Polly Devlin“The truth is that when you’re ignored or when you’re dissed, you often get quite a good interview.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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If you’ve ever racked your brains trying to decide who would make the perfect guest at the dinner party of your dreams, save yourself the bother and simply invite Polly Devlin around for tea. A natural storyteller, she had Ryan Tubridy and his listeners enthralled with tales of Princess Margaret doing the dishes, Orson Welles making her cry and John …

The History of the Green Party“If you take the argument that you’ve got to put the planet before politics then you have to take a long-term view.”

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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As the results of recent local and European elections seem to herald a new ‘green wave’, Professor of Modern Irish History at UCD, Diarmaid Ferriter, joined Seán O’Rourke to discuss the origins of the Green Party in Ireland from activists to kingmakers. Most versions of the Green Party story in Ireland begin in the 1980s, tracing their evolution from a …

The Life of Brian at 40“The most expensive cinema ticket in history.”

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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Monty Python’s The Life of Brian caused quite the stir when it hit movie screens in 1979. It was banned in several countries (Ireland being one of them), led to protests outside cinemas across the US and resulted in a now-infamous televised debate between two of the Pythons (John Cleese and Michael Palin) and two members of the Christian establishment: …

Les Martin“I want to make Cathal’s suffering worth it by saving Ciarán’s life.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Cathal ‘Cogs’ Martin turned 5 this week, a milestone by any measure, but for his family it marks the life expectancy associated with a rare condition called Metachromatic Leukoencephalopathy or MLD. Cathal’s dad Les joined Ryan Tubridy in studio to share their story. “It’s a rare condition and it’s disastrous… because it was a genetic thing we also checked Holly …

Writers’ Week“I just felt the book come to life.”

As heard on arena

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Listowel Writers’ Week starts on Wednesday and on Monday’s Arena, Seán Rocks welcomed two writers who’ll feature at the festival, both of whom have new novels based on the lives of real people. In Shadowplay, Joseph O’Connor explores the life of Dracula author, Bram Stoker, while Christine Dwyer Hickey focuses on the life of painter Edward Hopper and his wife …

Pauline McLynn“I made someone laugh so hard they got sick.”

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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  Every Friday, Ray D’Arcy invites someone in to guide him through the Soundtrack to their Lives. Today it was the turn of actor Pauline McLynn. Born in Sligo, Pauline moved to Galway when she was six months old, leaving her with a lifetime of Galway or Sligo origin issues. “It can be said that I’m from Sligo, but it …

Tommy Tiernan“I just think that every now and again, that thing of losing control – I’m not sure it’s an altogether bad thing.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Silence. Rising at 5am. Meditating for nine hours a day. No food after lunchtime. Happy birthday, Tommy Tiernan. The comedian joined Ryan Tubridy in studio this morning and the first thing Ryan asked him about was his upcoming 50th birthday. It turns out Tommy’s going on a ten-day silent retreat in a Buddhist monastery in Co Clare for his birthday. …

Jeffrey Deaver“Books are products too. We have to make sure they satisfy the needs of the audience.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Jeffrey Deaver has sold 50 million books in 150 countries. The crime fiction legend has done this, he told Ryan Tubridy this morning, by not caring about the lives of his faithful readers: “My job is to create the most emotionally engaging story I can. I want my readers to show up to work late. I want them to miss …