The Glass Menagerie opens The RTÉ All Ireland Drama Festival ‘I think that the glass menagerie is Laura’s little world that she goes into… and doesn’t have to go out into the big bad world.’

As heard on arena

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The RTÉ All Ireland Drama Festival has officially kicked off and the crème de la crème of amateur dramatics find themselves in Athlone, waiting for their moment in the spotlight.  This year’s finalists include theatre companies from Clare, Galway, Donegal, Kildare, 2 from Waterford and 3 Wexford, and Sean Rocks and the Arena team made the trip to the Luan Gallery …

Mental health and farmers ‘It’s important to talk about this…  There is a shame there which we have to get over.’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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It has been a tough year weather-wise for farmers and combined with the usual springtime stresses, the cumulative effect can often become too much for an individual to handle.  Joe Parlon, a farmer from Offaly, joined Sean O’Rourke to share how his mental health suffered as a result of the overwhelming demands of the farm. “The spring of 2006 came …

114,000 Government-controlled Houses Waiting to be Built?‘The biggest single controlling interest in the land – private and public sector – is the State itself.’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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While families and young people are increasingly being priced out of the housing market and thousands remain homeless due to housing shortages across the country, could there be the potential to build 114,000 houses on government-controlled land? If so, what’s the hold-up? Minister of State at the Department of Housing, Damien English, came on Today with Sean O’Rourke to talk about the issue, along with architect Mel Reynolds. …

Raising children while homeless ‘I got a phone call to say that I had to leave the property, so two days before the communion, pregnant, not knowing where to turn.’

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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3755 children are currently without a home in Ireland, meaning that more than 1 in 3 people in emergency accommodation is a child.  The One for Ireland campaign over the bank holiday weekend aims to raise funds for the cause with participating shops and venues adding €1 onto your bill.  To help highlight this issue, Ryan Tubridy was joined in …