Documentary on OnePolonium and the Piano Player Part 2

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Polonium and the Piano Player Part 2 A searing new insight into one of the world’s most notorious assassinations – the poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko. On 1 November 2006, ex-KGB spy Litvinenko was attacked with one of the deadliest substances known to man: polonium-210. At the time, he was in the piano bar of the five-star Millennium Hotel in London’s …

Declutter TV “The peace that I feel knowing where all my things are!”

As heard on Today with Claire Byrne

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Does binge-watching organisational TV shows count as tidying? If only. But they can kick-start your escape from the tyranny of things, according to Claire Byrne’s two guests on her show this morning. 2FM presenter Louise McSharry talks about how the new Netflix show Get Organized With The Home Edit got her in the zone for a complete re-vamp of her …

Managing Covid Anxiety“I think anxiety is a pretty normal reaction to a pretty abnormal state of affairs.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Senior Clinical Psychologist Dr Keith Gaynor is well, but he’s anxious. Being anxious is fairly universal, Keith told Ryan Tubridy on Thursday, given the nature of the pandemic we’ve all been enduring for the past six months.  “I think anxiety is a pretty normal reaction to a pretty abnormal state of affairs.”  Anxiety is a normal human reaction to being threatened and at the moment, there …

Signed Jerseys“I was very good at forging Roy Keane’s signature, as not everyone would ask him. We used to sign a lot of shirts.”

As heard on liveline

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A new book on John Delaney’s time at the FAI, Champagne Football, was published last week. The book was written by Mark Tighe and Paul Rowan and, according to Joe Duffy on Wednesday’s Liveline, it recounts a lot of jaw-dropping incidents, most of them, he conceded, worse than the one he talked about. But the report in the book is surely symptomatic of the culture that pervaded …

Darragh Carroll and the Flame of Fertility“I had to carry this sense of abundant fertility from one place of enormous balance to another place which has lost its balance.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Where to start with Darragh Carroll? Talk about the flame of fertility? His encounter with Richard the Pirate? Or maybe the best way to cook roadkill? The 26-year-old from Rathfarnham in Dublin has been on quite the journey over the last year or so, as he told Ryan Tubridy on Wednesday morning. While he was a teenager, Darragh apprenticed as a butcher and worked in a lot of restaurants …

Behind the Small Ads“He gave it to me as the eldest son to mind for the family – which I haven’t done a good job of.” 

As heard on Today with Claire Byrne

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By his own admission, Today with Claire Byrne reporter Brian O’Connell’s long-standing interest in classifieds – the small ads – is bordering on obsession. This is good news for us though, as Brian brought us more stories behind the small ads on Tuesday’s programme. One of his best sources through the years has been The Echo newspaper in Cork and it’s in the Lost and Found section of that paper where …

Laura's mother in a Nursing Home“The past 6 months have been hell on earth.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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The pandemic has left its mark on so many of us and it continues to affect people in so many different ways. We’ll never get to hear all the stories, but some will reach us and show just how devastating the last six months have been for a lot of people. Some of the worst affected, and possibly least reported on, have been …

The Documentary on OnePolonium and the Piano Player – Part 1

As heard on Documentary On One

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A searing new insight into one of the world’s most notorious assassinations – the poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko. On 1 November 2006, ex-KGB spy Litvinenko was attacked with one of the deadliest substances known to man: polonium-210. At the time, he was in the piano bar of the five-star Millennium Hotel in London’s Mayfair. Polonium-210 is a highly radioactive material …