Stephen Fry's new book on Greek mythology‘These are full of juice and power and vim and excitement’

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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The inimitable Stephen Fry spoke to Ryan Tubridy on the occasion of the publication of his second book on Greek myths and legends, entitled ‘Heroes’.  ‘Heroes’ is an elegant retelling of some of the most legendary adventures that survive to the modern day and while they are ‘rollicking good tales’ as Ryan put it, they also have important messages for …

Being John Lennon ‘It took about some months to get to know John but then he couldn’t have been kinder’

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By many peoples’ standards, Ray Connelly may have landed himself the greatest job on Earth.  As a newbie journalist in 1967, his first assignment was to follow the Beatles in the Magical Mystery Tour Bus from London to Cornwall.  For a Liverpudlian especially, it doesn’t get any bigger than that.  He told Sean Rocks on Arena how he felt heading …

The Friendship Cull‘I seem to be always meeting up with people I know well are not friends.’

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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Should you spring-clean your friendship group as well as those cupboards? A debate sprang up on The Ray D’Arcy Show about the benefits of decluttering your friendship group. But are we being too quick to make the cull? One listener wrote that she has no patience for those she feels add little to her life. “I decided some time ago to stop …

Davy Fitzgerald‘There was nights there where you’re on the side of the bed and you’re just wondering what the story is.’

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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How do you motivate your team when you’re suffering from depression? This is one of the challenges Wexford Manager Davy Fitzgerald details in his memoir, At All Costs. He sat down with fellow Ireland’s Fittest Family alum, Kathryn Thomas on The Ray D’Arcy Show to talk about his experiences with ill health, the people that helped him along the way and the future of Wexford hurling. …

Yoga keeps you younger?‘There’s an internal revolution going on.’

As heard on The Marian Finucane Show

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Can yoga keep you looking and feeling younger? Could the fountain of youth be the downward dog? Yoga instructor Michael Ryan joined Marian Finucane to make the case for why taking up yoga could take years off your life. Michael is yoga instructor to President Michael D Higgins himself, joking that this makes him “the backbone of the country”. How did he …

Documentary on OneRichard Hayes, Nazi Codebreaker

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To all appearances, Richard Hayes was a man who kept to himself. A family man, an academic, a librarian. But that wasn’t the whole story. At the dawn of WWII, Richard Hayes got a fateful knock on the door. The war was endangering Ireland’s national security and the Taoiseach wanted Richard to lead a team of cryptanalysts to crack Nazi codes. Hayes possessed a …

The Irish Producer who’s worked with John Malkovich and Christopher Walken‘I’m cornering the market in eccentric American gentlemen.’

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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When Farah Abushwesha’s mother heard Ryan Tubridy talking about the new BBC mini-series, The ABC Murders (featuring John Malkovich as Hercule Poirot), she knew she needed to call her daughter. After all, she produced it. Farah joined Ryan on the line this morning to talk about a career of producing film and television featuring “eccentric American gentlemen”, giving a rousing speech at the UN to the wrong …

David Schneider‘The world is Alan Partridge.’

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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David Schneider loves social media. But he’s worried that soon he will become blind to obnoxious marketing phrases, like ‘tradvertising’ (traditional advertising) and ‘branter’ (brand banter). Best known for his work on I’m Alan Partridge and The Day Today, the actor, writer and director is in Dublin for Social Media Live. He joined Ryan Tubridy to talk about how best to avoid succumbing to ‘branter’ and why social …