Documentary on OneBenjy the Little Gay Bull

As heard on Documentary On One

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In autumn 2014 a small article appeared in a provincial newspaper. It was about a farm in county Mayo and a little Charolais bull who was not performing as he should. Near the town of Kiltimagh, farmer Joe Kelly’s expensive new breeding bull was ignoring the herd of beautiful cows and was instead cavorting in the fields with a younger …

Footballer Keith Treacy“At the time, you’re in this bubble, you’re earning thousands a week, people are loving you, you’re signing autographs right, left and centre.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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By the time Dubliner Keith Treacy had done his Junior Cert, he’d already had interest from numerous football clubs in Britain and he and his parents had decided on Blackburn Rovers. The day before he was going away, he had a party in Fairview to send him off. He was 15. “We swiftly ended up down in the off licence …

Biome-Friendly Skincare“We want to reframe and recalibrate how we define clean.”

As heard on Today with Miriam

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Did you shower today? Did you use soap, shower gel or facewash? If so, you may have been harming your skin’s natural microbiome. And if you didn’t know that your skin even had its own microbiome, you wouldn’t be alone. But fear not, Jasmina Aganovic, president of Mother Dirt, a biome-friendly range of skincare products, was on Tuesday’s Today with …

Documentary on OneReprisals

As heard on Documentary On One

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Where may new-married women sit And suckle children now? Armed Men may murder them in passing by Nor law nor parliament take heed. Then close your ears with dust and lie Among the other cheated dead. from Reprisals by WB Yeats   November 1920 and Ireland is a dangerous place. It is the second year of the War of Independence, …

Daniel O'Connell - Forgotten King of Ireland“I think it’s time to look again at a man who believed in purely peaceful means of progress.”

As heard on Today with Miriam

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Daniel O’Connell,  “The Liberator”, the man whose voice rang out at monster meetings up and down the island of Ireland, a tireless crusader for religious freedom and the abolition of slavery has been “forgotten in plain sight”. That’s according to broadcaster Olivia O’Leary, whose new two-part series is the first new documentary on O’Connell to be broadcast on RTÉ television in …

Author Alex Barclay“Is it difficult to write a killer? It’s effortless.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Crime writer Alex Barclay laughs about embracing her dark side. Chatting to Ryan Tubridy today, she admits to getting impatient waiting for baddies to appear in books and movies. Diving into her latest novel, I Confess, Ryan struggled a bit with the idea that such a lovely person could come up with such horrible characters. Alex told him for her, that’s the …

The Rose of Tralee“When is a celebration of Irish women out of date? Never.”

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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Seven away from Gay. One of the numbers on Dáithí Ó Sé’s mind as he chatted to Ray D’Arcy on Wednesday, along with thirty-two, the number of contestants competing for the title of this year’s Rose of Tralee. It’s Dáithí’s tenth year presenting, as he told former Rose of Tralee host Ray today. He’s long passed out D’Arcy’s five years hosting the event, but Dáithí …

Pantisocracy, The Caged Bird Sings

The Caged Bird Sings“Words are really important, we often don’t get to choose our own labels.”

As heard on RTÉ Radio 1

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Identity, labels and what makes the caged bird sing, this week’s Pantisocracy interrogates how we perceive others, how others perceive us and how we perceive ourselves. “Words are really important, we often don’t get to choose our own labels. Sometimes we’re labelled in ways we didn’t even know were labels, until somebody shouts them at you.” To give a sense of the …