The Letter Never Sent

The Letter Never Sent“I find it hard to remember, but I love you to the moon and back.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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“To my dad in the stars” This is how Rachel addressed a card to her dad, Brian, who died of cancer when she was four years old and he was 44. Rachel, her two sisters and their mum wrote in to The Ryan Tubridy Show recently as part of the An Post The Letter Never Sent competition. Ryan spoke to the …

“Physically after the last one I decided that you have to have a point where you self-preserve.”

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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Dr Sarah-Anne Buckley explained to Ray D’Arcy today why she chose to voice some of her most personal thoughts in public, charting the course of events she and her husband have followed over a two-year period.  Sarah-Anne recently wrote a piece in The Irish Times about living with the loss of successive miscarriages and the arc of the emotional journey: “Getting upset is …

Caring Dentist of the Year“I was lucky to be the conduit by which she was able to help her family and to deal with a very very difficult situation in relation to domestic violence.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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As a young dentist practising in the East End of London, Pádraig Ó Reachtagáin often treated dental injuries in women experiencing domestic abuse. He told Ryan Tubridy today that there was a women’s refuge located close to his practice at the time. Around 20 years ago, he had a patient in her seventies from what he calls “an aristocratic background”. She had …

Social Anxiety“A big dollop, I think at this time of year, a big dollop of self-compassion, a big dollop of generosity for oneself.”

As heard on Drivetime

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With a bit of preparation, anxiety can be made to melt into the background at Christmas time, making way for some welcome joy in the depths of winter. That’s according to clinical psychologist Dr Paul D’Alton. He spoke to Mary Wilson on Drivetime in the first of three chats on managing social anxiety and finding a way to survive work …

Wonder Walls“I am lucky that I get to create work that brings that conversation to people in an important and sometimes, in a beautiful way.”

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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Ray D’Arcy spoke to street artist Joe Caslin ahead of the broadcast of a new documentary on RTÉ2, Wonder Walls: The Story of Irish Street Art. Joe is one of the people whose work has been shaping the debate and conversation  on some of the big social issues of recent times. Joe filled Ray in on his background. He studied glass-blowing, but …

Finding John Eldred“These lads, I came down and they said, ‘Can you swim?’ I said yes. ‘Can you save her?’ And I said yes.”

As heard on liveline

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It was one of those unforgettable radio encounters. Like a reunion of long-lost friends – except that Mary Thompstone and John Eldred have never actually met in person. They spoke for the first time today on Liveline, 66 years after John rescued Mary’s mother Anastasia from drowning. Mary put out the call on Liveline on Friday to try and find …

Sarah Newman“I’m full of love now, even if I don’t like someone I’ll give them a hug.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Former Dragon’s Den star Sarah Newman had no taste for the academic side of school. It was her cookery teacher, Mrs Pendel, who most inspired and encouraged her, as she told Ryan Tubridy today. Sarah Newman’s school reports did not predict success: “They all said Sarah will never come to anything, Sarah talks too much – that’s true – Sarah …

Phoebe Waller-Bridge“As a playwright and a writer, I think it’s our duty to go that epic every time, however small the story is.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge develops a theory during her conversation with Ryan Tubridy on Friday: maybe all her success to date has been down to her desire to write a good part for Andrew Scott, meaning they could get to hang out together more. So all those Emmys and BAFTA awards are at least partly due to the Irish actor probably destined …