Brendan Grace

Bradley Grace“I kept hearing his voice – knowing he wasn’t there was heartbreaking.”

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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Of the many things Bradley Grace misses about his dad Brendan, the hand-written cards come close to top of the list. Particularly if there was a melted Crunchie bar or a lottery ticket stashed in the envelope. That was one of his dad’s signature moves, as Bradley told Ray D’Arcy. The man who brought us the characters Bottler Murphy and …

Jason Byrne

Jason Byrne“I was like a professional messer in school.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Jason Byrne has great time for therapy. He thinks it’s a chat that everyone could do with from time to time. The first time he went to a therapist though, he was a bit clueless, as he explained to Ryan Tubridy. “I was going, ‘Ah here, what’s going on? And I’m a comic, so already you’re ready to perform and …

The Documentary on OneReturn to The Green Line

As heard on Documentary On One

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It was 1996 and now-retired Garda Sergeant Frank Flood was on a year-long United Nations peacekeeping mission in Cyprus. His job was to help police the 180 kilometre-long Buffer Zone, or Green Line as it was called, which has divided the island since the Turkish invasion of 1974. It was the summer and tensions between the Turkish and Greek Cypriot sides …

Alain De Botton“Love isn’t just an emotion, it’s a skill.”

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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Affairs are not really about sex. Not according to best-selling author and philosopher, Alain De Botton.  He covered everything from libido and friendship, identity and Instagram in a chat with Ray D’Arcy today. De Botton is the founder of The School of Life, an organisation that aims to help people live more fulfilled lives, starting with getting to know themselves better. …

Transgender Healthcare“We are sending trans people abroad for highly invasive and major surgeries, with little after care when we get home.”

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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Noah Halpin is the founder of This is Me Ireland, an organisation working to improve access and standards in healthcare provided to transgender and non-binary people in Ireland. He told Seán O’Rourke on Wednesday that he decided to start the campaign after he was put on a three and a half year waiting list to access hormone replacement therapy. “I saw an …

Culture Night 2019Culture Night with RTÉ at the National Museum, Collins Barracks

As heard on RTÉ Radio 1

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RTÉ marked Culture Night 2019 on September 20th in spectacular fashion, with a free open-air concert at the National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks in the company of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, conducted by David Brophy, showcasing an array of top Irish musical talent, including: Gemma Sugrue & Gary Harper, Jafaris, Stephen Rea, Óró Sé Do Bheatha Bhaile, the Kilfenora …

Surrogacy“She took my hand one day, just while she was sitting beside me, out of the blue, put my hand on her tummy to feel the babies kicking and I cried, I just cried.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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When Maureen Osayi met the man of her dreams at the age of 49, having twins with him wasn’t on her mind. And yet that’s exactly what happened, as she told Ryan Tubridy. Maureen and her husband were married in 2017 and their twin boys were born via surrogate nine months later. A breast-care specialist by profession, Maureen moved to …

Christina Patterson“The implication is that you’ve somehow failed as a woman.”

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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At 55, Christina Patterson no longer dwells on the fact that she has no children, but she does have some regrets about the amount of time she spent thinking about it. Ray D’Arcy chatted to the journalist and broadcaster about a recent article entitled ‘Life without children can be rewarding’. They began by talking about the word ‘childless’ itself, which Christina …