Who Cares for the Carers?‘There’s this terrible lull in my life and there’s no support out there.’

As heard on liveline

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Caring for a loved one full-time can be all-consuming: there are medical appointments to keep, routines to stick to, calls to make, supplies to procure. It’s a busy time, all the time. But when the caring ends, so too does the all-consuming busyness. You might think that that would mean a welcome re-introduction to the concept of downtime, but that …

Slane ’92 ‘I remember saying to my dad, ‘I want to go, and don’t make me go anyway’

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Things were very different when Guns n Roses last played at Slane Castle back in 1992 as part of their Use Your Illusion tour. Albert Reynolds was Taoiseach, Right Said Fred was top of the charts with “Deeply Dippy”,  and the Nokia 3210 hadn’t been even been invented. Ryan Tubridy took a trip down memory lane this morning by issuing …

Manchester Emergency Nurse Reflects“I lay down on the floor … had a really good cry, and let everything out.”

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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As we watched our TV screens on Monday night, and the horror of the aftermath of a suicide bombing became apparent, our thoughts inevitably turned to the trauma of those immediately affected by this atrocity. The families of 22 people killed in the bombing, the 59 people injured, many of whom are still in hospital, and many more who attended …

Fine Gael Leadership Debate “This was an auld scrap. A rumble in the red cow.”

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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It was all about the mojo last night, as the Fine Gael leadership battle swung into gear, courtesy of a fuel-injected first hustings at Red Cow Hotel in Dublin. Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, prompted a few smiles when he referred to getting his “mojo back” last September. But last night, according to journalist, Alison O’Connor, it was Simon Coveney’s turn to …

Dublin loses two blue flagsBathers give their verdict

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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It was reasonably good news for Irish beaches as we head into the summer. Earlier this week, it was announced that 88 Irish beaches or marinas have earned themselves a blue flag for 2017. That’s up three, from last year’s figure. But the news for two of the capital city’s most popular beaches, Killiney on the Southside, and Donabate on …

Homeless families directed to Garda station“They said, you have to be arrested to be put in a cell.”

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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For anybody who feels they have an image of an average, or stereotypical, homeless situation, it is well worth listening back to the story of Cheryl Barnewell, who outlined her own horrendous experience earlier this week to Sean O’Rourke on the Today programme. That experience came during the one of the most acute and distressing nights ever seen by professionals …

Husband slept next to his dead wife for six nights

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Russell Davison made international headlines in April when he took the unusual decision to sleep next to the body of his wife for six days after her death. It was a decision he made with his wife before she passed away, as he told The Ryan Tubridy Show on Thursday. After a ten year battle with cancer, his wife, Wendy, …

Running with Ruth Field, author of Run, Fat Bitch, Run“The first ten minutes is always killer, that never changes!”

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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The days are longer, the evenings are warmer and sun holidays beckon.  ‘Tis the season to get in shape for the summer.  It’s time to Run, Fat Bitch, Run – not an insult, but rather a book title, and its energetic author, Ruth Field, joined Ray D’Arcy on Wednesday’s show to share her experiences of pounding the pavements.  Ruth has …