Eileán Ní Chuilleanáin: Who are the readers of poetry? ‘You’re reaching out to people… but you don’t know that they’re there, so you really flip back and forth between speaking to them as if, of course they’ll understand, and shouting into the void.’

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“Every poet is in that position of saying, where’s my public?” said Eileán Ní Chuilleanáin in conversation with Sean Rocks on Arena.  Eileán is due to deliver the Chair of Poetry lecture in Trinity College on Wednesday, March 14th and this year, the title is “I have my people and they are waiting: Who are the readers of poetry?”  The …

Who is Xi Jinping?‘He wants to ‘Make China Great Again’.

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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The Chinese Parliament made a change to legislation over the weekend, abolishing term limits for presidential terms. It benefits one person in particular. The man The Economist called “the world’s most powerful man”, President Xi Jinping, can now remain President “without time limit”. Phil Entwhistle, Lecturer in Chinese Studies at UCD, joined Sean O’Rourke in studio to give him a crash course on China’s President. Xi’s childhood was eventful, Phil explained. Jinping is the son of Xi Zhongxun, …

Rescue 116 : One Year On‘We are still in the dark really about the cause of the crash.’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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On March 13th of last year, coastguard helicopter Rescue 116, which was assisting in a rescue off the coast of Mayo, crashed into Blackrock Island. All four crew members died in the crash: Captain Dara Fitzpatrick, Captain Mark Duffy, Winch Operator Paul Ormsby and Winchman Ciarán Smith. To date, the bodies of Paul Ormsby and Ciarán Smith have not been recovered. Katie Hannon, a political correspondent with Prime Time who has followed the events following the crash for the past year, joined Sean O’Rourke in …

Mobile phone use while driving ‘There’s an epidemic happening with distracted driving.’ 

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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“4 out of 5 Irish drivers admit to using electronic devices or to consulting maps whilst driving.  That compares to two-thirds of British drivers so we’re quite ahead…  A quarter of Irish drivers will admit to sending text messages, that’s about double the UK average and again in terms of checking social media whilst driving, it’s higher here really than …

Paul Ferris on Newcastle United and beyond... ‘They’re looking at me thinking, God, he’s a footballer now, he’s made it, and I’m thinking well actually I’m crying myself to sleep every night.’

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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At 16, Paul Ferris from Lisburn had the football world at his feet when he became Newcastle United’s youngest-ever first-teamer.  Dubbed ‘the new George Best’, the dream came crashing down for Paul when a freak training accident knocked him out of the game forever.  He joined Dave Fanning on The Ryan Tubridy Show to talk about the twists and turns …