Recovering from Addiction“Awareness is the opposite of addiction.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Brian Pennie was a keen footballer when he was a teenager. He told Oliver Callan – sitting in for Ryan – that he lived for football. And although his friends were trying smoking at about 14, Brian wasn’t interested because he didn’t want his football to suffer. It was only when he got injured and couldn’t play football that he …

Eamon Dunphy“There’s no way, until there is a vaccine, that I could feel comfortable and safe mixing with people who may have the virus.”

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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Cocooning is another term – along with social distancing and self-isolating – that’s been introduced or popularised by the Coronavirus pandemic. But the measure, formally introduced by the Taoiseach last Friday, seems to mean different things to different people. Take Eamon Dunphy, for instance. The veteran broadcaster, journalist and podcaster told Ray D’Arcy that he’s cocooning as he’s over 70 …

New Dad Mike Denver“It’s a tough time for everybody, you’d love to be there to spend time with them and see the birth.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Almost everything we hear regarding hospitals these days is Cornoavirus-related, unsurprisingly. And the restrictions currently in place throughout the country to try to slow the spread of the virus have so many knock-on consequences that’s it’s sometimes hard to keep up. We know all about the effect on sport and socialising. We know travel and tourism has been drastically affected. …

Domestic Abuse“It’s incredibly difficult for families, who might have gone out to meet family or friends, to kind of get away from the tensions in their household.”

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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Spending so much time at home isn’t easy for anyone, but it poses particular challenges for those experiencing domestic abuse. That’s according to two experts speaking to Seán O’Rourke today; Caitríona O’Neill, a social worker with Cork’s Cuanlee refuge for women and children affected by domestic violence and Family Law solicitor Catherine Ghent. Pandemic conditions have introduced significant changes in …

Corona Challenge“I felt more threatened than I possibly ever have in my life.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Linda Cullen sounded like she was still in shock when she spoke to Oliver Callan on The Ryan Tubridy Show about experiencing the so-called “Corona Challenge”. The CEO and mum of twins describes being coughed at and spat on by two young boys as she took a walk on her own on the West Pier in Dun Laoghaire yesterday afternoon. …

Coronavirus in Italy and Sweden“I haven’t heard a child in weeks. They’re all locked away.”

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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The news from Italy is stark: the country is now the world’s epicentre for Covid-19 infections and deaths. The northern part of the country has been hardest hit and that’s where Irishwoman Jacintha McCarthy has lived for the past 17 years. Bergamo, where Jacintha lives, has been under strict lockdown for several weeks. By contrast, Sweden has imposed the fewest …

Dressing for Success“It does matter that you dress up for work even though nobody can see you.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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The breakfast is cleared away, the other half is on a conference call from the shed, the children have retreated into their rooms to watch Disney+ do their schoolwork and you’re ready to start your strange work-home hybrid day. Except you’re in your dressing gown. Hmmm – does that really matter? Yes. Yes it does. That’s according to Image Consultant …

The Nobody ZoneEpisode 6: Bringing It all Back Home

As heard on Documentary On One

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The Nobody Zone In a forgotten London underworld, a homeless Irishman kills multiple times without detection, unseen in a world where nobody seems to care. The Nobody Zone: a true crime series from RTÉ in Ireland and Third Ear in Denmark. Episode 6: Bringing It all Back Home As we bring the series to a close, what stories lie buried in …