Remembering Richard Murphy ‘There’s a wonderful kind of symmetry in these big poems of his…  He modernized the old traditional ways of writing.’

As heard on arena

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Distinguished poet and member of Aosdána, Richard Murphy has died aged 90 at his home in Sri Lanka.  On Arena, Gerald Dawe remembered his life and work, and in particular, the special connection he had with the west of Ireland where he was born and where he lived for much of his life.  The two poets became close on a …

Tommy Tiernan's first performance in Sive‘I expected him to gag almost at some stage. But he didn’t.’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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Sean O’Rourke joked this morning that the studio was like “an all-Galway reunion” and there certainly was a lot of maroon and white on show during the programme. Druid Director Garry Hynes and Billy Keane, son of John B Keane, joined Sean in studio to talk about the latest production of the John B Keane play, Sive. Also joining Sean was Margaret Ward, who played “the very first Sive”. …

Live in studioPaul Noonan performs “The Flood”

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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Bell X1’s Paul Noonan dropped by The Ray D’Arcy Show yesterday afternoon to perform a stunning rendition of “The Flood”. He was accompanied by Éna Brennan on violin. Listen back to the whole segment with Paul Noonan on The Ray D’Arcy Show here. Share this Post

Cillian Murphy and Pat Dolan on Empathy in Children‘We think it’s important that kids learn Mathematics, Irish, English and so forth. We need to think the same way about empathy.’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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Empathy is not sympathy.  It is part of the glue that keeps a functional, interdependent society in good working order.  In an age of smartphones and social media, it is important this cornerstone of interaction retains its crucial place in our dealings with others.  To look at this issue in more depth, Professor Pat Dolan and actor Cillian Murphy have …

ADHD Diagnosis as an Adult‘I personally do not consider ADHD to be a disorder… I’ll face challenges because of the way my brain is wired but you will face challenges because of the way your brain is wired.’

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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A diagnosis of ADHD is something we may associate with childhood but for 38-year-old John Doyle, it was something he discovered as an adult.  He joined Ryan Tubridy to share the story of his diagnosis and the impact it has on his life.  He described being disruptive in class and at home as a child and having a “wild streak” …

A Limerick man's viral dishwasher tip‘I’m seeing retweets coming in from…as far away as the Philippines and Alaska.’

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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Limerick man Mike McLoughlin made a discovery about his dishwasher that he thought might be helpful to others. He tweeted about it. His tweet has since been retweeted over 14,000 times and liked by over 85,000 people. So, it seems he may have enlightened one or two fellow dishwasher owners. He joined Ray D’Arcy on the line this afternoon to fill him in. I …

12-year-old busker Allie Sherlock on her Ellen Show appearance‘I was really, really nervous when I was on there.’

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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12-year-old busker Allie Sherlock performed for a slightly bigger audience than usual yesterday, charming the audience of The Ellen DeGeneres Show in Los Angeles. She caught Ellen’s eye in one of her online videos featuring her busking on the streets of Dublin. Allie and her Dad Mark joined Ray on the line from Cork on The Ray D’Arcy Show to give him the rundown on their time …

Everyday Hero Nominee Colette Byrne‘2 or 3 in the morning, in that pitch darkness, who do you turn to?’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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The People of the Year Awards have been running for 43 years and every year, there is no shortage of people to choose from for the honour of Everyday Hero, someone who benefits their family, neighbours or community in a special way. In association with the Rehab Group, the Today Show with Sean O’Rourke will be featuring some of the nominees over the next few weeks. Today, Evelyn introduced the first nominee for this …