Female Emancipation in the Arts ‘I think the male anxiety is around the fact that perhaps women, if you allow them the freedom and autonomy, will actually dominate.’ 

As heard on arena

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With 2018 marking the centenary of votes for women, Arena welcomed a panel of guests to discuss female emancipation and the arts.  Joining Sean Rocks was Sinéad Gleeson to discuss literature, Karin McCully who focused on theatre, visual arts curator Catherine Marshall and musician and musicologist Una Hunt. Sinéad Gleeson feels that the whole of the 19th century was building …

The cost of 'New Year, New Me'‘The deals are only good value if you use them’

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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New Dad Conor Pope joined guest-host Brenda Donohue on The Ray D’Arcy Show to talk about the financial cost of “New Year, New Me”. According to Conor, a lot of the money spent on New Year’s resolutions is well-intentioned but “completely wasted”. He cited diet plans and gym memberships as big offenders. “An awful lot of people who join gyms in January and February do so with the best intentions in the world but then March comes …

Tommy Tiernan‘I love the adrenaline of performing…  It must be like scoring the winning point for Galway in the All-Ireland Hurling Final night after night.’

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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The Tommy Tiernan Show is back Wednesday January 3rd at 9.35 but there’s one person who categorically won’t be watching – Tommy himself.   He tells Brenda Donohue that he’ll be, eh, out standing in the garden… “I hate watching myself on the telly anyway so what I used to do is I would stand outside in the garden and I …

Saying Goodbye after Christmas‘It’s always hard.  We’ve started doing it where we get a lift up rather than doing it at the airport, it’s a bit too emotional.’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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We shared scenes of joy on air from Dublin Airport as people flew in from all over the world to join their loved ones at Christmas.  Now the presents have been opened, the turkey has been eaten and it’s time for the all-too-brief visits to come to an end.  Reporting for Today with Sean O’Rourke, Paddy O’Gorman went to the …

First Fortnight‘We’re one of the countries who put a ‘the’ in front of Christmas, it’s ‘The Christmas’… It’s really significant in terms of our relationships’

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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The January blues are real.  To talk about what to do when things get too real, JP Swaine joined Ryan Tubridy to share his personal story and to discuss First Fortnight, a festival aimed at changing attitudes towards mental health through creative arts.  Events within the festival are taking place in 17 counties and JP says the timing is highly …

Parenting New Year's Resolutions‘Children need to come up against some kind of challenges in their life’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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It’s that time of year when New Year’s resolutions are being made and quickly broken. Clinical psychologist David Coleman thinks it’s also a good time to consider some parenting goals. He joined Sean on The Today with Sean O’Rourke programme to make his case that now is the time to take stock when it comes to dealing with our kids. Key to his plan, David explained, is increasing …