Director Sophie Fiennes on Grace Jones‘She’ll fight her position and she’ll fight it hard’

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Filmed over 11 years and edited down from over 300 hours of footage, the documentary Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami was certainly an undertaking. But was it worth it? Director Sophie Fiennes and producer Katie Holly think so. They joined Seán Rocks on Arena to talk about the project and their experience with Grace Jones. Fiennes recounted her first time …

Conor Pope on the Tracker Mortgage Scandal‘The banks were just gouging people…they knew they were destroying lives.’

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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Conor Pope does not mince his words when it comes to the recent revelations about banking practices and tracker mortgages. The Consumer Affairs Correspondent joined Ray on The Ray D’Arcy Show to give Ray an overview of how these events unfolded. Conor led Ray through his recent Irish Times article on the subject, “Need proof the banks have it in …

Back from the brink of addiction‘I didn’t want to die… I deserved better than the gutter I was in.’

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Matthew Moynihan has seen and done more than most in twenty-three short years.  His life has been a rollercoaster, not aided by a difficult start, and he shared his experiences with Ryan Tubridy.  His mum, whom he describes as “an excellent person, the best person I know” gave birth to him while living in the Bessborough Mother and Baby Home …

Hurricane Ophelia at The Old Head of Kinsale Lighthouse‘We thought the whole nation was gone to be honest with you… I thought the cities aren’t going to be able for this!’

As heard on The Marian Finucane Show

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“You’ve had one heck of a week!” exclaims Marian.  Cathy Lennon, resident of the Old Head of Kinsale Lighthouse, thoroughly agrees.  “Terrifying, absolutely frightening,” she says, recounting the morning that Storm Ophelia came knocking on her door, literally. “It was calm and we were watching the news and we said to ourselves, is this really a hurricane?…  Come half eleven, …

Collectors‘The German dolls I would have are valued at €2,500 and they would be worth more as well.’

As heard on The Marian Finucane Show

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We recently saw that the first print-run of Che Guevara postage stamps sold out in what An Post described as an “unprecedented” demand. But exactly what is the attraction of collecting items as a hobby?  On The Marian Finucane show, three avid collectors were in studio to discuss.  Melissa Nolan, collector of dolls and teddies, James O’Brien coin and postcard …

Gerry O'Brien‘I talked Prince Edward into coming in behind the bar and he pulled a pint with me and was terrific.’

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Gerry O’Brien from Co. Clare is one of London city’s most celebrated landlords and his business Churchill Arms near Notting Hill is one of London’s most celebrated pubs. After thirty-two years in business, Gerry is retiring back home, in his native County Clare. Before he goes he took a moment to reflect on the best business decision he ever made. …

Farming Fitness‘You’re so close to the farm and that lifestyle that you have a cow mooing here beside you while you’re doing a workout outside.’

As heard on RTÉ Radio 1

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Can farming help to boost your fitness?  Well, Countrywide with Damien O’Reilly endeavoured to find out and may have discovered Ireland’s Fittest Farmer in the process. Peter Manly helps his father Michael on their ninety-acre dairy farm on the banks of the Grand Canal in Edenderry, Co.Offaly. From there he also runs his fitness business where he transformed an old …

Writer Declan Kiberd‘There’s a global conversation about Ireland right now’

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Declan Kiberd is sure he knows how his mother would react to his new book, After Ireland. As he told Seán Rocks on Arena, when his mother was alive she deemed him “over-exposed to academia”. If she were around to read this book, Kiberd believes she would say something in the form of: “Ireland will be there a long time …