The Stylish Silage Competition‘The lot of Drumshanbo came together.’

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

Share this Post

The Ray D’Arcy Show has been exploring Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands all this week and today Ray stumbled upon a pretty unique competition which takes place in Drumshambo, Co Leitrim every year. The Stylish Silage competition is part of the An Tóstal Festival, which Drumshambo has run since 1953. The rules are pretty simple: you get your hay bales, decorate them and set them up for the judges to deliberate over. This year saw …

Authors recommend summer reads‘I couldn’t put it down.’

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

Share this Post

Authors Paul Lynch and Patricia Gibney joined Ryan Tubridy in studio this morning to share their summer reading recommendations and to discuss their latest novels, which Ryan has chosen as two of his favourite books of the year. Paul’s novel, Grace, features a teenage protagonist. “Grace is a 14-year-old girl who wakes up one morning to find herself being dragged out of bed by her mother. She has …

Domestic abuse and coercive control ‘It’s very difficult to tell women when they’ve met a man who behaves like the prince that we’re all supposed to be looking for… that actually you need to be careful’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

Share this Post

Domestic abuse can take many forms and one of the most insidious is coercive control, which is defined as ongoing psychological behaviour with the purpose of removing a victim’s freedom.  It has been a crime in the UK for some years and has just come into law in Ireland.  Miriam O’Callaghan was joined by Davina James-Hanman, an independent consultant specialising in violence …

Letters from the Gaeltacht‘The chicks are a disappointment so far.’

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

Share this Post

On yesterday’s show, Ryan Tubridy shared a little piece of his childhood, reading out a letter he had written to his father from the Connemara Gaeltacht as a 14-year-old. Inspired by the slice of nostalgia, listeners had a root around for some letters of their own. Jean Burke wrote to the show saying she had found a particularly “world-weary” missive from her 13-year-old son Robert, written in 1996. While Ryan …