The Middle Place“I couldn’t believe what I was reading. It was a bit like, what’s going on here, you know? Why’s my life in a book?”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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The truth, as the cliché goes, is stranger than fiction. And when fiction seems to predict actual events, it can get downright – well, everyone seems to agree that surreal seems to be the perfect word to describe it. Writer Kealan Ryan finished writing his book, The Middle Place, in 2014 but it wasn’t published until March this year. When …

Remembering Doris Day“Rethink this whole idea of the virginal Doris Day and the girl-next-door image.”

As heard on arena

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Marking the death of Hollywood icon Doris Day, Dr Ruth Barton, Associate Professor in Film Studies at Trinity College Dublin, joined Seán Rocks to assess her legacy. America’s sweetheart, Doris Day was synonymous with a clean-cut, chaste image. Seán and Ruth began by discussing how much of this was reflective of the woman, and how much was an industry construct. …

The Skin Nerd“It can be so simple – skincare doesn’t have to be this minefield.”

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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Whether you’re a decent one, have a thick one or some in the game, skin is something we all have in common. The human body’s largest organ, our skin protects us, helps us to regulate our body temperature and allows us to feel all sorts of sensations … but we don’t always treat it with the care it deserves. Epidermis …

Courtney Kennedy Hill“When we landed yesterday, it just felt like home.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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A member of an iconic political dynasty, Courtney Kennedy Hill was just a child when her uncle, former US President John F. Kennedy, was assassinated. Tragically, just five years later, at 11, she lost her father, Robert F. Kennedy, in the same way. Courtney credits her mother, human rights advocate Ethel Skakel, and that infamous Kennedy steel, with steering her …

Blind Dating“If you have an impairment, if you’re somewhat a little different, I would say that there is a certain fear out there.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Online dating can be fraught with all sorts of potential pitfalls, from getting a reply in the first place to meeting up with somebody that it’s just not going to work out with. And if you happen to be someone who has a physical impairment, things can get even more complicated. 53 year old Peter Gorey enjoys music, walking and …

Davy Russell on Tiger Roll‘I felt I was riding for the whole country.’

As heard on RTÉ Radio 1

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On Saturday, Tiger Roll took racing audiences back to the days of Red Rum, becoming the first horse to win back-to-back Grand Nationals since 1974. Jockey Davy Russell joined Miriam O’Callaghan on the line from Summerhill on the back of the historic win at Aintree. The Youghal native spoke of the pressure he felt in the lead-up to the race: “I felt it a lot in the build-up, …

Living Off the Grid“I think when we bring all of these technologies into our lives, we’re rejecting a lot of life.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Do you think you could live without your phone? What about the Internet? Your car? Electricity? The toilet? It’s one thing to stop using a smartphone, Tubridy-style, but it’s quite another few steps along the way to give up all forms of technology. That’s what Mark Boyle has done for the past three years. He came in to studio to …

How to Fail“A lesson sent to us by the universe that’s maybe a nudge in a slightly different direction.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Elizabeth Day is something of a Renaissance Woman. She’s a journalist, an author, a podcaster – and also a failure. That last one’s not something most people would put on their CVs, but Elizabeth has made failure – her own and others’ – into a sort of cottage industry. Inspired by her popular podcast, How to Fail, she’s published a …