The Royal Visit“We’re hoping to meet them for tea and biscuits.“

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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Newlyweds Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are due to land in Dublin this afternoon for their first official overseas visit since they took up their respective titles of Duke and Duchess of Sussex 7 weeks ago. It’s a packed schedule covering 24 hours. Reporter Evelyn O’Rourke spoke to Miriam O’Callaghan from Dublin’s College Green, where preparations are being made for the …

Editor of the Oxford English Dictionary‘The librarian was being introduced to me and she actually curtsied.’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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John Simpson spent 20 years as Editor of the Oxford English Dictionary. Now retired, he joined Miriam O’Callaghan on the line from London ahead of his appearance at the West Cork Literary Festival to talk about a lifetime of choosing his words carefully. Working with words was not his childhood dream, John says. He thinks he would have been more enamoured with the idea of …

Jane Hawking ‘(Stephen) just clammed up at any mention of Motor Neuron Disease and…  That really became an almost unbridgeable barrier between us.’

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Author, academic and wife of Stephen Hawking for 30 years, Jane Hawking spoke to Ryan Tubridy about the joys and challenges of their life together.  “I met Stephen at a New Year’s party in 1963… and I had the feeling that this young man was going to become part of my life,” she said.  Just weeks later, Stephen was diagnosed …