The Documentary on OneWe Say You Have To Go

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In the early 1980s Larry Dunne and other members of his family introduced heroin to Dublin. They were efficient in their distribution, and very quickly large numbers of young people were addicted to heroin, in need of hundreds of pounds a week to feed their habit. The arrival of heroin would change everything for the communities into which it arrived. …

AIB Tracker Redress“A lot of them think it’s a Lotto win, they weren’t expecting it.”

As heard on Today with Sarah McInerney

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Waking up to find that your bank has shaved thousands of euro off your mortgage doesn’t happen every day, but it’s exactly what happened to some mortgage customers of AIB Bank earlier this week. The payments, which the bank apparently made without informing customers, form part of a long-running saga often referred to as the tracker mortgage scandal. And it’s …

Sustainable Fashion“I felt over the years, I needed to make some sort of change because the guilt was real.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Retail therapy was a thing of the past for Laura Egan by the time lockdown happened. The professional fashion designer hasn’t bought a single item of brand-new clothing or footwear for some time, as she told Ryan Tubridy on Thursday: “I stopped buying new at the end of last year.” Laura has enjoyed a successful career as a fashion designer …

Nitrous Oxide“He went out to get his hair cut and he never came home.”

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Recreational use of nitrous oxide – commonly known as laughing gas – has seemingly risen substantially during lockdown. Many people will have seen the small silver cannisters, which resemble bullets, lying on the ground after use. Mick Morrissey spoke to Joe Duffy on Wednesday’s Liveline about his son’s use of what is more commonly used as an anaesthetic in surgery and dentistry. Mick’s son Alex was just 15 when he …

Marguerite Penrose“It’s not good enough to presume everybody thinks you’re not a racist. That doesn’t work anymore.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Ryan Tubridy concluded what he called his “trilogy” of meeting “amazing young Irish people” on Wednesday, when he spoke to Marguerite Penrose (the other parts of the trilogy being musician Dave McCabe and boxer Kellie Harrington). Marguerite has dealt with many challenges in her life, including medical issues and racism. She has overcome her medical issues for the most part and now she’s taking on racism in Ireland. The phrase …

Bessborough Burial Site“Evelyn was my flesh and blood and there’s no one – I’m not going to stand down for nobody.”

As heard on Today with Sarah McInerney

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Accompanying survivor Ann O’Gorman to the notorious  Bessborough Mother and Baby Home in Co Cork, Today with Sarah McInerney reporter Brian O’Connell asked her how she felt walking on the grounds again. Ann’s response was a poignant one:  “Emotional. Heartbreaking. Not just for my baby, but for all the babies.”  Ann just wants to know where her daughter Evelyn is buried and that’s the reason she was in Bessborough last week, Brian told Sarah McInerney on …

Boxer Kellie Harrington“Every time I win a medal, I feel like I’m making up for everything that I put my Ma and Da through.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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You already knew that Dubliner Kellie Harrington is a double world boxing medallist, but did you know about her most recent medal triumph? Kellie told Ryan Tubridy on Tuesday about her gold medal-winning performance in the European Shadow Boxing Championships, which took place during lockdown. Another victory for the woman from Dublin’s inner city who started boxing to keep herself out of …

The Isolated EarCricket gets the GAA treatment

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Cricket gets the GAA treatment (1965) The producer of The Curious Ear documentary series, Ronan Kelly, has been sent a selection of clips by RTÉ Radio Archives to help ease the isolation. He’s sharing some of them with the RTÉ Radio 1 Highlights page.   Cricket broadcasts are well-known for their languid commentary – appropriate to the games being played on hot, …