Hitchhiking“It probably will never return to its glory days.”

As heard on Today with Claire Byrne

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When was the last time you hitchhiked your way across the USA (or anywhere, for that matter)? When was the last time (if ever) you picked up a hitchhiker? It’s a way of getting around that’s been fading away for a long, long time and Today with Claire Byrne reporter Brian O’Connell decided to pose the question, has the pandemic finally killed off hitchhiking in Ireland? When asked …

Dr Deirdre Lundy on Menopause“There are so many people who are not being helped, who could easily be helped.”

As heard on liveline

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For more than a week, listeners to Liveline have heard the stories of women in Ireland going through menopause and the majority of them have not had happy stories to tell. Women have spoken of being fobbed off by doctors, misdiagnosed, insulted and, in so many cases, left to suffer needlessly. Talking to Joe Duffy on Tuesday, Ann recounted what a GP said to her when she presented with …

Nurse Betty Healy“She was captured at one stage by the Vietcong.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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On International Nurses Day, Ray Tubridy spoke to Ken Healy, whose mother, Betty, was awarded the Florence Nightingale medal for Nursing by the International Red Cross in 1967. This was, of course, a tremendous achievement for Betty, but, impressive as it is, it doesn’t really reflect the extraordinary work she did as a nurse in unprecedented conditions for an Irish nurse. By the …

GunPlotEpisode 5 – Deeper

As heard on Documentary On One

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Deeper: Lies, spies, and betrayal led to the defining political scandal of modern Ireland. What happened to the truth? Questions still remain… GunPlot: A new 8-part podcast series and TV documentary from RTÉ. The hunt for guns leads to a meeting in Antwerp with a shady arms dealer. The Minister for Defence issues a directive that could lead to an invasion …

Aran Islands Reopening“We can do this as long as we’re safe and follow the rules.”

As heard on Today with Claire Byrne

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As the country slowly moves out of level 5 restrictions, the tourism industry is gearing up for the summer, one that it hopes will be fuelled by people’s pent-up, lockdown-fed desire to go anywhere at all, as long as it’s more than 5km from their house. On Today with Claire Byrne, reporter Brian O’Connell bravely ventured to the sunny Aran Islands to gauge their readiness to receive …

Tom Hickey Tribute“He had the whole audience in his hand.”

As heard on arena

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Theatre in Ireland in the 1980s had three Toms the likes of which will not be seen again: Murphy, MacIntyre and Hickey. The two playwrights, Tom Murphy and Tom MacIntyre produced some of their finest work and, in actor Tom Hickey, had the definitive interpreter of that work. In 1983, Hickey starred in MacIntyre’s The Great Hunger and Murphy’s The Gigli Concert, both at the Abbey Theatre, both directed by Patrick Mason. Following the sad …

Liam Moore's Fire Truck“I was looking for something to do and keep me occupied, so I said I’d buy a fire truck.”

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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Liam Moore is, according to Ray D’Arcy, a big kid. And when you look at the image of Ladder 5211, the Seagrave Tiller fire truck sitting outside the IFSC in Dublin, you get an idea of just how big a kid he is. Liam bought the fire truck in an auction last December and it’s taken this long to get it to …

GunPlotEpisode 4 – Muzzy

As heard on Documentary On One

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Muzzy: Lies, spies, and betrayal led to the defining political scandal of modern Ireland. What happened to the truth? Questions still remain… GunPlot: A new 8-part podcast series and TV documentary from RTÉ. It’s October 1969 and the truth is becoming murky. A plan to buy weapons begins to come together. And a group of men go shopping for guns. But …