bill and a new EU strategy that proposes to make every piece of packaging on the continent reusable or recyclable …

First Dates’ Eoin ‘Hold on now, says I, and yeah, I found out (on the phone) I had a son back home in Ireland!’

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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The First Dates restaurant is open for business and while last week was a bit of a no-show from Cupid, daters in episode 2 fared better.  Ryan Tubridy spoke to one such dater, 29-year-old Eoin Scully from Laois, who was matched up with the lovely Tara.  Eoin embarked on the evening with the spirit of adventure. “I loved the concept …